Tonight's Food Network episode of "Mystery Diners" was titled, "Too Many Cooks" where Charles Stiles and his crew of undercover diners came to meet with Pascal Berthoumieux at his classic French restaurant Bistro Bordeaux in Evanston, Ill.
Recently, he has been dealing with his new executive chef Mark, who has anger management issues, especially when food is returned to the kitchen. Nicole will be going undercover as a food critic and Jay will be a waiter in training. Pascal was enthralled by the camera setup.
Jay went back to tell the chef how thrilled he was to be working with him. He was promptly told that he has nothing better to do than talk to waiters. Brian, the sous chef is not happy working with Mark.
Mark was seen visiting with the customers and asking how they enjoyed their meals; he was very personable to the customers, but not to the staff. Jay was sent in to talk to Brian about Mark. Brian feels that he should be the executive chef and said that Mark screwed up a lot. Brian was nice to Mark when he asked him how the steaks were. When a customer sent a dish back to the kitchen because it tasted fishy, Mark tasted it and spit it out and said somebody did something to it before it went out. Brian was demeaning Mark behind his back to the rest of the kitchen staff, after Mark walked out to the back to blow off steam.
Brian then went out to the diners to ask how the food was and told them he was the head chef. When he returned Mark was there and told Brian that this was his kitchen and not his. Pascal called Mark to tell him that a food critic was coming in tonight. When the staff heard that she ordered a French soup, Brian made it with vinegar. When the critic tasted it, she was already warned by Charles and sent it back. Mark tasted it and then made Brian taste it. Both agreed that the soup tasted like vinegar, but Brian took offense when Mark yelled at him. He told him that he would soon be the executive chef and not Mark.
Pascal could not take any more of this and called back both men. He fired Brian on the spot and warned Mark that he must address his anger issues.
After four months, the restaurant is now running just fine. Mark has no more anger problems, and Brian is still out of a job as a sous chef. Had it not been for the "Mystery Diners," this situation could have been the detriment of this highly rated French restaurant.
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