Friday, 13 May 2011

Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares - La Lanterna - CLOSED

Kitchen Nightmares La Lanterna

Episode Recap


Chef Gordon Ramsay visits La Lanterna, Letchworth, Hertfordshire, an Italian restaurant owned by Executive Chef Alexander Scott with best mate Gavin and girlfriend Emily. He is losing £1000 a week and has debts of £180,000. Gordon sits down to a meal where he has packet bread stick, minestrone soup that he finds greasy and an Italian sausage dish for main, which looks like "2 poodles penises doused in parsley" and the amaretto cake is bought in and still frozen in the middle. The kitchen hasn't been cleaned and is filthy and the food store has old food, packet sauces and pot noodles in it. Gordon walks out and sees Alex's car number plate which spells A1 Chef. Gordon watches a dinner service, Alex runs around the kitchen wired on Red Bull but is not cooking properly and Gavin isn't running the dining room properly. Gordon finds out he hasn't paid himself for 4 months but after 2 weeks of running the restaurant, he spent £46,000 on a BMW. Gordon persuades him to sell the car to generate more cash for the restaurant and gets him a new cooker. Gordon phones some celebrity chefs to try sell the A1 Chef number plate!

Gordon sets a challenge for the chefs to make a pizza and the best will go on the menu. They go onto the streets to get the public to come in to taste the pizzas. A vegetarian is featured and unknown to them at the time the vegetarian pizza had parma ham in it. Gordon bans plastic sauce and cuts the menu in half. Gavin and Emily have no prior experience in a restaurant and Gavin allows 40 people to arrive at once which puts pressure on the kitchen and it falls apart. Gordon takes Gavin out to try and get him to "man up" and be in control of the staff and gets Alex to smarten up with a shave and a manicure. Gordon does a taste test to decide which pasta would go best with swordfish and they chose a Pot Noodle so Gordon takes him to a rival Italian restaurant where they enjoy the simple, fresh food. The car does not sell. They work on the interior which was designed by Emily and repaint the dining room and revamp the menu.

They relaunch the restaurant, the dining room is full and the cracks begin to appear again and customers are made to wait. Alex burns food and is running around the kitchen. Gordon calls Gavin in to push the specials that are ready prepared to take pressure off the kitchen. The customers like the food and the relaunch is deemed a success.



What Happened Next?


Gordon revisits, the pre-prepared vegetables are gone and the kitchen is much cleaner. Alex is doing prep, making his own deserts and home made ravioli.  Gordon tries his food and likes it. He cleared £20,000 of debt, takings are up and he is paying himself a wage. On airing, the meat pizza and the vegetarian incident didn't go down too well causing outrage amongst vegetarians. Alex speaks to the press and says he is making around £4,000 a week and is making profit. 

 In 2006, the restaurant closed and the building was put up for sale.

15 comments:

  1. What up with the frozen food in almost all programs of fixing up restaurants , and the cleaning?. Main problem in all kind of restaurants, they have lets say a crew of total 8 from which 2 or 3 are hard workers with passion, other 2 or 3 just for the paycheck with work acceptable but not with passion, other 2 or 3 just to get an easy paycheck and c what happens.
    I guess probably 1 or 2 of ten restaurants in the world have 90% of hard workers with passion while the rest go to mediocrity (culture of the wanted "easy succes").

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  2. The pasta taste-test was shocking. I don't consider myself to have much of a palate, but even I know that pot noodles have a strange, fibery texture (unless they're overcooked and like paste), and I'd easily be able to tell them from fresh-cooked pasta if I were blindfolded... not to mention the difference in flavor! Too bad about the closing; it sounded at the end as if Alex was actually getting his act together.

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  3. That poor bloke and the pizza, disgraceful. Its a shame the place went under, Alex had one thing the rest of these snobby, pompous owners had, he knew Gordon was there to help and he let him.

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  4. Disgrace that Gordon feed meat to a vegetarian it was so unfair a person has a right to their beliefs - how would Gordon like a cock put in his mouth whilst asleep?

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    1. He didn't know the dish had meat in it until the creator (soux chef - if you can call her that) admitted it. However, his attitude towards the vegetarian was very bad when it became obvious what happened.

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  5. That 'desirable' number-plate is now on a SORNed 1998 red Volvo

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  6. The vegetarian guy was really nice. Do that to me and you'd have to pray not to be allergic to nuts, becuase I'm going to make you eat yours.

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    1. A couple of hours in reality school and you'd forget your pompous New Age ways quickly.

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    2. You can't really seriously call vegetarianism a pompous New Age idea. If you are truly naive and cold enough to not understand someone who has compassion for animals then you really are a lost cause of a human being.

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    3. Compassion with animals? You should know that agriculture is one of the leading sources of water and land pollution. If you really think vegetarianism actually helps animals, you're a lost cause of a thinking human being.

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    4. Agriculture is one of the leading sources of soil and water pollution. If you actually think vegetarianism helps animals in any way, then you are a lost cause of a rational human being.

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  7. Vegetarians are disgusting. They have no place in a restaurant. They can eat in one of their vegan cult places, that's what they were built for.

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  8. Well, it was on accident that was served to the vegetarian. I think Gordon was more embarrassed than mocking the guy, just trying to make light of the situation. It looks like they made sure he didn't have a reaction to the meat before he left.

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  9. Not related to the article, but after watching KN US and now watching KN UK, the common denominator in this series is the warm home feeling of all restaurants Gordon visits.

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