Does Reality TV Chef Have Porn Star Past?

Emmanuel DelCour, Cast, "Chef Academy" on Bravo Bravo

Did a Bravo reality show contestant steam up the bedroom before moving on to the kitchen?

So far, he's not confirming - or denying - the allegations.

"Chef Academy" contestant Emmanuel DelCour is allegedly the adult film star Jean Val Jean, it was revealed this week.

On the show Monday night, fellow contestants Kyle "Kup" Kupiszewski and Kyle Daley discovered Delcour's alter-ego.

When confronted later in the show and asked if he had a past in porn, DelCour said, "No comment."

"That means yes," contestant Suzanne Winn said. DelCour did not confirm or deny her assertion, continuing only to decline comment even as the contestants raised their glasses and toasted to porn stars.

On the show's Web site, DelCour's bio says he was born and raised in the south of France and moved to California four years ago, where he "has acted in commercials and television series and worked as a personal trainer."

His IMDB.com page is less enigmatic. Under "Alternate Names," Jeal Val Jean is listed.

Similarly, Val Jean's Wikipedia.org listing states the porn star's real name as Emmanuel DelCour.

Whether or not Bravo knew about the alleged adult films when casting DelCour, it's now capitalizing on the buzz. The network's Web site boasted the confrontation video on its homepage Tuesday, telling viewers to "watch what happens when Emmanuel's peers confront him about his sexy alter-ago."

Watch the "Porn Confrontation" video


"Chef Academy" teaches non-chefs to cook and then pits them against one another in competitions. The novices are taught by renowned chef Jean-Christophe Novelli.
  • Jessica Derschowitz

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