Cooking can be very challenging, but if mastered, it can be a very useful skill and also be an excellent career path for people who even start their professional lives late. Cooking has no age bar or restrictions and can be taught to even those who do not have the knack for it. It is precisely on these people that USA-based reality show ‘Worst Cooks in America’ focuses. A show by Food Network, the competition format series aims to transform people with pathetic culinary skills and turn them into professional chefs.
Season 1 of the show first premiered on Food Network on January 3, 2010, and in the years that have passed since then, the show has cooked up a whopping 18 seasons. Despite having had such a long run, Food Network is determined to keep the show going. Here’s everything we know about ‘Worst Cooks in America’ season 19.
Worst Cooks in America Season 19 Release Date: When Will it Premiere?
‘Worst Cooks in America’ season 18 premiered on January 5, 2020, on Food Network. After airing for eight episodes, it concluded on March 8, 2020.
Almost immediately thereafter, the channel renewed the show for its 19th iteration. ‘Worst Cooks in America’ Season 19 premiered on May 10, 2020, at 9 pm ET. It consists of seven episodes.
Worst Cooks In America Season 19 Hosts, Judges & Contestants
The cast of this show is not fixed, but if you have to choose one person whose role is quite predominant then it would be that of Anne Burrell, who is the primary judge of the competition format show. Every season Anne Burrell gets one or more co-hosts, and over the 18 seasons that have aired so far, celebrity chefs like Beau MacMillan, Robert Irvine, Bobby Flay, Alton Brown, and Rachael Ray have featured as judges as well. In season 19, Burrell will resume her role on the judging panel, accompanied by Tyler Florence.
The 18th edition featured 16 candidates, with Shannon Akins being declared as the winner in the finale. The 19th season, which happens to be the sixth installment from the Celebrity Edition, features seven contestants. They are Wells Adams (‘Bachelor in Paradise’), Johnny Bananas (‘The Challenge’), Dave Coulier (‘Full House’), Bridget Everett (comedian and actress), Robin Givens (actress), Sonja Morgan (‘The Real Housewives of New York City’), and Brian Posehn (comedian and actor).
What is Worst Cooks in America Season 19 About?
‘Worst Cooks in America’ is a show all about food and cooking. Every season, there is a new batch of recruits who join. Each season, between 12-16 new contestants who claim to be the worst cooks in America take part in the show. They are put through an intense boot camp where they are taught various types of cooking techniques like baking, tempering, knife skills, preparations, seasoning, how to present, and more. The goal of the TV show is to put these contestants to the test to see who comes out on top and wins – winners get impressive prize money of $25,000. Along with the money they also get a Food Network cooking set.
In the show, the contestants are divided into two teams. Each week, one contestant must be eliminated from each team so that eventually each team has just one member standing. The last two contestants or finalists have to partake in a cook-off. Here, each finalist has to cook their own three-course meal which is judged by critics who are experts in their culinary fields. The finalist who makes the best meal wins. The winners also win bragging rights for their mentor.
Season 18 begins by introducing us to 16 of the worst cooks who set foot in the boot camp to test their skills — starting with making basic dishes, which obviously end in kitchen nightmares. They are then divided into two teams and the recruits are asked to make the chef’s chicken soup and sandwich dish. The ones with the poorest results are evicted.
The next theme is “indulgence”, where Alton Brown and Anne Burrell teach the recruits to curate fresh mozzarella for a salad, following which the participants need to cook their chef’s crave-able dish. Again, the worst performers are sent back home. Another round revolves around the Chinese New Year celebration, where the cooks need to use clues from fortune cookies to find ingredients and then learn to make fried rice. Again, under the mentorship of the judges, they create dumplings.
In culinary sophistication, the participants are tasked with tasting and recognizing crepe fillings. Then they gather know-how about making actual crepes after which they cook a duck dish — with the ones who “quack” being eliminated from the competition. In opposites attract, the recruits combine unlikely ingredients, make a dish, and create flatbread, as well as a dish pairing fruit and meat. The ones who create the worst dishes are given a ticket home.
In the culinary version of Candyland, the candidates are required to identify sweet treats using all their senses. In the skill drill challenge, the recruits curate napoleons and for the main dish challenge, Alton Brown and Anne Burrell guide the contestants in making a citrus tart with meringue. Finally, in clandestine cuisine, a game on answering seafood trivia leads the recruits to crack a picture puzzle. They then learn to make empanadas and ultimately have to cook shellfish dishes.
In the ultimate face-off, the last-remaining recruits are tasked to re-create burgers made by Alton Brown and Anne Burrell, after which they have to make Southern tailgating staples. The final man/woman standing is crowned as the winner of the season.
Season 19 follows seven alums from tv and movies as they battle it out over a span of seven weeks to make it to the top. In the finale, one of them will earn the grand cash prize alongside a Food Network cooking set.
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