Tuesday, 2 May 2017

Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares - Rococo / Maggie's - CLOSED

Kitchen Nightmares Rococo / Maggie's
Chef Gordon Ramsay visit's Rococo in Kings Lynn, Norfolk, owned by a Michelin Starred Chef Nick Anderson. Nick is losing £2000 a week and is at risk of bankruptcy, to make matters worse they live above the restaurant so if they lose it, they will also be losing their home. Gordon samples a fish soup that arrives in a tea cup and it smells off. The mushroom and a duck egg on toast is overcomplicated, soggy and like eating a wet flannel. The next dish is one of Gordon's dishes and the scallops taste frozen and milky. The duck is cooked well but the sauce on the duck is like Benolyn and he isn't a fan of the baby veg. Nick explains his past including a coveted Michelin star but in 2004 he parted ways with his backers and filed for bankruptcy. The next morning, Gordon ventures into Kings Lynn to find out what the locals think, they believe it's expensive, with small portions and question the value for money. Gordon however, believes it is the prices and over complicated food. Tim tells him that he picks up ideas and inspiration from Ready Steady Cook, Gordon inspects the food in the kitchen and discovers all of the fresh, high end ingredients. Gordon discovers that anything they don't sell, Nick will eat. Nick tells Gordon that he struggles to find fresh shrimp and relies on the frozen.

Gordon wants to see a service but with no customers, they ask friends and family to come for dinner. The food takes ages to prepare so people are left waiting and Gordon is not impressed. Nick caves under the pressure and falls apart in the kitchen. Gordon asks Nick to declutter the entrance to the restaurant by removing the Good Food guides and gives Tim and Nick a Ready Steady Cook challenge, he gives them a bag full of ingredients and asks them to come up with something. He is disappointed and neither won the challenge. Gordon talks to Susanna, who tells him that they hoave no money, Nick has lost his inspiration and that they are relying on financial support from friends and family. Gordon arrives at the restaurant to find that the door is locked, he rings the doorbell and no one answers. Eventually Nick comes to the door and he and Gordon discuss the previous evening. Gordon tells Nick that he needs to change the name for the restaurant and create a new identity for the restaurant. Gordon suggests Maggie's due to the church, Nick is reluctant, it is clear he is struggling to let go of the past. Gordon takes Nick back the restaurant where he received great accolade and tells him about his experiences at Aubergine.

For the relaunch, Nick agrees to go with the name Maggie's and replace the decor with a fresh coat of paint and furniture. They go into the town to bring in the locals and Gordon discovers that Nick has got the guides back out of the bin. The restaurant is packed and communication in the kitchen is good between Nick and Tim. The relaunch is an overall success and the customers love the food and atmosphere.


What Happened Next? 


Gordon revisits and the restarant is busy, they are averaging £5000 a week and Gordon sits down to try the food. The menu is full of locally sourced items and he tries an onion bahji and a local sole dish with cockle butter. He loves the onion bahji and the sole is delicious too. Tim refuses to give Gordon the recipe to the bahji. 

Maggie's closed in September 2007 and they filed for bankruptcy. 

The restaurant passed to Tony and Karen Lombari who opened Luigi's in June 2008, which then closed and it is now Market Bistro, serving local produce with food cooked fresh from scratch.  

Nick Anderson worked at The Wiveton Bell before moving to The Bell at Kidlington, just outside Oxford.

Maggie's aired on November 28 2006, the episode was filmed in July 2006 and is Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares UK season 4 episode 3.

8 comments:

  1. Maggie's was doing fine until Nick received some unexpected, and rather large utility bills. I think the utilities were paid instead of the other debts, and I believe the HMRC came in and shut them down. The restaurant opened a few weeks later, and after a brief period, shut down for good. I've always felt bad for Nick. He knew what he was doing in the kitchen, and actually turned his business around, but ultimately became a victim of unfortunate circumstances.

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  2. Gordon Ramsay beast mode engaged!

    -Nathaniel K

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  3. Man, what a rush this episode was! The intensity between Chef Andersson and Gordon was palpable. The way Gordon got him to change the restaurants name was shocking! The little rottweiler sous chef really gave this episode some hilarity. Overall we rank this an 8.3 on the Official Kitchen Nightmare Index Scale Rating System.

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  4. Nick's fall is a warning for anyone thinking they can rise to the top and stay there for the rest of their days. We can sink and really fast.
    Nick forgot that what defines us as successful isn't how fast we can rise, but instead how fast we can get back up again.

    I know he will get himself back up, I just hope his family is well and healthy. And hope he lost the stupid part of his pride and stuck to the smart part.

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  5. According to his facebook, Nick remarried last year, no idea what happened between him and his now ex-wife or when they broke up though

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    1. It's not that surprising. If you lose your business, your wife usually follows.

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  6. I think Gordon was harder on Nick than most of the rest because he knew there was talent there. Michelin stars do not come to muppets so he expected a higher standard.

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  7. I have to agree with MikeMan, here Gordon wasn't facing a beginner or some schmuck with little knowledge, he was confronted with a very talented chef who was screwing himself up. I think that's the reason why Gordon was so abrupt, he knew Nick had talent, and watching it go to waste was painful. Nick needed an electrochoc to wake up, not a gentle pat.

    Very sad to see the restaurant had to close for billing issues despite being back on the good way (making money).

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