Coming off her first loss in four seasons to Bobby Flay last year, Anne Burrell is out for revenge in season five. Step one is scouring the country for the 14 worst cooks in America, picking teams and giving them the recruits their first lesson in cooking, starting with an American favorite: pizza.
Since Chefs Bobby and Anne are starting from scratch with these bad cooks, the lessons for the week involve learning to cook from scratch — including an "udder-ly" hands-on experience sourcing milk for homemade cheese.
It's time to learn how to build flavors. From a sweet skill drill making doughnuts to a savory main dish challenge making roulades, the recruits are asked to experiment for the first time in the kitchen and create their own take on these dishes to drastically unpredictable results.
The recruits may have mastered putting out one plate of food but they are still a far cry from being able to cook for their families. This week's challenges teach them how to cook quantity — first rolling sushi for a hungry lunch rush via conveyor belt and then catering a huge party for surprise guest Betsey Johnson.
The recruits wake up to surprise houseguests Chef Bobby and Chef Anne who crave the most important meal of the day, breakfast. While the most important meal, it's not the only meal and the recruits get in the habit of cooking on a regular basis with two challenges in a single day.
It's down to the final four and in order to make it to the finale, and after a touching reunion, the remaining recruits will be cooking for the loved ones who nominated them for boot camp. Though they have a chance for redemption showcasing their new cooking skills for their family members, it's also a blind-tasting challenge that could mean getting sent home by the very people they love.
It's Chef Bobby's last recruit versus Chef Anne's last recruit to determine the ultimate winner of Worst Cooks in America. In one last face-off, finalists will cook a refined three-course meal in a professional restaurant kitchen for a panel of culinary experts who will decide which chef-mentor is the better teacher by leading his or her recruit to a $25,000 victory.