The Chef Jeff Project Crew

Maria, 18, aspires to be the first professional in her family.

Shante, 24, was raised by her grandmother who taught her how to cook and appreciate traditional Southern food.

Adam, 18, is determined to bring Japanese cuisine to South Central Los Angeles.

Alonzo, 22, went through many foster homes after his mother died at an early age.

Katherine, 23, lived a picture perfect life until an addiction to drugs destroyed her relationship with her family.

Brett, 22, has recently developed a passion for cooking.