NEW YORK, Dec. 1, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Renowned chefs Anne Burrell and Tyler Florence return to whip a fresh crop of bumbling cooks into culinary shape in a new season of Worst Cooks in America, premiering Sunday, January 7 th at 9pm (all times ET/PT) on Food Network. In the ten-episode series that transforms kitchen disasters into skilled cooks, Anne and Tyler each lead a team of cooking-challenged recruits in an intense culinary boot camp designed to improve their food skills. In the end, only the one contestant who makes the most impressive transformation wins a $25,000 grand prize and bragging rights for their team mentor. Experience the interactive Multichannel News Release here: https://www.multivu.com/players/English/8179957-food-network-worst-cooks-in-america/"Kicking off the year with a new roster of Worst Cooks has become a Food Network tradition," said Courtney White, Senior Vice President, Programming, Scripps Networks Interactive. "Watching Anne and Tyler turn these kitchen misfits into confident cooks is a fun ride from start to finish." The competitors are: Brandon Arroyo ( Cleveland, Ohio); Steven Crowley ( New York, New York); Kayrene Curtis ( Rocky River, Ohio); Jonathan Farhat ( Livermore, California); Lily Frey ( Anaheim Hills, California): Asaf Goren ( Los Angeles, California); Robyn Hayden ( Charleston, South Carolina); Sylvia Jefferies ( Charleston, South Carolina); Hazell Mckenzie ( Brooklyn, New York); Priscilla Nguyen ( Hattiesburg, Mississippi); Skyler and Spencer Nick ( Wauconda, Illinois); Kevin Pettice ( Charlotte, North Carolina); Shatima Ruffin ( Yorktown, Virginia); Sharon Shvarzman ( Staten Island, New York) and Lacey Stout ( Owasso, Oklahoma). In the season premiere, sixteen of the country's worst cooks enter boot camp with dreams of putting their kitchen nightmares behind them. Anne and Tyler need to see what they're dealing with, so they have the recruits make their signature dishes - and the results are worse than they could have imagined. For the first main dish challenge, the chefs teach the recruits how to make breakfast, the most important meal of the day. Then Anne and Tyler pick teams, and the two recruits with the least successful breakfast dishes are sent home. Upcoming episodes feature a fun fish market challenge, a round of food trivia game "Family Food," a sweet Valentine's Day challenge and the return of "Remote Control Chef." The season culminates on Sunday, March 11 th at 9pm with the two most-improved recruits preparing a three-course, restaurant quality meal for judges Jordan Andino, Michael Chernow and Paulette Goto - and the creator of the best dish wins $25,000 and victory for their mentor. Viewers can learn more at FoodNetwork.com/WorstCooks including tips from your favorite chefs and quizzes to improve your cooking. Tell us your mishaps in the kitchen with #WorstCooks. FOOD NETWORK ( www.foodnetwork.com) is a unique lifestyle network, website and magazine that connects viewers to the power and joy of food. The network strives to be viewers' best friend in food and is committed to leading by teaching, inspiring, empowering and entertaining through its talent and expertise. Food Network is distributed to nearly 100 million U.S. households and draws over 46 million unique web users monthly. Since launching in 2009, Food Network Magazine's rate base has grown 13 times and is the #2 best-selling monthly magazine on the newsstand, with 13.9 million readers. Headquartered in New York, Food Network has a growing international presence with programming in more than 150 countries, including 24-hour networks in the United Kingdom, Asia, and the Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) region. Scripps Networks Interactive (NASDAQ: SNI), which also owns and operates Cooking Channel ( www.cookingchanneltv.com), HGTV ( www.hgtv.com), DIY Network ( www.diynetwork.com), Travel Channel ( www.travelchannel.com) and Great American Country ( www.gactv.com), is the manager and general partner.