Follow four aspiring chefs through the grueling first semester at culinary school. Each of them dreams of changing their lives by starting a cooking career, but each faces a unique challenge that could derail that dream at any time.

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Season 1, Episode 8

Freshmen No More

Before they can move on, the LCI freshmen must pass their toughest test yet -- an examination of every skill they've learned since arriving at school. Jasmine finally makes a decision about her secret job. Tiffany's commitment to school is tested when her daughter makes a surprising announcement. Jared tries to get a handle on his memory problems once and for all, while Ben tries to adjust the balance between his school and home lives.

Wednesday
Dec 14
7am | 6c
Season 2, Episode 1

Meet the Freshman

New students arrive at Cabrillo College's culinary program. Gabe is a former gang member looking to turn his life around after a recent stint in prison. Amalia, stay-at-home mom of four, is eager to take on new responsibilities but nervous about accepting a role other than "wife and mother". Kim regrets dropping out of culinary school decades ago and is ready to prove herself, despite her reluctant husband. Jim, a Navy veteran, suffers with a terrible injury that left him jobless and homeless eight years ago, is seeking a better life. The students get thrown into the fire with their first catering class assignment, leading to a conflict between Jim and his professor.

Wednesday
Dec 21
7am | 6c
Season 1, Episode 1

Meet the Freshmen

The new class of incoming students arrives at Louisiana Culinary Institute, where they're drilled in the school's strict policies. They immediately prepare for a make-or-break test on sanitary practices. Meanwhile, Tiffany's husband shocks her with his extreme reaction to her starting school, Jared wonders whether he should reveal his disabilities, Ben frets about disappointing his family, and Jasmine reveals a surprising secret.

Wednesday
Jan 11
7am | 6c
Season 1, Episode 2

Jasmine's Secret

The freshmen at Louisiana Culinary Institute try to learn the history of cooking. Meanwhile, Tiffany has to make a painful change to her family in order to keep on track at school. Ben has to swallow his pride and lean on his in-laws for financial help. Jasmine tries to tell her mom the truth about her job.

Wednesday
Jan 11
7:30am | 6:30c
Season 1, Episode 4

Tiffany vs. The School

The LCI freshmen slice and dice their way through a pressure-filled knife skills exam and then test their abilities at making sauce. Tiffany's conflict with Chef Wes turns into an all-out war that threatens her future at the school. Jared takes on a culinary challenge that forces him to confront his disabilities. Ben considers a major change when he struggles to pay for school.

Wednesday
Jan 11
8am | 7c
Season 1, Episode 5

Ben's Money Trouble

The LCI freshmen simmer as they try to prove their skills in sauce class. Ben has difficulty paying his tuition, leading to conflict with the school and forcing him to make a bold decision. Tiffany tries to come back from her rough start by taking on a cooking challenge. A troubling incident at school convinces Jasmine to try to deal with her mental health.

Wednesday
Jan 11
8:30am | 7:30c
Season 1, Episode 7

Jasmine's Temper

The freshmen at Louisiana Culinary Institute move from vegetables to meat as they near the end of their first semester. Jasmine's stress boils over and she lets her temper fly at school, leading administrators to question her ability to succeed in the restaurant business. Jared tries to prove his disabilities won't hamper his career by throwing himself into the fire at one of Louisiana's busiest restaurants.

Wednesday
Jan 11
9am | 8c
Season 1, Episode 8

Freshmen No More

Before they can move on, the LCI freshmen must pass their toughest test yet -- an examination of every skill they've learned since arriving at school. Jasmine finally makes a decision about her secret job. Tiffany's commitment to school is tested when her daughter makes a surprising announcement. Jared tries to get a handle on his memory problems once and for all, while Ben tries to adjust the balance between his school and home lives.

Wednesday
Jan 11
9:30am | 8:30c
Season 2, Episode 1

Meet the Freshman

New students arrive at Cabrillo College's culinary program. Gabe is a former gang member looking to turn his life around after a recent stint in prison. Amalia, stay-at-home mom of four, is eager to take on new responsibilities but nervous about accepting a role other than "wife and mother". Kim regrets dropping out of culinary school decades ago and is ready to prove herself, despite her reluctant husband. Jim, a Navy veteran, suffers with a terrible injury that left him jobless and homeless eight years ago, is seeking a better life. The students get thrown into the fire with their first catering class assignment, leading to a conflict between Jim and his professor.

Wednesday
Mar 1
7am | 6c
Season 2, Episode 2

Kim's Turn

Kim has her first shot at showing her skills when she's tapped to be Head Chef in the school's student-run restaurant, despite having no professional culinary experience. Gabe's home life interferes with his classes and threatens his chances of staying in school. After a conflict with his catering professor, Jim questions his future at culinary school.

Wednesday
Mar 1
7:30am | 6:30c
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Wednesday
Mar 1
8am | 7c
Season 2, Episode 5

Amalia's Dish

A simple assignment in wine class leads to a potentially life-changing conflict between Kim and her husband, Steve. Meanwhile Gabriel and his friends reminisce about their troubled past, and an unlikely professor takes Gabriel under his wing to help him to turn things around. And Amalia tries to prove herself by competing against her fellow classmates for a chance to have her dish put on the school's restaurant menu.

Wednesday
Mar 1
8:30am | 7:30c
Season 2, Episode 7

Kim's Change

When Kim wants to enroll in additional classes at a more expensive culinary school, tensions with Steve come to a head, as the two get into their biggest battle yet. After a heart to heart with Amalia, Matt seeks help for his drinking and learns how to better deal with his disease. And after struggling through restaurant class the entire semester, Gabriel faces his biggest challenge when he is assigned the role of Head Chef. Gabriel hopes his performance will be good enough to save his grade and prove himself to his professors.

Wednesday
Mar 1
9am | 8c
Season 2, Episode 8

Gabe's Final

After an emotional family meeting, Amalia struggles with whether or not to postpone her culinary dream and go back to being a full-time mom. When symptoms of Matt's disease begin to resurface, his doctor urges him to undergo chemotherapy, despite the effects it will have on him during finals week. After their blowout fight, Kim tries to convince Steve to go along with her plan to take on a new school with higher tuition. And Gabriel hopes his recent efforts in restaurant class will be enough to ace the final exam and pass the class.

Wednesday
Mar 1
9:30am | 8:30c

Confessions of a Culinary Student

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Culinary students revealed their No. 1 takeaway from class so you can benefit from what they learned.
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