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Jul 18, 2005 01:05 PM

Anthony Bourdain's Kitchen Confidential on FOX - Melrose Place

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Saw the teaser for Kitchen Confidential teaser during the Simpsons last night. I was looked like Melrose Place in a restaurant. Then I read the plotline on the FOX website.

It IS Melrose Place in a restaurant! (Darren Star is producing after all)

Here is the text of the plotline taken from:

"Based on renowned chef Anthony Bourdain's best-selling autobiography and from executive producer Darren Star ("Sex and the City") and Dave Hemingson ("Just Shoot Me," "American Dad"), KITCHEN CONFIDENTIAL exposes the secrets of the restaurant business through the delectable story of a talented chef who's determined to climb back to the top of the food game.

Chef JACK BOURDAIN (Bradley Cooper) found enormous success at a young age. Unfortunately, Jack's culinary genius also let to a lifestyle of boozing, womanizing and drugs - excesses that eventually landed him in the gutter. After hitting rock bottom and deciding to sober up, the only job he could get was slopping soggy pasta for the masses at a tacky opera-themed restaurant.

Out of the blue, Jack is offered an opportunity to get back in the game as head chef at a top New York restaurant. There's just one problem: the owner gives Jack a mere 48 hours to fully staff his kitchen and prepare to dazzle over 300 customers - including the food critic for the New York Times (who also happens to be a jilted ex).

Jack hastily assembles a renegade crew of colleagues from his past, including chefs STEVEN (Owain Yeoman), SETH (Nicholas Brendon) and a rookie pastry chef named JIM (John Francis Daley). Also along for the ride are TANYA (Jaime King), the hostess, and MIMI (Bonnie Somerville), the owner's gorgeous daughter who can't wait for Jack to fail."

Whatever it will be like...I am guessing it's going to be a heck of a lot better than that Emeril's NBC trainwreck.

With this show and his upcoming Travel Channel series, it's going to be a Bourdain year.


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  1. Sorry to be out of the loop, but what travel channel series???

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    1. re: leslieodo

      Sorry!! Just saw the thread below.

    2. When is the show going to air?

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      1. Does anybody have any inside poop on this?

        Is Bourdain involved? Did these people just buy the rights and are butchering it? I know that a movie version has been talked about off and on but never got off the ground - Bourdain seemed to be involved in some of those rumours - at least I remember him making a comment somewhere that something (regarding Kitchen Confidential) was in the works.

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        1. re: applehome

          According to the linked interview, Bourdain consulted w/ the show's creators and seems pretty amused by what they did w/ the show. In typical Bourdain fashion, he doesn't take himself or his life too seriously...


          1. re: Carb Lover

            I have the pilot in my office but haven't watched it yet. I hear it's good.

            1. re: Carb Lover


              The show was pretty good. It was no where near as horid as Rocco's.

              There were a few quotes straight from Bourdain's book used in the show...

              Pretty good overall. I'll watch it again.

          2. This travesty has to die as painful a death as that Rocco idiot. I don't know how Bourdain could approve this or sell his story to be used in this way. Disgusting!

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            1. re: Candy

              It's all about the money. I saw Robert Parker (spencer for hire) speak and someone said how can you stand to see your books "ruined" by TV. He said he does it for the money. He felt that a bad movie or TV does not harm his integrity as a writer. It does not effect his popularity as a mystery writer so why not take the bucks? Honestly, if the show is bad would you no longer reccomend Bourdains's book? Would you no longer eat at his restaurant?

            2. I'd rather eat fastfood for a year than watch this crap. It looks horrible.