Throwback Thursday: Kitchen Confidential

Kitchen Confidential only aired 4 episodes between September 19, 2005 and December 5, 2005 (all 13 episodes were later released on DVD). After the first 3 episodes were shown, Fox network put the show on hiatus due to the Major League Baseball playoffs, then postponed, and was then cancelled 4 days after the fourth episode aired. It is based on Anthony bourdain’s bestselling book by the same name.

Bradley Cooper plays the lead character, Jack Bourdain, who is a successful chief who lost prestige due to alcohol and drug addiction. He is given the chance to run Nolita as a career comeback. He is helped out in the kitchen by one of his oldest friends (Nicholas Brendon), his best friend/thief (Owain Yeoman), a newbie (John Francis Daley), a ditzy waitress (Jaime King), and a head waitress/daughter of the owner who hates the entire staff (Bonnie Somerville).

As you can see, the show has a phenomenal cast. At its core, the show focuses on the hijinks done by the main kitchen staff, and trying to keep the bosses daughter from finding out. The writing is witty, and plays on the actors/actresses best strengths. It is a show that if promoted correctly (it was paired with Arrested Development on Monday nights), could have run for a few seasons rather then only 4 episodes.

Where to watch: Hulu, and Amazon sells the complete series for only $10 (Watch a clip)

Where to find the fandom: Sadly, there is pretty much no fandom for this show. You can find a few stories on Fanfiction and AO3, and you have to dig through the tag on tumblr to find show related posts (most are for the book)


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