Worst Cooks in America S24: Welcome back to the 90s

Mentors Tyler Florence and Anne Burrell pose together, as seen on Worst Cooks in America, Season 19. photo provided by Food Network
Mentors Tyler Florence and Anne Burrell pose together, as seen on Worst Cooks in America, Season 19. photo provided by Food Network /

When you ask most foodies about what food TV shows they watch, most will likely mention Beat Bobby Flay or The Great British Baking Show or Tournament of Champions. But you can rest assured that for the majority of them, you can add Worst Cooks in America to that list.

Worst Cooks in America is pure guilty pleasure, nothing more and nothing less. The best part is that the show is well aware of this and plays up that angle every chance it gets. The result is a cooking competition that can actually send you into a fit of giggles.

For Season 24, Worst Cooks is bringing back their Celebrity Edition, which sees B and C (and sometimes D) list celebrities compete for charity and try to learn how to cook at the same time. And for this edition, the show had added a neat little twist.

This season includes celebrities that all came to fame on television during the 1990s. Some have been away from acting for decades while others are still trying to make a go of a career. Either way, none of them can cook and that’s where the hilarity comes in.

Worst Cooks in America Season 24 includes a new mentor for the Blue Team.

This season includes Elisa Donovan, Mark Long, Nicholle Tom and Tracey Gold on Worst Cooks regular Anne Burrell’s Red Team. Then you have Lori Beth Denberg, Jennie Kwan, Matthew Lawrence, Jodi Sweetin and Curtis Williams on newcomer Jeff Mauro’s Blue Team.

The first thing the recruits do every season is the Baseline Challenge, which lets the mentors see just how terrible the new cast is and helps them decide who to pick for their teams. And Season 24 is no different.

Now, I’ll be honest with you. This season is worth watching just for the Baseline Challenge alone. It was one of the funniest things I’ve seen on Food Network in forever. The running “No Cooks in America” gag got funnier every time they used it and the celebrities were a blast to watch.

And yes, Jodi Sweetin used her famous “How Rude!” line. I would have been seriously disappointed if she didn’t.

If the first episode is any indication, Season 24 of Worst Cooks in America looks like it’s going to be a fun ride. And after all the drama of Tournament of Champions and Next Level Chef, it may be just what foodies are looking for.

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