Chef Anne Burrell and Chef Tyler Florence test the recruits' food knowledge in a game show-style battle of "Family Food," where they go head-to-head to win steps for an incomplete recipe. After the game, they clumsily attempt to fill in the blanks in their partial recipes and cook the dish. Then, they all must stuff and prepare a delicate cut of meat.
Mentors Anne Burrell and Rachael Ray help the recruits break out of their shell by starting with the most important meal of the day: breakfast. First, the teams get cracking in a game that will get their hands messy and show how much they know about the many different egg dishes. The mentors then bring the day full circle in the main dish challenge by teaching the recruits how to ditch frozen microwave meals and create a home-cooked dinner that will have their friends and family coming back for more.
Anne Burrell and Rachael Ray play a unique taste and describe game with the celebrity recruits in order to introduce them to unique tropical flavors. Then, the mentors demonstrate Hawaiian poke and pork dishes, which their recruits must replicate exactly. The two celebrities with the worst dishes go head-to-head in an elimination challenge.
Anne Burrell and Rachael Ray are replaced with two surprise culinary giants who don't "kid" around as they mentor the recruits through the skill drill of making unconventional pizzas. For the main dish challenge, the recruits have to get their hands dirty and face their fishy fears by learning to fillet and prepare a fish dinner.
Competition is in the air as the recruits enter boot camp to see that it has been transformed into a game day arena. They must put their culinary knowledge to the test in a game of Family Food, where only one team can be named the winner. For the main dish challenge, the recruits must cook for a crowd and impress their guests with the ultimate game day sandwich and an appetizer.
The recruits arrive in a park for a burger grilling Skill Drill, and when Chefs Anne and Robert encourage them to put their own spin on this classic, some cooks struggle to find inspiration. The chefs choose the most creative burger after a blind taste test, and reveal a "Chef Advantage"- the chef whose recruit wins the Skill Drill gets to trade a team member. The next day at Boot Camp for the Main Dish Challenge, the recruits must execute elegant meals for two, sit down to eat with their chef, and defend their dishes. The losing recruits are eliminated.
The remaining six recruits attempt to conquer intimidating ingredients when they visit The Meat Hook, a New York butcher shop, where they learn to make a sausage meal from scratch for their Skill Drill. Back at Boot Camp, the recruits face their seafood fears in the Main Dish Challenge. Each cook must clean and prep a squid or whole fish for an entree and make a side dish that features the recruit's least favorite ingredient. The competition narrows as two more worst cooks leave the competition.
Anne Burrell and Rachael Ray bring in a special guest mentor to teach the recruits how to make a decadent chocolate dessert to set the mood for Valentine's Day. Their desserts will be judged in a blind taste test, and the winning recruit will receive a special advantage for the main dish challenge, where they must cook a romantic meal to wow their mentors.
Anne Burrell and Rachael Ray teach the recruits all about flavor, starting with a skill drill that puts their tongues and taste buds to the test. For the main dish challenge, the recruits put their newly-learned flavor combination skills to work as they take a culinary trip around the world and make a roulade inspired by a basket of ingredients that corresponds to the cuisine of a foreign country.
As soon the new cast of celebrity recruits arrive to Boot Camp, Anne and Rachael immediately throw them into their first challenge! The celebrities must make a dish inspired by food they've posted on their social media profiles. Judging from their pages online, these Celebs love a good meal, but clearly don't know how to cook one! Later, the mentor's teach the celebrities how to make some lobster dishes, which proves to be disastrous for some of these clueless cooks. After Anne and Rachael choose their teams, the celebrities are anxious to officially start their culinary training.
Chef Anne Burrell and Chef Tyler Florence each work with their final remaining recruit to plan a refined three-course menu that will be served to a panel of culinary experts. Anne and Tyler battle for bragging rights as the recruits' cooking skills are put to the ultimate test in a professional kitchen, but in the end, only the dishes can prove which recruit has gone from worst to best and will win the $25,000 prize!
The Recruits try their hands at experimenting with flavor combinations with a Skill Drill where they serve their crepe creations in a blind tasting. Then the Recruits make their own international tacos: Some flavor combinations are good enough to take over the world while some are truly Worst Cooks worthy!
The celebrity recruits put their culinary knowledge to the test by playing Family Food, a game of food trivia and culinary tasks. Unfortunately for the celebrities, it's the "freaky food" edition, so some of the rounds are not for the faint of heart! Afterwards, the recruits learn the art of beef butchering and the least successful recruits go head-to-head in a high "steaks" challenge.