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Kitchen Confidential
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Format Comedy
Created by David Hemingson
Starring Bradley Cooper
Nicholas Brendon
John Francis Daley
Jaime King
Bonnie Somerville
Owain Yeoman
Country of origin United States
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 13
Executive producer(s) David Hemingson
Jim Rosenthal
Darren Star
Running time 22 minutes
Original channel Fox
Original run 02010-09-19 September 19 – December 5, 2005 (2005-12-05)

Kitchen Confidential is a television sitcom based on Anthony Bourdain's New York Times bestselling book, Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly, which debuted on September 19, 2005 on the Fox network. Bradley Cooper played the Anthony Bourdain-inspired lead character, Jack Bourdain.



The show's first two episodes on Fox in the U.S. did not earn strong ratings, and its run was then interrupted by Fox's coverage of the Major League Baseball playoffs. On November 11, Fox announced only 13 episodes would be produced. Four days after the fourth episode aired to dismal ratings on December 5, 2005, Fox cancelled the series outright. Currently all 13 episodes of the first season are available via Hulu, and also air outside the U.S.



Main cast

Recurring cast

Episode list

The cast of Kitchen Confidential
Episode # Title Airdate
1 "Exile on Main Street" September 19, 2005
2 "Aftermath" September 26, 2005
3 "Dinner Date with Death" October 3, 2005
4 "French Fight" December 5, 2005
5 "You Lose, I Win" Unaired except outside the U.S. and on Hulu
6 "Rabbit Test"
7 "The Robbery"
8 "Teddy Takes Off"
9 "Let's Do Brunch"
10 "Praise Be Praise"
11 "An Affair to Remember"
12 "Power Play"
13 "And the Award Goes to..."

DVD release

On May 22, 2007, 20th Century Fox released Kitchen Confidential: The Complete Series on DVD in Region 1. The 2-disc set contains all 13 episodes of the series as well as audio commentaries on the series premiere and finale by Karine Rosenthal, Dave Hemingson, Bradley Cooper and Dean Lopata and two featurettes – "A Tour of the Nolita Restaurant" and "A Recipe for Comedy".

Airings outside the U.S.

In June 2006 the show came to Paramount Comedy 1 in the UK, which aired all 13 episodes, and the network has since been airing the show again in repeats. The series has also been aired on Seven Network in Australia around March 2006, but the 13 episodes were aired out of order due to various Easter specials in April. In December 2006, TV3 in New Zealand started to air the show to mixed reviews but good ratings. Starting in February 2007, the show began to air on The Comedy Channel in Australia.

Kitchen Confidential was shown in Poland (titled: Kill Grill) in the spring and summer of 2009 on the cooking channel KUCHNIA.TV. It has also aired in India, the Netherlands, Serbia and Bulgaria and Italy (at 6 AM).


  • The fourth episode "French Fight" guest-starred actor Michael Vartan as a chef with whom Jack and his colleagues start a feud. Vartan and Cooper had previously worked together on Alias, and paid homage to this in a character in joke whereby Bourdain says: "It's like we worked together before or something."
  • John Cho was originally supposed to be a regular cast member rather than a recurring character.
  • Oddly, the names of the characters includes two unexplained literary references: Jack's second-in-command is Stephen Dedalus, while his great rival/lover, a woman chef, is Becky Sharp.
  • Kitchen Confidential was nominated for an IVy award for worst cancellation; the award went to Arrested Development[1].
  • In the episode "An Affair to Remember" Stephen is seen wearing a jacket with "Hartlepool" printed across the back.
  • In "The Robbery", the music in which the Party Bunny is dancing to is changed in the DVD version.
  • The theme song was ghostwritten by Mark Walk of the band Skinny Puppy.


  1. ^ "The TV IV". IVy award nominees and winners of 2006. The TV IV. Retrieved March 24, 2008. 

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