Roble Ali

Roblé explains why he decided to serve meat to the pescatarians.

on Jan 17, 20120

According to my Twitter feed most people understand why I did what I did and went against my clients wishes for the Guest of a Guest event. However, there were quite a few people that didnt understand. This ones for you. . .

First off, this event came up very last minute for me and I walked in to that meeting with the clients with a game plan. I had to follow my game pan as closely as possible to make sure that I could get these 150 plus guests fed -- and fed well -- in the short amount of time I had. The client requested pescatarian food, basically fish could be the only meat on the menu. I decided that I would give them three great fish options in the form of a ceviche station.

After Molly visited our kitchen I compromised with her and moved the grouper from the ceviche station to the taco station where it was the least requested option of the four total offerings (including pork, beef and chicken).

30 comments
Meadows
Meadows

"Rob"...Good call on this one. I am allergic to all seafood as I am sure many others are and if I had shown up a event where there was not I could consume I would have been pissed and blew Twitter up with bashes against you and your client. Good, good call there~!

StacionFB
StacionFB

I love this show!! Mind you, I don't even watch cooking based shows, so this is a first. Chef Roblé, you're so talented, smart, creative, cute and on point - I'm not surprised someone gave you a show. Much success, Brotha. Keep rising to the top!!

Lonuyt
Lonuyt

I love your show!I just finished watching your season finale and I feel your sister should've waited until after you all left the event to discuss personal feelings. To ask for a part of your business that you started isn't fair. I understand she sacrificed her family life to help you, but she is mixing personal (both of you being related) with business and that is an absolute NO! I hope she has a change of heart and return or at least help you find someone else that is willing to give you the 100% dedication you need to help make your company remain successful.

SunnyDispBad
SunnyDispBad

Chef Robles,

I am not a chef, in fact I hat cooking. But I love to watch your show.

Walt's Wife
Walt's Wife

I agree....you do know what people want to eat. And,of course the reaction proved you right. I love the show...you're very talented!

K. Buck
K. Buck

Roble, your show is awesome! I really enjoy watching I just wish the season didn't end so quickly. I love how you and your sister work together but one thing I notice she is always ready and willing to take compliments from the client and you but she disappears when things go wrong. She has to learn to stick around for both the good and the bad and remember that you guys are a team. And, Sean is a little over the top but it does add a unique flavor to the show so he can keep that going. This is seriously the best cooking show to ever come on TV. I hope that it stays around for a long time. Keep up the great entertainment and Good Luck on building your successful business.

DramaDiva
DramaDiva

Roble, I love your show!! I was like whoa! When you said phuck it and sent meat anyway, LOL, I love your style!! You know what you're doing and keep doing it!!

Angee Ang
Angee Ang

Chef Roble I love ur show, u are an true inspiration, I look forward to watching ur show every week! Young and very talented!!

Rhunon
Rhunon

Hey Chef Roble! I started watching your show a couple of days ago and I love it! It's definitely one of the shows I look forward to watching to now. I thought the decision you made was wise, for it satisfied both the party guests and in the end, the host. I wish you all the success!

gliveblk
gliveblk

CHEF rOBLE love show love you need let up on your sister she has your back and good for the show. ps keep being single its sexy lock for you!!!

smilesatl
smilesatl

i absolutely adore your show chef. i love the respect you have for your sister, your lady and your staff. i love artie and his calm demeanor, but i wish shawn would calm down a bit when it comes to him being corrected, tell him to stop all the OVERLY DRAMATIC ANTICS. he really wants to be seen and he was sooo wrong for attempting to tell artie off. i love good entertainment but i don't want to see his over-the-top attitude mixed with unneccessary flamboyance. keep up the good work chef and co.

Wayne Thomas
Wayne Thomas

good job. Always trust your work. YOU HAVE THE BEST CHEF SHOW ON CABLE. MORE BLACK MEN I KNOW ARE GETTING INTO COOKING BECAUSE OF YOUR SHOW. KEEP IT UP!

DBanks
DBanks

I LOVE THE SHOW! You certainly made the right call when you prepared the food to suit the number of guests! I also agree that, as sweet as Jasmine is, I believe that she should wait until AFTER the event to discuss her concerns about the decisions you make. Yeah,,,stop in and give the people in the kitchen the thumbs up, but it is counterproductive to come back there and complain....I SIMPLY LOVE THE SHOW! Whoever came up with it made a great decision...Keep doing your thing!

Veggies!
Veggies!

Had this person not agreed to be on television (likely in exchange for free services), you would have been fired immediately for going against a client's wishes. If a vegetarian or pescetarian is your client, then making the food they ask for is not a "special request", just as it wouldn't be if they asked you for steak and you decided to serve eggplant instead! Most people who choose not to eat animals do so because THEY DON'T WANT TO KILL ANIMALS FOR FOOD, so your going against a client's beliefs like that is unacceptable.

Pam-
Pam-

Chef Roble'

Want to say how Much I LOVE!! LOVE! you and your staff! Not only do I get great cooking ideals-but you all crack me up! So glad your on Bravo-you make my day!

I know you have nothing to do with the guest but I just have to add this- Dina Lohan? LMAO-OMG! Is there any party, event that women will NOT attend? LOL Anyone else notice how "stoned" she looked? Still cracking up seeing that women

ruckermisikir
ruckermisikir

Shef Roble, You rock! I love, love, love your show....Best wishes, Scarlett Rucker-Misikir

ruckermisikir
ruckermisikir

Chef Roble, You Rock it! I love, love, love your show......outstanding! Best wishes, Scarlett Rucker-Misikir, Duncanville, Texas

UES 4Life
UES 4Life

PS. the Presbyterians....lol... V funny

UES 4Life
UES 4Life

Roble, love ur show, love hearing about the food ur preparing the events, etc. You and ur staff are wonderful "characters" meaning ur interesting and I want to watch you - which I wouldn't have thought would e the case. I find myself liking u and ur sister - and love love love ur pastry chef - and find myself enjoying the way you relate to each other and the world. The epi w ur gf, omg.... Lovely.

Bernice Borders
Bernice Borders

Dear Chef Roble,I LOVE YOUR SHOW! I've e-mail Andy and told him so,Iam sure I am not the only one,the show is a HIT.Everyone on the show is great,I LIKE THE STYLE of the show.I nevergotten this hungry watching any cooking show considering foods I never heard of. Chef you really know your stuff! You make me Proud,you really represent. Last but not lease ,you and your sister are a great team don't be so hard on her, she really have your back. See you guys next season!

Bernice Borders
Bernice Borders

Dear Chef Roble,I LOVE YOUR SHOW! I've e-mail Andy and told him so,Iam sure I am not the only one,the show is a HIT.Everyone on the show is great,I LIKE THE STYLE of the show.I nevergotten this hungry watching any cooking show considering foods I never heard of. Chef you really know your stuff! You make me Proud,you really represent. Last but not lease ,you and your sister are a great team don't be so hard on her, she really have your back. See you guys next season!

Sara M.
Sara M.

Chef Roble your sister Jas appears to be having issues planning events accordingly. I would love to work side-by-side with her in order to help her enhance her skills and bring your business to another level. Making it complete, all she needs is a responsible, organized individual who will be able to carry the load with her. Hit me up if you are interested I would be more then honored to work for you and work side by side with her. God Bless keep up the good work!

Anne K.
Anne K.

Roble - God bless you. When I entertain, I have a long list of things I don't like. Fish is A-#1 of the things I don't like, salmon being the very top of the list. Two things I've served at my house? Poached salmon with cucumber/dill sauce and sushi. Why? Because my friends like it and it's popular. When you entertain, it's not only about you.

I have gluten-free friends where there's a dad and two kids with Celiac. Whenever we have a party with them, we go out of our way to make g-free dishes that appeal to everyone. They appreciate it and no one misses the gluten.

And, just when you think vegetarians are dominating, serve some ribs. My sister threw a birthday party for her husband and we were stressed out about serving just ribs and chicken. Guess what? Ribs just flew out of the serving pan like crazy.

I've found pescaterians, vegetarians, and vegans are far more insistent on pushing their views on me than I am to them. Have a mix and everyone leaves happy.

D.J.
D.J.

Roble' you're a genius! You were cocky but nessasarily so. Big ups to you and the crew! Besides... I didn't like her anyway!

Nursecarolyn
Nursecarolyn

Absolutely! I worked in catering while in nursing school, and I'm here to tell ya, it ain't for the faint hearted! And a customer will understand when all the guests are catered to not just the 'special' diet people! And as you can see , that is just how it worked out. Good luck, love the show!

TexasLady
TexasLady

Enjoy watching your new show. Wishing you much success. I agree with you that when throwing a dinner party....the aim is to please the larger amount of the guests. For vegetarians, etc....they should not impose their likes/dislikes on the public at large. I'm glad you plan something for everyone. Hope you remain on TV for a long time.....enjoy all your new exposure!! You can feed me anytime!!

shaney6
shaney6

I love your show and your style. Keep it moving Roble!!

Debo1
Debo1

You made the RIGHT call. Your sis should've backed you up in FRONT of the client and then voiced her concerns to you privately. That was not cool. However, hopefully a lesson learned.

B.Watkins I
B.Watkins I

I feel you chef. Life with out risk is safe. Taking risks raises the bar for the competition and your main competition yourself! Stay strong and succesful brother. I would have walked away, I saw it in your face too. But I appreciate your strength. That inspired me how you stood your ground and went with your heart and knowledge of the business. Chef Up!