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Nov 16, 2009 03:20 AM

world's sexiest chef -- now for your viewing pleasure on bravo. debut 11/16/09

ladies, ladies, ladies!
tonight is the debut of the hottest tv chef: chef jean-christophe novelli -- on bravo. the show is "chef academy."

(i just heard he was voted "world's sexiest chef").

some of the other characters on the show look pretty amusing, too.

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  1. <(i just heard he was voted "world's sexiest chef").>

    Not possible. I live with the world's sexiest chef. (Okay, home cook. Still). LOL.

    1. I'm easy but I really liked the show.

      1. I was surprised. I liked the show also. Novelli and whoever his sidekick/sous chef/partner were thoughtful and articulate. The contestant were interesting. It was well thought-out and well edited. I will watch it again.

        Although it was on at an odd time. Think Bravo is testing it out before it gives it a true prime time slot?

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            1. re: chicgail

              Go to and check their show listings; I found that the show was on 2 consecutive days in the afternoon; didn't check for evening repeats, though.

              1. re: SmartCookie

                Just watched it on my lunch break. The 11:00P slot doesn't work for me. While I'm up, that's DH's Miami Vice time. And we only have one TV and no TIVO -- though we have a DVR but haven't quite figured out how to tape one show while watching another. I'm hoping they would have some more prime time airings in the future.

                It was decent. "Dolly Parton" was hilarious -- loved how she was putting makeup on while she was cooking. I was wondering if they put her on because she would be good for TV. But she actually did quite well at the end of the first episode. This is no Top Chef by any means. The contestants aren't as skilled. But I guess that's the whole point of the show -- to teach the contestants. I will definitely include this show in my rotation of shows to watch.

                1. re: Miss Needle

                  My first thought was that she was a cross over from "Real Housewives of Orange County" and she was there for comic relief.

                  1. re: Miss Needle

                    I assumed that was a trick of editing. I can't imagine that even she would be so flighty as to apply lipstick in the middle of cooking a meal. But maybe I'm wrong.

                    I got a kick out of J-CN's idolatry of Columbo. That seemed like a put on, too. Maybe I'm becoming jaded from too much Reality TV.

                    I like the competition aspect of the Top Chef & Hell's Kitchen. I wonder if the lack of inter-chef rivalry will make the show a little lackluster, or if the "Three-Strikes-You're-Out" setup will provide all the suspense and tension needed to keep it interesting.

                    1. re: JayEsBee

                      I thought it was going to be a Hell's Kitchen kind of show and I wasn't going to watch, but I found myself really liking it. I enjoyed the chef, found him interesting and funny. The Columbo thing was great, all the more hilarious because my family had a chance encounter with Mr. Falk many many years ago.

                      1. re: JayEsBee

                        I loved the Columbo schtick also. It made Novelli so human.

                        The other thing I loved -- and I hope it continues through other shows -- is the gay personal assistant who is trying to please and do a good job while being clueless about food, and really charming in his self-deprecation. I don't remember his name, but I became a fan of his during the drive from the airport.

                      2. re: Miss Needle

                        DH and I both groaned when she appeared... she looked (and sounded) like a total airhead who'd slipped in from one of those appalling 'Housewives' shows. But maybe she has hidden depths. She apparantly knows SOMETHING about cooking, even if only to stick to what she does best. I hope she surprises us all.

                        1. re: Miss Needle

                          The only thing that really bugged me was that it's a competition. Why does everything need to be a competition. It would have been more interesting to me to follow students through a culinary academy. Watching their triumphs and failures but without the game show mentality that seems to be mandatory for TV these days

                          1. re: scubadoo97

                            Actually, I think this setup is less of a competition than any other shows... in theory, all 9 could pass the academy. Other chef/students don't have to fail for one (or more) to succeed.


                2. I was surprised with the quality of the show. I will give it a couple more viewings, too. Couldn't believe what some of the candidates were trying to pass off as an omelet, however, Chef Novelli seemed to be more thoughtful about picking the students and also his comments about their "signature dish".

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                  1. re: araknd

                    I found the comment by one female contestant that the non stick pan was sticking, or something to that effect. Duh, it's was not teflon honey. Looked to be black steel. A good knob of butter would have made all the difference.

                    1. re: araknd

                      I finally got to watch this today @ 11am. I liked the show - yes, there are some interesting characters, but Chef Novelli and Andrew, his "right arm" seem very intent on helping the people chosen to attend to learn how to cook.

                      Some of the food that the candidates put out during their one hour looked excellent. Not sure I would have picked the blonde OC housewife's dish, but then again, I didn't taste it. :-)

                      I will definitely be tuning in again.

                      1. re: LindaWhit

                        I also thought that Chef Novelli's comment about what he is looking for in a student was not just technical expertise, but a "passion for food and cooking". So he passed through some of the obvious failures in the egg test because of what he sensed and heard. He also commented after the student who cooked the foie gras, something to the effect that the student has probably practiced that dish and cooked it technically well, but that there was no soul in it.

                        1. re: araknd

                          He didn't pick the DJ/bartender who called chefs the 'new rockstars'

                          and he didn't pick the 25 yo NASA chick who made him french toast instead of eggs.

                          I forget, was there a women he didn't pick who called his standards way too high?

                          Will the french guy be the first one flunked out? So far he so spacey and far less intense about learning to make food. Maybe its a french thing?

                          1. re: dach

                            Yeah, the french guy was just a little too laid back, but who knows. I guess we will have to "stay tuned". :-)

                    2. Darn - I missed it. But not staying up to watch it with an 11pm start (no, I don't have TiVO or a DVR - at least not one set up). Will have to see if it's going to be shown again. (Found it - 11am on Saturday.)

                      BTW, alka, your link seems to be broken. But I see by the pics with the bios that someone's got a MAJOR faux-hawk going on!

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                      1. re: LindaWhit

                        lw, you are correct, madam. link broken. wha?