After years of making us feel inadequate in the kitchen, it’s so refreshing to watch a Food Network show that points out the worst of the worst—and makes us all feel better about our own culinary disasters. The inedible delights that these bad cooks create—along with the shocked reactions by the judges—makes “Worst Cooks in America” the most entertaining food competition show we’ve ever seen. But interestingly, it’s also surprisingly emotional to watch the worst cooks’ progress as they learn to master skills they didn’t think they had within them. And that’s really the payoff here.

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