Sunday, March 10, 2019

Worst Cooks in America: Celebrity Edition Cast 2019

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Worst Cooks in America: Celebrity Edition will be returning to Food Network on Sunday, April 21st at 9pm on Food Network. The season will be seven-episodes long and Anne Burrell and Tyler Florence will once again be mentoring the celebrities on their challenges. The celebrities competing for a chance to win $25,000 for charity are: Jim J. Bullock, Morgan Fairchild, Tonya Harding, Jonathan Lipnicki, Taryn Manning, Alec Mapa, Kym Whitley and Jimmie Walker.

If you don't recognize the names of the celebrities, here is what they are most known for:

  • Jim J. Bullock - actor from Too Close for Comfort (80s)
  • Morgan Fairchild - actress who was popular in the late 70's/early 80's for various "glamorous" roles
  • Tonya Harding - Olympic figure skater who is most known for orchestrating an attack on Nancy Kerrigan
  • Jonathan Lipnicki - Actor from Jerry Maguire
  • Taryn Manning - Actress and singer - 8 Mile and Hustle & Flow
  • Alec Mapa -  Actor from Half & Half, Ugly Betty
  • Kym Whitley - Actress from Young & Hungry, The Parkers
  • Jimmie Walker - Actor from Good Times

This year there are seven episodes and eight celebrities participating, while last year there were six episodes and seven celebrities.

*Another post with discussion about this season can be found here.

The press release from Discovery about the show is below:


Food Network Chefs Anne Burrell and Tyler Florence Mentor All-Star Recruits in Seven-Episode Season Premiering Sunday, April 21st at 9pm ET/PT

NEW YORK – March 7, 2019 – Anne Burrell and Tyler Florence are back to lead a new star-studded cast of cooking-challenged celebrities through culinary boot camp in the return of Worst Cooks in America: Celebrity Edition on Sunday, April 21st at 9pm (all times ET/PT). In the seven-episode season, Anne and Tyler each lead a team of stars through a series of high-pressure cooking drills where only the most-improved recruit left standing is awarded $25,000 for the charity of their choice and bragging rights for their chef mentor. This season’s celebrity recruits are: Jim J. Bullock, Morgan Fairchild, Tonya Harding, Jonathan Lipnicki, Taryn Manning, Alec Mapa, Kym Whitley and Jimmie Walker.

“Competing on Worst Cooks is a very tough role for these celebrities – they start off as true kitchen disasters, but by the end of boot camp their food skills are impressive,” said Courtney White, President, Food Network. “Watching Anne and Tyler mentor this cast of larger-than-life personalities is endlessly entertaining.”

In the season premiere, the eight celebrity recruits arrive in boot camp, and Anne and Tyler 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 becomes clear some of these celebs just don’t have the chops. After, Anne and Tyler pick their teams in an award-show inspired ceremony suitable for the celebrities. Upcoming episodes feature a food trivia-inspired game night, sushi challenge, and Chopped-style battle. In the finale on Sunday, June 2nd at 9pm, the two most-improved cooks must create a restaurant-quality meal for guest judges Leah Cohen, Zac Posen and Melba Wilson. The judges then determine who is awarded the $25,000 grand prize for the charity of their choice and bragging rights for their team leader.

Fans can learn more about the famous faces competing for kitchen glory at, plus browse photos from the challenges and take quizzes to test their kitchen know-how. Viewers can follow #WorstCooks on our social channels to watch Tyler and Anne go head-to-head in fun challenges and see behind-the-scenes interviews with the recruits.

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