'Worst Cooks in America' Season 20: Release date, plot, hosts and all you need to know about the food show

'Iron Chef America' winner Alex Guarnaschelli enters the bootcamp as mentor for the very first time

                            'Worst Cooks in America' Season 20: Release date, plot, hosts and all you need to know about the food show
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The current season of Food Network's show 'Worst Cooks' is airing its celebrity edition currently. The six-week-long season will come to an end, this upcoming Sunday night with either Wells Adams or Johnny Devenanzio emerging as the winner. However, fans of the show needn't worry as a whole new season of the show is ready to air. Continue reading below to know everything that you need to know about Season 20. 

Release date

'Worst Cooks in America' Season 20 will feature seven episodes and will start premiering every Sunday night, starting June 21, 2020. 


Following the format of the show, chefs and mentors Anne Burrell and Alex Guarnaschelli will welcome 14 of America's worst cooks within the premiere episode. Although flustered and uncertain about the skills of these cooks, the chefs will receive them with open arms. The first episode is always about picking teams for the mentors and to do that both Anne and Alex will determine what they're working with. For the same, all 14 recruits will participate in a baseline challenge and the main dish challenge. For this season, in the baseline challenge, all the recruits will be seen recreating their favorite dish from their childhood. The main dish challenge will see making the famed Jamaican jerk chicken. After both the challenges, Anne and Alex will pick their recruits to form their respective team. The two contestants who don't manage to get picked by either of the chefs will be sent home at the end of the episode. 

Some of the challenges in Season 20 include Japanese cuisine themed sushi-rolling and bento box challenge, blindfolded doughnut-eating contest and a trip through past kitchen disasters. The finale episode will air on Sunday, August 2 and will feature two of the most-improved recruits indulging in a cook-out. They will both be required to prepare a three-course restaurant-quality meal for judges Mary Giuliani, Julian Rodarte and James Tahhan. The cook-off will be followed by a blind taste-test and the winner will take home $25,000 while also earning bragging rights for their team leader.


Anne Burrell 

Chef Anne Burrell (Getty Images)

With her trademark spiky blond hair and ecstatic personality, Anne Burrell has worked at some of the top restaurants in New York, studied culinary landscape and traditions of Italy, battled alongside Mario Batali as his sous chef on Food Network’s Iron Chef America and written a New York Times best-selling cookbook.

Growing up in upstate New York, Anne’s passion for food and cooking began at an early age. Anne feels fortunate to have found a field that satisfies her so completely.

Alex Guarnaschelli 

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Alex was born in a food family. Her mother Maria Guarnaschelli is an esteemed cookbook editor and her father John, a cooking enthusiast. She's trained under and worked as a sous chef under heavyweights of the culinary world namely Larry Forgione, Guy Savoy and Daniel Boulud. She is also an executive chef at Butter, New York City's elite restaurant as well as The Darby. 'Worst Cooks' is not her first outing on television and she's appeared on a couple of other shows that also include Food Network's  'Chopped', 'Guy's Grocery Games' and 'Alex's Day Off'.


This season's recruits are Dolores Aguilar-Fernandez (Cypress, Texas); Evan Baker (Bismarck, North Dakota); Darian Barnes (Rahway, New Jersey); Holly Brooks (Lancaster, Pennsylvania); Zack Ignoffo (Chicago); Domaine Javier (San Gabriel, California); Jewels McIlroy (Syracuse); Johannes "Yo" Phelps (Davenport, Iowa); Ari Robinson (Simpsonville, South Carolina); Denise Schroder (Oklahoma City, Oklahoma); Louisa Sharamatyan (Glendale, California); Eric Smart (Los Angeles); Erin Sullivan (Mayfield, Kentucky) and Brianna Weidenbach (Martin, Tennessee).


There is no trailer yet for the new season. Check this space for more updates.

Where to watch

'Worst Cooks in America' Season 20 will return on Sunday, June 21, 2020, at 10|9c on Food Network.

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