Chef Wanted: Oceano Update

by in Shows, February 17th, 2013


Chef WantedOceano is a restaurant and nightclub located right on the beach in Puerto Rico. Owner Todd Berman was looking for an executive chef who could match the elegance of the restaurant with a culturally charged menu. Anne Burrell and the Chef Wanted team were brought in to help with the search. After two difficult tests and two very different dinner services, an offer was extended to Chef Austin Henry.

Chef Henry considers himself the James Bond of the kitchen. He’s traveled the world and is familiar with many different cuisines and languages. Oceano is the perfect opportunity for Chef Henry to move up in his culinary career.

At first Chef Henry had a rough start. He almost served his mofongo dish with undercooked pork, but rectified the issue just in time. For his second “sexy” dish, he had to change course from scallops to shrimp when he realized the scallops wouldn’t sear properly. When it came to dinner service, he succeeded at rallying support from the restaurant staff, and except for getting frustrated over frozen pork and some expediting problems, the service was successful. Despite his lack of experience with Puerto Rican cuisine, his menu incorporated characteristic island flavors and got rave reviews from the guests. In the end, Chef Henry was offered the executive chef position because of his great food and natural leadership in the kitchen.

FN Dish caught up with Chef Henry since the show taped. Watch the video above to find out what he’s been doing since getting the job, what competing on the show was like and what it means for him to finally be an executive chef.

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Comments (35)

  1. Penelope says:

    Well, call me a Reality TV dodo – but it took tonight's show to have me realize that they set up the challenges in the last round to give them a hard time. As if it isn't hard enough for these chefs to serve 100 people or more at one time. Chef Austin was the obvious choice in the end, but I'm not sure his habit of throwing food at the wall is going to serve him well in the future.

  2. zyrtez says:

    Had to laugh during the description of "mofongo" being unappealing to the eye but very good….sounds like they were describing Chef Anne. :-) I've got to mute the TV as she does her count from 10 to 1 because her shouting voice is so grating. That aside, this has become one of my favorite shows. I like that they don't go to a commercial before revealing who gets cut in the first two rounds. Penelope made good points in her comment.

  3. Sunshine says:

    Todd Berman was such a jerk! Who would want to work for him?

  4. Joanna says:

    Look…all these shows are PRODUCED…meaning scenes are shot, stopped, re-done with direction. They gave Austin a character to play. He probably doesn't go around throwing food in his real life kitchens. They don't show this part on the show but I really think the staff weighs in on who they would rather work with. In this case it was obvious that Austin had a more copasetic relationship with the staff.

    • Mee305 says:

      Finally someone with common sense. People take these shows too seriously. Just because it is call a reality show means that is actually all real.

  5. skipling says:

    I like Anne, but this show, not so much. I don't dig her screaming "How much do you want this job!!!!!" It just doesn't ring true. Nor some of her other insults. She's smart and knows how to cook but this "personality" they're putting on her isn't a winner to me.

    • ann710 says:

      glad to read your review!! I feel exactly the same way, stop the screaming and be yourself.

    • cmmusic says:

      Have you ever worked in a professional kitchen? Everyone yells, especially when you're in the weeds. It comes with the territory.

      • T.cook says:

        That's such bull & I've worked in many kitchens – it does happen, but not at the point of degrading, nor insulting nor lack of respect. We need to go back and read the Culinary Code unless u personally never heard of it!!!

  6. Ed in Hollywood says:

    Question: why is it pronounced oh-ce-AH-no? In Spanish it is "océano." Granted, the name doesn't have an accent, but it sounds odd, especially in San Juan.

  7. Alexis says:

    Chef Anne, You've been chopped!! Too much screaming & belittling. Not entertaining at all. Your blood pressure must be 240/140.

  8. Judi says:

    She's ridiculous. Hear her yell and scream…they cook poorly…some give up during service…then they pull through…they all thank and hug their staff and one gets picked. Same thing…every episode. I just want to tell her to shhhhhhhh. And I am a Type A extrovert for heavens sake and she drives ME crazy. Just shhhhhhhhh

  9. JerseyGirl567 says:

    I love this show….but Anne does yell and scream a lot. Could one of you please explain to me what the term "all day" means when the chef is calling out the ticket orders or what ever? They say things like "4 scallops all day" etc. Thank you in advance.

  10. Susan says:

    Elegance? WIth an owner who has bad teeth and a manager who looks like that??? Excuse me…well, Anne go ahead and try to be like Chef Ramsey….it DOES NOT SUIT YOU!

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