Worst Cooks in America, Season 16: Meet the Celebrity Recruits

Get to know the eight culinarily challenged celebrities taking on Boot Camp in Season 16.

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Photo By: Anders Krusberg

Photo By: Anders Krusberg

Photo By: Anders Krusberg

Photo By: Anders Krusberg

Photo By: Anders Krusberg

Photo By: Anders Krusberg

Photo By: Anders Krusberg

Photo By: Anders Krusberg

Photo By: Anders Krusberg

Photo By: Anders Krusberg

Which Stars Will Survive Boot Camp?

They're stars of the big screen and the small screen, but these celebrities are no stars in the kitchen. Keep reading to meet the eight famous faces entering Anne and Tyler's Boot Camp.

Jim J. Bullock

Jim J. Bullock is well-known for his television appearances on Too Close for Comfort, Hollywood Squares, Alf, Seinfeld, Roseanne, Jim J. and Tammy Faye and Glee. He is the voice of "Queer Duck" in Showtime’s Queer Duck and "Prince Valium" in the Mel Brooks cult classic film Spaceballs. On stage, Jim has appeared on Broadway/First National tours of Hairspray and Kinky Boots. Regionally, he has appeared in shows including Sister Act, Beauty and the Beast and Bye Bye Birdie. He is a proud supporter of The Actors Fund of America.

Morgan Fairchild

Morgan Fairchild is an actress, author and speaker. She began her television career on Search for Tomorrow and went on to star in Dallas, Flamingo Road, Paper Dolls and Falcon Crest. Morgan has also performed in theater and had guest star roles in television comedies including Murphy Brown, Roseanne, Cybill and Friends. Morgan is also known for her lifelong commitment to social activism including raising awareness of AIDS-related issues and environmental protection.

Jonathan Lipnicki

Jonathan is an actor best known for his roles in Jerry Maguire, the Stuart Little movies and The Little Vampire. Throughout his teenage years, he guest-starred on several hit television shows, including Monk, Family Guy, and Blowin’ Up. Offscreen, Jonathan is an avid Brazilian jiu-jitsu practitioner, currently holding a brown belt in the sport. He considers himself a survivalist cooker, meaning when he cooks, it's somewhat edible and he survives. He'd love to learn how to cook, and at 27 years old, he thinks it's time he learned how to make a decent meal.

Tonya Harding

Tonya Harding's love of ice skating began at the age of three when she visited her local mall that had an ice-skating rink. She fell in love with it the moment her feet hit the ice. At just five years old, she won her first competition, and her focus and commitment to skating took off. During her skating career she was a two-time U.S. Champion, two-time Olympian, World Silver Medalist and was the very first American woman to attempt and land the difficult Triple Axel. In her personal life, she is happily married and she and her husband have an adorable son.

Taryn Manning

Taryn Manning is currently starring in the Netflix series Orange Is the New Black as the controversial religious zealot Pennsatucky. She has also graced the screen in blockbuster hits such as Hustle & Flow, 8 Mile, Crossroads, Crazy/Beautiful, Cold Mountain, A Lot Like Love, Dandelion, White Oleander, Love Ranch and The Perfect Age of Rock N’ Roll. Not only a force in film, Manning has been favored in roles on television series including Hawaii 5-0, Melrose Place, The Practice, Boston Legal, Burn Notice, CSI: Miami, Sons of Anarchy and Law & Order: SVU, for which she garnered critical acclaim.

Alec Mapa

With uproarious live performances and groundbreaking television roles, GLAAD Award winning actor and comedian Alec Mapa has entertained audiences worldwide in every imaginable medium. He has guest-starred and had recurring roles on over 40 television shows, including Switched at Birth, Devious Maids, Black-ish, Mom, Jane The Virgin and Two Broke Girls as well as simultaneous recurring roles on two ABC mega hits: Ugly Betty and Desperate Housewives. Films include: Playing By Heart, Marley & Me and You Don’t Mess with the Zohan. Alec lives in Los Angeles with his husband Jamie and his son Zion.

Kym Whitley

Kym Whitley was born in Cleveland, Ohio and raised in Khartoum, Sudan. A modern-day Renaissance Woman, she is easily recognizable from her frequent appearances as Monina on Larry David’s groundbreaking HBO series "Curb Your Enthusiasm" and Ice Cube’s hit movie "Next Friday" as Suga. Kym has appeared on numerous TV shows, including Hot in Cleveland, Two Broke Girls, Moesha, The Wayans Brothers Show, My Wife and Kids, That’s So Raven and Soul Man. Most recently, Kym played the hilarious Yolanda on Young & Hungry for five seasons. In addition, she has a thriving film career, having starred in The Nutty Professor, Along Came Polly, We Bought a Zoo and College Road Trip.

Jimmie Walker

Rising from the streets of New York to television superstardom, Jimmie Walker personifies the great American success story. His catch phrase "Dyn-o-mite!" is part of the modern vernacular. He was spotted by the casting director for Norman Lear of All in the Family fame and he would eventually land a part in Lear's new urban-styled comedy series Good Times and the rest is history. The role of the broadly strutting, wisecracking J.J. Evans would launch Jimmie into television superstardom. Despite all his success on the big and small screens, stand-up comedy remains his first love. He currently tours the country 35 to 45 weeks a year performing live, and guesting on game shows and late night television. In his spare time, he writes scripts for TV and movies, and continues to enjoy a comedy career now approaching five decades.

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