Cliff's Cooking Tips

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Season 2, Episode 1

Move Like You're on Fire

Chef Cliff Crooks reaches out to help Kwame, whose first restaurant failed. As the owner and head chef of Chicken Fire, he knows everything about chicken and how to cook and fry it, but he knows little else that will help his second business survive. Inayah dreams of owning a brick-and-mortar location, but she's stuck in her catering business, not knowing how to move forward. From the outside, Vira seems to have it all as the owner of four restaurants, but her goal of branching out to multiple cities is on hold. She may have the culinary chops, but Cliff needs her to realize that a leader must communicate and listen to their team.

Jun 9
4am | 3c
Season 2, Episode 2

Get Off My Line

Boot camp is a rude awakening for three chefs who have a hard time on Chef Cliff Crooks' line. Becoming a chef was Cody's saving grace from drug addiction, but his skills are not up to being an executive chef at his own restaurant. Antonio struggles to keep his small catering operation running due to lack of support and his inability to cook meats to the right temperature! Morgan is a spitfire in the kitchen who doesn't like to take criticism and thinks she knows it all, a habit that Cliff must break her of if she's ever going to succeed fully in her craft.

Jun 23
4am | 3c
Season 1, Episode 2

The Bottom Line

Chef Cliff Crooks makes three stops, starting with Three Dollar Dewey's in Portland, Maine, where first-time head chef Richard doesn't understand the bottom line, and the owner needs him to learn that great food doesn't require expensive ingredients. In Scranton, Penn., Sammy is the head chef at Samario's, his parents' Italian restaurant, but his lack of culinary training and creativity is costing them customers. Finally, Violette makes food that people love at Byblos Mediterranean Cafe in Syracuse, N.Y., but it takes so long that her son, who is also the owner, says it's cutting into their profits.

Jul 5
4am | 3c

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