Chef Wanted: Nikki Beach Update

by in Shows, April 25th, 2013

Chef WantedNikki Beach is a high-profile restaurant and resort concept with 10 international locations that cater to the wealthy. Jack and Lucia Penrod, who opened their first location in Miami Beach in 1998, were looking for an executive chef for their new location in Ibiza, Spain. Anne Burrell and the Chef Wanted team were called in to help with the search. After two grueling tests and dinner services, an offer was extended to Chef Jouvens Jean.

Jouvens Jean is a chef from the Bahamas who has worked as an executive chef in Miami for the past 10 years. He’s counting on the opportunity at Nikki Beach because he wants to get better medical attention for his ailing father.

The first test the chefs were tasked with was to create an extravagant platter for the restaurant’s high-end clientele with no expenses spared. Chef Jean made a “fire and ice” seafood platter with lobster, osetra caviar, oysters, scallop ceviche, foie gras and langoustines. Jack and Lucia were impressed with his plating and execution. For the second test, the chefs had to use a local fish to create a dish that captured the restaurant’s transition from day to night. Chef Jean made poached black grouper with a Florida lobster tempura roll, shaved white asparagus and truffled osetra caviar. His biggest difficulty was cooking the fish using a makeshift sous-vide method, which ultimately wasn’t successful even on the second try. Jack and Lucia thought the presentation was beautiful but found the flavors disagreeable, as the truffle oil overwhelmed the dish.

Except for some nervousness, dinner prep went well for Chef Jean. His pre-shift was very successful, and he received high praises from Anne and the owners on his flavors. But once dinner started, he found himself in trouble when the tuna appetizer ran out. Chef Jean ended up taking all of his chefs off the line so they could prepare more of the appetizer. This resulted in very long wait times for main courses, but once the chef regained control over the kitchen, things went smoothly until the end of service. Jack and Lucia were impressed with Chef Jean’s control of the staff, good attitude and exceptional flavors, and they offered him the job of executive chef at Nikki Beach Ibiza.

FN Dish caught up with Chef Jean after the show taped. Watch the video above to find out what he’s been doing. Chef Jean didn’t end up taking the job at Nikki Beach because he didn’t want to leave his current chef position. But he says he learned a lot about himself from competing on the show.

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Comments (66)

  1. Rosemarie says:

    If you go back and look at the write ups on the shows, hardly any of the chefs take the job. What's the point of the show????? I use to love Chef Hunter. It was more about the applicant and the resturant owers. Having Ann yell at the top of her lungs is so annoying I stopped watching.

  2. gloria says:

    why?trying to replace Paula Deen. It would take 20 chefs to replace her. Yall are on a witch hunt and are losing fans by the minute. you should think this firing over.

  3. TillyAR says:

    This has been a favorite show for almost 2 years. The show gives several things that a lot of other shows do not. Interviewing for a prestigious position, wanting desperately to go to work at the restaurant, grueling kitchen tests, get to know the people that own these places, get to watch all of the scurry and happenstance of running a large, upscale restaurant, and then there is Anne’s “take no crap” tutelage. Then today, I run onto the blog of what happens to chefs after they accept the job. Have I been watching WWF? Even as good as the show has been, if even half of these people aren’t accepting the job, I have no interest in it. Love Anne, did love the show, folks aren’t what they act like they are? No. I can understand chefs wanting to grand stand their personalities. But that much pretending to want something and then over and over again they don’t take the job is a major buzz kill.

    • Elizabeth says:

      I agree with you! I was shocked to read , so far, only 2 have taken the job. NIKKI BEACH…Celebrities..Spain…are you kidding me that he wanted to stay at his OLD position!!! Seriously!!! Before that they always seem to want desperatly to win…another 'reality show' that isnt really reality. I may continue to watch for the cooking, drama (always good for a laugh), but I will do so with 'one eye open' so to speak!

  4. mjchelle holt says:

    I work at a restaurant where a contestant is now our ex. chef. She screams at everyone , belittles, embarrasses, cuts your hours if she wants to punish you. She knows nothing about running a kitchen. we run out of supplies, it's been a nightmare since she started. In one month three chefs have walked out. not to mention other kitchen staff. She still thinks she is on tv

    • Olive Oil says:

      I'm so sorry! Get out if you can. . .

    • Elizabeth says:

      That's awful, but atleast she TOOK the job. Seems people are thinking this show is fake since so many chefs DONT take the job.
      Hang in there, but I see you say EX chef so I hope there is someone nicer and more competant. Any chance you'll say what Resturant/ chef it is,,,hint maybe!! LOL

  5. Lads Holiday says:

    Ibiza beach is the best ever beach I ever visit for summer holidays.

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