Chef Anne Burrell and a premier chef cohost each take on a team of six hopeless home cooks and try to transform them from kitchen zeros into kitchen heroes in only 10 days. Viewers will follow the personal journeys of the twelve "recruits" as they face a series of high-pressure culinary challenges in their attempts to triumph over their inability to cook. At the end of each episode, one recruit from each team must be eliminated. The two who make it to the end will face the final challenge-to prepare a 3-course, restaurant-quality meal for a panel of food critics. At stake for the chefs: their professional reputations. At stake for the recruits: $25,000, and the right to say that they are no longer one of the Worst Cooks in America.

Season 21, Episode 1

Horrendously Homemade

After 20 seasons of burnt food, kitchen fires and inedible eats, Chef Anne Burrell is joined by Chef Carla Hall to welcome 14 horrible cooks to culinary boot camp. For the first challenge, Anne and Carla have the recruits make their favorite homemade dishes to show off their cooking chops, or lack thereof, in order to decide who the mentors want on their respective teams. For the main challenge, the recruits are tasked with replicating their chef's favorite Asian takeout dishes. The recruits on each team with the worst dishes are sent home.

Friday
Dec 24
5pm | 4c
Season 21, Episode 2

Garden of Eat'n

Boot camp is transformed into a fantastical farm, and the teams face off in a series of challenges that help them understand how food gets from the farm to their fork. Then chefs Anne Burrell and Carla Hall teach their recruits to make meatless meals for their skill drill challenge. In the main challenge, the recruits must cook farm-to-table dishes pairing a seasonal fruit and meat, and the recruits with the least successful dishes are put out to pasture.

Friday
Dec 24
6:30pm | 5:30c
Season 21, Episode 3

Sauce Boss

Boot camp gets a retro, '80s makeover, and the recruits use their palates and culinary senses to learn about different sauces in a zany "Balls to the Wall" game. Then chefs Anne Burrell and Carla Hall teach their recruits how to make meatballs and sauce from scratch. In the main challenge, the recruits are tasked with making the ultimate saucy dish, enchiladas. Unfortunately, the fiesta is over for the two recruits with the least successful dishes.

Friday
Dec 24
8pm | 7c
Season 21, Episode 4

Between Two Buns

The recruits start the week learning about flavor pairings in a wacky sandwich tasting game. For the skill drill, chefs Anne Burrell and Carla Hall have their teams put their own spin on fried chicken sandwiches. In the main challenge, the recruits rock and roll while creating unique roulades, but it may be the last week of boot camp for the least successful recruits.

Friday
Dec 24
9pm | 8c
Season 21, Episode 5

Hook, Line and Sink 'Em

Chefs Anne Burrell and Carla Hall congratulate the recruits for mastering the land, but now it's time to conquer the sea. First, the teams go head-to-head in a seafood identification game with trivia questions and traveling by boat to grab ingredients. The skill drill challenge has them whipping up steaming bowls of mussels, and in the main challenge, the chefs task their recruits with making seafood risotto. The least successful recruits who are still lost at sea are sent home.

Friday
Dec 24
10pm | 9c
Season 21, Episode 6

Bonkers for Baked Goods

It's time for the recruits to learn about the wonderful world of desserts. They get a crash course in cake decorating from pastry chef Zac Young, and then their cake decorating skills are put to the test. For the skill drill, chefs Anne Burrell and Carla Hall teach the recruits how to make anything-but-ordinary cupcakes. Then the recruits return to the savory side when they have to make fresh pasta from scratch. The least successful dishes earn their recruits a trip home.

Friday
Dec 24
11pm | 10c
Season 21, Episode 3

Sauce Boss

Boot camp gets a retro, '80s makeover, and the recruits use their palates and culinary senses to learn about different sauces in a zany "Balls to the Wall" game. Then chefs Anne Burrell and Carla Hall teach their recruits how to make meatballs and sauce from scratch. In the main challenge, the recruits are tasked with making the ultimate saucy dish, enchiladas. Unfortunately, the fiesta is over for the two recruits with the least successful dishes.

Saturday
Dec 25
12am | 11c
Season 21, Episode 4

Between Two Buns

The recruits start the week learning about flavor pairings in a wacky sandwich tasting game. For the skill drill, chefs Anne Burrell and Carla Hall have their teams put their own spin on fried chicken sandwiches. In the main challenge, the recruits rock and roll while creating unique roulades, but it may be the last week of boot camp for the least successful recruits.

Saturday
Dec 25
1am | 12c
Season 21, Episode 5

Hook, Line and Sink 'Em

Chefs Anne Burrell and Carla Hall congratulate the recruits for mastering the land, but now it's time to conquer the sea. First, the teams go head-to-head in a seafood identification game with trivia questions and traveling by boat to grab ingredients. The skill drill challenge has them whipping up steaming bowls of mussels, and in the main challenge, the chefs task their recruits with making seafood risotto. The least successful recruits who are still lost at sea are sent home.

Saturday
Dec 25
2am | 1c
Season 21, Episode 6

Bonkers for Baked Goods

It's time for the recruits to learn about the wonderful world of desserts. They get a crash course in cake decorating from pastry chef Zac Young, and then their cake decorating skills are put to the test. For the skill drill, chefs Anne Burrell and Carla Hall teach the recruits how to make anything-but-ordinary cupcakes. Then the recruits return to the savory side when they have to make fresh pasta from scratch. The least successful dishes earn their recruits a trip home.

Saturday
Dec 25
3am | 2c
Season 21, Episode 1

Horrendously Homemade

After 20 seasons of burnt food, kitchen fires and inedible eats, Chef Anne Burrell is joined by Chef Carla Hall to welcome 14 horrible cooks to culinary boot camp. For the first challenge, Anne and Carla have the recruits make their favorite homemade dishes to show off their cooking chops, or lack thereof, in order to decide who the mentors want on their respective teams. For the main challenge, the recruits are tasked with replicating their chef's favorite Asian takeout dishes. The recruits on each team with the worst dishes are sent home.

Thursday
Dec 30
7am | 6c
Season 21, Episode 2

Garden of Eat'n

Boot camp is transformed into a fantastical farm, and the teams face off in a series of challenges that help them understand how food gets from the farm to their fork. Then chefs Anne Burrell and Carla Hall teach their recruits to make meatless meals for their skill drill challenge. In the main challenge, the recruits must cook farm-to-table dishes pairing a seasonal fruit and meat, and the recruits with the least successful dishes are put out to pasture.

Thursday
Dec 30
8:30am | 7:30c
Season 21, Episode 5

Hook, Line and Sink 'Em

Chefs Anne Burrell and Carla Hall congratulate the recruits for mastering the land, but now it's time to conquer the sea. First, the teams go head-to-head in a seafood identification game with trivia questions and traveling by boat to grab ingredients. The skill drill challenge has them whipping up steaming bowls of mussels, and in the main challenge, the chefs task their recruits with making seafood risotto. The least successful recruits who are still lost at sea are sent home.

Friday
Dec 31
7pm | 6c

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