Celebrity chef Roblé Ali and his motley crew have just wrapped up a second season on Bravo’s reality-heavy network. We’ve already fallen in love with Roblé’s innovative dishes. But there’s so much more to be gleaned from the show’s visual smorgasbord. In between serving hungry celebrities and smoothing out the bumps in the business, the outspoken chef and his team have revealed some interesting things about food and fun. If you’ve been keeping up with this season of “Chef Roblé & Co.”, you might find these tidbits quite fascinating.
Chef Roblé isn’t fond of Steve Harvey’s fashion sense.
In the season’s opener, Roblé is hired by “Real Housewife of Atlanta” Phaedra Parks. As she explains the details of the southern soiree she’d like to host in Manhattan, she casually mentions her aversion to the celebrity chef’s tight pants: “Roblé likes to wear those nut-b*ster pants,” says the prim and proper Southern Belle. But Ali doesn’t quite agree, proclaiming: “I’m from the fashion capital of the earth… We’re not dressing like Steve Harvey out here.” (Ouch.)
Questlove is a fried chicken master.
In the season finale, Chrissy Teigen (girlfriend of R&B singer John Legend) invites Chef Roblé & Co. to give her crabs --- literally. Yes, models do have a sense of humor, as we soon discover: Chrissy wants the team to prepare a feast of seafood, along with a few down home favorites. This is when we learn that The Roots’ drummer Questlove is a genius at frying chicken. Apparently, he’s so great that even Chef Roblé is intimidated by his skills. Luckily, the famous musician is equally impressed by Ali’s fried chicken talents.
John Legend can’t dance.
After everyone’s had their crabs, the dancing and merriment commence. Roblé and Kiku, the company’s resident dessert maven, take this opportunity to bust a few old-school moves on the dance floor. She then challenges John Legend to a dancing duel of sorts. It is at this moment that we also learn that Legend's rug-cutting skills could use some work – at least according to Kiku.
We learned the wonders of techno-progressivism…sort of.
In the “Food of the Future” episode, the team is charged with creating dishes that will fall in line with the theme of techno-progressivism. What is that you ask? Apparently Roblé and his sister Jasmine are just as confused. In a rambling soliloquy, the client explains the concept -- that technological advancement will always benefit man. But what he really wants is for the food and atmosphere to feel like the year 2050. (Welp! Alrighty then…)
Adam Banks is the coolest guy ever.
Adam Banks is Ali’s sous chef, and evidently has a magical touch with collard greens. Even the other guys on the team are mystified by his way with this southern favorite. But that’s not the only reason to love Adam. Aside from his bearded quirkiness and his 45-minute salads, he’s hilariously effective in the kitchen. We got to see a bit more of Banks’ winsome personality this season, and even got a glimpse into his love life.
Internet personality B. Scott is more beautiful than any of Roblé’s model “friends.”
In season one, Ali was dating a pretty model. This season, he dated a pretty model. In fact, it seems that the talented chef is always surrounded by pretty ladies, including those whose romantic feelings are unrequited (sorry, Dan). But when internet celebrity B. Scott requests Roblé’s services in episode 2, everything we think we know about glamour goes down the toilet.
Everybody has a “this food is so good” dance.
Unfortunately, B. Scott’s little gathering ended with a literal meltdown, forcing Chef Roblé to eat crow and promise a successful do-over. Indeed, the crew pulled off a second attempt, achieving redemption with Kiku’s apple and Dulce de leche dessert. Sometimes when food is really delicious, a person will take a moment of silence. Others, hum with joy. Some even dance. B. Scott does all the following in a choreographed, “come to Jesus” display of pure histrionics that sends him running around the table in unadulterated joy. (I gotta get some of that cake.)