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* SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute: The fish chef brought in to replace Teddy almost became one. Fortunately, [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold Stephen]] [[CrowningMomentOfFunny drugs him up with every substance imaginable]] and so gets him fired.

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* SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute: The fish chef brought in to replace Teddy almost became one. Fortunately, [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold Stephen]] [[CrowningMomentOfFunny [[SugarWiki/FunnyMoments drugs him up with every substance imaginable]] and so gets him fired.


* [[AManIsNotAVirgin A]] [[strike:Man]] [[AManIsNotAVirgin Chef Is Not a Virgin:]] Jim is told that, because he's never had sex, he is a bad chef.


* ShoutOutThemeNaming: Becky Sharp (''VanityFair''), Stephen Daedalus (''{{Ulysses}}'').

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* ShoutOutThemeNaming: Becky Sharp (''VanityFair''), (''Literature/VanityFair''), Stephen Daedalus (''{{Ulysses}}'').(''Literature/{{Ulysses}}'').


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* HeyItsThatGuy: [[Series/BuffytheVampireSlayer Xander Harris]] is the pastry chef, and [[Film/StarTrek Hikaru Sulu]] is the sushi chef. Best. Restaurant. Ever. [[{{Bones}} Dr. Sweets]] is there too!


The television series debuted on September 19, 2005 on Fox. Bradley Cooper played the Anthony Bourdain-like lead character, Jack Bourdain. The show's first two episodes did not earn strong ratings, and its run was then interrupted by Fox's coverage of the Major League Baseball playoffs. On November 11, 2005, 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. Considered TooGoodToLast and ScrewedByTheNetwork. Can be found on DVD and on [[http://www.hulu.com/kitchen-confidential Hulu.]]

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The television series debuted on September 19, 2005 on Fox. Bradley Cooper played the Anthony Bourdain-like lead character, Jack Bourdain. The show's first two episodes did not earn strong ratings, and its run was then interrupted by Fox's coverage of the Major League Baseball playoffs. On November 11, 2005, 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. Considered TooGoodToLast and ScrewedByTheNetwork. Can be found on DVD and on [[http://www.hulu.com/kitchen-confidential Hulu.]]


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An adaptation of [[Series/NoReservations Anthony Bourdain's]] professional memoir and a behind-the-scenes look at restaurant kitchens, this WorkCom looked at the goings-on in the kitchen of a fancy Manhattan restaurant. The cast of characters includes two literary references: Jack's Lancer is Stephen Daedalus, while his great rival, a woman chef, is Becky Sharp.

The television series debuted on September 19, 2005 on Fox. Bradley Cooper played the Anthony Bourdain-like lead character, Jack Bourdain. The show's first two episodes did not earn strong ratings, and its run was then interrupted by Fox's coverage of the Major League Baseball playoffs. On November 11, 2005, 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. Considered TooGoodToLast and ScrewedByTheNetwork. Can be found on DVD and on [[http://www.hulu.com/kitchen-confidential Hulu.]]

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!!This TV show provides examples of:

* ActionGirl: Becky.
* {{Adorkable}}: Jim
* BigApplesauce
* BrainlessBeauty: Tanya
-->'''Jack''': You put the ho in hostess.
-->'''Tanya''': Aww, thank you!
* ButtMonkey: Jim, and ''how''.
* TheChick: Mimi
** Actually, Tanya qualifes more. Mimi is too much of a bitch...
* ContinuityNod: Feed the chicken, come on, feed it. Yeah.
* ADateWithRosiePalms: Jim (heavily implied and later confirmed to be a Mormon) stated in ''Rabbit Test'' that he had a "magazine" until his mother found it and cried
* DoggedNiceGuy: Seth to Tanya. He buys her lingerie. When they're not dating. Otherwise, he's nice.
* EscalatingWar: The plot of the episode "French Fight."
* EvenTheGuysWantHim: The kitchen has a serious discussion about who among the chefs, if trapped on a desert island, they would have sex with. Jack and Stephen are very popular. (Seth spends the rest of the episode miffed that he didn't get any votes.)
* FanService: Donna's breasts, Mimi and Becky's LesYay dispersing kiss.
* FlamboyantGay: Cameron, although his flamboyancy isn't as professed as the trope normally requires
* GirlOfTheWeek
* GiveGeeksAChance: [[spoiler: Towards the end of the series, Jim and Tanya begin dating, much to Seth's chagrin]]
* HeelFaceTurn: [[spoiler: Becky, after seducing Jack and "accidentally" puncturing the box with the eels that he needs to win a prestigious award that her restaurant is also up for, has a change of heart and gives him her eels.]] It's almost sweet.
* HeyItsThatGuy: [[Series/BuffytheVampireSlayer Xander Harris]] is the pastry chef, and [[Film/StarTrek Hikaru Sulu]] is the sushi chef. Best. Restaurant. Ever. [[{{Bones}} Dr. Sweets]] is there too!
* IncrediblyLamePun: A staple for the show.
** "Gruel and unusual punishment" in reference to the staff meals.
** Affogato give you something.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Jack, Stephen, Becky.
* KarmaHoudini: Stephen does all kinds of shit that should get him fired in the real world, though the ''nonfiction'' source book shows that what Stephen does is ''tame'' compared to what the real Steven did. Yet on the show, as in real life, this trope is still in full force.
* TheLancer: Stephen.
* LethalChef: Played with in the episode "Dinner Date With Death." Jack's EvilMentor ''wants'' Jack's delicious food to kill him.
* TheMafia: It is heavily implied that Pino is a member of the Mafia, technically making Mimi a MafiaPrincess
* [[AManIsNotAVirgin A]] [[strike:Man]] [[AManIsNotAVirgin Chef Is Not a Virgin:]] Jim is told that, because he's never had sex, he is a bad chef.
* NewMeat: Poor, poor Jim
* OddFriendship: Donna and Cameron, two of the waiters.
* RichBitch: Mimi tries hard not to be this.
* RidiculouslyCuteCritter: No one can bring themselves to kill the bunnies.
* [[ScaryBlackMan Scary Hispanic Man]]: Ramon the Dishwasher makes Jim his bitch for an episode. Fortunately, Seth comes to the rescue [[spoiler: by buying Jim off him for $10]].
* SheIsNotMyGirlfriend: Jack and Mimi, constantly
* ShoutOutThemeNaming: Becky Sharp (''VanityFair''), Stephen Daedalus (''{{Ulysses}}'').
* SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute: The fish chef brought in to replace Teddy almost became one. Fortunately, [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold Stephen]] [[CrowningMomentOfFunny drugs him up with every substance imaginable]] and so gets him fired.
* ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill: After an escalating war of sabotage with the French restaurant across the street, Jim finally [[spoiler: gets the rival chef convicted and deported for tax evasion]].
* TitleMontage
* TokenMinority: Teddy.
** Somewhat averted once Ramon becomes a recurring secondary character.
* TroubledButCute: Jack.
* VetinariJobSecurity: In the episode "Teddy Takes Off" Jack takes credit for Teddy's tuna dish and, as the tittle implies, Teddy quits. This leaves Jack to cook the Crusted Yellowfin Tuna. [[HilarityEnsues It doesn't go well.]]

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