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Kitchen Confidential

Kitchen Confidential is a 2005 Fox sitcom (NOT a “food show”) based on Anthony Bourdain’s autobiographical book of the same name. A then mostly-unknown Bradley Cooper plays Jack, a fictionalized version of Bourdain, and the show follows his adventures inside and outside the kitchen of a high-end New York restaurant. The show’s entire 13-episode run is below.

  • French Fight

    When another chef steals a recipe from Jack, war erupts between their two restaurants; Mimi finds herself sleeping with the enemy, and Jim becomes a casualty.

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  • Let’s Do Brunch

    Becky asks Jack to start serving brunch at Nolita and to let her run it; smitten Jack can’t say no, though he wants to; the staff is furious, especially when they find out that Jack and Becky are having sex; and Mimi wants to move in with Becky.

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  • Aftermath

    Jack is exhausted from running Nolita; he orders Steven to stop stealing/dealing in the restaurant, and Steven gets angry; Mimi begins overseeing the waitstaff; Jack runs into an old flame, Audrey; and a group of bankers runs out on a check.

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  • Exile on Main Street

    Fallen hot-shot chef Jack Bourdain gets a second chance to make his mark in the culinary world when the owner of Nolita hires him as head chef, giving him 48 hours to assemble his motley crew of cooks.

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  • And the Award Goes To…

    Nolita is a finalist for the prestigious James Beard Award, which Mimi and Jack are determined to win; then Becky reappears in Jack’s life, and he learns that her restaurant is up for the same award; and Seth finds out that Jim is involved with Tanya.

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  • Power Play

    When Mimi inherits Nolita, Jack assumes he’ll be able to walk all over her and run the restaurant his way, but Mimi asserts herself and tries to win over the staff.

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  • An Affair to Remember

    Jack has sex with Gia, the woman living in the apartment over Nolita, only to discover she’s Pino’s mistress; Pino throws a party at Nolita for his wife and Gia shows up threatening to tell all.

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  • Rabbit Test

    When the rabbit meat Jack ordered is delivered in the form of live rabbits, no one wants to kill them; Jack dates a vegan patron he meets at Nolita, and hooks the woman on meat.

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  • You Lose, I Win

    Pino orders Jack to spend time in the dining room schmoozing with customers; Jack hires an old cooking school friend to cover for him in the kitchen, but gets jealous when she does well; and Seth and Teddy bet over whose specialty is more popular.

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  • The Robbery

    With Nolita doing well, Jack is convinced that his bad luck is behind him for good; but when the restaurant is robbed, and business drops off completely, Jack believes he jinxed his good luck by reveling in it; and Seth makes a fortune betting on horses.

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  • Teddy Takes Off

    When Jack takes credit for Teddy’s scrumptious fish dish, Teddy gets angry and quits; Jack hires a replacement, and Teddy gets a new job; but things at Nolita go wrong without Teddy there, and the staff schemes to bring him back.

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  • Praise Be Praise

    Jack sleeps with a girl he meets at Nolita, only to learn that she ranks all the chefs she’s had sex with, and posts it on a website.

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  • Dinner Date With Death

    Jack’s old culinary-school mentor asks Jack to kill him with unhealthy food; Jim insults a tough dishwasher who won’t stop harassing him; and a hot dog vendor sets up shop outside Nolita.

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