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Worst Cooks in America is an American reality television series that premiered on January 3, 2010, on the Food Network. The show takes 12 to 16 contestants (referred to as "recruits") with very poor cooking skills through a culinary boot camp, to earn a cash prize of $25,000 and a Food Network cooking set.[1][2] The recruits are trained on the various basic cooking techniques including: baking, knife skills, temperature, seasoning and preparation. The final challenge is to cook a restaurant quality three-course meal for three food critics.

Worst Cooks in America
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Genre
  • Reality television
  • Cooking show
Judges
Country of originUnited States
No. of seasons16
No. of episodes112
Production
Executive producer(s)
  • Bob Kirsh
  • Nicola Moody
  • Pip Wells
Production location(s)New York City
Running time42 Minutes
Production company(s)Optomen Productions, Inc.
Release
Original networkFood Network
Original releaseJanuary 3, 2010 (2010-01-03) –
present
Chronology
Followed byWorst Bakers in America
External links
Production website

HistoryEdit

The show premiered on January 3, 2010. The show was initially hosted by chef Anne Burrell and chef Beau MacMillan in Season 1. MacMillan was replaced by chef Robert Irvine on Season 2, followed by chef Bobby Flay for Seasons 3–5. On November 20, 2014, a Food Network press release announced that chef Tyler Florence will be paired with chef Burrell to host Season 6, to debut on January 4, 2015. Burrell was the winning instructor in seasons 1, 2, 3, 6, 7 and 8 with Flay winning in Seasons 4–5. Rachael Ray and Burrell hosted the Season 7 special celebrity edition, which premiered September 23, 2015. During the finale of Season 7, a trailer previewing Season 8 was shown and was aired in January 2016 with the return of Tyler Florence. On March 7, 2019, Food Network announces a sixteenth season.

The season premiering April 21, 2019, will be another celebrity edition and will be hosted by Chefs Anne Burrell and Tyler Florence.[3] On June 27, 2019, it was announced that the seventeenth season will premiere on August 4, 2019 and feature Bobby Flay.[4]

Chef ChartEdit

Season Chef 1 Chef 2 Debut Date Finale Date Winner
1 Anne Burrell Beau MacMillan January 3, 2010 February 1, 2010 Anne
2 Anne Burrell Robert Irvine January 2, 2011 February 20, 2011 Anne
3 Anne Burrell Bobby Flay February 12, 2012 April 1, 2012 Anne
4 Anne Burrell Bobby Flay February 17, 2013 March 31, 2013 Bobby
5 Anne Burrell Bobby Flay February 16, 2014 March 31, 2014 Bobby
6 Anne Burrell Tyler Florence January 4, 2015 February 15, 2015 Anne
7/Celebrity 1 Anne Burrell Rachael Ray September 23, 2015 October 28, 2015 Anne
8 Anne Burrell Tyler Florence January 4, 2016 February 14, 2016 Anne
9/Celebrity 2 Anne Burrell Rachael Ray September 14, 2016 November 2, 2016 Rachael
10 Anne Burrell Rachael Ray January 1, 2017 March 5, 2017 Anne
11/Celebrity 3 Anne Burrell Rachael Ray August 23, 2017 October 11, 2017 Rachael
12 Anne Burrell Tyler Florence January 7, 2018 March 11, 2018 Anne
13/Celebrity 4 Anne Burrell Tyler Florence April 15, 2018 May 20, 2018 Tyler
14 Anne Burrell Robert Irvine August 12, 2018 September 24, 2018 Robert
15 Anne Burrell Tyler Florence January 6, 2019 March 3, 2019 Anne
16/Celebrity 5 Anne Burrell Tyler Florence April 21, 2019 June 2, 2019 Anne
17 Anne Burrell Bobby Flay August 4, 2019

Season 1: 2010Edit

Chefs Beau MacMillan and Anne Burrell lead an intense culinary boot camp. They have six recruits each, and every week they must eliminate one recruit from each of their teams until there is only one from each team left. The final two create a three-course meal to fool a panel of restaurant critics into believing that the meal was created by the acclaimed chefs.

RecruitsEdit

Twelve chefs competed in the first season of Worst Cooks in America. Hometowns and occupations are available from the Food Network website.[5][6] Chef Anne's team was known as the Red Team and Chef Beau's team was known as the Blue Team.

Contestant Age Hometown Occupation Status
Rachel Coleman 23 Brooklyn, New York Marketing Website editor Winner February 1
Jennifer "Jenny" Cross 21 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Waitress Runner-up February 1
Jennifer "Jen" Vecchio 38 Cumberland, Rhode Island Dance Studio Owner Eliminated January 31
Eddie Chang 32 Jersey City, New Jersey IT project manager
Marque Hernandez 41 Brea, California Director of Clinical Operations Eliminated January 24
Rebecca Hooper 43 Sandy, Utah Salon Owner
Sophia Gettys 27 Aurora, Colorado Stay-at-home Mom Eliminated January 17
Susie Shoman 53 Georgetown, South Carolina Grants administrator and entrepreneur
Kelly Johnson 31 Scottsdale, Arizona Corporate litigation attorney Eliminated January 10
David Summey 29 Charlotte, North Carolina Salesman
Wilhelmina Josephine 29 Aliso Viejo, California Insurance claims adjuster Eliminated January 3
Hamed Habib 27 North Hollywood, California Journalist and fashion consultant

Contestant Progress and EpisodesEdit

Rank Contestant Episode
1 2 3 4 5 6
1
Rachel
IN IN IN IN WIN BTM WIN WINNER
2
Jenny*
IN IN IN/SWAP WIN IN BTM WIN RUNNER-UP
3
Jen
IN IN WIN IN WIN WIN OUT
4
Eddie
BTM WIN BTM BTM IN WIN OUT
5
Marque
WIN WIN BTM BTM IN OUT
6
Rebecca
WIN BTM 2nd WIN IN OUT
7
Sophia*
IN IN IN/SWAP OUT
8
Susie
IN BTM IN OUT
9
Kelly
IN OUT
10
David
BTM OUT
11
Wilhelmina
OUT
12
Hamed
OUT
Key
     (WINNER) This contestant won the competition and was crowned "Best of the Worst".
     (RUNNER-UP) The contestant was the runner-up in the finals of the competition.
     (WIN) The contestant did the best on their team in the week's Main Dish challenge and was considered the winner.
     (BTM) The contestant was selected as one of the bottom entries in the Main Dish challenge, but was not eliminated.
     (OUT) The contestant lost that week's Main Dish challenge and was out of the competition.
* Initially a member of the other team but switched after Chef Beau won the bet on whose team member made the best crepes.

Episode 1:

Baseline Challenge: 24 of the Worst Cooks in America were brought to Boot Camp. With 45 minutes on the clock, the chef had to cook a dish and whoever has the worst dishes were to be picked for teams. What the recruits didn't know was that Anne and Beau would only select the 12 worst of the worst for boot camp, and they also didn't know that Anne and Beau would pick for their opponent's team.

Team Selection: Beau gives Anne Jenny, Eddie, Hamed, Rachel, Rebecca, and Kelly. Anne Gives Beau Sophia, Susie, David, Wilhelmina, Marque, and Jen.

Main Dish: Anne made Tuscan Fish Stew, while Beau made Poached Tiger Prawns with Littleneck Clams, Bok Choy, and Shiitake Mushrooms. Each team had one hour to replicate their respective chef's dish. During the challenge, Hamed, Wilhelmina, Eddie, and David all struggled. Hamed forgot to put his clams on the plate, Eddie overcooked his shrimp and used too much saffron, Wilhelmina's Broth had too much soy sauce, and David messed up the garnish.

Elimination: After tasting, Rebecca and Marque were named the winners on their respective teams, and Sophia, Rachel, Jenny, Jen, Kelly, and Susie didn't have the best dishes, but they also didn't have the worst dishes and they were deemed safe from elimination. Hamed and Eddie were the bottom two on the red team, and Wihelmina and David with the bottom two on the blue team, but in the end, Hamed and Wihelmina were sent home.

Episode 2:

Skill Drill: The chefs bring the recruits to Arirang Hibachi Steakhouse to teach them about classic knife skills such as Julienne and Slicing.

Season 2: 2011Edit

Casting for season 2 of Worst Cooks in America was held at the LA Marriott Burbank Airport, Hotel & Convention Center on March 27, 2010.[7] The Food Network also began accepting online video applications for season 2.[8] Food Network's website announced that Robert Irvine would replace Beau MacMillan for season 2. Season 2 debuted on January 2, 2011.[9] In this season the chefs had eight recruits each.

RecruitsEdit

Contestant Age Hometown Occupation Status
Joshie Berger 36 Brooklyn, New York Attorney Winner February 20
Georgann "Georg" Coleman 38 Chicago, Illinois Speech pathologist Runner-up February 20
Carlos Manuel 28 Atlanta, Georgia Banker Eliminated February 13
Kelsey Milos 22 Kings, Illinois Hair stylist
Kat Rose 37 Newnan, Georgia Stay-at-home mother Eliminated February 6
Tyrone "Ty" Miller 33 Trenton, New Jersey Property manager
Jennifer "Jen" MacLean 43 Sparta, New Jersey Operating room nurse Eliminated January 30
Kelly Gray 32 New York City Aerobics instructor
Erika Rumsey 27 Elgin, Illinois Account manager Eliminated January 23
Anna Altomari 44 Aliso Viejo, California RN Case manager
Priscilla Harden 60 Sugar Land, Texas Retired teacher Eliminated January 16
Matt Crespi 24 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania PhD Student
Anthony Scinto 32 Crestwood, Illinois Mechanical engineer Eliminated January 9
Jeff Longcor 25 Somerville, Massachusetts Environmental contractor
Lina Yu 28 Arcadia, California Production manager Eliminated January 2
Eric Ricupero 34 Quincy, Massachusetts Bar owner

Contestant progressEdit

Episode
Rank Contestant 1 2 3 4 5 6 7
1
Joshie
IN IN IN WIN WIN 9th IN IN BTM BTM IN WINNER
2
Georg
IN WIN IN IN IN WIN IN WIN BTM WIN WIN RUNNER-UP
3
Carlos
IN IN WIN WIN IN 6th WIN WIN WIN WIN OUT
4
Kelsey*
WIN IN IN WIN BTM 2nd/Swap BTM IN WIN IN OUT
5
Kat*
WIN IN BTM IN IN BTM/SWAP BTM BTM OUT
6
Ty
IN IN IN IN BTM 3rd IN BTM OUT
7
Jen
IN BTM IN WIN IN 7th IN OUT
8
Kelly
IN IN IN IN IN 5th WIN OUT
9
Erika
BTM WIN IN WIN IN 8th OUT
10
Anna
IN IN IN IN WIN 4th OUT
11
Priscilla
IN IN BTM WIN OUT
12
Matt
BTM IN WIN IN OUT
13
Anthony
IN IN OUT
14
Jeff
IN BTM OUT
15
Lina
OUT
16
Eric
OUT
Key
     (WINNER) This contestant won the competition and was crowned "Best of the Worst".
     (RUNNER-UP) The contestant was the runner-up in the finals of the competition.
     (WIN) The contestant did the best on their team in the week's Main Dish challenge and was considered the winner.
     (BTM) The contestant was selected as one of the bottom entries in the Main Dish challenge, but was not eliminated.
     (OUT) The contestant lost that week's Main Dish challenge and was out of the competition.
* Initially a member of the other team but switched after Chef Robert won the bet on whose team member made the best burgers.

Differences between seasons 1 and 2Edit

In the first episode, a group of selected novice cooks were to prepare a dish from scratch so the chefs would get an idea of how poor their skills were. After tasting all the items, the chefs took turns picking team members for their rival chef. The first season started off with 24 novice cooks but only the worst 12 were chosen for a team. In the second season, the first episode began with 16 amateurs and all took part for the remainder of that episode.

In the penultimate episode of the season, the remaining four recruits learned and replicated a dessert. After this, in the first season, the recruits had to instruct a group of high school students how to replicate the dessert recipe. In the second one, the recruits were assigned the dessert to serve after both chefs, and a special guest enjoyed a main dish.

After learning and replicating a dessert, the recruits had to prepare a meal for both chefs and a surprise guest, usually a spouse or other family member. The first season's main dishes were an improved version of the recruits’ audition meal. The special guests in the second season got to choose what they wanted the students to make them.

Two recruits remained in the final episode and had to prepare an appetizer, main dish, and dessert for a panel of three food critics. The critics in season 1 thought that the final meal was prepared by the chefs until after they sampled all the courses. In season 2, the critics learned their meal was prepared by the recruits immediately after entering the restaurant.

Season 3: 2012Edit

Anne Burrell and Bobby Flay hosted season 3 replacing Robert Irvine.[10][11]

RecruitsEdit

Contestant Age Hometown Occupation Status
Kelli Powers 40 Los Angeles, California Stay-at-home mother Winner April 1
Vinnie Caligiuri 47 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Mortgage broker Runner-up April 1
Melissa Rhodes 28 Naples, Florida Nursing Student Eliminated March 25
David Shelton 26 Longview, Texas Unemployed
Tiffany Michelle 27 Los Angeles, California Poker player and actress Eliminated March 18
Dorothy Strouhal 38 Cove, Texas Make-up artist
Anthony Schiano 33 Massapequa, New York Mechanical engineer Eliminated March 11
Benjamin Dennis 37 Dallas, Texas Stay-at-home father Quit March 11
Sean "Bennett" Bennett 36 New York City Automotive Spokesperson Eliminated March 4
Sarina Weeraprajuk 31 West Covina, California Wedding photographer
Erica Weidner 53 Long Beach, New York Court Reporter Student Eliminated February 26
Robert "Bob" Tamke 44 Massapequa Park, New York DJ
Sherrill Moss-Solomon 55 New York City Fundraiser Eliminated February 19
Rachel Margolin 31 New York City Night Club Promoter
Richard Chen 55 Queens, New York Attorney Eliminated February 12
Libby Floyd 46 Eden Prairie, Minnesota ShopNBC host[12]

Contestant progressEdit

Rank Contestant Episode
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
1
Kelli
WIN IN IN IN IN IN BTM WIN BTM WIN WIN WIN WIN WINNER
2
Vinnie
IN WIN WIN IN IN IN WIN IN BTM IN WIN WIN WIN RUNNER-UP
3
Melissa1
IN IN IN IN/SWAP IN IN IN WIN WIN IN BTM IN OUT
4
David1
IN IN IN BTM/SWAP IN IN WIN WIN IN WIN BTM IN OUT
5
Tiffany
WIN IN IN WIN IN BTM BTM IN BTM IN OUT
6
Dorothy
IN IN WIN IN BTM WIN IN WIN WIN WIN OUT
7
Anthony
IN IN IN IN IN IN IN WIN OUT
8
Benjamin
IN IN IN IN WIN WIN IN IN
QUIT
9
Bennett
IN IN BTM BTM WIN BTM OUT
10
Sarina
BTM IN IN IN BTM IN OUT
11
Erica
IN IN BTM IN OUT
12
Bob
IN WIN IN IN OUT
13
Sherrill
IN BTM OUT
14
Rachel
BTM BTM OUT
15
Richard
OUT
16
Libby
OUT

^Note 1 : In Episode 3, Team Bobby (blue team) won the first challenge, he therefore got to choose one person from Team Anne (red team) to go to his team, and then choose one person from his team to go to the other team. He chose David to go to Team Anne's team and chose Melissa from Team Anne's team to join his team.

Key
     (WINNER) This contestant won the competition and was crowned "Best of the Worst".
     (RUNNER-UP) The contestant was the runner-up in the finals of the competition.
     (WIN) The contestant did the best on their team in the week's Main Dish challenge and was considered the winner.
     (BTM) The contestant was selected as one of the bottom entries in the Main Dish challenge, but was not eliminated.
     (OUT) The contestant lost that week's Main Dish challenge and was out of the competition
     (QUIT) The contestant volunteered to quit

Season 4: 2013Edit

RecruitsEdit

Contestant Age Hometown Occupation Status
Alina Bolshakova 28 Riga, Latvia Caretaker/Actress Winner March 31
Rasheeda Brown 30 Germantown, Maryland Correctional Officer Runner-up March 31
Chet Pourciau † 40 New Orleans, Louisiana Interior designer Eliminated March 24
Suzanne "Sue" Mangogna 42 Northport, New York Salon manager
Carla Johnson 47 Long Beach, California Alcohol & Drug Counselor Eliminated March 17
Michael Haydin 25 Rye Brook, New York Accountant
Carrie Lee Riggins 32 Carmel, New York Ballerina/Actress Eliminated March 10
Crystal Lonneberg 30 Weehawken, New Jersey Actress/Artist
Aadip Desai 36 Sacramento, California Writer/Musician Eliminated March 3
Alex Stein 26 Dallas, Texas Bail Bondsman
Michael "Big Mike" Paul 24 Thomson, Georgia Woodworker Eliminated February 24
Robert "Dr. Bob" Schaefer 58 Pleasant Hill, California Chiropractor
Tim Burger 42 Novi, Michigan Former Marine Eliminated February 17
Diana De Rosa 62 Huntington, New York Photographer

Contestant progressEdit

Rank Contestant Episode
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
1
Alina
BTM WIN WIN IN IN IN WIN WIN WIN IN WIN WINNER
2
Rasheeda
IN IN BTM IN IN WIN WIN WIN BTM WIN WIN RUNNER-UP
3
Chet
WIN IN IN IN WIN WIN IN WIN BTM IN OUT
4
Sue
IN IN WIN BTM BTM IN BTM IN WIN WIN OUT
5
Carla
IN IN BTM WIN IN BTM BTM WIN OUT
6
Michael
WIN IN IN BTM WIN IN BTM IN OUT
7
Carrie Lee
IN IN IN IN BTM IN OUT
8
Crystal
IN WIN IN IN IN BTM OUT
9
Aadip
IN IN IN IN OUT
10
Alex
IN IN IN IN OUT
11
Mike
IN BTM OUT
12
Bob
BTM BTM OUT
13
Tim
OUT
14
Diana
OUT
Key
     (WINNER) This contestant won the competition and was crowned "Best of the Worst".
     (RUNNER-UP) The contestant was the runner-up in the finals of the competition.
     (WIN) The contestant did the best on their team in the week's Main Dish challenge and was considered the winner.
     (BTM) The contestant was selected as one of the bottom entries in the Main Dish challenge, but was not eliminated.
     (OUT) The contestant lost that week's Main Dish challenge and was out of the competition.

†: Contestant died after filming.

Season 5: 2014Edit

RecruitsEdit

Contestant Age Hometown Occupation Status
Amber Brauner 37 Redlands, California Tattoo Artist Winner March 31
Jamie Thomas 41 New York City Flight Attendant Runner-up March 31
Daniel "Danny" Beyda 43 Long Island, New York Radiologist Eliminated March 24
Mike Glazer 30 Chicago, Illinois Writer
Carie Pullano-Keller 34 Chester, Virginia Promotional Model Eliminated March 17
Stephanie St. Aubin 26 Washington, DC Secretary
Danielle Ruiz-Wiley 25 Staten Island, New York Stay at Home Mom Eliminated March 10
Carol Holder 64 New York City Real Estate Broker
Joe Slaughter 28 Los Angeles, California Actor/Dancer Eliminated March 3
Ken Hsu 29 Seattle, Washington Personal Trainer
Lance Green 31 New York City Music Producer Eliminated February 24
Benjamin "Benji" Hunter Brown III 29 Nashville, Tennessee Live Music Booking Agent
Muneerah Warner 33 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Abstinence Advisor Eliminated February 16
Casey Pentony 26 Hollywood, California Nurse

Contestant progressEdit

Rank Contestant Episode
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
1
Amber
WIN IN IN IN WIN WIN BTM IN WIN IN WIN WINNER
2
Jamie
WIN IN WIN BTM IN IN WIN WIN WIN WIN WIN RUNNER-UP
3
Danny
IN IN BTM IN IN WIN WIN WIN BTM IN OUT
4
Mike
IN IN IN WIN WIN IN IN IN BTM WIN OUT
5
Carie1
IN IN IN IN/SWAP IN IN BTM IN OUT
6
Stephanie1
IN IN BTM IN/SWAP IN WIN IN IN OUT
7
Danielle
IN WIN IN IN BTM WIN OUT
8
Carol
IN WIN IN BTM BTM IN OUT
9
Joe
IN IN WIN WIN OUT
10
Ken
IN IN IN IN OUT
11
Lance
BTM IN OUT
12
Benji
BTM IN OUT
13
Muneerah
OUT
14
Casey
OUT

^Note 1 : In Episode 3 Team Anne (red team) won the first challenge, she therefore got to choose one person from Team Bobby (blue team) to go to her team, and then chose one person from her team to go to the other team. She chose Stephanie to go to Team Bobby's team and chose Carie from Team Bobby's team to join her team.

Key
     (WINNER) This contestant won the competition and was crowned "Best of the Worst".
     (RUNNER-UP) The contestant was the runner-up in the finals of the competition.
     (WIN) The contestant did the best on their team in the week's Main Dish challenge and was considered the winner.
     (BTM) The contestant was selected as one of the bottom entries in the Main Dish challenge but was not eliminated.
     (OUT) The contestant lost that week's Main Dish challenge and was out of the competition.
     (IN) The contestant get switched by the host to the other team. Ex: A member of the red team goes to the blue team, and a member of the blue team goes to the red team.

Season 6: 2015Edit

Tyler Florence joins Anne Burrell to host seasons 6, replacing Bobby Flay after 3 seasons. The season premiered on January 4, 2015 to 2,123,000 viewers.[13] The second episode was lower at 1,456,000 viewers,[14] with the third episode rising to 1,732,000 viewers[15] and the fourth episode reached 1,689,000 viewers.[16] the 5th episode reached 1,634,000 viewers. The sixth episode received 1.55 million viewers.[17]

RecruitsEdit

Contestant Age Hometown Occupation Status
Kristen Redmond 25 Austin, Texas Singer/Songwriter Winner February 15
Genique Freeman 33 Fayetteville, North Carolina Esthetician Runner-up February 15
Leopold "Leo" Nunan 36 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Performance Artist Eliminated February 8
Sarah Bettendorf 33 Los Angeles, California Art Teacher
Norman Wilson 46 Detroit, Michigan Executive Protection Eliminated February 1
Sharif Dean 27 Los Angeles, California Personal Trainer
David Eric Rosenberg 51 Las Vegas, Nevada Theatre Usher Eliminated January 25
Kortni Montgomery 25 New Orleans, Louisiana Customer Service Rep
Michael "Six" Muldoon 25 Queens, New York Magician Eliminated January 18
Mike Kennedy 45 Scottsdale, Arizona Private Investigator
Stephanie Streisand* 25 Los Angeles, California Writer Withdrew January 11
Susie Babin 61 Bush, Louisiana Retired Eliminated January 11
Jason Dixon 30 Chicago, Illinois Artist Eliminated January 5
Christina Oster 38 Zion, Illinois Single Mom
  • Contestant Stephanie Streisand was deemed too ill to continue on January 11

Contestant progressEdit

Rank Contestant Episode
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
1
Kristen
IN WIN WIN IN IN WIN BTM IN WIN WIN WIN WINNER
2
Genique
IN IN WIN IN IN WIN IN IN WIN WIN WIN RUNNER-UP
3
Leo
IN IN IN IN IN IN WIN IN BTM WIN OUT
4
Sarah
WIN IN IN BTM BTM IN WIN WIN BTM WIN OUT
5
Norman
WIN IN IN IN BTM IN IN WIN OUT
6
Sharif
IN WIN BTM WIN IN IN BTM IN OUT
7
David
BTM IN BTM IN WIN BTM OUT
8
Kortni
BTM IN BTM BTM WIN BTM OUT
9
Six
IN IN IN IN OUT
10
Mike
IN BTM IN IN OUT
11
Stephanie
IN IN WDR
12
Susie
IN BTM OUT
13
Jason
OUT
14
Christina
OUT
Key
     (WINNER) This contestant won the competition and was crowned "Best of the Worst".
     (RUNNER-UP) The contestant was the runner-up in the finals of the competition.
     (WIN) The contestant did the best on their team in the week's Main Dish challenge or Skill Drill and was considered the winner.
     (BTM) The contestant was selected as one of the bottom entries in the Main Dish challenge, but was not eliminated.
     (OUT) The contestant lost that week's Main Dish challenge and was out of the competition.
     (WDR) The contestant withdrew from the competition due to illness.

Season 7: Celebrity EditionEdit

Rachael Ray joins Anne Burrell to host season 7. The winner earns a $50,000 donation for their chosen charity. Because this season had only 7 total recruits, each team's worst recruit from that week's Main Dish challenge competed head to head in a quickfire elimination challenge instead of eliminating both recruits each week. This challenge involved more basic cooking techniques (e.g. knife skills) and the winner would be decided by a blind judging from both Anne and Rachael. The winning recruit stayed in the competition while the losing recruit was eliminated.

RecruitsEdit

Contestant Age Occupation Status
Jenni "JWoww" Farley 29 Reality Television Star Winner October 28
Kendra Wilkinson 30 Former Playboy Model & Television Personality Runner-up October 28
Ellen Cleghorne 49 Saturday Night Live Actress Eliminated October 21
Barry Williams 60 The Brady Bunch Actor Eliminated October 14
Chris Soules 33 The Bachelor Star Eliminated October 7
Jaleel White 38 Actor, Television Host Eliminated September 30
Dean Cain 48 Television Actor Eliminated September 23

Contestant progressEdit

Rank Contestant Episode
1 2 3 4 5 6
1
Jenni
IN WIN IN WIN WIN WINNER
2
Kendra
IN WIN BTM WIN BTM RUNNER-UP
3
Ellen
WIN IN WIN BTM OUT
4
Barry
BTM BTM WIN OUT
5
Chris
WIN IN OUT
6
Jaleel
IN OUT
7
Dean
OUT
Key
     (WINNER) This contestant won the competition and was crowned "Best of the Worst".
     (RUNNER-UP) The contestant was the runner-up in the finals of the competition.
     (WIN) The contestant did the best on their team in the week's Main Dish challenge or Skill Drill and was considered the winner.
     (BTM) The contestant was selected as one of the bottom entries in the Main Dish challenge, but was not eliminated.
     (OUT) The contestant lost that week's Main Dish challenge and was out of the competition.

Season 8: 2016Edit

Tyler Florence joins Anne Burrell to host season 8.

RecruitsEdit

Contestant Age Hometown Occupation Status
Nick Slater 24 Rancho Cucamonga, California Construction Worker Winner February 14
Lawrence Crawford 26 Deptford, New Jersey Army Combat Medic Runner-up February 14
Ginny Meerman 50 Millersville, Maryland Project Supervisor Eliminated February 7
Taylor Hooper 24 Boston, Massachusetts Marine Veteran
Holgie Forrester 66 Twentynine Palms, California Retired/Actress Eliminated January 31
Chanda Havard 36 Chicago, Illinois Real Estate Agent
Donna Koen 60 Newburyport, Massachusetts Lunch Lady & Hairdresser Eliminated January 24
Rachel Thomas 27 Tampa, Florida Stay-at-Home Wife
Ernie Adkins 44 Mardela Springs, Maryland Truck driver Eliminated January 17
Glenda Galeano 40 Miami, Florida Event Coordinator/Actress
Ty Snow 39 Pasadena, California Special Education Teacher Eliminated January 10
Cindy Nguyen 28 Las Vegas, Nevada Bartender
David Fouts 42 Wales, Wisconsin Senior Project Manager Eliminated January 4
Jeni Erdman 51 Dousman, Wisconsin Group Tour Coordinator

Contestant progressEdit

Rank Contestant Episode
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
1
Nick
WIN WIN IN IN IN IN IN IN TIE WIN WINNER
2
Lawrence
IN IN IN IN IN IN WIN IN BTM WIN RUNNER-UP
3
Ginny
WIN BTM WIN IN BTM TIE IN WIN WIN OUT
4
Taylor
IN IN IN IN BTM IN WIN WIN TIE OUT
5
Holgie
IN WIN IN IN IN TIE BTM IN OUT
6
Chanda
BTM IN IN BTM WIN WIN BTM IN OUT
7
Donna
IN BTM WIN IN IN BTM OUT
8
Rachel
BTM IN BTM WIN WIN BTM OUT
9
Ernie
IN BTM IN IN OUT
10
Glenda
IN BTM BTM BTM OUT
11
Ty
IN IN OUT
12
Cindy
IN IN OUT
13
David
OUT
14
Jeni
OUT
Key
     (WINNER) This contestant won the competition and was crowned "Best of the Worst".
     (RUNNER-UP) The contestant was the runner-up in the finals of the competition.
     (WIN) The contestant did the best on their team in the week's Main Dish challenge or Skill Drill and was considered the winner.
     (TIE) The contestant tied with another contestant as the best on their team in the week's Main Dish challenge or Skill Drill.
     (BTM) The contestant was selected as one of the bottom entries in the Main Dish challenge, but was not eliminated.
     (OUT) The contestant lost that week's Main Dish challenge and was out of the competition.

Season 9: Celebrity Edition 2Edit

Rachael Ray returns with Anne Burrell to host season 2 of the Celebrity Edition. The winner earns a $50,000 donation for their chosen charity. The season premiered on September 14, 2016 to 1,185,000 viewers.[18]

RecruitsEdit

Contestant Age Occupation Status
Loni Love 44 The Real Co-Host & Comedian Winner November 2
Nicole Sullivan 46 Former MadTV Star, comedian, & Actress Runner-up November 2
John Henson 49 Former Talk Soup & Wipeout host Eliminated October 26
Mike Situation Sorrentino 34 Reality Television Personality
Matt Dallas 33 Television Actor & YouTube Personality Eliminated October 19
Mindy Cohn 50 The Facts of Life & Scooby-Doo Actress Eliminated October 12
Tommy Davidson 52 Comedian & Actor Eliminated September 28
Barbara Eden 85 Film & Television Actress (I Dream of Jeannie & Harper Valley P.T.A.) Eliminated September 21
Kenya Moore 45 Miss USA 1993 & The Real Housewives of Atlanta Star Eliminated September 14

Contestant progressEdit

Rank Contestant Episode
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
1 Loni IN IN TIE IN WIN IN IN WINNER
2 Nicole IN WIN IN BTM WIN IN IN RUNNER-UP
3 John WIN WIN BTM WIN IN BTM OUT
4 Mike IN BTM WIN WIN IN WIN OUT
5 Matt WIN IN IN IN BTM OUT
6 Mindy IN IN TIE BTM OUT
7 Tommy IN IN OUT
8 Barbara BTM OUT
9 Kenya OUT
Key
     (WINNER) This contestant won the competition and was crowned "Best of the Worst".
     (RUNNER-UP) The contestant was the runner-up in the finals of the competition.
     (WIN) The contestant did the best on their team in the week's Main Dish challenge or Skill Drill and was considered the winner.
     (TIE) The contestant tied with another contestant as the best on their team in the week's Main Dish challenge or Skill Drill.
     (BTM) The contestant was selected as one of the bottom entries in the Main Dish challenge but was not eliminated.
     (OUT) The contestant lost that week's Main Dish challenge and was out of the competition.

Season 10: 2017Edit

Rachael Ray joins Anne Burrell to host season 10. The season premiered on January 1, 2017.[19]

RecruitsEdit

Contestant Age Hometown Occupation Status
Daniel Mar 35 Burbank, California Photographer Winner March 5
Ann Odogwu 34 Houston, Texas Flight Attendant Runner-up March 5
Laura Docker 36 Fort Worth, Texas Lawyer Eliminated February 26
Mandy Thornton 24 Hanover, Massachusetts Medical Assistant
Adam Cooke 32 Rancho Cucamonga, California Auto Mechanic Eliminated February 19
Brittany Lenore 27 Chicago, Illinois Spiritual Speaker
Jeff West 36 Douglassville, Pennsylvania Vending Machine President Eliminated February 12
Kayla Kurtz 27 Kent, Ohio Stay-at-Home Mom Eliminated January 29
Maria Marcello 40 Torrance, California Stay-at-Home Mom
Matt Josephs 35 Richmond, Virginia Sports Radio Producer Eliminated January 22
Jake Michaels 21 Manteno, Illinois Model & Singer Eliminated January 15
Jetta Linda Ostrofsky 66 Sacramento, California Retired
Stephen Hawkins 67 Temecula, California Retired Eliminated January 8
Buffy Mykkanen 29 Portland, Oregon Tech Support
Cedrick Miller 22 El Paso, Texas Cashier Eliminated January 1
Lester Turchin 65 Fort Lauderdale, Florida Retired

Contestant progressEdit

Rank Contestant Episode
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
1
Daniel
IN IN WIN BTM BTM IN IN IN WIN IN IN WIN WINNER
2
Ann
WIN IN IN WIN BTM BTM IN BTM IN SAVE IN WIN RUNNER-UP
3
Mandy
IN IN IN TIE IN WIN WIN BTM IN BTM IN OUT
4
Laura
IN WIN IN IN IN WIN BTM BTM WIN WIN IN OUT
5
Brittany
WIN IN IN TIE WIN IN IN BTM IN WIN OUT
6
Adam
IN IN BTM BTM IN IN IN WIN IN IN OUT
7
Jeff
IN WIN IN IN IN BTM IN WIN IN OUT
8
Maria
IN IN WIN IN WIN OUT
9
Kayla
IN IN IN TIE SAVE OUT
10
Matt
IN IN IN IN OUT
11
Jetta
IN IN BTM OUT
12
Jake
BTM IN IN OUT
13
Stephen
BTM IN OUT
14
Buffy
IN IN OUT
15
Cedrick
OUT
16
Lester
OUT
Key
     (WINNER) This contestant won the competition and was crowned "Best of the Worst".
     (RUNNER-UP) The contestant was the runner-up in the finals of the competition.
     (WIN) The contestant did the best on their team in the week's Main Dish challenge or Skill Drill and was considered the winner.
     (TIE) The contestant tied with another contestant as the best on their team in the week's Main Dish challenge or Skill Drill.
     (BTM) The contestant was selected as one of the bottom entries in the Main Dish challenge, but was not eliminated.
     (OUT) The contestant lost that week's Main Dish challenge and was out of the competition.
     (SAVE) The contestant lost that week's Main Dish challenge but was saved by their respective team mentor.

In Episode 6, Both Chef Anne and Chef Rachael decided not to send anyone from their teams home.

Season 11: Celebrity Edition 3Edit

Rachael Ray returns with Anne Burrell to host season 3 of the Celebrity Edition. The season premiered on August 23, 2017.[20][21]

RecruitsEdit

Contestant Age Occupation Status
Perez Hilton 39 Gossip Blogger Winner October 11
Melissa Peterman 46 Actress & Comedienne Runner-up October 11
Nora Dunn 65 Actress & Comedienne Eliminated October 4
Vivica A. Fox 53 Actress Eliminated October 4
Sean Lowe 33 Reality Star Eliminated September 27
Carmen Electra 45 Model & Actress Withdrew September 13 due to injuries
Carson Kressley 47 TV Personality Eliminated September 6
Erik Estrada 68 Star of CHiPs Eliminated August 30

•Note: Vivica was originally eliminated on September 20. In Episode 7, airing on October 4, both Vivica and Sean returned to the competition for a redemption skill drill. Vivica won the drill, re-entered the competition and was then eliminated following the main challenge.

Contestant progressEdit

Rank Contestant Episode
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
1 Perez IN IN IN IN IN WIN IN IN IN IN IN IN WIN WINNER
2 Melissa IN WIN IN WIN WIN IN SAVE IN BTM IN IN IN WIN RUNNER-UP
3 Nora IN TIE IN IN IN IN IN IN IN IN BTM IN OUT
4 Vivica IN IN IN IN WIN TIE SAVE IN OUT RTN OUT
5 Sean IN IN IN IN BTM TIE IN IN IN IN OUT
6 Carmen BTM IN BTM WIN IN WDR
7 Carson IN TIE WIN IN OUT
8 Erik IN TIE OUT
Key
     (WINNER) This contestant won the competition and was crowned "Best of the Worst".
     (RUNNER-UP) The contestant was the runner-up in the finals of the competition.
     (WIN) The contestant did the best on their team in the week's Main Dish challenge or Skill Drill and was considered the winner.
     (TIE) The contestant tied with another contestant as the best on their team in the week's Main Dish challenge or Skill Drill.
     (BTM) The contestant was selected as one of the bottom entries in the Main Dish challenge but was not eliminated
     (OUT) The contestant lost that week's Main Dish challenge and was out of the competition.
     (WDR) The contestant withdrew from the competition due to illness or injury.
     (RTN) The contestant won the redemption Skill Drill and returned to the competition.
     (SAVE) The contestant lost that week's Main Dish challenge but was saved by their respective team mentor.

Season 12: 2018Edit

Tyler Florence joins Anne Burrell to host season 12.

RecruitsEdit

Contestant Age Hometown Occupation Status
Hazell Mckenzie 36 Brooklyn, New York Graduate Student Winner March 11
Steven Crowley 31 New York City Real estate broker Runner-up March 11
Asaf Goren 25 Los Angeles, California Dancer Eliminated March 4
Sharon Shvarzman 32 Staten Island, New York Drag Performer
Shatima Ruffin 34 Hampton Roads, Virginia Receptionist Eliminated February 25
Lacey Stout 28 Collinsville, Oklahoma Stay-at-Home Mom
Robyn Hayden 31 Charleston, South Carolina Balloon Artist Eliminated February 18
Brandon Arroyo 27 Cleveland, Ohio Sports Reporter Eliminated February 11
Spencer Nick 25 Chicago, Illinois Graduate Student
Sylvia Jefferies 47 Charleston, South Carolina Stay-at-Home Mom Quit January 28
Lily Frey 63 Anaheim, California Retired Eliminated January 28
Skyler Nick 25 Chicago, Illinois Graduate Student Eliminated January 21
Priscilla Nguyen 26 Hattiesburg, Mississippi Receptionist Eliminated January 14
Kevin Pettice 24 Charlotte, North Carolina Administrative Assistant
Kayrene Curtis 44 Rocky River, Ohio Stay-at-Home Mom Eliminated January 7
Jonathan Farhat 37 Livermore, California Safety Professional

Contestant progressEdit

Rank Contestant Episode
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
1
Hazell
WIN IN IN IN IN IN IN WIN WIN WINNER
2
Steven
BTM IN WIN IN IN BTM TIE WIN WIN RUNNER-UP
3
Sharon
WIN IN IN WIN WIN IN TIE BTM OUT
4
Asaf
IN IN WIN IN IN WIN IN BTM OUT
5
Lacey*
IN IN IN IN BTM/SWAP IN WIN OUT
6
Shatima
IN IN BTM BTM BTM WIN BTM OUT
7
Robyn
IN IN IN WIN BTM BTM OUT
8
Brandon
IN WIN IN BTM WIN OUT
9
Spencer*
BTM IN BTM IN BTM/SWAP OUT
10
Lily
IN WIN IN OUT
11
Sylvia
IN BTM BTM QUIT
12
Skyler
IN BTM OUT
13
Priscilla
IN OUT
14
Kevin
IN OUT
15
Jonathan
OUT
16
Kayrene
OUT
Key
     (WINNER) This contestant won the competition and was crowned "Best of the Worst".
     (RUNNER-UP) The contestant was the runner-up in the finals of the competition.
     (WIN) The contestant did the best on their team in the week's Main Dish challenge or Skill Drill and was considered the winner.
     (TIE) The contestant tied with another contestant as the best on their team in the week's Main Dish challenge or Skill Drill.
     (BTM) The contestant was selected as one of the bottom entries in the Main Dish challenge, but was not eliminated.
     (OUT) The contestant lost that week's Main Dish challenge and was out of the competition.
     (QUIT) The contestant volunteered to leave the competition.

In episode 5, contestants Lacey and Spencer switch teams instead of being eliminated, Lacey on Chef Anne's Team and Spencer on Chef Tyler's team.

Season 13: Celebrity Edition 4Edit

Tyler Florence returns with Anne Burrell to host season 4 of the Celebrity Edition. This is the first Celebrity Edition to not feature Rachael Ray as a judge. The season premiered on April 15, 2018.[22]

RecruitsEdit

Contestant Age Occupation Status
La Toya Jackson 61 Singer & Icon Winner May 20
Ian Ziering 53 Actor Runner-up May 20
Catherine Bach 64 The Dukes of Hazzard Star Eliminated May 13
Oscar Nunez 59 The Office Star
Maria Bamford 48 Comedienne Eliminated May 6
Nolan Gould 19 Modern Family Star Eliminated April 29
Bronson Pinchot 58 Actor Eliminated April 22

Contestant progressEdit

Rank Contestant Episode
1 2 3 4 5 6
1
La Toya
WIN WIN WIN WIN WIN WINNER
2
Ian
WIN IN WIN WIN WIN RUNNER-UP
3
Catherine
IN WIN IN BTM OUT
4
Oscar
BTM BTM BTM IN OUT
5
Maria
IN IN IN OUT
6
Nolan
IN IN OUT
7
Bronson
IN OUT
Key
     (WINNER) This contestant won the competition and was crowned "Best of the Worst".
     (RUNNER-UP) The contestant was the runner-up in the finals of the competition.
     (WIN) The contestant did the best on their team in the week's Main Dish challenge or Skill Drill and was considered the winner.
     (BTM) The contestant was selected as one of the bottom entries in the Main Dish challenge but was not eliminated.
     (OUT) The contestant lost that week's Main Dish challenged and was out of the competition.

Season 14: 2018Edit

Robert Irvine joined Anne Burrell to host season 14.

RecruitsEdit

Contestant Age Hometown Occupation Status
Bradley Garcia 22 Miami, Florida Model Winner September 24
Sarah Harris 23 Porum, Oklahoma Equine Therapist Runner-up September 24
Janese Henry 30 Spring Lake, North Carolina Stay-at-Home Mom Eliminated September 24
Timmy Thok 29 New York City Underwear Model
Carla Waddell 46 Alexandria, Virginia Human Resources Eliminated September 10
Frank Scuderi 40 Maple Shade, New Jersey Operations Manager
Rudy Rehburg 30 Chicago, Illinois Property Preservation Specialist Eliminated September 3
Jessica Paulson 26 Oakley, California EMT
Kimberly D. Worthy[A] 33 Atlanta, Georgia Writer Eliminated August 26
Copan Combs 30 Stillwater, Oklahoma Academic Recruiter
Linda Martin 60 Somerville, Massachusetts Retired Eliminated August 19
Marcus Ellis 51 Queens, New York Mental Health Counselor
Maryann Rapisarda 67 Valdosta, Georgia Retired Eliminated August 12
Robbie DeRaffele 30 Hackensack, New Jersey Superman Impersonator

Contestant progressEdit

Rank Contestant Episode
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
1
Bradley
IN IN WIN WIN WIN IN WINNER
2
Sarah
WIN WIN IN BTM WIN IN RUNNER-UP
3
Janese
IN IN BTM WIN BTM IN OUT
4
Timmy
IN WIN BTM IN BTM IN OUT
5
Carla
IN IN WIN IN OUT
6
Frank
WIN IN IN BTM OUT
7
Rudy
IN BTM IN OUT
8
Jessica
IN IN IN OUT
9
Kimberly
IN BTM OUT
10
Copan
BTM IN OUT
11
Linda
IN OUT
12
Marcus
BTM OUT
13
Maryann
OUT
14
Robbie
OUT
Key
     (WINNER) This contestant won the competition and was crowned "Best of the Worst".
     (RUNNER-UP) The contestant was the runner-up in the finals of the competition.
     (WIN) The contestant did the best on their team in the week's Main Dish challenge or Skill Drill and was considered the winner.
     (BTM) The contestant was selected as one of the bottom entries in the Main Dish challenge, but was not eliminated.
     (OUT) The contestant lost that week's Main Dish challenge and was out of the competition.

Season 15: 2019Edit

Tyler Florence joins Anne Burrell to host season 15. Since the number of contestants is odd, one of them is eliminated before getting into the teams.

RecruitsEdit

Contestant Age Hometown Occupation Status
Allison Wolfe 30 Richmond, Texas Stay-at-home Mom Winner March 3
Brittany Carel 23 Fort Lauderdale, Florida Model Runner-up March 3
Travele Judon 32 Chicago, Illinois Insurance Sales Eliminated February 24
Brett Azar[B] 31 Rahway, New Jersey Arnold Schwarzenegger Body Double
Mickey Wentz 50 Denver, Colorado Math Teacher Eliminated February 17
Carmelle Bull 66 Atlanta, Georgia Server
Cameron Pennington 19 Grayson, Kentucky Sandwich Artist Eliminated February 3
Kat Schuessler 27 Kent, Ohio Fast Food Employee
Antoinette Wills 49 Washington D.C. Secretary Eliminated January 27
Terry Yu 52 Stockton, California Prison Pharmacist
Sponjetta Parrish 40 Athens, Georgia Online Saleswoman Eliminated January 20
Alten Poblete 27 San Diego, California Dog Walker
Cody Medler 24 Los Angeles, California Service Car Driver Eliminated January 13
Caitlin Rose 32 Brick, New Jersey Salon Receptionist
Chaz Oakley 53 Ninilchik, Alaska Artist Eliminated January 6

Contestant progressEdit

Rank Contestant Episode
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
1
Allison
IN IN BTM IN BTM WIN WIN WIN WINNER
2
Brittany
IN IN IN IN BTM BTM WIN WIN RUNNER-UP
3
Travele
IN IN IN WIN WIN WIN BTM OUT
4
Brett
IN IN WIN IN WIN BTM BTM OUT
5
Mickey
IN IN WIN BTM IN BTM OUT
6
Carmelle
WIN IN IN WIN IN BTM OUT
7
Cameron
BTM WIN IN IN OUT
8
Kat
IN BTM IN BTM OUT
9
Antoinette
WIN IN BTM OUT
10
Terry
IN WIN IN OUT
11
Sponjetta
BTM IN OUT
12
Alten
IN BTM OUT
13
Cody
BTM OUT
14
Caitlin
BTM OUT
15
Chaz
OUT
Key
     (WINNER) This contestant won the competition and was crowned "Best of the Worst".
     (RUNNER-UP) The contestant was the runner-up in the finals of the competition.
     (WIN) The contestant did the best on their team in the week's Main Dish challenge or Skill Drill and was considered the winner.
     (BTM) The contestant was selected as one of the bottom entries in the Main Dish challenge, but was not eliminated.
     (OUT) The contestant lost that week's Main Dish challenge and was out of the competition.

Season 16: Celebrity Edition 5Edit

Tyler Florence returns with Anne Burrell to host the fifth run of the Celebrity Edition. The season premiered on April 21, 2019.[23]

RecruitsEdit

Contestant Age Occupation Status
Tonya Harding 48 Retired Figure Skater/Reality TV Personality Winner June 2
Alec Mapa 53 Actor/Comedian/Writer Runner-up June 2
Jim J. Bullock 64 Actor/Comedian Eliminated May 26
Kym Whitley 57 Comedian/Actress Eliminated May 26
Jonathan Lipnicki 28 Actor/Producer Eliminated May 12
Morgan Fairchild 69 Actress Eliminated May 5
Taryn Manning 40 Actress/Singer Walked off show April 28
Jimmie Walker 71 Actor/Comedian Eliminated April 21

Contestant progressEdit

Rank Contestant Episode
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
1 Tonya IN IN WIN WIN BTM WIN WINNER
2 Alec IN WIN WIN BTM BTM WIN RUNNER-UP
3 Jim WIN WIN IN IN IN OUT
4 Kym WIN BTM IN WIN IN OUT
5 Jonathan BTM BTM BTM OUT
6 Morgan IN IN OUT
7 Taryn IN
QUIT
8 Jimmie OUT
Key
     (WINNER) This contestant won the competition and was crowned "Best of the Worst".
     (RUNNER-UP) The contestant was the runner-up in the finals of the competition.
     (WIN) The contestant did the best on their team in the week's Main Dish challenge or Skill Drill and was considered the winner.
     (TIE) The contestant tied with another contestant as the best on their team in the week's Main Dish challenge or Skill Drill.
     (BTM) The contestant was selected as one of the bottom entries in the Main Dish challenge but was not eliminated
     (OUT) The contestant lost that week's Main Dish challenge and was out of the competition.
     (WDR) The contestant withdrew from the competition due to illness or injury.
     (RTN) The contestant won the redemption Skill Drill and returned to the competition.
     (SAVE) The contestant lost that week's Main Dish challenge but was saved by their respective team mentor.
     (QUIT) The contestant volunteered to leave the competition.


Season 17: 2019Edit

Bobby Flay joins Anne Burrell to host season 17. The season, featuring 14 recruits, debuted on August 4, 2019.[24]

RecruitsEdit

Contestant Age Hometown Occupation Status
Adrian Read 29 Bronx, New York Zumba Instructor for Seniors
Juliann Sheldon 28 Charlotte, North Carolina Professional Cheerleader
Kayla Longstreth 23 Firestone, Colorado Dance Instructor Eliminated September 15
Father Adam Young 34 Cranston, Rhode Island Priest
Gina Lam 28 San Diego, California Banker Eliminated September 8
Peter Smerlas 36 Waltham, Massachusetts Construction Worker & Rapper
Laith Wallschleger 26 Tampa, Florida Former Professional Football Player Eliminated September 1
Sharon Grant 53 Dallas, Texas Minister
Mercedes "Sadie" Manda 20 Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania College Student Eliminated August 25
Karma Ann Moody 47 Hayesville, North Carolina Bridal Shop Owner
Terry Grawey 62 Peoria, Illinois Hypnotist Eliminated August 11
Jonathan Beyer 37 New York, New York Opera singer
Idriss Allison 30 Bronx, New York Transformational Coach Eliminated August 4
Nina Kharoufeh 25 Cliffside Park, New Jersey News Curator

Contestant progressEdit

Rank Contestant Episode
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
1
Adrian
WIN IN IN/SWAP WIN IN IN BTM WIN
2
Juliann
IN BTM IN WIN IN WIN BTM WIN
3
Kayla
BTM WIN IN IN IN WIN WIN OUT
4
Adam
IN WIN IN BTM BTM BTM WIN OUT
5
Gina
IN IN IN BTM BTM BTM OUT
6
Peter
IN IN IN BTM IN IN OUT
7
Laith
IN BTM IN BTM WIN OUT
8
Sharon
IN IN IN/SWAP IN WIN OUT
9
Sadie
WIN IN IN IN OUT
10
Karma
IN IN IN IN OUT
11
Terry
BTM OUT
12
Jonathan
IN OUT
13
Idriss
OUT
14
Nina
OUT
Key
     (WINNER) This contestant won the competition and was crowned "Best of the Worst".
     (RUNNER-UP) The contestant was the runner-up in the finals of the competition.
     (WIN) The contestant did the best on their team in the week's Main Dish challenge or Skill Drill and was considered the winner.
     (BTM) The contestant was selected as one of the bottom entries in the Main Dish challenge, but was not eliminated.
     (OUT) The contestant lost that week's Main Dish challenge and was out of the competition.

Judging recordsEdit

Judge Wins Losses
Anne Burrell 10 6
Bobby Flay 2 1
Rachael Ray 2 2
Tyler Florence 1 5
Beau MacMillan 0 1
Robert Irvine 1 1

NotesEdit

  1. ^ Kimberly D. Worthy previously competed on the first season of Worst Bakers in America.
  2. ^ Brett Azar stood in on-set of Terminator Genisys as the body double for the Young Guardian in 1973, and Guardian's doppelgänger (the T-800 Terminator from the first film who time-traveled to 1984).

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