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Saved by DVD: 'Kitchen Confidential'

Fox's energetic restaurant-set comedy is back on the menu

WHAT IT WAS
The 2005 single-camera sitcom, based on the 2000 best-seller from culinary guru Anthony Bourdain, starred Bradley Cooper as bad-boy chef Jack Bourdain, reigning over the wild staff at chic NYC restaurant Nolita.

WHAT VIEWERS SAW
Fox yanked the series after airing only four of the 13 half-hour episodes. That left just enough time to introduce pastry chef Seth's crush on hostess Tanya (Jaime King), kitchen newbie Jim's attempts to move up the food chain, and Jack's love/hate relationship with the owner's daughter Mimi.

WHAT VIEWERS MISSED
Tanya falls for the innocent Jim — much to Seth's dismay — and Mimi is promoted from head waitress to owner after blackmailing her father about his mistress. In the finale, Jack's womanizing ways come to an end when he falls for a rival chef during a prestigious culinary competition.

WORTH THE RESCUE?
Yes, if you've got a taste for sharp, risqué comedy. The unaired shows let supporting players like Frank Langella and Harold & Kumar's John Cho shine — and Cooper makes Jack an appetizing antihero.

Originally posted May 25, 2007 Published in issue #936 Jun 01, 2007 Order article reprints
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