Fearless in the Kitchen
2022 07 09 6 00
Sandi has an active lifestyle, between juggling two jobs as a supply teacher and a real estate agent, she still finds time to ski, socialize, and spend time at her cottage. However, as busy as she is there is still one more thing Sandi wants to add to her already burgeoning social calendar -- to be included in her neighbors’ Gourmet Supper Club. The problem is… Sandi just can’t cook. In fact, she is so hopeless in the kitchen that she routinely mixes up ingredients. Her one attempt at garlic mashed potatoes ended up as ginger mashed potatoes, salt is a continual substitute for sugar and don’t even ask her to serve you carrot cake unless you want it to taste like shrimp. One of the many culinary issues Sandi faces is that she feels overwhelmed in the kitchen and is unable to focus on what needs to get done. As a result, whenever Sandi finds herself in a position where it is her turn to entertain, she turns to her “recipe book” -- an extremely well organized book of take-out menus. On those nights when she is left on her own, she relies heavily on frozen or easy to assemble foods (and often the kindness of neighbours). More than anything Sandi desperately wants move past her present designation in the kitchen as ‘the one who cleans up’ and learn how to make a gourmet meal that will impress her friends and earn her a pass into the coveted “Supper Club”.
2022 07 09 6 30
Mark (43) is a witty wordsmith with 2 degrees. He’s had an arsenal of jobs including: waiter, bank teller, librarian, actor, performer, talent agent, producer and writer. He can masterfully play the clarinet and the piano and enjoys bravely biking the big city streets. But one skill that eludes this well-educated jack-of-all trades? Cooking.
2022 07 10 6 00
Patricia (34) is working mother on the go with a one and half year old toddler, Eva and an Italian husband, John (42) for whom she wants more than anything to be able to cook proper meals. The problem is that Patricia generally feels anxious and overwhelmed in the kitchen. As a result she takes one look at her oven, pots and pans, and then runs straight to the only appliance she is comfortable with -- the toaster. Although Patricia, “loves food” she just doesn’t know how to cook it. But that doesn’t mean she hasn’t tried. Some of her past culinary calamities include; a frozen pizza with the cardboard bottom baked right into the crust, a horrific turmeric spiced omelette cooked onto the bottom of a soup pot and fortune cookies that were “so easy a four-year-old could do it”, which ended up as one massive pancake. In fact, she is so disastrous, Patricia claims that a trail of smoke follows her in the kitchen and that she has burnt so many things that her toddler now dances to the smoke alarm.
2022 07 10 6 30
Mike (45) is a twenty-five year veteran of the entertainment industry who, despite feeling fearless at work, is absolutely terrified in the kitchen. This is not surprising, as Mike has never experienced any modicum of culinary success. His every attempt at pasta ends up a mushy noodle disaster fit only for the garbage can. His past efforts to cook something healthy, like beets, ended up with a pot of red blobs floating in dirty water – after all who knew one had to wash and peel them? However, that doesn’t mean that Mike isn’t culinarily adventurous -- he once brought pig’s feet and squid (marinated over night in soya sauce) to a work barbeque. Although he was lauded for originality the result was hardly satisfactory, as the squid ended up the consistency of shoe leather and everyone just merely tip toed around the pig’s feet. Well, except for one young assistant who tried the pig’s feet. And was sick for 3 days…(The ultimate irony is that one of Mike’s major fears is poisoning people, so much so that after he barbeques a burger, he then microwaves just to ensure that it is safe to eat.) hilarious – let’s play this up!
2022 07 16 6 00
SUSAN: HAM & NAILS
In the first episode, Susan, a busy career woman and mom, is clueless when it comes to cooking – having once garnished a ham with pineapples using nails – and is in desperate need of Christine’s help. Realizing that it’s going to be a long road to making this cook fearless in the kitchen, Christine sets out to give Susan the tools she needs to prepare savory food for her friends and family.
2022 07 16 6 30
VIVIAN: SWEATERS IN HER OVEN
When Vivian’s children were growing up she was known to the neighbourhood kids as the maker of condiment sandwiches. Now, with her kids grown and out of the house, Vivian wants to learn to be fearless in the kitchen. Christine Cushing pays her a visit, samples Vivian’s inedible French toast and prepares herself for hard work. After a visit with a chocolate artisan for inspiration and a dinner challenge of making crepes for 150 people, Vivian is set to astound her family with her kitchen bravado.
2022 07 17 6 00
MICHELLE: BURNT & BLAND
Michelle loves to experiment with food, but she finds it daunting to cook new dishes for her overly critical family. Christine has been enlisted to fuel Michelle’s cooking passion and takes her to a spice shop where they mix and play with different spices. After finding her spicy rhythm, Michelle must cook desert for an exclusive dinner party. With cooking for the elite under her belt, cooking for her own family shouldn’t be a problem.
2022 07 17 6 30
PINA: QUEEN OF THE FROZEN FOODS
Pina is a fashionista with a hectic schedule and is the self-titled queen of frozen food. If it can’t be ready in 10 minutes, she doesn’t bother. It’s going to be a challenge turning Pina from useless in the kitchen to fearless in the kitchen, but Christine is up for it. She helps Pina get hands-on in the kitchen at a cheese factory and then puts her to work at a panini grilling station at a wedding. Finally, Pina must cook and serve a stylish meal for her picky parents.
2022 07 23 6 00
KATHRYN: WHERE IS THE LOVE?
Kathryn is an accomplished dancer who has trouble boiling water. Christine’s mission: to build Kathryn’s confidence so she can cook a phenomenal meal for her new fiancé and the rest of her family. Christine starts out slow, playing off Kathryn’s love of cheese, but eventually throws her into a huge challenge: cooking for the entire cast of The Sound of Music. Later, Kathryn must cook for her future in-laws and her Scottish father, who wants nothing more than for Kathryn to finally put some love in her cooking.
2022 07 23 6 30
DAVID: SIR KITCHEN FIRE
David’s a charming and witty Brit, but he’s a disastrous cook who’s burnt down two kitchens. Christine starts David at a healthy butcher, making sausages, and eventually challenges him to cook on the line for a gala dinner at Niagara-on-the-Lake’s Shaw Festival. In the end, can David finally make a safe, edilble meal for the love of his life, his wife, Bette?