April 19th, 2010
09:58 AM ET

'Private Chefs of Beverly Hills' host medieval murder mystery

It’s another gorgeous day in Beverly Hills and the private chefs of Big City Chefs have three new events this week - all of the utmost importance. Chefs Brooke and Brian see to a medieval murder mystery party, chefs Stuart and Manouschka find themselves at the mercy of “Foodzilla,” and chefs Sasha and Jesse stand at the helm of a gourmet dinner club.

First stop: a Scottish Castle located in the heart of Beverly Hills. The chefs must create a multiple-course, 17th century English feast that also incorporates clues to expose a murderous dinner guest. If Medieval Times and Clue were to have a love child, this party would be it.

Unbeknown to the chefs, they too will become part of the murder mystery. Brooke, who is five months pregnant, is assigned the role of the neighborhood wench. (Badum-tish!) Brian is subjected to a pleather and vinyl ensemble somewhere between a cheap “Alice in Wonderland” costume and a MC Hammer video. After the humiliation passes, the quirky guests gnaw on turkey legs, drink from goblets and refer to each other as lords and ladies - all in all, a pretty normal affair. Ultimately, it is the vegetarian dinner guest who is revealed as the lethal milady. Irony ensues.

Over at a neighboring non-castle residence, chefs Stuart and Manouscka are preparing a birthday feast for Melissa’s South African husband. Melissa, more aptly referred to as “Foodzilla,” is not only a chef but completely OCD about her kitchen’s cleanliness and utterly bonkers.

“It’s her world, we just live it,” zings Manouscka. Foodzilla insists the chefs wear Latex gloves while preparing the meal (Mmm, hospital food!), second-guesses Stuart’s braised short ribs because her husband “hates stew,” and orders the chefs at the last minute to make mieliepap for her hubby - a traditional South African akin to porridge or grits.

Despite Foodzilla's constant nagging, nitpicking and overall intrusion on the chef's working space, the meal pulls together deliciously. And, for a nice slap in Melissa's face, the husband positively adores Stuart's short ribs and helps himself to at least seven servings. The only snafu occurs when Stuart forgets to make the aforementioned mieliepap.

In a stroke of unforeseen alliance, Melissa and Stuart actually work together in the kitchen to prepare it right. In the end, the husband prances around showing off his heart-shaped blob of mieliepap, while Stuart proclaims it “tastes like wet laundry.” Hey, as long as the customer’s happy!

Lastly, we find Sasha and Jesse at yet another Beverly Hills McMansion at the dispense of a gourmet supper club. (On a complete side note, appears this isn’t Jesse’s first taste of reality television. He also appeared as a personal trainer on Bravo's "Work Out." We knew we’d seen him somewhere before!)

Every member of the club brings an ingredient that the chefs must incorporate into the meal - think private chef turned “Iron Chef.” Some guests go the traditional route: avocado, pear, jalapeno peppers. While others opt for the more nontraditional: cow tongue, octopus, catfish. There’s also a brief, unexpected cameo by “Party of Five” and “Mallrats” star Jeremy London.

Turns out neither of the chefs have prepared beef tongue before so Jesse decides to improvise by slicing it thin and sauteeing it for tacos. Sasha, nervous about how the dish will turn out, tells the diners "to be prepared to chew" and that the tacos were all Jesse's doing. How's that for being thrown under the bus? Breaking the suspense, the host declares the tacos like any gourmand would: as “awesome.” From there, it’s smooth sailing. The night ends with a pear crisp complete with Tequila-infused caramel sauce. The guests heard Tequila and immediately rejoice!

By and large, just another normal day in Beverly Hills. ‘Til next time, champagne wishes and caviar dreams.

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  1. Uswtor

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    October 7, 2012 at 6:50 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Bertrand

    This article feels like it was written by one of the incompetents at my college newspaper; thus, I am led to believe that it was authored by an intern.

    Also, how is octopus an exotic ingredient? It's featured in nearly every Asian, European, and Latinoamerican cuisine. This is even more true of catfish, which is also quite common in the southern United States. Then again, I'm pretty sure that the show is heavily scripted, and many of the chefs are actors first and chefs second (or not at all).

    June 1, 2010 at 5:31 am | Report abuse |
  3. iamthewalrus

    To the above commenter, it's called television...entertainment...heard of it? The show is called "Private Chefs of Beverly Hills" for a reason. And this is a recap of that aforementioned show. The way the castle and all the clients are presented in the show is that they are all in Beverly Hills. So unless you take it personally that the recap goes off the show (i.e. does what it's supposed to do), I might suggest you leave your fact-checking rant to the news articles.

    April 21, 2010 at 8:52 am | Report abuse |
  4. Check your facts

    I would expect that a CNN article would be fact checked. For starters, the castle was not in the center of Beverly Hills as reported above, no where near Beverly HIlls much less in the center of it. A fact check would reveal that the majority of these events are not truly Beverly Hills clients and not even in Beverly HIlls. Please do your fact checking CNN, I expect you to report to a higher standard than the rest of the garbage cites on the internet.

    April 20, 2010 at 1:54 pm | Report abuse |
  5. ScrapSupply

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    April 19, 2010 at 9:59 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Foodzilla

    I am actually quite calm and organized in the kitchen. lets just say reality TV is scripted strategically edited. xoxo m

    April 19, 2010 at 1:06 pm | Report abuse |
  7. mike

    are there any chefs that actually kill people?

    April 19, 2010 at 1:00 pm | Report abuse |
  8. jcwfd

    These guys are way behind a Chef in NJ who has a Murder Mystery catering business for the past 8 years. "What's For Dinner...It's a Mystery" He has perfected this concept for adults and kids with mysteries going up to 80 ppl. He writes the mysteries and is an accomplished chef. They are all copy written and the actors are the guests of the party...no one does it like them.

    April 19, 2010 at 11:57 am | Report abuse |

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