Friday, 13 May 2011

Kitchen Nightmares - Bonapartes - CLOSED

Kitchen Nightmares Bonapartes


Episode Recap



Chef Gordon Ramsay visits Bonapartes, a wine Bar come bar come restaurant, owned by Sue Ray with TV chef wannabe Tim Gray who had blagged his way into the kitchen. The restaurant was only taking £200 a week with two customers booked for dinner service and the chances of walk ins being slim. Tim was helped in the kitchen by second chef Lee. With no customers in and Gordon wanting to witness a service he sends out Tim and Lee to get customers in and they only manage to bring in 11 for a free meal. Gordon watches the service which is unorganised and discovers Tim has no respect for the kitchen as he clumsily trashes some bowls and doesn't even seem to care. The starters take a long time to come out and the ravioli he served to customers is burnt inside. Sue spends her evening in the bar that is propping up business and ignores the kitchen.

Gordon sets Tim the challenge of cooking a signature dish for Gordon and he cooks a scallop dish. The scallops were rancid and Gordon retches and vomits and gets food poisoning. This leads Gordon to inspect their fridge where he finds old lentils, furry potatoes and something unknown aka a "sheeps turd".  He orders the chefs to clean out the fridge. Gordon thinks that the problems aren't just in the kitchen and an ex customer gives an interview.  She says that the restaurant has tried a bit of everything with live music, cabaret acts and even an internet cafe and tells about a new wine bar competition that has just opened and has been fully booked ever since opening.

Back to the food, Gordon takes Tim onto the streets to find out what the customers want with Tims Scallop dish and a Beef and Ale Pie cooked by Gordon. the public vote in favour of the pie, the cheaper and tastier option of the dishes. Gordon also feels the problem is in cooking ability so firstly sets the Chefs the challenge of cooking omelettes which they both fail as they are both overcooked. His second challenge is for Tim to cook a 3 course meal for his family, this is also a disaster as he burns the croutons for the soup starter and his chicken kiev main course is burnt on the outside and pink in the middle. The desert isn't much better. He notices that the Chefs never season or taste their food and sets them a tasting challenge on what they think are different types of beef, he feeds them pork and lamb and neither even notices it isn't beef. For the relaunch the Chefs pick a 3 course menu of some of their favourite dishes, there was hiccups with the food not getting out quickly and a backlog but they pulled it off by the skin of their teeth. Tims Gran and Grandad were there celebrating their 44th wedding anniversary and enjoyed their meal.

What Happened Next?


When Gordon revisited the first time, he found out Tim had been given 2 written warnings and he was "chilling" on what should have been a busy night. Lee had been moved onto the bar and Tim was back to his old ways as the fridge was full of rotten food and there were mussels in the sink. The restaurant was quiet. By the end of the programme he was sacked.  After the show was aired Sue was very public about the show stating she felt bitter about it and that she wanted to sue Gordon. Gordon returns to Silsden again for the second revisit, Sue refuses to do an interview on camera but speaks to Gordon off camera and tells him she is looking for a buyer. He also meets with Tim who tells him that Sue had not hired another chef and was just running it as a bar. Bonaprates closed in 2005. After closing, Bonapartes became Reflectionz in 2006, it was put up for sale at £350,000 in 2009.




It is currently Dineros Wine Bar. Sue became homeless, jobless and was left with with £400,000 debt after avoiding bankruptcy. Sue was later caught drink driving .Tim quit cooking and went into Television after turning down a job offer from Gordon only to go back into the kitchen in a restaurant near Bonapartes and to be asked to leave a few other kitchen positions when they found out about his role in Bonapartes. In 2007, Tim got caught drink driving and was banned from driving after driving after being beaten up. He still has hopes to be on television and got through to the final lineup of Big Brother 5, until they found out who he was and decided against having him on the show. In 2006 Gordon won a court case against a newspaper for publishing that the scenes in the show were faked, he won £75,000 in damages.

28 comments:

  1. Sue had other problems that contributed to her failure. denying personal responsiblity and blaming someone else for your mistakes is just plain sad.

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    1. Not sad. Stupid. Sometimes the two things come together. Espcially if its with people you like. But I reckon you dont like her. Thank you for time in poiting it out though.

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  2. Yeah, Gordon Ramsay poured booze into Sue and forced her to drive her car around. Seems like a long pattern of refusing to take responsibility for any of her own shortcomings :( That's not a good way to run a business.

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  3. That's exactly right. Ramsay had shown her how to run the business, focus on the basics to make it work. The rest was up to her.

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  4. I cannot understand why these restaurant owners, blame The Emperor Chef Ramsay (that's what he has been named in the USA), when they clearly lack management skills, experience and above all dismiss The Chefs advice once he's pointed them in the right direction. This particular restaurant had many problems before The Emperor arrived. According to the past comment it appears alcohol migt have played a part on the restaurant's demise.

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    1. That is why alcohol is not to be messed with. But its an aquired risk I guess. And the culture doesnt help.

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  5. Why in the world would Gordon Ramsay offer Tim a job? Tim, who couldn't even cook a damn omelette! I think that so-called job offer was all in his head.

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    1. Well Gordon saw that when he cooked for Valentine's Day that he had the ability to do the job, just needed some mentoring to become a cook and later a chef. Sadly when Gordon revisited (the first time at the end of the original episode), he had slid back to his old ways showing he did not have the passion or determination to succeed.

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  6. This was the first episode I ever saw, and it was almost my last because I can't stand watching people throw up. Glad that doesn't happen every time! Tim is one of the 'characters' in the kitchens that really stand out for me in this series; I can watch this episode (except for Gordon retching) over and over and I don't get tired of it. What a twit. 'Signature dish', indeed... every time I have scallops I'm going to think of Tim (and thank God he didn't prepare them!).

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  7. Tim is one of the most gormless, clueless, self-agrandising morons I have ever seen! Everything about him - his accent, the way his bottom jaw just hangs listlessly instead of connecting with the top, even when he's talking. It's both sad as well as funny: he wants a couple, or maybe three restaurants. Fine dining - oh man, that is so funny in the context of what we see in the programme. He can't cook! Bottom line.

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  8. I enjoy television programs from the early two thousands.

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  9. I know Sue had problems and she shouldn't have got into the business, but I still feel sorry for her. Everyone makes mistakes in life.

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    1. I don't. She's the type who does nothing but wallow in self-pity but never takes charge of her own situation. She just sits there on her duff and blames everyone else.

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  10. Still amazes me how people will sink endless amounts of money, sell their car, mortgage their house, etc...all to finance a "dream" and an unstable one at that. Restaurant business is so uncertain. Why the hell would you take such a risk? Better off yanking on a slot machine.

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  11. Just watched this ep, God my heart breaks for the two of them, bad decision be damned.

    Tim really seemed to get screwed by the program. I mean, for christ sakes, he's 21 no shock he didn't know how to be a head chef let alone A chef. No kitchen should be kicking him out for that reason and that reason alone.

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    1. He was kicked out for lying on his resume, hiding the fact he was from Bonaparte's. Employers have the right to make an educated decision to hire a person and they felt manipulated.

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    2. Age has nothing to do with it. Look up "India Innes", a teenager at the time she was featured on the show. She was driven, intelligent, and unlike that idiot Tim she wasn't in it for the money or fame.

      Tim has the intellect and manners of an ape. It's clear he has no respect for anyone, and doesn't care for anything but himself.

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    3. That's an insult to apes!

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    4. India Innes was 23 and no teenager

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    5. Tim didn't know what braised meant. He had no training, talent, and doesn't seem to have read a cookbook.

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  12. I wonder what ever happened to Tim and Lee. Lee didn't seem like a complete idiot, it wouldn't surprise me if he continued cooking for a while. Tim, meanwhile, is probably working at Tesco or McDonald's.

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    1. Lee didn't seem anything like the complete pillock Tim was, but Tim was 'head chef' so... I wouldn't want a McDs made by Tim frankly. He could make even their meager offerings look foul.

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  13. Tim probably would've benefited from proper, structured training at a bigger establishment. It looked like he was trying to run before he could walk.

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    1. I believe Ramsay, much maligned by Tim and Sue after the programme, offered Tim a job in one of his own restaurants or training establishment or something or other, didn't he? Tim refused. Tim was (and probably still is) an idiot who has no idea whatsoever how to cook even the simplest of dishes. His cooking was abominable when he did it for his family, and that was very simple, run of the mill, food - not the (laughable) 'fine dining' that this brainless,, gormless oaf thought he could master. I wouldn't think that Gorden, after doing all these episodes would make such a fool an offer again, after seeing so many of them.

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  14. wayneco33@verizon,net17 July 2014 at 02:36

    What I can`t understand is why is the owner of Bonaparte is suing Ramsay? If anything, she should be suing that incompetent , idiot moron who had the nerve to call himself a "chef"!!! This guy had the privilege of being directed by Chef Ramsay , and what does he do?, he goes right back to his immature, lazy ways!!! Jesus!, what a waste of effort for Chef Ramsay

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  15. I feel bad for Sue. I think she tried. However I have to say that I would not eat Tim 'S cooking. I got food poisoning from some chix probably 'prepared' by someone like Tim. It was an unforgettable experience and one I hoped not to experience again but did unfortunately at a very well known and popular fast food place. The kitchen there was filthy as well as the staffs clothes. I should have been more insistent about going somewhere else cuz that time i knew better. My fault. Now I check everything especially the bathrooms for cleanliness! There are more than a few Tim out there.

    No telling what kinda of bacteria is on these cooks unwashed hands and fingernails as well that can make one sick. You don't hear about and many other things on KN.

    I'm convinced that before anyone goes into any type of place that caters food to the public they need basic food handling training!

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  16. It still amazes me that over a decade after this debacle sue and tim can't admit that they are to blame for every bad thing that happened to them.

    Sue was so spectacularly incompetent that I wouldn't have trusted her to run a chip wagon at Yankee Stadium during the world series let alone a proper restaurant, and Tim quite simply didn't belong anywhere near a kitchen in any capacity higher than dishwasher.

    Tim's complete and utter lack of skill and basic inability to tell when food was off and needed to be thrown away would have shut them down for good anyways

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    1. They are both bumbling idiots who try to cheat their way through life but aren't competent enough to fool anyone for very long. And will blame anyone but themselves when they are found out.
      I do however feel that Tim deserves some leniency for having been 'just a kid' when this thing aired. F.e. i don't doubt that at least part of his hilariously clueless 'owning several fine-dining restaurants' dream was the result of being baited by the kitchen-nightmare crew (that's just how those shows work, most candidates are smart enough to understand the attemps at manipulation and that they need to give modest answers in order to not look like a fool)

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