Kitchen Confidential

Kitchen Confidential Information

Kitchen Confidential is an American television sitcom that debuted on September 19, 2005, on the Fox network, based on Anthony Bourdain's New York Times bestselling book, Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly. Bradley Cooper played the Anthony Bourdain-inspired lead character, Jack Bourdain.

After the show's first three episodes aired on Fox, the show was put on hiatus due to Fox's coverage of the Major League Baseball playoffs. In November 2005, Fox announced the show would not air during sweeps and that only 13 episodes would be produced as it was only averaging 4 million viewers. The show returned on December 5, 2005, with its fourth episode, but only received 3.38 million viewers. Four days later, Fox announced the cancellation of the series. Currently all 13 episodes are available via Hulu and a complete series DVD collection has been released.


Main cast

  • Bradley Cooper as Jack Bourdain - executive chef. Once addicted to alcohol and drugs, he is given the opportunity to run Nolita and make a career comeback.
  • Nicholas Brendon as Seth Richman - pastry chef. An old friend of Jack who has feelings for Tanya, the maître d'. He also has a jealousy issue.
  • John Francis Daley as Jim - rookie chef. Begs Jack to stay at Nolita so he doesn't have to go back to Utah. Later, he develops feelings for Tanya.
  • Jaime King as Tanya - maître d'. The clueless, yet hard-working maître d' at Nolita.
  • Bonnie Somerville as Mimi - head waitress. The daughter of Pino, who hates the staff and tries to fit in. She later becomes the owner of Nolita.
  • Owain Yeoman as Steven Daedalus - sous chef. Jack's best friend, but also a thief and womanizer.

Recurring cast

  • John Cho as Teddy Wong - seafood chef
  • Frank Langella as Pino - Nolita's owner
  • Sam Pancake as Cameron - waiter
  • Tessie Santiago as Donna - waitress
  • Erinn Hayes as Becky Sharp - chef
  • Frank Alvarez as Ramon - dishwasher


# Title Directed by Written by Original air date Production
ProdCode=1AKT79 ShortSummary=Jack Bourdain (Bradley Cooper), a talented chef attempting a career comeback, calls on his old colleagues - pastry chef Seth Richman (Nicholas Brendon), poissonnier Teddy Wong (John Cho) and sous chef Steven Daedalus (Owain Yeoman) - when he's given just 48 hours to staff and open an upscale restaurant called Nolita. LineColor=990000 }} }}

ProdCode=1AKT01 ShortSummary=Jack hopes to rekindle an old flame (Lindsay Price), but he's too busy placating Pino (Frank Langella) and clashing with Steven over some shady dealings in the kitchen. Mimi (Bonnie Somerville), the head waitress, tries to start a competition in the dining hall among the waiters and waitresses, "The more you sell the more you earn", believing it will improve the service. LineColor=990000 }}

ProdCode=1AKT02 ShortSummary=Jack's former mentor Chef Gerard (John Larroquette), pays a visit to Nolita and asks for Jack to be killed with unhealthy food, as he's already suffering from heart disease that will kill him. This leads to a bet among the staff of what type of food will eventually kill him. Rookie chef Jim (John Francis Daley) tries to figure out his position in the kitchen hierarchy, which brings to a collision with the dishwasher Ramon (Frank Alvarez). LineColor=990000 }}

ProdCode=1AKT09 ShortSummary=When a rival French chef, Michel Valentine (Michael Vartan), steals a recipe from Jack's menu, Jack declares war and the two restaurants begin to sabotage each other, while Mimi finds herself sleeping with the enemy. LineColor=990000 }}

OriginalAirDate=Unaired ProdCode=1AKT06 ShortSummary=Jack hires Becky Sharp (Erinn Hayes), a former culinary school classmate, so he can spend more time outside the kitchen with guests. In the meantime, Teddy and Seth compete to see whose specialty is more popular. LineColor=990000 }}

DirectedBy=Fred Savage OriginalAirDate=Unaired ProdCode=1AKT05 ShortSummary=Business plummets in the wake of an armed robbery, driving Jack to desperate measures. Seth racks up a small fortune at the track. Jim wants Teddy to teach him how to make Fugu, a Japanese blow fish dish, in return for saving Teddy's life during the robbery. LineColor=990000 }}

DVD release

On May 22, 2007, 20th Century Fox released Kitchen Confidential: The Complete Series on DVD in Region 1. The 2-disc set contains all 13 episodes of the series as well as audio commentaries on the series premiere and finale by Karine Rosenthal, Dave Hemingson, Bradley Cooper and Dean Lopata and two featurettes - "A Tour of the Nolita Restaurant" and "A Recipe for Comedy".

International syndication

In June 2006, all 13 episodes aired on Paramount Comedy 1 in the UK. In March 2006, the series aired on the Seven Network in Australia, but the 13 episodes were aired out of order due to various Easter specials in April. In December 2006, the series aired on TV3 in New Zealand. In February 2007, the series began to air on The Comedy Channel in Australia. In the spring and summer of 2009, the series aired on in Poland (titled Kill Grill). In November 2009, all 13 episodes aired on Fox Life in Japan. The series has also aired in India, the Netherlands, Serbia, Bulgaria, Turkey and Italy.

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