"The Freshman Class" (TV show) on the Cooking Channel is a reality docu-series that follows four aspiring chefs as they try to earn a degree at the Louisiana Culinary Institute in Baton Rouge.

The series follows four freshmen as they make the journey from the first day of school to final exams at the end of the first semester, chronicling the unique challenges each student faces with their varying backgrounds as they pursue their dream of becoming a professional chef. Culinary school is difficult and offers no guarantees, and these students all desperately want to do well at the institute to better their lives.

Throughout the semester the freshmen face numerous tests and challenges, including their families' reaction to them starting classes, and personal issues are revealed that may have repercussions on their classwork and overall success. At the end, will "The Freshman Class" make it? Will they all take a giant step toward achieving their goals, or will they fail and be right back where they started?



The Louisiana Culinary Institute is a state-of-the-art facility, which is an authentic environment for the education of culinary professionals. The Louisiana Culinary Institute's purpose is to educate its students to become highly trained professionals in food service operations. Its intent is to provide its students with the appropriate knowledge and skills in professional cooking techniques, sanitation, nutrition and day-to-day business operations to successfully operate and manage a food service facility. By doing so the Institute's goal is to fulfill the ever-growing need for culinary professionals in the food service industry.

Season 2

Based in beautiful Santa Cruz, California, the Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management Program at Cabrillo College is where this season four freshmen attempt to change their lives and achieve their dreams at one of the most demanding and fast-paced culinary arts programs in America. The series chronicles their personal lives through difficult relationships and family conflict, through homelessness and even life-threatening illness, as they take on big challenges while going through significant personal trials outside the classroom. Culinary school is difficult and offers no guarantees, and these students all desperately want to do well in the program to better their lives, but can they make it?

In the season premiere, the new culinary students arrive at Cabrillo College's culinary program in Santa Cruz, California. Gabriel is a former gang member looking to turn his life around after a recent stint in prison. Amalia is a stay-at-home mom of four, 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. And Jim is a Navy veteran, suffering with a terrible injury that left him jobless and homeless 8 years ago, and is now seeking a better life. The students get right to work with their first catering class assignment, leading to a conflict between Jim and his professor. Throughout the semester the freshmen face numerous tests and challenges, but unlike most cooking schools, Cabrillo College's unique program utilizes a fully operational, student-run restaurant and catering service for students to get hands-on experience. Tensions will run high in the kitchen as the students have to balance personal challenges amidst the chaotic process of learning the culinary ropes and chasing their dreams.

"The Freshman Class" is produced by Punched in the Head Productions.


FACTS

Network: Cooking Channel
Genre: Reality
Runtime: 30 mins.
Premiere Date: June 10, 2013
Seasons: 2
Production Company: Punched in the Head Productions





Class Is Back in Session for 'The Freshman Class: Santa Cruz' — Premiering Tuesday, March 11, the sophomore season of the Cooking Channel reality docu-series heads to the California in the Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management Program at Cabrillo College in beautiful Santa Cruz, California. Read more...
Students Start Culinary School in 'The Freshman Class' — Premiering Monday, June 10, the new Cooking Channel reality docu-series follows four aspiring chefs as they try to earn a degree at the Louisiana Culinary Institute in Baton Rouge. Read more...





 
 
 
 
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