Anne Burrell and Rachael Ray Kick Off the New Year with Season 10 of Worst Cooks in America

Learn all about the new season of Worst Cooks in America, premiering Sunday, Jan. 1 at 9|8c.
Worst Cooks Season 10 contestants

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If your New Year's resolution is to learn how to cook, then the new season of Worst Cooks in America, premiering Sunday, Jan. 1 at 9|8c, is the perfect place to start. Kick off the first day of 2017 with Anne Burrell, Rachael Ray and a brand-new roster of 16 hapless cooks. In the 10-episode season, mentors Anne and Rachael will lead a team of bumbling cooks in an intense kitchen Boot Camp designed to whip them into culinary shape. The contestant who makes the most-impressive transformation will be awarded a $25,000 grand prize, along bragging rights for his or her team leader.

The competitors are (from left to right):
Kayla Kurtz (Kent, Ohio)
Mandy Thornton (Hanover, Mass.)
Daniel Mar (Burbank, Calif.)
Laura Docker (Fort Worth, Texas)
Adam Cooke (Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.)
Jetta Linda Ostrofsky (Sacramento)
Cedrick Miller (El Paso, Texas)
Brittany Lenore (Chicago)
Jeff West (Douglassville, Penn.)
Ann Odogwu (Houston)
Matt Josephs (Richmond, Va.)
Buffy Mykkanen (Portland, Ore.)
Stephen Hawkins (Temecula, Calif.)
Maria Marcello (Torrance, Calif.)
Jake Michaels (Manteno, Ill.)
Lester Turchin (Fort Lauderdale)

In the season premiere, Anne and Rachael will welcome the recruits to Boot Camp; in their first challenge, the recruits must re-create their most-disastrous dishes so the mentors can assess their skills. After teams are chosen, the recruits will dive into their first Main Dish challenge: cooking shrimp and live lobster! The recruits with the least successful dishes on each team will be sent home, while the rest will move ahead in their battle for culinary success.

Subsequent episodes will feature a messy egg-filled-breakfast battle; game-show-style contests such as Lick It to Win It, where recruits test their newly refined taste buds, and Family Food, where they put their food trivia knowledge to use; and Valentine's Day and Mardi Gras-themed challenges. The season will culminate Sunday, March 5 at 9|8c with the two most-improved recruits preparing a three-course, restaurant-quality meal for a panel of culinary experts. Only one recruit will win $25,000 and victory for his or her mentor.

Viewers can uncover the very best of the worst at and take a quiz to find out if they'd survive culinary Boot Camp, catch photo and video highlights, discover cooking tips, and much more. Join the conversation on social media using #WorstCooks.

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