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Sep 18, 2008 07:35 AM

Chef Jeff Project on FN

I saw an ad for this new show on FN and it looks like it could be pretty good.

That only thing that bothers me is that it seems like a throwback to a show Bobby Flay did a while back. It was the show where he followed a class of high school kids that were in a culinary program and then gave one of them (or two of them if I remember right) a scholarship at the end. The show was well done and didn't use the straight up "by the numbers" reality show (I'm looking at you Dinner Impossible/Throwdown).


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  1. Why would it bother you? If the show was well done then something that is similar should be welcomed. I don't know much of anything about the Chef Jeff project apart from the few details gleaned from the ad I saw last night.

    1. I saw the trailer for this show tonight. My impression is that Chef Jeff's project is to help troubled and under served young people with a career path; namely culinary arts. If I'm remembeirng Flay's show, that wasn't the same concept.

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      1. re: HillJ

        It is similiar though, to a program Jamie Oliver did a few years ago where he took troubled teens in, taught them culinary skills and had them run a restaurant.

        1. re: LikestoEatout

          I never caught that show. I enjoy Jamie Oliver.

        2. re: HillJ

          Flay's program, while I don't think specifically stated it was for underpriviledged kids, is a regular program at the high school the show was filmed in - Long Island City High School in Queens NYC, an area that has some pretty low-income residents, including several housing projects that are zoned for the high school. I think it's a great thing for these kids, and even dearer to me because my dad attended LIC at its original location, as I would have had I not gotten a scholarship to a Catholic school.

          1. re: irishnyc

            irishnyc, thanks for sharing what you know about the backstory.

        3. From what I have seen from the adds this seems like a more urban version of Jamie Oliver's Fifteen(I think that was the name.) where he trains kids to cook in his restaurant.

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          1. re: Withnail42

            I just caught an ad for this on N.C.I.S. and that it's going to be on FN.
            Just a happy bunch of chefs sharing a group hug?

            Any good reviews of previews out there?

          2. I love Chef Jeff!! He was on Oprah a year or two ago and his story is very inspiring. From drug dealer, to 10 years in prison, to exec chef at the Bellagio. I also got to meet him and he is a really nice, down to earth guy. I'll definitely be watching his show

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            1. re: Luvfriedokra

              Wasn't he on one of Irvine's Dinner Impossibles a while back?

              1. re: jgg13

                Yes, and he was very humble, Chef Irvine was rather his usaly self, sorry to say.

            2. NY Times today 10/11 has a wonderful review of the show... On page C11. You can check the Times online an read part of the review. Finally, a show with a soul.