They’re both from the Old World, sport three names, and have a handful of Michelin stars between them. But will the camera be kinder to Jean Christophe Novelli in the new Bravo series Chef Academy than it was to Marco Pierre White in The Chopping Block? Time will tell, but Novelli’s swarthy good looks may help. He was voted “World’s Sexiest Chef” by The New York Times, and appears to have more of a fiery temper (he’s French with Italian roots) than the steely White. The series, which premieres November 11 on Bravo, will follow Novelli as he launches a culinary school in Los Angeles. Also promising is that one of the two chef-testants from New York is Zoe Feigenbaum, the chef at the hip-yet-not-unbearably-so National.
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on October 6, 2009