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Chef Academy, Season 1TV-14Closed Captioning

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Description

In the season premiere, nine eclectic students are chosen to be the guinea pigs in Chef Novelli's culinary education experiment, handpicked by himself and Mr. Kitchen after performing the simple culinary task of cooking an egg. The students represent an array of backgrounds from newly trained chefs to anxious homemakers hoping to learn some new culinary tricks. Students are assessed weekly via a variety of tests from preparing bread to gutting a fish. But Chef Novelli forewarns the students — failing three tests is grounds for dismissal from his Academy. Throughout the series, Chef Novelli presents unique and delectable dishes that only someone of his caliber could create with directives laden with a heavy French accent. The awe-struck students, many of whom are culinary novices, are wowed by the creations they see too quickly taking shape with such ease in front of their eyes. While the dishes inspire the students, tensions arise when they are asked to recreate the dishes with their very fate at the Academy on the line.

Customer Reviews

Chef Academy

I saw Episode 1 on Bravo, and decided to purchase a season pass. This is not Top Chef because Novelli while strict, explains technique and instructs the cheftestants. I think that's good because just being told your dish is unacceptable without explanation is humiliating. Novelli is a strict taskmaster but these cheftants will aim high. I enjoy his explanations of techique: he made a caramel "cage" which is a masterpiece of sugar work. He made it look less complicated. I have good expectations for this season because he hss his silly moments as well. But they are there to learn and you know it. I hope he succeeds and wish him well. This show has great potential and Novelli, who's new to this format, still conveys his extensive knowledge - he is a walking culinary encyclopedia,

Novelli

The show is fun although it has a couple of tasteless moments. I've tried his tomato sauce recipe and learned that star anise is not sweet at all - the vanilla counters it nicely. My only complaint, if that's what you'd call it, is that the cheftestant mix is a little odd: the home cook who wants to learn more, the ex-porn star, the Navy sub cook, the professional chef, the "citizen of the world" who tries too hard to be a man of the world, the cooking school grad who grates on peoples' nerves, the bride-to-be who is wickedly funny at times, the caterer who has no formal training (and is overly dramatic) and the obligatory "ditzy" blonde. Otherwise, I just love the episodes. Novelli is self-taught yet has racked up an impressive set of awards and laurels. I like that we see the compilation of an entire week in the episode - they have a lot of time to prep and practice before their weekly test. I love how he keeps them off balance when he judges their food, too.

Interesting note: Episode 9 of MTV's "My Super Sweet Sixteen" features Suzanne's daughter - with Suzanne walking away with the whole episode!

Tomato Sauce

I completed this recipe and the vanilla bean and star anise provided a subtle layer of flavor. Need to be careful not to add too much sugar.

There is a free recipe for this sauce but I paid more attention to the demonstration.

Chef Academy, Season 1
View in iTunes $9.99
  • SD Version
  • Genre: Reality TV
  • Released: Nov 16, 2009
  • CCin English

Customer Ratings