Roble Ali

Roblé discusses his sister's choice of entertainment at Kandi's sex toy party.

on Dec 9, 20110

OK, so at Kandi's event the burlesque performance was not very well received.

I know about burlesque. My first girlfriend ever grew up to be one of the the burlesque performers in the nation. I catered an event where Dita Von Teese was a guest of honor. One of my best friends' wife was a burlesque photographer. I've hung out at The Box in NYC several times.

That being said, I thought that having a burlesque performer at Kandi's event would be a good fit. It's something erotic, but's not overly raunchy, basically as classy as you can get when it comes to erotic performances.

Kandi asked my sister for "grown up" and "classy." -- that would be the polar opposite of the "ReDICKulous" performance at Kandi's birthday party this season on The Real Housewives of Atlanta. That's exactly what my sister was trying not to do.

Here's the thing. . .black folks aren't really that into burlesque -- at all. Neither my sister and I though about that before she booked the act. Kandi wasn't very specific and pretty much put the ball in my sister's hand and let her run with it. Next time she'll just have to be a little more diligent about making sure she's running in the right direction.

47 comments
lamaine2000
lamaine2000

The show should not have been taken off.  I was good to see an African American chef with is own business.  What is he doing now?  Bravo needs to bring it back. They can work it in with him doing parties on other Bravo shows.  We need more shows like that , African Americans with successful business.

Cjlucky77
Cjlucky77

Your show is ABSOLUTELY AWESOME! Love you and Jasmine and the rest of the crew (especially Kikuyo's desserts!). Is it possible to book you and your crew for an event that I am having later this year (Birthday)? I have searched all over the web to see if there is a separate company where you take booking requests, but it always directs me back to Bravo. Thanks!

Donna J.
Donna J.

Chef Roble, Do you have a cookbook out that your fans can buy? If so, where can I purchase it? Love love love your show. Could also show the recipes of the dishes you're making? Thanks, Donna J.

Rabiyah
Rabiyah

Chef Roble please come out with a cookbook! Your show has inspired me to cook more but I would like your recipes!

TLW
TLW

THE MENU FOR KANDIE'S PARTY LOOKED VERY APPETIZING. I WAS JEALOUS, I WANTED SOME, LOL. BUT SERIOUSLY I WOULD LOVE TO HAV E THOSE RECIPES (NOTE: THANKS FOR POSTI NG THE GREENS AND CORNBREAD PUDDING). PLEASE POST THE REST : ( PLEASE

Ryshondi Rogers
Ryshondi Rogers

im from Mccomb,MS an i enjoy cooking although i don't have the money to attend a chef school i still cook an create things at home that the whole family loves , i would love to work with you guys i think i can bring amazing ideas i love your whole staff i thinks its hott how so many people of different races can be just this big happy family ,and jasmine is doing a wonderful job an please don't let nothing break you guys up from working together an i love shawn lol... Love the show cant wait until the next one .....

Afican lady
Afican lady

I really love your show but i am curious to know where your parents are from originally?

VGGLag1iewer
VGGLag1iewer

Chef Robles is a cool professional who wants things to go according to the way his guests wants things done. He has a unique vision that surfaces when he is being told what is expected at the event he has signed on to. Jasmine is just like any other lady working with her brother she wants things to go according to the way Robles need it mto be to satisfiy their clients. I like the show because I realized he is a very young enterprenuer that has a great start because he has a vision that satifies his cutomers to appreciate what he does.

mable lwendo
mable lwendo

Roble, how about a site where we can find these recipes please. ps i love your show. I think your girlfriend look great together.

Ayan
Ayan

Roble is the best man in that show, I love your energy the way you cook, sambousa was my favorite it manshallah u have real talented no matter what country u make the food u it cant get better then that, all the best bellissimo ragazza ciao ma salaam and thanks

Ann Sam
Ann Sam

Chef Roble, i agree, please share the recipe . I would love to make that potatoe salad for Christmas!..It looks delicious.

Ms.Kash
Ms.Kash

Hey Roble, I love your show, though I have to agree with the comments that your sis could do a better job. I really hope she does better in the future, that would be such a positive example of family making it work in business. I would love to have the recipe for Kikuyo's Sweet Potato Pecan Pie...Now she seems to know exactly how to please your clients.

j tarver
j tarver

I need a recipe for that potatoe salad. (he said it's his mother's, it looked delicious). please forward where I can get the recipe or send to my email address.

 NYCgirl
NYCgirl

Uh... I'm still tryna understand the purpose of having your sister as your Business Manager. Dude, she should be an apprentice to Sean or the Older Guy. She is lost... why should you have to leave the kitchen, or the party for that matter, to run after her and talk her off the ledge. She does not live up to the title of her job. She could have done a better job with setting up the party space for the glasses designer. She has not convinced me that she's capable of helping to grown your business. But I Really Like the Show overall.

Chris NYC
Chris NYC

Roble, I forgot to mention that I enjoyed watching your show. It does not feel like typical Reality Show. It comes off as really genuine, you're like a Young, Professional, Urban Chef. Interesting Concept. When I watched the episode with Kandi Burrus, the caucasian chef made the collard greens... I absolutely respect the fact that everyone plays an important role. Everyone is really professional and knows their role. Adam, Che, Kikuyo, Shawn, the Older Guy who ques everyone, and puts things together. Just one thing... Your Sister Jasmine is Clueless a/b organizing, set up, she has no vision, she needs training. She has no business being your Business Manager. You're on your way to the Top Roble, you cannot drag your sister along, unless she can pull her own weight. God Bless !

TLucas
TLucas

Chef Roble, I enjoy watching your show. The show brings a fresh look at catering and decorating. I watched the episode with Kandi serveral times, and felt the burlesque was not the way to go with her. You have to know your client, and have a feel for what your client wants by observing their style, envoirment, and what they say and sometimes what they don't say. There should be no surprises. State your ideas for the event. You want the client to be happy. I would love to give a party in Sacramento and put it on the map with your team. I would love to come and assistant your sister. Planing events and decorating is my passion. To all of you, keep up the good work. Need the receipt for the barbeque sauce, and the potato salad.

A. Inniss
A. Inniss

Love the new show. Would love to try some of the recipes at home. Good job. A. Inniss

Monami12345
Monami12345

Love your show. Funny and touching at the same time. Finnally a reality show I can watch with my 17 year old kids and we ALL enjoy it!!! Wishing you and yours all the best!!!!

Monami12345
Monami12345

Love your show. We need more shows like yours!!!

Shar V.
Shar V.

Hello Roble,

I love your show. Your meals and desserts look delicious. Tell Kikuyo that I want to taste her peaches and cream push pop and pecan sweet potato pie. Can she hook us up with a recipe?

BTW, you are FIONE as hell.

Good luck to you and your staff and congrats on your show!

jamaica721
jamaica721

I agree with Mum, I have watched Kandi on the RHOA and now on your show ;there should have been a bleep added when you told your sister that Kandi was an A-list celebrity...NOT!! for the Housewives albeit it a good piece of entertainment its( Not )A-list and and her celebrity like her voice have withered over time. Anyway she sat there with this disgusted look on her face and rolling her Eyes, really !who does that!? she is not classy nor mature she is always eating and chews disgustingly NO Class !at all, her mannerisms are of that of a child I was ashamed for her...And this Sex Toy thing she is so proud of how well is that going to go over on" tell me what your Mommy? does day" for her daughter ... Stick to real celebs like Vanessa Williams and make us proud!! Congrats on the show!!!

New Fan
New Fan

Love.. Love...Love the show. This is definately my new favorite :-).. keep u the good work!!

L. Martin
L. Martin

I must admit that this is my first comment on the internet, all the other cooking shows are about competition. Which gets boring to watch after a while, so it's been about two years since I've watched a cooking show. At first, I was like Bravo has another cooking show?! Roble caught my attention when I noticed his dedication to his clients plus he's young and confident. It was love at first sight with the passion he has for cooking. I'm your #1 fan Mr.Ali! You will prosper, keep doing what you do.

Kimmie C
Kimmie C

I LOVE your show. You and your staff are great together. I love how you keep it real with your sister about her work ethic.She has to understand it's a business. But please make a cook book and post the recipes from the episodes. Keep up the good work!!!

S. Mclemore
S. Mclemore

Hello Chef, Love your show. Could I please come work for you. I have so many idideas when it omes to the design and feel of the rooms that need to be created. I do have an Interior Design Degree and I just love it.

GiGi from Georgia
GiGi from Georgia

Refreshing show! Kudos to Chef Roble and his team! You and your Sis will work out the kinks. Your dishes look amazing! I want to led my voice to the others who are asking for at least one recipe per week (you could let the viewers vote) or a cookbook, which would be fantastic! I also agree, the burlesque dancer was totally over Kandi's head and if you aren't specific about what you want, don't complain when you don't get it. Best wishes on your season on Bravo, I hope it expands your business ten-fold! Sending positive energy from Atlanta. We're not all crazy down here! Peeeace!

Grandy Dee
Grandy Dee

Hi Chef Roble, You have a great show. I love the way you put together your menus. You think really fast on your feet. Your sister does a great job of event planning. I think the burlesque performance was an excellent touch. Kandi doesn't a know a class act. This was much more classy than her birthday party. You have a great Team! Keep up the good work!

ylegrande
ylegrande

Im sure Kandi will understand and not take offence to what you have said, she's fair and understanding and most of all forgiving. Im sure she want hold it against you as that is not who she is as a person

FiveGrandkids
FiveGrandkids

Personally, Jasmine loved the burlesque dancer. That's why she felt it would be ok for Kandi's party. She equated sex toys with burlesque dancing and figured it would be a good fit. NOT!!! That was HER preference, not Kandi's. Did you see the look on Kandi's face?? After the mess with ReDICKulous, Jasmine should have given her a heads up as to what she was doing, no more surprises please. The food looked sooo good (in my head it tased delicious!) Love your show and your team. Two thumbs up Bravo, Chef Roble is a keeper. P.S. how about picking one dish per show and posting the recipe for your fans?

Kristina McIntosh
Kristina McIntosh

The party was great! The dancer was nice, however it was not right for the party..When you are doing catered events..You never put an additional to someone else's event. Nice try Jasmine, How we learned from mistake. Always let the person know what you are doing and provide what they want..Kudos..

Mochababy
Mochababy

Chef Roble, I have really enjoyed your show so far. Keep up the great work! It's great to get the behind the scenes insight on how these events come together and the food looks mouthwatering. Speaking of food, can you hook a sistah up with that collard green cooking white boy??? :-)

Mum
Mum

I don't think Kandi knows what grown up and classy means IMO. Kandi must have meant trashy and scandalous, that is where the confusion is, burlesque was way over her head.

Ana B., SN
Ana B., SN

Love the show- the perfect study break. Everything about it is delicious! Including chef Roble! :) I need a recipe book. I want to try it all at home!

HtownDiva
HtownDiva

I REALLY enjoy this show! I hate that the burlesque dancer was not well received. I agree with you, it was way classier than ReDICKulous, which, as a straight woman, I found COMPLETELY disgusting. But I don't think it's a black or white thing, just a matter of personal preference. I don't think you all should take it as a loss at all, though. At any rate, I love the crew, even the "token white guy"! I feel like I could hang out with any of ya'll which is major cause I'm not a TV fanatic, lol. But ya'll have a fan in me! BTW, could you pick at least one dish per show and post the recipe? You can start with the collard greens/cornbread combo :-) lol ... Thanks!

Cemeka IS REady TO Worrrkkk!!!
Cemeka IS REady TO Worrrkkk!!!

Please call me... Im ready to help you make it beyond this point. I want to provide assistants to your sister. I have over 13years of planning for different celebrities and I would love to add my clients to yours.....

ToniTX
ToniTX

Bravo finally got it right! I love the show! Your sister invited the right person to the event. Kandi should have gotten the crowd involved and tried to learn a few techniques. She just sat there like she was offended being there and of all places -a "sex toy" party! Go figure. Looking forward to next week.

Stacy J
Stacy J

The food sure look great! I am glad I got a chance to see what goes into a Jewish event! They sure are tedious! But I guess, the money is great!

Margo M.
Margo M.

After last night's episode, I can not stop thinking about your macaroni and cheese with duck bacon. I think it would be a nice addition to include some of the recipes from your fabulous parties. Keep up the great work, I'm truly enjoying your show!

Butterscotch Baby
Butterscotch Baby

I 100% agree with you regarding ReDICKculous - I got the burlesque show and thought it was appropriate, but it was a lesson learned. Blessings and love from Milwaukee.

Haawa Wasswa
Haawa Wasswa

Love love your show. I have never been into food shows, but your show is fantastic. I love the way you connect with your sister, the love/hate relationship i can relate coming from a big family. Love the whole cast and it is really a very entertaining and interesting show. I cannot wait for tonight's episode.

C.Williams
C.Williams

Chef Roble I absolutely love your show. It's so refreshing.

Missmiss
Missmiss

Chef Roble - Come to South Florida and cook for me and my sis. Please!!!

yevon
yevon

chef u need to fire your crybaby sister and hire a real professional party planner, family is one thing but business is another

LaVonne Marie Brown
LaVonne Marie Brown

MOVE OVER GIRLFRIEND, YOUR MAN IS SIZZLING HOT - NOT TO MENTION TALENTED TOO. IT IS MY HOPE THAT YOU GO VERY FAR CHEF ROBLE' AND CO.!!!

TMatthews
TMatthews

Love, love...love your show! I'm half white/black and I knew that dancer was not going to be cool! Lol! Good thing the food made up for it! Loved when you told your sister to say "word", that is so OLD SCHOOL! Love the relationship between you and your sis. Can't wait for tomorrow's episode! Good luck to you! Love from Los Angeles!

S. Wilhelmina
S. Wilhelmina

During your show you mentioned my favorite beverage, Gorilla Coffee! Wow!

I think the timing was bad for ANOTHER dancer at a Kandi event. So, yes, the communication should have been better and no more surprises! Make sure the client sign's off on the entertainment the way they sign off on the food. To be honest you really didn't need entertainment. You had other activities and, of course, the real "star" of the show -- the food! Sometimes less is more!

Love the show!!