We’ve seen all sorts of new shows come down the Food Network pike lately, including the exciting “Chefs vs. City,” the hilarious “What Would Brian Boitano Make?” and now a show that tests the very mettle and reputation of two professional chefs, Anne Burrell and Beau MacMillan.

The show is called “Worst Cooks in America,” and it takes twelve of the country’s most hopeless cooks and puts them under the tutelage of Burrell and MacMillan, after which they compete in a weekly show on Food Network beginning January 3 at 10pm ET/PT/9pm central. There will be five episodes, each week with challenges to see who will move forward.

“Watching the Worst Cooks in America struggle to become great cooks, makes a show that is very funny, dramatic and moving,” said Bob Tuschman, Senior Vice President, Programming and Production, Food Network. “Ultimately, it offers hope for even the most kitchen-challenged of our viewers.”

The final two will compete in the finale on February 1, and for their final task they will have to create a 3-course meal which will be judged by restaurant critics. The catch? The critics believe the meals have been prepared by the tutors, which means reputations are clearly at stake. Also at stake for the winner is a $25,000 grand prize.

Now this is a show that is set up to be a train wreck from the start, but it also should be fun to see just how fast bad cooks can be transformed into good ones under the right supervision. Maybe it will give hope to many of you whose favorite cooking utensil is the telephone to order takeout.