Hosts The Worst Cooking Competition Show Judges  

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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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Robert Irvine is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Worst Cooking Competition Show Judges
Worst Cooks in America

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Richard Blais is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Worst Cooking Competition Show Judges
Top Chef

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Nancy Fuller is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Worst Cooking Competition Show Judges
Nancy Fuller Spring Baking Championship, Christmas Baking Championship

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Ron Ben-Israel is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Worst Cooking Competition Show Judges
Ron Ben-Israel Cake Wars, Sweet Genius

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Paul Hollywood is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Worst Cooking Competition Show Judges
The Great British Bake Off

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Marc Murphy is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Worst Cooking Competition Show Judges
Marc Murphy Chopped

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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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Wolfgang Puck is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Worst Cooking Competition Show Judges
Top Chef

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Padma Lakshmi is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Worst Cooking Competition Show Judges
Top Chef

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Eric Ripert is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Worst Cooking Competition Show Judges
Top Chef

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Prue Leith is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Worst Cooking Competition Show Judges
The Great British Bake Off

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Tom Colicchio is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Worst Cooking Competition Show Judges
Top 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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Bobby Flay is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Worst Cooking Competition Show Judges
Iron Chef America, Iron Chef, The Next Food Network Star

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Geoffrey Zakarian is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Worst Cooking Competition Show Judges
Geoffrey Zakarian Chopped

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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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Florian Bellanger is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Worst Cooking Competition Show Judges
Florian Bellanger Cupcake Wars

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Lorraine Pascale is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Worst Cooking Competition Show Judges
Spring Baking Championship

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Emeril Lagasse is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Worst Cooking Competition Show Judges
Top Chef

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Alexandra Guarnaschelli is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Worst Cooking Competition Show Judges

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Anne Burrell is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Worst Cooking Competition Show Judges
Worst Cooks in America

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Ted Allen is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Worst Cooking Competition Show Judges
Top Chef

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Chris Santos is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Worst Cooking Competition Show Judges
Chris Santos Chopped

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Aarón Sanchez is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Worst Cooking Competition Show Judges
Chopped, The Next Iron Chef

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Amanda Freitag is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Worst Cooking Competition Show Judges
Amanda Freitag Chopped

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Maneet Chauhan is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Worst Cooking Competition Show Judges
Maneet Chauhan Chopped

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Scott Conant is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Worst Cooking Competition Show Judges
Chopped

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Alton Brown is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Worst Cooking Competition Show Judges
Iron Chef America, The Next Food Network Star, The Next Iron Chef

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Mary Berry is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Worst Cooking Competition Show Judges
The Great British Bake Off