Kitchen Confidential

Thursday, February 1st at 8pm

Becky (Erinn Hayes) uses her sexual prowess over Jack (Bradley Cooper) to put her in charge of a new Brunch option at Nolita, much to the staff’s displeasure in the series final of Kitchen Confidential, screening Thursday, February 1st at 8pm.

Based on renowned chef Anthony Bourdain’s best-selling autobiography and from executive producers Darren Star (Sex and the City), the hilarious comedy Kitchen Confidential exposes the secrets of the restaurant business through the delectable story of a talented chef (Cooper), who’s determined to climb back to the top of the food game.

In the season finale, after Becky makes Jack a delicious brunch, she tries to persuade him to serve brunch at Nolita, and let her run it. Jack resists until Becky starts nibbling on his ear, and smitten Jack can’t say no, although he wants to.

At the restaurant the consequences of running Brunch is driving the staff crazy. Elderly people, families, mothers breast-feeding their babies, and children are running the place wild.

While having a secret affair behind the staff’s back, Jack hypocritically confiscates lingerie Seth (Nicholas Brendon) bought for Tanya (Jaime King) – warning him that a man should never give a woman lingerie until after he’s slept with her, and that staff aren’t allowed to date each other.

Seth works out that Jack is sleeping with Becky, and that the two of them hatched the brunch plot, and tells the crew. Understandably, the staff is furious that Jack traded brunch for sex.

Will Nolita face dire consequences from an angry staff? Will Jack and Becky’s relationship survive? Will brunch still be an option? Find out in the series final of Kitchen Confidential, screening Thursday, February 1st at 8pm.

Based on renowned chef Anthony Bourdain’s best-selling autobiography and from executive producers Darren Star (Sex and the City) comes the hilarious new comedy Kitchen Confidential, premiering on 3 on Thursday, December 14th at 8:00pm.

Kitchen Confidential exposes the secrets of the restaurant business through the delectable story of a talented chef who’s determined to climb back to the top of the food game. Chef Jack Bourdain (Bradley Cooper) found enormous success at a young age.

Unfortunately, Jack’s culinary genius also led to a lifestyle of boozing, womanising and drugs, excesses which eventually landed him in the gutter.

After hitting rock bottom and deciding to sober up, the only job he could manage to get was slopping soggy pasta for the masses at a tacky opera-themed restaurant.

Out of the blue, Jack is offered an opportunity to get back in the game as head chef at a top New York restaurant. Jack hastily assembles a renegade crew of colleagues from his past, including chefs Steven (Owain Yeoman) and Seth (Nicholas Brendon), and a rookie pastry chef named Jim (John Francis Daley). Also along for the ride are Tanya (Jaime King) the hostess and Mimi (Bonnie Somerville), the restaurant owner’s gorgeous daughter, who can’t wait for Jack to fail.

Darren Star, famous for creating the Award-winning series ‘Sex And The City’, says the glitzy restaurant industry makes a rich backdrop for the kind of sophisticated character-driven comedy that makes up the basis for Kitchen Confidential.

“People eat out more today than they ever have before,” he says. “But they have no idea what’s going on behind the scenes. For that reason alone, there’s a lot of curiosity about what happens in a restaurant.”

“All great TV starts with great characters, and Anthony Bourdain’s character was what directed me to the book. The book distinguishes itself, not only because you learn about the goings-on in the kitchen, but because you’re attracted to this guy who is very, very flawed.”

For Cooper, stepping into the kitchen on set was a homecoming – of sorts.

“When I was a kid, it was either acting or being a chef that I wanted to do,” he says. “I worked in restaurants my whole life as a cook. So, when I read the script I just thought, I have to do this show.”

“I was obsessed with cooking when I was young. Even when I was in first grade, my friends would come over and I would be busy in kitchen cooking for them. It was really crazy.”

Although the producers wanted to send the cast to ‘cutting’ school to learn the necessary technical skills, Copper already knew how to acquit himself around the kitchen.

“I knew a little of the basics of running a kitchen after years as a prep chef when I was a teenager,” he says. “I really did feel comfortable with this character. It felt like the whole show combined my two favourite things – cooking and acting.”

Cooper says it was an honour to play a character based on the infamous chef, Anthony Bourdain.

“To play a guy who is so conflicted, and yet such a fundamentally talented person is phenomenal,” says Cooper. “I don’t think that the character’s redemptive quality comes from the fact that he’s just a good chef, I think it comes from the fact that he’s trying to turn his life around and sincerely make a change. Bourdain went through a lot and came out a stronger person, it takes guts to be that kind of guy.’

Don’t miss the cutting new comedy Kitchen Confidential, coming to 3, Thursday, 14th December at 8:00pm.