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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 (74 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Bradley Cooper, Nicholas Brendon, John Francis Daley, Jaime King, Bonnie Somerville
  • Writers: David Hemingson
  • Producers: David Knoller
  • Format: Multiple Formats, 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 (74 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000OCXLA0
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #21,852 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

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.

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

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57 of 61 people found the following review helpful
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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21 of 21 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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5 of 5 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
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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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Go and watch this now!!
I absolutely love this show I was so sad when the cancelled it and I am so happy I can get it on DVD and relive all the great jokes one liners and setups this show had :)
Published 2 months ago by liz
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I love this show. Wish they would have made more.
Published 2 months ago by David Brian Sandifer
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
thank you
Published 3 months ago by jeanie
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome!
prrrrretty hilarious for industry personnel !
Published 3 months ago by Zachary Loy
5.0 out of 5 stars Great show
Great show, but it ends too quickly because I guess it just didn't have the ratings. But I really enjoyed this show.
Published 4 months ago by Gift Card Recipient
5.0 out of 5 stars loved it
I really love this it was cute and funny I recommend this to people who are fans of bradley cooper
Published 4 months ago by Alison
4.0 out of 5 stars Early Bradley Cooper! You cannot go wrong
One of my favorite and underrated television series with Bradley Cooper that was unfortunately canceled. The ensemble of cast adds to the quality and the fun.
Published 4 months ago by CWC
5.0 out of 5 stars Sad it was canceled
The show had great acting, cheeky dialogue and fun to watch. There was a large cast of characters and the interactions among all of them was amazing.
Published 6 months ago by H. Ding
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 7 months 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 9 months ago by Sean Sullivan
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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 Amazon Customer |  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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