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    Michel Boucher Guest

    Default Conviction Kitchen (reality tv show next fall)

    Convicts take over kitchen in Canuck reality show

    By Etan Vlessing, Reuters, June 16, 2009

    Canadian broadcaster Citytv is putting ex-cons with no culinary skills to
    work in a classy Toronto restaurant for Conviction Kitchen, a new reality
    series set to premiere in the fall.

    Sure, TV chef Jamie Oliver trained disadvantaged youths to staff his
    Fifteen restaurant franchise. But the Canadian series has a film crew
    follow local celebrity chef Marc Thuet and his wife and co-restaurant
    owner Biana Zorich as they whittle down 84 former bank robbers, thieves
    and petty offenders to seven waiters and six cooks. The finalists then
    endure a three-week culinary boot camp before Conviction Kitchen opens
    its doors to ordinary restaurant patrons.

    Thuet said the eight-part series is no media stunt to launch a new
    business.

    Instead, he said, Conviction Kitchen provides first-class food and second
    chances for reformed criminals newly sprung from jail.

    "This (TV show) will move viewers, and prove you can hire these people.
    They are grabbing this second chance and turning round their lives," he
    said.

    Dramatic tension? The original group of 13 trainees is now down to 10
    after one ex-con threatened Zorich when he was told to cut his hair.

    Another trainee, like many an ex-addict, left after he was found shooting
    up in the back of the kitchen.

    Thuet, a former drug and alcohol abuser now four years sober, connects on
    camera with ex-cons he wants to empower as chef trainees while they fight
    the temptation to return to destructive habits.

    "This is probably the most emotional show we've ever made," said Simon
    Lloyd, president of Toronto indie producer Cineflex Prods. "You've got
    someone taking heroin, who can't stay in the restaurant because he can't
    be around recovering addicts."

    Lloyd added that he and Thuet, a French-born chef who originally trained
    at the Dorchester in London, originally envisioned a TV show where they
    turned a prison kitchen crew into trained restaurant chefs just before
    they are released.

    But after they failed to secure the co-operation of Canadian prison
    authorities, Thuet and Zorich decided to close and relaunch one of their
    Toronto restaurants, Bite Me!, as an Italian restaurant.

    Conviction Kitchen differs from most reality TV series in that no one is
    voted off the show at the end of each episode. But Thuet and Zorich don't
    disguise their challenge to keep the new restaurant open beyond opening
    night.

    And once the cameras stop rolling at Conviction Kitchen, Zorich hopes the
    trainee chefs and dining room servers remain with the new restaurant
    until they've learned enough to further their new careers elsewhere, or
    even open their own restaurant.

    Copyright (c) The Calgary Herald

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    Capitalism is the astounding belief that the most wickedest
    of men will do the most wickedest of things for the greatest
    good of everyone. - John Maynard Keynes

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    Chemo the Clown Guest

    Default Re: Conviction Kitchen (reality tv show next fall)

    On Jun 18, 1:30*pm, Michel Boucher <alsand...@g.mail.com> wrote:
    > Convicts take over kitchen in Canuck reality show
    >
    > By Etan Vlessing, Reuters, June 16, 2009
    >
    > Canadian broadcaster Citytv is putting ex-cons with no culinary skills to
    > work in a classy Toronto restaurant for Conviction Kitchen, a new reality
    > series set to premiere in the fall.
    >
    > Sure, TV chef Jamie Oliver trained disadvantaged youths to staff his
    > Fifteen restaurant franchise. But the Canadian series has a film crew
    > follow local celebrity chef Marc Thuet and his wife and co-restaurant
    > owner Biana Zorich as they whittle down 84 former bank robbers, thieves
    > and petty offenders to seven waiters and six cooks. The finalists then
    > endure a three-week culinary boot camp before Conviction Kitchen opens
    > its doors to ordinary restaurant patrons.
    >
    > Thuet said the eight-part series is no media stunt to launch a new
    > business.
    >
    > Instead, he said, Conviction Kitchen provides first-class food and second
    > chances for reformed criminals newly sprung from jail.
    >
    > "This (TV show) will move viewers, and prove you can hire these people.
    > They are grabbing this second chance and turning round their lives," he
    > said.
    >
    > Dramatic tension? The original group of 13 trainees is now down to 10
    > after one ex-con threatened Zorich when he was told to cut his hair.
    >
    > Another trainee, like many an ex-addict, left after he was found shooting
    > up in the back of the kitchen.
    >
    > Thuet, a former drug and alcohol abuser now four years sober, connects on
    > camera with ex-cons he wants to empower as chef trainees while they fight
    > the temptation to return to destructive habits.
    >
    > "This is probably the most emotional show we've ever made," said Simon
    > Lloyd, president of Toronto indie producer Cineflex Prods. "You've got
    > someone taking heroin, who can't stay in the restaurant because he can't
    > be around recovering addicts."
    >
    > Lloyd added that he and Thuet, a French-born chef who originally trained
    > at the Dorchester in London, originally envisioned a TV show where they
    > turned a prison kitchen crew into trained restaurant chefs just before
    > they are released.
    >
    > But after they failed to secure the co-operation of Canadian prison
    > authorities, Thuet and Zorich decided to close and relaunch one of their
    > Toronto restaurants, Bite Me!, as an Italian restaurant.
    >
    > Conviction Kitchen differs from most reality TV series in that no one is
    > voted off the show at the end of each episode. But Thuet and Zorich don't
    > disguise their challenge to keep the new restaurant open beyond opening
    > night.
    >
    > And once the cameras stop rolling at Conviction Kitchen, Zorich hopes the
    > trainee chefs and dining room servers remain with the new restaurant
    > until they've learned enough to further their new careers elsewhere, or
    > even open their own restaurant.
    >
    > Copyright (c) The Calgary Herald
    >
    > --
    >
    > Capitalism is the astounding belief that the most wickedest
    > of men will do the most wickedest of things for the greatest
    > good of everyone. - John Maynard Keynes


    Great. A bunch of convicts in a kitchen with knives!

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    sf Guest

    Default Re: Conviction Kitchen (reality tv show next fall)

    On Thu, 18 Jun 2009 15:30:19 -0500, Michel Boucher
    <[email protected]> wrote:

    >Conviction Kitchen differs from most reality TV series in that no one is
    >voted off the show at the end of each episode. But Thuet and Zorich don't
    >disguise their challenge to keep the new restaurant open beyond opening
    >night.
    >
    >And once the cameras stop rolling at Conviction Kitchen, Zorich hopes the
    >trainee chefs and dining room servers remain with the new restaurant
    >until they've learned enough to further their new careers elsewhere, or
    >even open their own restaurant.


    It can work. We have a very nice restaurant here called Delancey
    Street that trains and employs ex-cons and ex-addicts.
    http://www.delanceystreetfoundation.org/

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    I love cooking with wine.
    Sometimes I even put it in the food.

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