Do you dream of trading it all in for a spin in culinary school? Of taking your cooking skills from hobby to career? Of mastering the art of French cooking and more? If that sounds like you, tune into Cooking School Confidential and follow four students as they do just that.
Cooking School Confidential follows four students as they pursue their culinary dreams at Johnson & Wales University in Charlotte, N.C. The students include a mother of three with a full-time job, an Army veteran hoping to win an internship at the prestigious Alain Ducasse Culinary School in France, a forty-something chasing her passion for food and a professional cyclist attempting to juggle racing and school. Get to know the students below.
Paul Walls is in his final semester at Johnson & Wales University. Paul is from Memphis, Tennessee. He served in the U.S. Army and spent time in Afghanistan. His dream is to be selected to participate in an Alain Ducasse internship in France. Paul needs great grades, a strong interview and more than a little luck to be one of the few selected.
Kay Taylor is from Albertville, Alabama. She is a former newspaper editor and journalism professor. She jokes, “I’m probably not the oldest person to ever attend Johnson & Wales, but…” Kay is chasing a dream and recognizes she is entering a “young person’s arena.” She is also keenly aware that she doesn’t have time to make a mistake.
Amber is a full-time student, full-time teaching assistant and a full-time mother with three children under the age of six. We follow her in her final semester at Johnson & Wales University. Will she make it through? What happens after she graduates? How will she pay off her student loans? And her biggest concern, will she get a job?
Graham was born and raised in Greenville. He was a track star in college at East Tennessee State University. After graduating from college, Graham became a professional bicyclist. Graham recognized that this path is short-lived, and so, like fellow freshman Kay, he enters Johnson & Wales University chasing a dream. Graham’s challenge is this: can he continue to maintain his one passion – cycling – while pursuing another – cooking?
Tune in Sunday to find out where their culinary pursuits take them.
Cooking School Confidential premieres Sunday, Sept. 4th, at 8:00 p.m.