12 to 16 contestants with poor cooking skills are taken through an eight-week culinary boot camp, to earn a cash prize of $25,000. 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.
Eight recruits return to finally master the kitchen under the mentorship of Anne Burrell and Michael Symon. The chefs challenge the recruits to remake the dish that sent them home the first time. Then former Worst Cooks recruits watch and comment on an episode in which the contestants compete in boardwalk-themed cooking challenges led by Chef Anne and Chef Alex Guarnaschelli.
Teams of recruits go head-to-head in a series of casino-themed culinary challenges under the watchful eyes of chefs Anne Burrell and Michael Symon. Then former Worst Cooks recruits watch and comment on a Celebrity Edition finale with Wells Adams and Johnny Bananas.
Chefs Anne Burrell and Michael Symon watch as the recruits cook using only camping equipment and utensils. Then former recruits watch and comment on an episode with international food-inspired challenges and mentor Rachael Ray.
Chefs Anne Burrell and Michael Symon welcome the recruits to boot camp, which is transformed into an airport, and the challenges explore international dishes and flavors. Then former recruits watch an episode where the recruits have to create a romantic meal under the mentorship of Chef Anne and Chef Tyler Florence.
The recruits get to know different types of desserts, and chefs Anne Burrell and Michael Symon teach them how to make classic French eclairs. Then former recruits watch and react to an episode with craveable foods and Chef Alton Brown.
Chefs Anne Burrell and Michael Symon teach their final two recruits how to make a three-course, restaurant-quality meal, and the judges choose a winner. Then former recruits react to an episode with celebrities, an hors d'oeuvre cook-off and Chef Tyler Florence.