Kitchen Confidential: Season 1 (2005)

Season 1
Kitchen Confidential

Critics Consensus

Kitchen Confidential is confidently prepared and served with an amiable ensemble, but struggles to find a satisfying flavor with too many wild antics thrown into the sauce.



Critic Ratings: 20

Audience Score

User Ratings: 0
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Air date: Sep 19, 2005
Air date: Sep 26, 2005
Air date: Oct 3, 2005
Air date: Dec 5, 2005

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Critic Reviews for Kitchen Confidential Season 1

All Critics (20) | Top Critics (11)

The cast is attractive, the show's look is sleek, the pace is frantic, but Kitchen Confidential isn't especially funny.

Nov 27, 2018 | Full Review…

Behind all the familiar farce are inviting actors and characters, attractive production values, and executive producer Darren Star. Given those high-quality ingredients, the show... could easily graduate from promising to satisfying.

Nov 27, 2018 | Full Review…

It's no "Big Night," but with Bonnie Somerville, Owain Yeoman, Jaime King, Nicholas Brendon as other restaurant staffers, Kitchen Confidential is a nice place to visit.

Nov 27, 2018 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

Turns out that not only was Kitchen Confidential a good show, but it had some moments of brilliance.

Nov 27, 2018 | Full Review…

Bradley Cooper is an interesting choice to play Bourdain: His face can seem either sharply hawklike or soft, almost puppyish. These irreconcilables coexist, somehow, and make him appealing.

Nov 27, 2018 | Full Review…

Ultimately, it's the cast that provides the solid foundation for the show. It's one of those odd instances where I can say there isn't a weak link the whole chain.

Nov 27, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

This spirited series combines poignant moments and lots of laughs to create a special blend of TV fun.

Nov 27, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Backstage antics are what's supposed to make Kitchen Confidential hilarious, but instead the characters just come off as juvenile.

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I wonder how many people will buy Star's re-categorization of this sitcom as, no joke, "a single-camera film comedy." That's a flowery way of explaining why it isn't a laugh-a-minute free-for-all.

Nov 27, 2018 | Full Review…

It didn't know what show it wanted to be, and in turn, it floundered between two identities.

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Top Critic

A typical episode starts with a reasonable restaurant situation and then builds to a level of absurdity that might be forgivable if it weren't so generally unfunny.

Nov 27, 2018 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…
Top Critic

Unfortunately, what's missing from Fox's Kitchen Confidential is laughs. This sitcom twist on the life of celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain turns Bourdain into Alias' Bradley Cooper, a personable actor but not the comic diva the role requires.

Nov 27, 2018 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Kitchen Confidential: Season 1

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