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Kitchen Confidential - The Complete Series (2005)

Bradley Cooper , Nicholas Brendon  |  NR |  DVD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (66 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Actors: Bradley Cooper, Nicholas Brendon, John Francis Daley, Jaime King, Bonnie Somerville
  • Writers: David Hemingson
  • Producers: David Knoller
  • Format: Color, Dolby, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • Subtitles: Spanish, French
  • Dubbed: French, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: May 22, 2007
  • Run Time: 22 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (66 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000OCXLA0
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #30,914 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Kitchen Confidential - The Complete Series" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Disc 1:
  • Exile On Main Street
  • Aftermath
  • Dinner Date With Death
  • French Fight
  • You Lose, I Win
  • Rabbit Test
  • The Robbery
  • Teddy, Takes Off
  • Disc 2:
  • Let's Do Brunch
  • Praise Be Praise
  • An Affair To Remember
  • Power Play
  • And the Award Goes To
  • Extras:
  • Interviews
  • Kitchen Confidential trailer

Editorial Reviews

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Having been described as "wicked" and "debauched," Anthony Bourdain's culinary memoir was bound to be a tough sell for network TV. In Kitchen Confidential's sitcom incarnation, dark-haired Anthony becomes blond, blue-eyed Jack (Bradley Cooper). In the pilot, the recovering alcoholic moves from a pizzeria to a brasserie. The catch is that he has to hire a staff in 48 hours, so he turns to pastry expert Seth (Nicholas Brendon, Buffy the Vampire Slayer), seafood genius Teddy (John Cho, Smiley Face), and sous-chef Steven (Owain Yeoman). He also inherits kitchen worker Jim (John Francis Daley, Freaks and Geeks). In reality, Bourdain ran the shop at New York's celebrated Les Halles. In the show, Jack oversees the kitchen at the fictional Nolita. Pino (Frank Langella, terrific as usual) manages the joint, while the wait staff includes his tightly-wound daughter, Mimi (Bonnie Somerville, NYPD Blue) and the bubble-headed Tanya (Jaime King, Pearl Harbor). As in producer Darren Star's Sex and the City, the central character narrates, there's no laugh track, and more of the comedy revolves around sex than work.

While Cooper (The Wedding Crashers) isn't the most obvious choice to play Bourdain--and although Kitchen Confidential would've made more sense on cable--he does a surprisingly credible job, even if the writing lets him down on occasion. Realistic or not, severed fingers and singed eyebrows tend to play better in print than on the screen. Of the 13 episodes produced, FOX only aired four (back-to-back with Arrested Development), which is a shame as it was just starting to hit its stride. Guest stars include Bitty Schram ("Exile on Main Street"), John Larroquette ("Dinner Date with Death"), and Cooper's Alias co-star Michael Vartan ("French Fight"). --Kathleen C. Fennessy

Product Description

Jack Bourdain had it all but messed it up going wild. Four years later, he ends up with a crappy job in Pizza Chain. Then, he gets an offer to get back in the game as the chef of a famous restaurant.

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4.7 out of 5 stars
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55 of 59 people found the following review helpful
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It's just so difficult for me to find a television comedy that really stimulates my interest, my intellect and my funny bone. Face it, we live in a world where "Arrested Development" can't find an audience but "King of Queens" stays on for nearly a decade. But such is life. It just seems that, more often than not, when a new comedy hits the air--if it doesn't perform immediately, it's gone. I credit FOX for sticking with "Arrested" as long as it did and NBC for nurturing "The Office" into a hit--but those are rare examples! I mention "Arrested Development" specifically for a reason. While FOX was trying to save that show, it introduced another high profile (and highly advertised) comedy based on the escapades of celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain called "Kitchen Confidential." However, when ratings expectations were not met in its initial airings--"Kitchen" was dumped with only 13 episodes made (many to never see the light of day, until now).

It's really a shame, too. While I won't contend that "Kitchen Confidential" was brilliant, it was a show I felt had real potential to evolve into greatness. Breezy and sexy, particularly for network TV, "Kitchen" succeeded as a bawdy workplace romp. Turning Anthony Bourdain into a fictional character named Jack Bourdain, the show gave us a glimpse into a world where chefs have become rock stars. With rivalries, groupies, and big egos--this comedy explored territory that seemed fresh. Relying on real humor and not encumbered with a laugh track, "Kitchen" wasn't perfect--but it was different. Maybe that was its curse, its ultimate downfall.

Heading up everything as Jack was Bradley Cooper. So unnecessary in "Alias," Cooper proved himself a real star here! Charismatic and commanding, he played Jack as a likable dog.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
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"Kitchen Confidential" had the misfortune of being aired in the fall of 2005 just before the end of the baseball season. The pennant and series came along and interrupted whatever audience it had built and it never had a chance to build a committed audience.

This is getting to be routine for the Fox network. Take a great program, market it badly, give it a lousy time slot (why start a new show right before you know you're going to show the World Series?!), show episodes out of order, and then cancel it after just a few shows are aired. One would think that there should be some heads rolling at Fox. (I doubt it.) I digress - it's just infuriating to discover another great program only to discover that some morons canceled it while utter crap remains on the air.

"Kitchen Confidential" shares some of the same basic traits (beyond being canceled) with "Wonderfalls." It's tightly edited, funny, cutting edge, and pushes the envelope for network television. A few tweaks on language and nudity and it could easily be a quality show you'd find on Showtime or HBO. With that in mind, KC is a comedy for adults. If you like the humor on "Boston Legal" you'll probably enjoy this show.
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In Kitchen Confidential, Bradley Cooper stars as Jack Bourdain, a NYC chef who is working at picking up the pieces of his lackluster career after years of drinking and drugging. In the first episode, Jack is working as a chef at a Chuck E. Cheese-esque kid's Italian restaurant and living with his girlfriend--also the restaurant's manager. When he's offered the position of head chef at hip bistro Nolita, Jack sees his chance to rebuild his name as a great chef, and get out of the rut he's in.

He assembles his kitchen staff from his old coworkers including: Steven, a British thug who's been known to cause plenty of mischief and will serve as Jack's sous-chef; Seth, a pastry chef with a crush on the hostess and a penchant for wearing bandannas as neckties; Teddy, an Asian seafood genius who has a volatile relationship with Jack; and Jim, the nerdy newbie who Jack inherits from the old chef. Together, the team creates an inspiring menu and helps put Nolita on the map as one of the new hip NYC restaurants.

Kitchen Confidential takes all of the best parts of Anthony Bourdain's memoir and twists it just enough to make it entertaining fiction rather than verbatim retelling. Bradley Cooper plays the part of Jack Bourdain with just enough wit and candor to remind viewers of Anthony, but with enough of his individual style to make the role his own. The supporting cast are nothing if not hilarious, and the stories of life inside a kitchen will provide fans of shows like Top Chef and Hell's Kitchen with a little fictional fuel for the culinary interest fire. As always, Fox cancelled the show after only 4 episodes aired, but hopefully with the success of the DVD sales (a la Family Guy) viewers might be in store for more Kitchen Confidential in the future.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 16:9 (widescreen) on this DVD, 4:3 on Hulu August 22, 2010
By Drew3D
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This is a funny sitcom notably starring Bradley Cooper (from The Hangover) and featuring John Cho (Sulu from the new Star Trek and Harold from the Harold and Kumar movies). Check the other reviews for a more complete discussion of the series, but I just wanted to note that this DVD set is in 16:9/widescreen format, unlike the episodes on Hulu that are in 4:3 format. You get more picture, as well as better picture quality, so if you've already seen the series on Hulu and are looking for an excuse to get this, there you have it. I give it 4 stars just because the series lacks a proper finale due to being cut short by FOX, and it's only VERY loosely based on the book by Anthony Bourdain.
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5.0 out of 5 stars THE BEST SERIES EVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
There great, it was what I was looking for, for the right price, thank you, I like them a lot.
Published 1 month ago by Willmar Perez
5.0 out of 5 stars Great show
Great show. Too bad they didn't make more. It really is like life in the kitchen. And I'm a chef.
Published 2 months ago by Sean Sullivan
5.0 out of 5 stars Great series! I guess that's why it was canceled, good series that...
It's become unfortunate that television series these days have to be either bloody and gruesome, about something supernatural or completely mindless to "make it. Read more
Published 4 months ago by M. Stern
5.0 out of 5 stars Too Bad there's only one season...
Although the end of the season wasn't too much of a cliffhanger, I would have enjoyed to watch at least a couple more seasons. It was comical. Read more
Published 4 months ago by MAC
5.0 out of 5 stars love bradley cooper
i never got to see the series when it was on tv so I was glad to see it all at once
Published 5 months ago by Sharon Antill
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
Loved this show wish it would have stayed on longer than a season. So many actor from here I recognized from newer things.
Published 7 months ago by Lucas Sassolino
4.0 out of 5 stars Decent
I gave this series only 4 stars because the writing is a bit lacking. The acting is wonderful, and I really don't know why FOX chose to cancel it! Read more
Published 8 months ago by Renee L. Novak
5.0 out of 5 stars so far so good.....watched several episodes
great show too bad short lived...
packageing in good order and the disc appeared o.k. the several episodes played normally without any problem. so far so good
Published 9 months ago by Hal
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Series ever
If you understand the life behind the kitchen then this series will make you laugh through every episode !
Such a great acting and I truly wish they made more then one series. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Isabelle
3.0 out of 5 stars KITCHEN CONFIDENTAIL
GOT THIS BECAUSE BRADLEY COOPER PLAYED IN IT. HE ALWAYS DOES A DECENT JOB, BUT THE PLOT WAS NOT THAT ENJOYABLE TO ME.
Published 11 months ago by Diana Schlegel
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Why the 4:3 aspect ratio??
It's a clerical error. I have my copy already, and it's anamorphic widescreen.
May 16, 2007 by Mark Cohen |  See all 3 posts
What's the name of that song?
the song is pride by syntax...does anyone know the song at the end of episode 4?
Dec 21, 2008 by Shop_Happy |  See all 3 posts
How much of this actually aired?
I think 4 episodes aired and another episode was available on MySpace.
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