Ever wondered what goes on behind the scenes at Bistro Bordeaux?
Tonight is your chance to find out, when the French restaurant at 618 Church St. will be featured on an episode of the Food Network show ‘Mystery Diners.’
The show airs at 9 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 21, and is titled “Too Many Cooks.” In each episode, a “mystery diner” goes in undercover to find out what’s going on when the boss is not around.
In the episode on Bistro Bordeaux, owner Pascal Berthoumieux finds out that employees have “sabotaged” his executive chef, Michael Gottlieb, according to a synopsis in TV Guide.
"We've not seen the edited show yet, but you can expect pots and pans to fly," Berthoumieux said in a press release. "It was three tough days of taping, but we had a lot of fun doing it."
Berthoumieux said only a few key employees, including his executive chef, actually knew what was going on. A crew of 40 people taped the show, which includes footage of actual patrons, according to Berthoumieux.
Producers contacted Berthoumieux earlier this year, who says signed on to the episode because he thought the taping would be fun and would help bring attention to the restaurant.
"Getting a call from the Food Network is like getting big news," he said in the release. "We were very excited...and still are."
Joliet chef Mark Bronson pretended to be a new chef training at the restaurant for the episode, according to The Herald-News.
“They said I have a good bald head,” Bronson told The Herald-News. “They wanted someone to look mean.”
Bistro Bordeaux will be closed today while the show airs, according to the restaurant’s website. The episode airs two more times, at midnight Thursday, Aug. 22, and at 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 1, according to the Food Network.