Roble Ali

Roble Ali explains why he wasn't worried about timing at Tyson's Chandler's birthday dinner.

on Jul 4, 20130

The front of the house was freaking out about timing for Tyson Chandler event. I was not. You know why? Because I understand that the whole crowd is out there, and they're just sitting down, getting acquainted, and enjoying themselves. Artie was in a rush for whatever reason. Artie leads the front of the house, so when he goes into a crazed rush then the rest of his staff will as well. Trickle-down effect. There was no need to rush at all. This is not a restaurant. We don't need to turn tables quickly. We don't need to turn the table at all. We need to let people sit there, socialize, and have a great well-placed meal. I know how to do that, and that's what I did.

I can't believe the nerve of Shawn coming in the kitchen and telling me that the salad was "leaving now." Most chefs would have had a much crazier response to that than I did. I know some guys who probably would have suplexed Shawn down a fire escape for doing such a thing in the kitchen. That's highly disrespectful!! That's what happens when you work with friends, sometimes though. He forgets that when I'm in the kitchen, I'm not your homeboy anymore. I will spaz out on you quickly!!!! I love Shawn like a brother, though, so it's all good now. Kiku, on the other hand, is something that I still need to work out. To be continued.....

26 comments
I-C-UR-BS
I-C-UR-BS

Maybe you should show respect for all the people around you u just as much as you respect a perfect dish. You may cook good but you can tell u are still just a little boy. You need to grow up cuz a real man would not treat people and their blood the way you do. Wake up before you look around and you are all alone

housewifefan2012
housewifefan2012

It was not Shawn's place to tell you about the salad leaving now, but when Artie asked you, you were not listening to him. Time is important. My husband and I have walked out of restaurants because it was taking too long. The part of NY we lived in had great Chefs, many from the CIA. I do not care how great your food is if you are not sensitive to your customers time, you will not be in business long. It is not just that the food is important and good, but respect for ones time is essential. Kiku is terrific and the way you talked to her was not good. You should have communicated to her what you were doing and how long it would take so she could have her timing down as well. That problem was not her problem, that was your problem for not communicating well with her. My advise .... for what it is worth is Stop being a dictator and listen to these people who love you. We love Kiku. 

housewifefan2012
housewifefan2012

40 min plus is too long to wait for anyones food. Start 40 min earlier then. :) Have cooling racks for those foods you need to prepare like that ahead of schedule. 

stikit2
stikit2

What an incomparable brat! You and your cooking staff are complete fools. Nothing you can turn out in the kitchen is worth waiting 45 minutes for between courses. Ridiculous! Wake up. Seriously. Bull headed and only wanting yes men surrounding you shows how immature you are and how much you still need to learn. Your lack of listening to your front staff and your embarrassingly indulgent coddling of your cooking staff (45 minutes for a SALAD!! You should be totally ashamed) will be your downfall. There are no Michelin star restaurants that make their patrons wait and wait and wait. 

Maddie13
Maddie13

I hope the show is dropped. Roble is immature & his sister should stop telling us how many girls he has etc. His ego doesn't match his ability.

wendy18
wendy18

In any restaurant, pop up or no, you have to consider  timing. If you want to turn tables and open a real restaurant some day, it is always the only way to make money. AND YOU AE NOT ALL THAT. Listen to staff who know the business. Oh, wait, you know everything so no need for that.

Blip
Blip

I'll celebrate the end of the season and hopefully the end of the series by not watching the finale. Roble's self centered nastiness is out of control. Hurting people's feeling is not entertaining.

piperbeau
piperbeau

Love ya Roble!! But deuces can also mean dropping a deuce if ya know what I mean!!! 

SunShyne_in_Florida
SunShyne_in_Florida

Whoa...you love Shawn like a brother, but Kiku...well, you do not know if you love at all or even like a sister.  Foul!

Pottymo13
Pottymo13

You and your sister are perhaps the most adorable people on TV thus far. I love love love the way you interact with food, you're staff and your sister. I just wish you would put more focus on the food and how you make it... I just drool at the food you create. I only wish I could afford you. 

TinaW.
TinaW.

Just wanted to say I love this show and all the cast. I mean everybody's got their own flava. Kiku's a little cutie.

Tsal
Tsal

I just felt that Roble' was a tad bit hypocritical when it came down to Kiku and the lava cakes. He took time to make sure that the salad was finished with perfection but she had to do a rush job on the cakes and not let them cool and serve when they were "READY." Plus, cakes weren't served at all.

joshnu
joshnu

I have followed all episodes of both seasons. You and your team are very good. I understand the growing pains that are encountered by the team with each event. Each venue has had unique challenges for you, the leader of the team, and for specific members of the team carrying out their responsibilities. You are handling the role of manager very well. Not all chefs are good managers and team leaders. It is obvious that you have a select close knit staff that is loyal to you and what the company is all about. The idea of having a cake that looked like a camera was a great idea!!! The person who arranged for that cake saved the day and should be acknowledged. You need to have a calm conversation with Kiku and Rob to determine the root cause of what really went wrong and implement measures to prevent this type of failure in the future. If it was simply the temperature of the oven, they could incorporate checks to validate the actual internal temperature to avoid failure. Recipes can be tested ahead of the event. They should come up with the answers and you should not have to micro-manage them.

 

Looking forward to more Roble and Company.

imkellensmom@aol.com
imkellensmom@aol.com

As a part time caterer, I would like to say that most caterers stay within one type of cuisine or another and your breath/take on several different types cuisines is amazing!  I would love to have you cater an event for me and mine and that says a lot!  I also respect the fact that you are a very young business owner that's doing extremely well and exercising your craft in amazing ways. Having said that, I don't know if it's the editing or what, but this latest episode did not present you in a good light.  Chefs often get caught up in the "art" of their dishes and forget about everything else.  I don't know if you saw the guests reaction to the "wait" or "explanation" for their salads, but the reactions said a lot.  Not that they didn't enjoy the salads, but the wait and explanation was painful for them.  Additionally, your treatment of Kiku was a bit appalling.  Your behavior was EXTREMELY humiliating and condescending.  To tell an "adult" to "look at me when I'm talking to you" is utterly unprofessional!  What were you thinking and how would you react if someone said that to you?  I would have taken a walk and never returned.  I'm proud of you and your accomplishments, but you must exercise patience! 

dymond_lady21
dymond_lady21

Roble I hope that after watching the episode you can see that you and Adam were at fault for the lava cake not being done. You were not worried about time when you were making the salad and then there was not enough time to do the cake properly. It is quite selfish to put the pastry chefs behind the eight ball and then hide behind them when things don't go right. If  molten lava cake is first level pastry then YOU should know that timing is everything. The way you spoke to Kiku afterwards was unacceptable. You caused the cake to be a "fail" as you put it. I hope you are man enough to apologize for your behavior. Real men know how to take responsiblity for their mistakes and admit when they are wrong. And for you to continue to make rude comments to Kiku after the fact is just adding insult to injury. You really need a lesson in respect as it seems that you don't have any when it comes to you staff and you are confusing being a BOSS with being a BULLY! I know they both start with B but come on now. You seem to be a great guy when you are not in the kitchen and I wish I could taste your food because it looks amazing! But show the world that you can handle the heat in the kichen and stop mistreating your staff. If you abuse your support system then you are sure to fall!  

Sonc
Sonc

First of all, I'd like to say How proud I am of you..I'm definitely a fan. That said, since season one I've watched you grow and stumble, and grow yet another step further. One thing I have noticed this season, is how comfortable you seem to be in your role as business owner! I just feel that all that power may have gone to your head a bit. Remember absolute power, corrupts absolutely! Based on what we've all seen of your wonderful mom, I don't think you'll stray too far from all you've been taught. And that is to be respectful! You make a mistake, you fix it, bottom line! As far as all that happened during the Tyson event is concerned, I'm willing to give you the benefit of the doubt, and blame some of it on editing. However, the scene where you pushed/shoved Shawn in the kitchen in front of the rest of your staff was not a good look, and can not be blamed on editing..at all!  I don't care what other Chef's do. You're a young businessman who decided to involve friends in his business. You're much too intelligent, and street-wise, not to have considered the affect this could possibly have on your friendship. At the risk of repeating myself, your attitude and behavior in this episode was not a good look! Hopefully, you've since learned from it. And yes, I understand how excited you must have been to  not only have so many business /catering prospects attending  this event, but to also have so many of your sports hero's in one room too! I just think alot of your anxiety was a result of your wanting to impress and being a little starstruck too! Having said that, I am truly a fan of your cooking and your willingness to take risks. It's quite obvious your first love affair was with food, and that she'll always come first no matter what! Chef Roble, your food looks so yummy and  so beautiful that I practically 'lick' my television screen just looking at the dishes you all prepare each week!!! I know. I know. It's sick, but I don't care. You are without a doubt a very talented chef, and will go far in the culinary world. As long as you remember to treat others with the same dignity and respect, you demand with others! The same people you see on your way up, you'll see on your way down!

 Go and do yo thang!!LOL!

Destined4gr8tns
Destined4gr8tns

Roble:

 

1st Rule of Business~~~In order to earn respect, YOU must give respect; and after seeing the Episode, it was painfully obvious you didn't respect your Staff during the Tyson Chandler Event.  As a Business Owner, you rely on your Staff to ensure your Brand will be the best. 

 

As you are truly a talented Chef, when it comes to your Interpersonal Skills; the jury is still out.

 

 

Rhoda1
Rhoda1

you are living the life!  i applaud your success and look forward to your show each week.  so glad that you have returned for a second season.

 

LisaVTeresaHeatherx2KandiAna
LisaVTeresaHeatherx2KandiAna

I'm a big fan of your show, family, crew, and minus this episode, you. You looked like a crazy jerk gettin violent and all. Were you embarrassed when you saw the guests waiting so long, and did you get that you and Adam's artistry isn't as appreciated when folks are HUN-gry?

ShiningStarr
ShiningStarr

Handle your business Roble. I think that because you are young and you kid around with the employees, some of them take that for granted and they try to deal with you as if you are just another employee. I'm glad that you showed Shawn who was boss. But you need to do something with Kiku. She doesn't show you any respect as her boss when she gripes about you. Don't let her continue to talk to you like that. She can be replaced I'm sure.

 

S/N I know that your assistant, Dan, has a crush on you, but I think that you have a small crush on her also but you don't want to admit it. Lol! 

housewifefan2012
housewifefan2012

 @Maddie13 I would not like to see the show dropped, however I would like to see him learn from his mistakes. If the Real Housewives of Jersey is still on and that is the worst show on Bravo ... this show is a piece of cake. Just the fight alone on the RHOJ made me stop watching that show. I believe that the show is about someone who aspires to be a restaurant owner and that journey can be rough. There are a lot of lessons to learn and we have the opportunity to will see how he and his team develops. I like that and can appreciate what they are doing and the struggles that are ahead. 

housewifefan2012
housewifefan2012

 @Blip Well said, the lessons we need to learn to get better at what we do. 

Basic training 101 respect the client who is paying the bills.

otogbolu.chinwe
otogbolu.chinwe

 @ShiningStarr

 Thank you so much for speaking the truth about Kiku. she definitely can be replaced. I truly believe in pple admitting to wrong doing and apologising as well. She takes advantage of Roble's niceness and they fact that they have been friends for so long. Pls Roble fire or suspend Kiku. she dont have no manners at all. She should be grateful that she is on the show, because she clearly does not need to be there. she and her ratchet self.

As for your assistant, she needs to go sit her little ass some place and leave you the hell alone. she wanted to be assistant for one reason only... to be close to you.  buisness and pleasure dont mix.

I love your show, and I m always looking forward to watching it every wednesday. my friends know not to bother me when I m watching your show. I hate that we will have wait every summer for your show. I wish they could make it sooner. Or maybe twice in a year.  

housewifefan2012
housewifefan2012

 @otogbolu.chinwe  @ShiningStarr  The problem is we have not seen Kiku do anything wrong other than that one time. All other times it appears that she had been great at what she does. So I do not believe that is the problem. If she needs more training, perhaps he is not the one to give it as he is always busy. Everyone now and then need to home their skills, so if training is needed he needs to spend the time doing that or hire someone from the culinary school who can deliver on what he wants. All he needs to do is question her as to how she is going to produce something and he will know if she is executing it correctly. But she is not a newby to doing pastries. 

So one mistake does not warrant someone to fire you as that is saying that they themselves are not infallible (capable of making mistakes). We all do.... unless you are not the norm.