Remember Fox’s Kitchen Confidential – a TV tip of the cap to Anthony Bourdain’s memoir of the same name? No? That’s OK – neither does the rest of America. And I’m sure the higher-ups at Fox would rather erase any semblance of the failed show from the collective memories, Men in Black-style.
When Kitchen Confidential popped up in my Netflix recommendations earlier in the summer, I was a bit confused — mainly because I barely remembered that the show even existed. Based on the memoir by Anthony Bourdain, and one of Fox’s last efforts to create a show that might keep poor dear Arrested Development company, the Darren Star-produced half-hour tracked the adventures of Jack Bourdain (Bradley “Will on Alias” Cooper), recovering addict and master chef. The crew of his restaurant included Xander from Buffy the Vampire Slayer, the Asian dude from Harold and Kumar, and an incredibly hot British guy; the production values were top-notch and the food on screen looked scrumptious. You could almost forgive that the show wasn’t actually that funny.
Well, maybe you could, but America sure didn’t — the show was canceled four episodes in, released on DVD two years later.
Indeed. And with good reason. I watched ten minutes of an episode back when Fox was first hyping it and I wanted to poke my eyes and ears out with kabob skewers. It was positively awful.