Sunday, 30 April 2017

Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares - La Parra de Burriana - CLOSED

Kitchen Nightmares La Parra de Burriana
In this Kitchen Nightmares episode, Chef Gordon Ramsay visits  La Parra de Burriana, Nerja, Spain, a restaurant owned by ex pat Laurence Davey, an ex nightclub manager, he wanting to offer brits abroad something a bit different. Gordon orders a filet steak kebab, it arrives swinging from a hook and Gordon describes it as "swinging like a Donkey's dick" and his dessert, a creme catalana is burnt. The next day Gordon watches a dinner service and discovers chef Norm is forced to cook on the BBQ serving poached chicken kebabs. He admits that if they are not sold that night they will be reused the next night. Gordon sees Alex mismanaging the dining room and watches Laurence's lazy style of cooking, deep frying vegetables and cooking everything on a grill. After noticing how filthy the kitchen was the night before he gets the staff to clean the kitchen and restaurant, Gordon discovers dog poop on the patio but they don't seem bothered.

Gordon talks to Laurence about a charity event he held for the local donkey charity which was a total disaster. He served them an unset Chicken Liver Parfait and an over cooked cardboard chicken dish and had the nerve to charge them for the meal! He knows he needs to win back the locals so goes to visit them at the sanctuary and discovers that there was banana in the chicken main and that Laurence was very rude to them. He pleads them to return and they are not eager! Gordon decides his next move is to tackle the menu and in order to make them see the flavour combinations don't work he serves them smoothies of dishes including the prawn and chocolate dish. Laurence tries to resist the menu change so Gordon allows him to serve his menu but have Gordon's menu as a backup to change over if needed. Laurence refuses to do this and the service goes badly and he blames Gordon.

Gordon returns the next day to find there has been a break in, Laurence had banked the money, he had left it in a cash box in a filing cabinet and they had taken around £4000. He finally caves in to Gordon's help and they change the menu. On the relaunch Gordon moves Norm into the kitchen to back up Laurence and pot washer Tom goes on the grill. It starts off well but Alex has overbooked the restaurant and only allowed one hour for guests to eat and leave. The donkey sanctuary loved the food but thought the service was poor. Gordon leaves but is unsure that they will be there when he returns.

What Happened Next? 


Gordon revisits a few weeks later and the Spanish food is still on the menu, he is making a profit and has managed to pay off some of his debts. Gordon revisited again, a year on and they were back to serving average food, the locals were coming back but the tourists still weren't coming in for lunch.  Gordon took him to the beach for a cook off of his Pesto Pasta vs Paella and they loved the paella. 

La Parra de Burriana closed in August 2008 after Trip Advisor reviews prior to closure were mixed and according to a Trip Advisor post from the Donkey Sanctuary, Lawrence did a runner but the Donkey Gordon gave them has been rescued!

La Parra de Burriana aired on November 21 2006, the episode was filmed in August 2006 and is Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares UK season 4 episode 1.

31 comments:

  1. Hurray for the Gordon Ramsay Donkey rescue team. My wife and I have been watching the series, and we just watched this episode. It is such a surprise that most of the restaurants go back to their bad habits after being shown how to do it properly. Old habits die hard...

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    1. It is funny that you say it is surprising the restaurants go back to their old ways, but then use a figure of speech that exists solely to point out that people tend to go back to their old ways.
      Changing someone's behavior is not something that is done quickly, or easily, ever. That's why kitchen nightmares has such a terrible long term success rate. It's kind of sad, really.

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    2. These people should not be allowed to call themselves chefs unless they went to school? Are you crazy? The best, and I repeat the best chefs in the world have never set foot in a cooking school unless they were being paid to give a seminar. Michelle Roux, Raymond Blanc, Pierre White, Mario Batali, Paula Dean, Guy Fieri and Rachel Ray and the big surprise- Gordon Ramsay (he did take a hotel management course). This roster has literally every UK based 3 star chef on it. And not one went to college for cooking. Half of them didn't even come up the brigade system so... Your an idiot...

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    3. Rachel Ray, Guy Fieri and Paula Deen are the best chefs in the world? Just because you get a half-hour show on Food Network doesn't mean you're any good (google image search "Rachel Ray Rouladen" or look up the reviews for "Lady and Sons" or "Tex Wasabi's").

      Look up the alumni of the Culinary Institute of America and then try to argue that "the best chefs don't go to cooking school."

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    4. i think the 'failure rate' is a side effect of the marketing of the show. First off, restaurants come and go all the time, its a tough business. Second if Gordon wasn't in here 100% of these places would fail. the idea that its possible to save some of them is quite remarkable.

      but i think the show is about more than saving the restaurants. it is also about the possibility for some of the staff to grow and learn, which in every episode, even at the ones that close, there seems to be some cook or waiter or someone who has a lightbulb go off and understand there are better ways to do things.

      they market the show as 'restaurant turnaround' but if they layed off that angle and just focused on the growth and education, and visit a few restaurants that have survived for years after, it might cut down on some of this criticism from the public.

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  2. im glad im not the only one watching this 5 years later.

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    1. I've got you beat, watching it 10 years later.

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    2. Zoltar F. Willhams5 April 2017 at 03:48

      I've beaten you by 29 days!!!

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    3. i've beaten you by 5 days! LOL

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    4. Later than all of you!

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    5. I'm later than you all!

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    6. I've got you beat. Just finished La Parra, now on to the Fenwick Arms.

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    7. I wonder if being this late to the party makes me the winner.

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    8. Nah, it doesn't.

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    9. Later than you...lol

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    10. watching it today actually marathoning all the UK seasons so yeah 10 years later lol and I watched it live way back

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    11. Been marathoning this since my Thanksgiving vacay since I found this site. It's cool to have a guide like this site while rewatching. So many gossip rag articles! But I love it.

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  3. Your not alone lol. Just came to Netflix! Never seen these episodes before.

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  4. Most of these places fail because by the time they get help from Ramsay they are too far in debt to dig their way out no matter what Ramsay does.

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  5. I don't get it. Ramsay is called to rescue a failing restaurant, he gives incredible advice, shows them what to do, even cooks the food for them, when they follow his advice they succeed, but then they get stupid and go back to their old ways that failed in the first place. THEN they blame Ramsay. Stupid, ungrateful people. No wonder they fail.

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    1. Even helps them clean up the dog poop!

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  6. Given Spain's economy even much better restaurants probably failed during the financial crisis

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  7. That paella that Gordon cooked on the beach was not a proper paella, it was a Brit's idea of what a paella should be. Those big slabs of chorizo would have been horrible to try and chew through and he could have left the chicken out too. Not that chicken can't be put in a paella but he should have stuck with the seafood only considering he was cooking it on the beach. I don't think it needed the sherry vinegar either.

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    1. He is a Michelin chef. It would have been delicious.

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    2. Paella is overrated as a dish anyway

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  8. I wonder what happened to the owner. Would be very interesting if someone tracked down a lot of these clowns and did a "Where are they now" feature, from both the original and far superior UK series as well as the US show. I've always wondered whatever happened to Toby from The Priory.

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  9. Watching on Amazon Prime.
    Definitely needs a follow up.
    Interesting to see where they are 10 years later.

    That chef is probably out of the restaurant business.

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  10. Stolen money could well have been an inside job. What thief only takes the large notes? Would be interesting to know if it was insured, if so it was a bit of extra cash the owner and sorely needed.

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    1. It is interesting that the thief knew exactly where to go.

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  11. I'm certain the so called "robbery" was an inside job by Lawrence. Judging by the fact that Lawrence did a "runner" after the business failed he seems easily the type.

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