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Bradley Cooper Kitchen Confidential

Bradley Cooper Kitchen Confidential

What these universes have in common, of course, is plenty of Bradley Cooper doing chef things. As “Burnt” publicists would love to tell you, Cooper has no small measure of off-screen cooking experience and seems completely at home in the kitchen. (The film’s New York City press conference was even moderated by chef Mario Batali, presumably for added veracity.) The “Burnt” publicists probably don’t also mention those 13 episodes of “Kitchen Confidential” Cooper did, of course, but full advantage to “Burnt” for really capitalizing on Cooper’s relative fluency en francais in many scenes — the closest “Kitchen Confidential” gets to that is an episode where Cooper squares off against rival chef Michel (played by Cooper’s one-time “Alias” co-star Michael Vartan) and the two of them fling increasingly over-the-top French accents at each other.
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Bradley Cooper Kitchen Confidential

Although it was a single-cam comedy, Kitchen Confidential shot in Los Angeles and took no particular advantage of the format. Most of the show took place in the versatile kitchen set that made room for some mobility, but was never used for any Goodfellas-style ambitious one-shot navigation, because Kitchen Confidential just never aimed that high. The food is well displayed throughout, but it's not deliciously fetishized by our current Hannibal-ized standards. Only four Kitchen Confidential episodes ever aired on Fox, but the entire run of the show has long been available online, finding a home on Hulu and six hours dedicated to watching or rewatching it are bound to be better than three or four hours going out to see Burnt, including parking, price and that annoying guy sitting next to you texting, “Why am I here?!?” the entire movie. A word of caution: Somehow the episode order got shaken up. I blame Fox for airing the ninth episode fourth for the Vartan of it all. If you watch Kitchen Confidential episodes in the order they autoplay on Hulu, several of the relationships, especially the one with Cooper and Hayes, are rendered nonsensical. Even out of continuity, it's still probably better than Burnt. And keep an eye out for Nolita whenever a 20th Century Fox TV show goes to New York, but is too cheap to actually go to New York.
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Bradley Cooper Kitchen Confidential

Most actors can have successful careers without even knowing who Anthony Bourdain is. But Bradley Cooper has managed to play a Bourdain-esque chef twice in the past decade. Coming off a breakout role in 2005's Wedding Crashers, Cooper played a fictionalized version of Bourdain in Fox's short-lived 2005 sitcom Kitchen Confidential, based on the now-59-year-old Parts Unknown host's 2000 memoir. Now, in The Weinstein Co.'s Burnt, the three-time Oscar nominee, 40, again plays a cook who engages in recreational drug use and wild behavior — a self-destructive streak highly reminiscent of Bourdain's early career. (Cooper draws from experience: He's battled his own addiction demons, and, as a teenager, he worked in two restaurants doing prep work.)
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Bradley Cooper Kitchen Confidential

And now let’s talk about Bradley Cooper 10 years ago. In 2005, he had a short but growing resume. He had a small, memorable role in Wet Hot American Summer. He had played Jennifer Garner’s geeky best friend, Will Tippin, on the television show Alias for several years. The closest he’d come to a star turn was a supporting role in Wedding Crashers, in which he played Rachel McAdams’ jerk fiancé, Zachary “Sack” Lodge. So in the fall of 2005, when it seemed like there was nowhere for Cooper to go but up, he landed the lead role in a Fox sitcom called Kitchen Confidential, based on the Anthony Bourdain memoir of the same name. It premiered on September 19, 2005, to mostly positive reviews. Three episodes aired before it was bumped for the World Series. And then it was postponed. And then one more episode aired in early December. And then it was canceled.
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Bradley Cooper Kitchen Confidential

Description: “Kitchen Confidential,” based on Anthony Bourdain’s memoir about food, drugs and working in the kitchens of top restaurants. It is a single camera comedy.Jack Bourdain, played by Bradley Cooper, had it all but that all changed after one wild night. Four years later, he only has a great girlfriend and an average job working in her restaurant as an aide in Pizza Chain Kitchen. But, when Pino Lugeria contacts him to become Head Chef of his famous restaurant, Nolita, Jack knows this is an offer he cannot refuse. To further back up the offer, his girlfriend tells him he cannot afford to pass up an opportunity like this.He then recruits his old friends, Seth Richman (Nicholas Brandon) the pastry chef, Teddy Wong (John Cho), the seafood Chef and Steven (Owain Yeoman) who is his sous-chef. Not everything is perfect, given that the previous wait staff, particularly Mimi (Bonnie Somerville), believe he will run the restaurant into the ground. But Pino, and everyone, will be witnessing if he is capable of steering clear of his old ways.
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Bradley Cooper Kitchen Confidential

Show Summary EDIT “Kitchen Confidential,” based on Anthony Bourdain’s memoir about food, drugs and working in the kitchens of top restaurants. It is a single camera comedy.Jack Bourdain, played by Bradley Cooper, had it all but that all changed after one wild night. Four years later, he only has a great girlfriend and an average job working in her restaurant as an aide in Pizza Chain Kitchen. But, when Pino Lugeria contacts him to become Head Chef of his famous restaurant, Nolita, Jack knows this is an offer he cannot refuse. To further back up the offer, his girlfriend tells him he cannot afford to pass up an opportunity like this.He then recruits his old friends, Seth Richman (Nicholas Brandon) the pastry chef, Teddy Wong (John Cho), the seafood Chef and Steven (Owain Yeoman) who is his sous-chef. Not everything is perfect, given that the previous wait staff, particularly Mimi (Bonnie Somerville), believe he will run the restaurant into the ground. But Pino, and everyone, will be witnessing if he is capable of steering clear of his old ways.moreless
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Bradley Cooper Kitchen Confidential

“Kitchen Confidential,” based on Anthony Bourdain’s memoir about food, drugs and working in the kitchens of top restaurants. It is a single camera comedy.Jack Bourdain, played by Bradley Cooper, had it all but that all changed after one wild night. Four years later, he only has a great girlfriend and an average job working in her restaurant as an aide in Pizza Chain Kitchen. But, when Pino Lugeria contacts him to become Head Chef of his famous restaurant, Nolita, Jack knows this is an offer he cannot refuse. To further back up the offer, his girlfriend tells him he cannot afford to pass up an opportunity like this.He then recruits his old friends, Seth Richman (Nicholas Brandon) the pastry chef, Teddy Wong (John Cho), the seafood Chef and Steven (Owain Yeoman) who is his sous-chef. Not everything is perfect, given that the previous wait staff, particularly Mimi (Bonnie Somerville), believe he will run the restaurant into the ground. But Pino, and everyone, will be witnessing if he is capable of steering clear of his old ways.moreless
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Bradley Cooper Kitchen Confidential

Kitchen Confidential does improve over time. The jokes get quicker and funnier, the cast gels, and the storylines taking a more coherent shape. But it doesn’t hit any kind of stride, and perhaps this is why Kitchen Confidential doesn’t go down as one of the great gone-too-soon sitcoms of the mid-’00s. It didn’t know what show it wanted to be, and in turn, it floundered between two identities. At the end of the day, kitchens are fast-paced and all-consuming workplaces. Cooks and dishwashers and waitstaff form intense personal bonds, but it’s highly unlikely they’re all sleeping together or caught up in the petty sex dramas of each other’s lives. At its best, Kitchen Confidential focused on the workplace in its workplace comedy. Its notes on life in a kitchen—the way two cooks learn to maneuver around each other in the heat of the dinner rush, the way that produce vendors need to be kept in check, the way neighboring restaurants can go from friends to rivals at the drop of a hat—were its funniest and best moments. They provided insight into a world otherwise unseen outside of the Food Network.
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Kitchen Confidential was, at its core, a comedy about the high jinks and misadventures of a ragtag group of cooks and waitstaff working at a restaurant in New York City. Cooper took the helm as the Kitchen Confidential author’s stand-in, Jack Bourdain. The fictionalized Bourdain—something of a hybrid between the actual chef and the show’s own creation—is a former bad boy, addict, and chef reassembling his life after hitting rock bottom. When given the opportunity to lead a team at a new restaurant called Nolita, Bourdain seeks out his former culinary friends and former enablers for help.
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Cooper would go on to have greater success on the big screen after this. Still, he always had the charm to be a likable hero from week to week. It’s a shame, though, that Kitchen Confidential never landed on a voice. Too few shows depict kitchens outside of reality television, and this one did a fairly accurate job of getting the anxiety of a Friday night and all the inner workings of a tight-knit group of cooks. But alas, Kitchen Confidential was pulled out of the oven a little too soon, left to abandon on the cooling rack.

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