The open wood-burning fireplace stands tall, presiding over the kitchen at Metropole restaurant. The fireplace is the diva of the cooking line, ready to reward the deserving cook with exquisite flavors but also keen to test the crew with her temperament. Her demands for oxygen, moisture, and wood are particular and must be delivered just so, or there will be no culinary performance to rave about. Jared Bennett stands before the fireplace, confident that he has mastered the workings of this relationship. He knows how to get sexy food out of this fiery, old-world temptress.