Eight of the worst celebrity cooks in America arrive at culinary boot camp, and chefs Anne Burrell and Tyler Florence ask them each to cook their favorite restaurant dish to see how they measure up to the original. Then, the chefs teach the celebrities how to make a classic steakhouse meal, and it's clear that some of these celebs just don't have the chops. Finally, Anne and Tyler pick their teams in an award show-inspired ceremony.
It's Celebrity Game Night at boot camp, and the teams of celebrity cooks go head-to-head for food games and trivia, including a Wheel of Horror. Then the celebrities go on a museum tour of famous movie dishes and are asked to replicate Anne Burrell's and Tyler Florence's movie-inspired dishes. The two celebs with the worst dishes face off in a blind elimination challenge to determine who goes home.
Chefs Anne Burrell and Tyler Florence plunge the celebrities into the deep end of the kitchen by introducing them to fish. For the skill drill, the teams race to assemble sushi rolls off a speedy conveyor belt. For the main dish challenge, Anne and Tyler teach their recruits how to make fish tacos with homemade tortillas. It's rough waters for some of the celebrities, and the two with the worst dishes battle it out in the blind elimination challenge to determine who goes home.
The celebrity recruits are familiar with the finest foods the world has to offer, but now it's time to make some of them. First, they learn how to make Thai ice cream rolls and must create their own flavor profile. Then they depart for Spain, where chef mentors Anne Burrell and Tyler Florence teach them how to make paella. The two celebrities with the worst dishes must go head-to-head in the blind elimination challenge to determine whose trip will be cut short.
The celebrities find boot camp transformed into an elegant cocktail party suitable for their refined tastes. While sipping on champagne and caviar-topped blinis, mentors Anne Burrell and Tyler Florence announce that the recruits each have to make their own champagne cocktail and a tray of blinis from scratch. Afterward, the tables are turned for these pampered celebrities when they must cater lunch for the entire Worst Cooks crew. The bottom two celebs battle it out in the blind elimination challenge for the chance to stay in the competition.
The celebrity recruits are left to run free in boot camp, working in teams to recreate a dish from taste alone. Unbeknownst to them, though, chefs Anne Burrell and Tyler Florence are secretly watching their every move. Then the celebs battle it out in their toughest competition yet, a Chopped-style showdown to determine which two will make it to the finale.
In the final week of boot camp, mentors Anne Burrell and Tyler Florence want to remind their celebrity recruits just how far they've come. After watching a highlight reel of their not-so-finest moments, the final two celebrities are asked to recreate their baseline dishes using all the techniques they've learned over the past six weeks. For the final challenge, the two finalists must create a three-course meal for culinary experts Leah Cohen, Zac Posen and Melba Wilson, who decide which celebrity takes home $25,000 for the charity of their choice.