Kitchen Confidential

“Kitchen Confidential”: the book changed Anthony Bourdain’s life
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A statement previously thought to be an oxymoron, Kitchen Confidential raises the bell curve for quality television.

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With no inkling of what the show is about, I watched the series premiere beginning to end, commercials and all, and was delighted with it through the credits. The show is handled with a directorial craftsmanship superb for television.

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Actors are kept within their boundaries, dialogue is quick but not rushed, and characters are at least likable. The exposition was presented neatly in the first block and gave sufficient personality to each character. A flair for stylish editing and freeze frames is arranged perfectly, and other technical qualities such as lighting, sets, and extras heighten the enjoyability of this show.

As a whole, I am excited about watching upcoming episodes and seeing how the show progresses. Kitchen Confidential is a well balanced show that will be a serious contender for the Primetime viewing audience. Explore popular and recently added TV series available to stream now with Prime Video. Start your free trial. Find showtimes, watch trailers, browse photos, track your Watchlist and rate your favorite movies and TV shows on your phone or tablet! IMDb More. Keep track of everything you watch; tell your friends.

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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. In turn, Kitchen Confidential worked with an uneven sense of charm. They harass the waitstaff. They harass the female customers at Nolita. They harass each other. And yet, Kitchen Confidential is still entertaining. Her inability to do anything right perpetuates a lazy trope, and it solicits more eye rolls than laughs.

As Mimi, Somerville is a little more complex. The boys in the kitchen mock and manipulate her, deeming her their enemy. But in Kitchen Confidential women are never just women: Becky is also sleeping with Bourdain. Those shows are empty, without heart or substance, without a cast that works well beyond its writing.

Beneath its sexism, it also works.

“Kitchen Confidential”: the book changed Anthony Bourdain’s life

Kitchen Confidential does improve over time. The jokes get quicker and funnier, the cast gels, and the storylines taking a more coherent shape.

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At the end of the day, kitchens are fast-paced and all-consuming workplaces. 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.