Fearless in the Kitchen
2022 05 28 6 00
JESSICA: CAN’T STAND THE HEAT
Jessica’s idea of cooking is reheating frozen food. It’s time for her to learn to cook -- and Christine is on the job. After Christine teaches her to make amazing Jerk Chicken skewers, they head out on an adventure to make handmade empanadas. With Jessica feeling a little more confident, Christine throws her into a huge challenge: prep, grill and serve seafood appetizers to over 200 VIP guests at Boy’s Night Out. Later, when Jessica has to cook for her friends and family and the party size suddenly triples, can she take the heat?
2022 05 28 6 30
VIK: DOCTOR TAKEOUT
Vik’s a doctor who never cooks. He either eats out or relies on his friends to cook for him. Christine decides that it’s time this vegetarian doctor learned to cook for himself. She shows him how to make vegetarian staples, teaches him about the importance of herbs and then challenges him to prepare at fabulous dessert at on a busy night at a top French restaurant. In the end, can Vik actually pull off a meal that will impress the friends who’ve been taking care of him for years?
2022 05 29 6 00
SIMONE: STRUGGLE WITH THE STOVE
Simone has avoided cooking her entire life by relying on her family, roommates and her husband. But now that she has someone counting on her – her newborn son, Jesse. Christine wants Simone to start some family traditions and takes her on a baking adventure to make homemade cookies. Simone’s confidence builds and Christine challenges her to make funnel cakes at the grand opening of FunLFun, a dessert emporium dedicated to making the “World’s Best Funnel Cakes.” Can Simone learn how to make delicious food that her family and friends will actually enjoy?
2022 05 29 6 30
Max: Max ‘n’ Cheese
The only thing Max can make is Mac’n’cheese. So Christine has her work cut out for her as she tries to teach this culinary novice the rules so he can create well-balanced meals for his fiancé and kids. Max goes from massacring mac’n’cheese, to learning how to make artisanal taco chips and salsa, a sizzling Mexicali stir-fry and a cheese soufflé for high-end restaurant patrons. But has he developed the skills that will allow him to create a dish that will give him the thumbs up from both his kids and his fiancé? One thing is for certain, this terrible cook will keep Christine jumping as she attempts to put the Max into Mexican.
2022 06 04 6 00
Ann: Soy Sauce and Salt
When it comes to cooking Ann doesn’t have a clue about flavor. The only seasonings she ever uses are soy sauce and salt. It’s an uphill battle as Christine tries to take Ann’s palette from bland to grand. Ann goes from creating crappy Caribbean rice and peas, to a blind taste test to tantalize her taste buds. Ann also learns to make a scrumptious spiced lemon shrimp, and plunges down a culinary rabbit hole as she attempts to put the pizzazz into a pizza for a packed room of VIPs. The question is, can Ann take everything she’s learned to create a flavorful sensation that will cause her son, and the rest of her family to offer her a standing ovation. One thing is for sure, it’s a treacherous trek as Christine attempts to spices up Ann’s life.
2022 06 04 6 30
Lisa: Any Given Sunday
Just the mere mention of the word ‘cooking’ is enough to send Lisa into a downward spiral of defeat. After all Lisa has more culinary mishaps under her belt then bottles of half eaten condiments in her fridge. From hockey puck hamburgers to scorched frozen food Lisa has never had a success in the kitchen. Lisa goes from screwing up scalloped potatoes to discovering how to bake fresh bread. She also gets cozy with cooking Cornish hens and attempts to put her ducks in a row when she makes duck canapés for patrons at a high-end restaurant. This time Christine will have to work 24/7 if she wants to help Lisa make Sunday dinner a new tradition that her family will always want to observe.
2022 06 05 6 00
Zain: How to Look Good Cooking
32-year-old television host, Zain is so busy that he generally only eats twice a day and the food is either take-out, catered or quickly thrown together from the raw ingredients in his sparsely populated fridge. What Zain wants more than anything is to learn how to make healthy meals not only for him but also for when he entertains his many celebrity friends. So Zain moves from obliterating an omelette to learning the five steps to searing sashimi from a professional chef. He also stirs things up with a Vietnamese Soup and demonstrates his newfound skills when he blitzes an upscale restaurant with his own special Blinis and Borscht. Christine will be pushed to her culinary limits as she tries to get this television host with the gift of gab to take his cuisine from drab to fab.
2022 06 05 6 30
Carlie: Where’s There Smoke There’s Carlie
Carlie is an executive assistant who is in dire need of assistance in the kitchen, that is, besides the 911 type she received when she burnt salmon so badly that fire trucks arrived at her door. More often than not Carlie attempts to mask her culinary failures under a layer of various condiments. From mustard to honey barbeque sauce there isn’t a half filled bottle of sauce in her fridge that Carlie has not employed at one time or another. Carlie really wants to learn how to properly prepare meat so she can host a dinner party that doesn’t end up with firemen as unexpected guests. Carlie grows from creating cookie chaos to finding out the process of smoking the ribs she has won contests eating. She also learns how to properly prepare pork chops and finds herself in a heated situation when she attempts to make ice cream for a huge culinary event. Christine will be up to her ribs in it as she attempts to bring Carlie from frightened to fearless in the kitchen.
2022 06 11 6 00
Aaron: Reheat, Eat, Repeat
The only thing Aaron has ever successfully prepared is boiled dumplings. So it’s a good thing then that, at 35, this sales and marketing representative still lives at home and can generally rely on “meals by mom”. However, Aaron fears that if he doesn’t figure out to cook soon, he may be single forever. Aaron dives in and attempts to make crab cakes and then finds himself in a pinch when he learns how to prepare lobster from an expert. Next up he learns how to make a creamy lobster pasta dish and tries to get lucky with his lime tarts for a special Ladies Night. Christine will be swimming upstream as she tries to build Aaron’s culinary confidence, after all for Aaron this is a “bake it or break it” situation.
2022 06 11 6 30
Melissa: No Cook Zone
On the cooking ability scale from one to ten, Melissa is a self described negative ten. This flight attendant and pregnant mother's chicken ‘specialty’ once sent her husband to a specialist. More than anything Melissa would love to get over her cooking frustration and learn to make hearty family meals from scratch. After a failed quiche experiment that leaves Christine queasy, Melissa learns it's not always as easy as apple pie when she visits a top pie maker. Then it's time to tackle her paltry poultry skills with a chicken piccata, and turn up the heat as she prepares crepe suzette tableside to a crowd of demanding lunch goers at a top French restaurant. Christine will have to soar to new heights if she hopes to bring this flight attendants’ cooking skills up to snuff so she can make meals her whole family will enjoy.