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With all of the reality shows today that rely on airing heated disputes, washed-up celebrities devising scandalous schemes, and corny childish games between contestants to get ratings, it's so refreshing to watch a reality show with integrity and merit. One such show, Chef Academy probes the life of famous chef Jean Novelli as he mentors his pupils in the culinary arts.

Chef Academy aired on the Bravo Network each Monday evening and was broadcast from Venice, California. The premise of the show revolved around Jean and nine students: Carissa, Emmanuel, Kyle D., Kyle K., Leonard, Sarah, Suzanne, Tracie, and Zoe. Each episode, the students are given an assignment in which they are to create a culinary masterpiece. As the show culminates, Jean decides whether each student passes or fails the assignment. Viewers can expect to see his disciples create all types of exotic dishes and desserts, from Rack of Lamb to wedding cakes.

Monday 11:00 PM et/pt on Bravo
1 Season, 9 Episodes
November 16, 2009
Reality, Food
Cast: Jean-Christophe Novelli, Michelle Kennedy, Steve Kitchen, Kyle Daley
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Chef Academy Full Episode Guide

  • The mood at the Novelli Academy is somber in the aftermath of one student leaving after failing three tests. But there is no time to dwell because Chef Novelli has announced for their "final exam", the students will collectively prepare a gala dinner for local esteemed chefs and other VIPs. Which student will Chef Novelli choose to be the head chef for the gala dinner?

  • Chef Novelli must decide who fails and who passes this test.

  • The students are taught how to catch fresh fish, which leads to a lesson about seafood dishes.

  • A student begins to get on everyone's nerves; the test is to recreate three vegetarian dishes.

  • This week, Chef Novelli's lesson for his culinary students is on the ancient craft of bread baking. With the imminent arrival of Chef Novelli's new baby, Suzanne decides to throw his fiance, Michelle, a baby shower at her home in Mission Viejo. She ropes her fellow students into helping with the shower, and together they create food for the party.

  • With lessons in full swing, Chef Novelli teaches his students how to make the perfect risotto accompanied by his grandmother's famous tomato sauce. For their end of week test, the students are asked to recreate the Chef's risotto and tomato sauce dish under strict time constraints. While three greatly exceed expectations and are invited to join Chef Novelli, Steve, and Michelle at a Malibu red carpet party, the other students are left waiting to hear the results of their test until after the weekend.

  • As an introduction into the culinary world, each of Chef Novelli's students is presented with the honor of their very own embroidered chef jacket. Chef Novelli then gets down to business, teaching his students their first lesson on desserts. If the student passes, they are granted permission to attend the open house party at the academy, but if they fail, they are asked to leave and only have two more chances to hold their spot at the esteemed Novelli Academy.

  • French born and currently residing in London, Chef Novelli - along with his executive chef, Steven Kitchen, and pregnant fiance, Michelle - comes to Los Angeles to establish his first American based culinary academy, which is renowned across Europe. The first order of business is for Chef Novelli and Mr. Kitchen to interview and screen potential students. As part of the admissions process, the hopeful students are asked to perform a simple, yet surprisingly nerve-racking task: cook an egg, any way they want.

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