Hosted by Jeff Henderson
Maria's mother abandoned her when she was three years old, and her father is currently serving with the US Army in the Middle East. A recent high school graduate, Maria dreams of one day working in an upscale restaurant.
Shante is a a caring mother. She has worked her way through cafeterias and hopes her love of food and determination will help her succeed and provide a positive influence for her children.
Adam grew up in an abusive environment and was homeless for a period of time. With no professional experience, Adam possesses a natural ability to improvise in the kitchen. South Central Sushi is his specialty; he substitutes spam, chicken or hotdogs for fish.
Alonzo loves to be around people including his brothers and sisters. His hidden musical talents on the piano and drums may only be the tip of the iceberg, as his true calling may be found behind kitchen doors. Alonzo is part of the culinary program at Los Angeles Trade-Tech and sees cooking as his only way to avoid the dangers of the streets.
Katherine grew up in a devout Christian family. Kathy lived a picture perfect life until an addiction to drugs destroyed her relationship with her family leading her down a dark path. After living at the Los Angeles Dream Center, a life rehabilitation center, for over a year, a sober Kathy has found a healthy new addiction: cooking.
Growing up, Brett was the black sheep among his family and eventually left his home. Brett started cooking in the kitchen of the Los Angeles Dream Center, a life rehabilitation center, and immediately found the perfect outlet that allowed him to excel. He is very competitive and believes cooking is in his blood.