BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) — An LSU graduate will be featured on Food Network’s new series “Big Bad Budget Battle” premiering on Tuesday, Aug. 16.

Katie Sample is a speech pathologist specializing in autism spectrum disorder and her hobby of making recipes makes a connection through cooking to her career.

“Recipes and cooking offer so many different language opportunities from building any communication whatsoever, sentence structure, social skills, receptive language skills, retelling the steps involved, making predictions, the list could go on,” Sample said.

Cooking is considered a sensory experience and can expand life skills. Sample says speech and language are all around us. Her hobby can “help friends find their voice” through a fun activity that can be done with anyone.

“Cooking is my happy place, I can zone in on the fluidity of building flavors, I absolutely adore cooking for people and I truly love the feeling of having someone like your food and enjoy your company,” she said.

Sample’s episode, Leftover Lessons, will air Aug. 16 at 9 p.m. CDT and will be available to stream on Discovery+.