Fearless in the Kitchen

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Upcoming episodes

Jun 25th
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RACHEL

Originally from Ireland energetic Rachel (25) has only been in Canada for six months but already works two jobs -- as an administrative assistant for a kid’s talent agency and at an Irish pub at night. On top of a busy work schedule, Rachel still manages to find time to spend with her boyfriend, Sean, as well as take hip-hop dance classes. However, the one thing she would like to add to her routine is cooking and preparing her own meals. The problem? She has absolutely no culinary skills.
Jun 25th
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VINCE

Self-employed landscaper, Vince (32) has always been fascinated by food. However, the only thing he ever really had a chance to do… is eat it. But he longs to do so much more. The problem is that not only does he not possess any culinary skills, but his wife, Laura, his in-laws and his extended family continually to tell him “get out of the kitchen!” This is probably because his few efforts at cooking have led to complete disaster. From defrosting a chicken with a space heater to a producing a piece of unidentified meat fresh from the microwave swaddled in melted plastic, Vince has never enjoyed much success. Vince blames his lack of culinary prowess on the fact that his traditional Italian father raised Vince with two rules: men should not make their own beds and men should never, ever, appear in the kitchen, unless of course it’s to eat. What Vince desperately wants is to stake his claim in the kitchen, to prove that he belongs there and to provide a feast for his whole family.
Jun 26th
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Anna: No Country For Non Cooks

An adventurous 29 year old, Anna may have traveled the world but she doesn’t know her way around the kitchen at all. From fried cucumbers to flash fires, Anna has been banned from cooking more times than she can count. Thankfully, up until now, Anna has been able to rely on Sasha, her culinary student kid sister who was clearly the one who inherited their ex-restaurateur grandmother’s gastronomic prowess. After Anna struggles with an old family classic, potato pancakes, she's off to the butcher to take a stab at making bison burgers from scratch. Anna then has to stuff her fears in her back pocket when it's time to stuff peppers with Christine, and finally it's out of the paella pan and into the fire to impress some VIP's at a Spanish wine tasting event. Anna may be fearless about a lot of things, but it’s going to take a huge leap of faith for Christine to put the fight into Anna’s cooking plight.
Jun 26th
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Olena: Son-Day Dinner

Olena came to Canada with her wit, determination and a suitcase full of her mother’s recipes that she couldn’t make. After years of struggling in the kitchen where she has created such delicacies as pasta bathed in ketchup and poached chicken breasts in water sauce, fish, Olena wants to expand beyond her key ingredient; water. With her son on the cusp of flying the proverbial coop, Olena’s biggest fear is that he will never want to come home from university if she only has “bad food” to serve. After Olena annihilates fried chicken, she churns up some old memories of her mother when she learns how to make butter Black Creek Pioneer Village style. She also learns how to bake cream cheese biscuits which profits her when she attempts to make chocolate profiteroles for patrons at a high-end restaurant. From kooky to culinary Christine has a lot to tackle as she attempts to teach this martial arts instructor a cooking move or two.
Jun 26th
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Frank: Band From the Kitchen

Frank is a guy on the go. With four kids, a managerial position at a recreation centre and a part time job as the front man for a rock band, Frank barely has time to cook, let alone refine his culinary skills. Frank really wants to learn how to cook so that he can not only provide hearty home cooked meals for his kids but also to inspire them to learn how to cook so they will be able to provide for their own families. Franks goes from goopy goulash to learning how to create the perfect cheesecake. He also learns to prepare a nutritious feta and spinach stuffed chicken breast as well as to take centre stage when he attempts mini-cheesecakes for a room full of VIPs including one of his rock idols. Poor Frank can sell a song, but his family isn’t buying his cooking. If Christine can help him find his way, then Frank will end up a star on the stage and in the kitchen.
Jun 26th
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Ania: Educating Ania

When it comes to cooking Ania, is a ‘nervous Nia’ in the kitchen, so much so that her husband can hardly bear to watch her. And who could blame him? After all this 40 year old ad executive once cooked a turkey with the plastic giblet bag still stuffed inside of it, served raw chicken to a table full of her clients and tried to bake an apple pie on the barbeque. A lover of Italian food, Ania would love to be able to replicate some of the fabulous meals she had in Rome for her ‘foodie’ friends. Ania starts with slaughtering spaghetti and meatballs and then meets an expert chef who shows off how to make sheet pasta. She also learns to make veal saltimbocca and attempts to make the grade when she prepares ravioli for students at her old alma mater. Even though Ania has scaled the heights of Kilimanjaro and swam with sharks, Christine will still have to fight against the rising tide of Ania’s culinary trepidation in order to make her “Fearless in the Kitchen”.
Jun 26th
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Todd: Long Time Radio Host, First Time Cook

At 37, this party boy radio host of the morning show on The Edge is ready for change. Tired of eating “whatever I can find in the fridge nachos,” Todd is looking for other ways to supplement his diet that does not include take-out. Todd loves to have people over for dinner but generally relies on catering from a local restaurant…and a keg to keep his guests happy. Todd has recently purchased a new condo with a beautiful kitchen and would love to be able to make his own meals to wow his guests. Todd plays chicken in the kitchen when he attempts to make a chicken Caesar salad and then bones up on his beef knowledge at a restaurant where they do their own butchery. Todd then taps into his inner chef as he learns to make a pilsner chili and grilled cheese. Finally, it's boy meets grill when Todd prepares Philly cheese steaks for revelers at a large fundraising event. Christine will have to do her best if she hopes to unlock the necessary culinary skills to take this guy's guy from failure to fearless.
Jun 26th
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KATHERINE

Katherine is an independent 34-year-old marketing and advertising professional who has the confidence to get up and do large scale client presentations and sing the national anthem at professional baseball games, but she feels absolutely overwhelmed in the kitchen. When she isn’t feasting on one of her boyfriend John’s culinary creations, Katherine simply relies on jars of salsa, cheese strings and spoonfuls of peanut butter for sustenance. However, that doesn’t mean she hasn’t tried to cook in the past. Currently on her cooking “Claim to Shame List” are ‘Peanut Butter Salmon Cookies’ -- she accidentally baked cookies on a cookie sheet that she had just previously cooked frozen fish on and did not clean properly. Mmmm fishy cookies. Katherine also lists her one and only disastrous attempt at a Thanksgiving dinner, in which she ended up trying to “shake” the giblets out of a semi-frozen turkey.
Jun 27th
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RACHEL

Originally from Ireland energetic Rachel (25) has only been in Canada for six months but already works two jobs -- as an administrative assistant for a kid’s talent agency and at an Irish pub at night. On top of a busy work schedule, Rachel still manages to find time to spend with her boyfriend, Sean, as well as take hip-hop dance classes. However, the one thing she would like to add to her routine is cooking and preparing her own meals. The problem? She has absolutely no culinary skills.
Jun 27th
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VINCE

Self-employed landscaper, Vince (32) has always been fascinated by food. However, the only thing he ever really had a chance to do… is eat it. But he longs to do so much more. The problem is that not only does he not possess any culinary skills, but his wife, Laura, his in-laws and his extended family continually to tell him “get out of the kitchen!” This is probably because his few efforts at cooking have led to complete disaster. From defrosting a chicken with a space heater to a producing a piece of unidentified meat fresh from the microwave swaddled in melted plastic, Vince has never enjoyed much success. Vince blames his lack of culinary prowess on the fact that his traditional Italian father raised Vince with two rules: men should not make their own beds and men should never, ever, appear in the kitchen, unless of course it’s to eat. What Vince desperately wants is to stake his claim in the kitchen, to prove that he belongs there and to provide a feast for his whole family.