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The Worst Cooking Competition Show Judges 

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Updated September 25, 2019 3.9k votes 373 voters 5.8k views 30 items

List Rules The worst judge and panel members from any cooking competition game shows

Without a judge, it's basically impossible to have a reality TV cooking competition. But sometimes it feels like a bad judge worse than no judge at all. Instead of enjoying a fun dynamic between the judges as they nervously watch contestants cook, or how they give feedback when they taste the food, you only tune in to see if one the other judges finally snaps and tells them off.

Reality TV judges on cooking competition shows like Chopped, Iron Chef, and other Food Network shows are judging people when they have basically done the impossible with limited ingredients and time, but that doesn't stop some of them from being incredibly mean. It's like they see the fun banter on Beat Bobby Flay and think that's how they should talk to everyone. There's a line between cruelty and constructive criticism and the meanest TV judges on cooking competitions cross it constantly.

The worst TV judges also aren't always the ones who seem to revel in making contestants cry. The apathetic and ineffectual judges can be just as bad. Nodding along mindlessly to other judge's critiques, unable to give any definitive reason why a dish isn't working or being unable to effectively convey why they're qualified to judge anything more complex than a frozen microwave meal can ruin a show.

Here's your chance to turn the tables and to vote for the worst cooking competition show judges. Who is the absolute worst? And, if we've forgotten a particularly terrible cooking competition TV judge, be sure to add them to the list.

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Giada De Laurentiis is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Worst Cooking Competition Show Judges
Iron Chef America, The Next Food Network Star
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Anne Burrell is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Worst Cooking Competition Show Judges
Worst Cooks in America
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Robert Irvine is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Worst Cooking Competition Show Judges
Worst Cooks in America
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Bobby Flay is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Worst Cooking Competition Show Judges
Iron Chef America, Iron Chef, The Next Food Network Star
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Marc Murphy is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Worst Cooking Competition Show Judges
Chopped
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Nancy Fuller is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Worst Cooking Competition Show Judges
Nancy Fuller Spring Baking Championship, Christmas Baking Championship
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Geoffrey Zakarian is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Worst Cooking Competition Show Judges
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Duff Goldman is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Worst Cooking Competition Show Judges
Spring Baking Championship, Kids Baking Championship, Worst Bakers in America
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Alexandra Guarnaschelli ... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Worst Cooking Competition Show Judges
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Scott Conant is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Worst Cooking Competition Show Judges
Chopped
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Ted Allen is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Worst Cooking Competition Show Judges
Top Chef
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Amanda Freitag is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Worst Cooking Competition Show Judges
Chopped
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Aarón Sanchez is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Worst Cooking Competition Show Judges
Chopped, The Next Iron Chef
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Marcus Samuelsson is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Worst Cooking Competition Show Judges
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Chris Santos is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Worst Cooking Competition Show Judges
Chopped
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Alton Brown is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Worst Cooking Competition Show Judges
Alton Brown Iron Chef America, The Next Food Network Star, The Next Iron Chef
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Candace Nelson is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Worst Cooking Competition Show Judges
Candace Nelson Cupcake Wars
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Paul Hollywood is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Worst Cooking Competition Show Judges
Paul Hollywood The Great British Bake Off
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Richard Blais is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Worst Cooking Competition Show Judges
Top Chef
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Lorraine Pascale is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Worst Cooking Competition Show Judges
Spring Baking Championship
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Emeril Lagasse is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Worst Cooking Competition Show Judges
Emeril Lagasse Top Chef
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Ron Ben-Israel is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Worst Cooking Competition Show Judges
Ron Ben-Israel Cake Wars, Sweet Genius
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Tom Colicchio is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Worst Cooking Competition Show Judges
Top Chef
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Padma Lakshmi is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Worst Cooking Competition Show Judges
Top Chef
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Florian Bellanger is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Worst Cooking Competition Show Judges
Florian Bellanger Cupcake Wars