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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
Fun all the way. Bradley Cooper is very good looking and if I wasn't gay I would fantasize about him.Published 4 months ago by Kellie Walford
I absolutely love this show. It's so sad that it got cancelled before people could appreciate it. But at least now we own it on DVD so we can watch it over and over again. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Jill
My favorite shows always gets cancelled and of course the same happened with this series but even though there is only one season it's worth seeing. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Lina Bussell
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 13 months ago by liz
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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.
May 11, 2007 by Pixie | See all 4 posts