Friday, 13 May 2011

Kitchen Nightmares - Peter's - CLOSED


Kitchen Nightmares Peter's

Episode Recap


Chef Gordon Ramsay visits Peter's, Babylon, New York, a family run Italian restaurant, owned by Tina but named after her brother Peter. The restaurant used to be thriving and one of the best restaurants in the area but now the business is going under and Tina is losing money. Peter is to pick Gordon up from the station but he is late and when he finally arrives in his flashy car Gordon is surprised. He arrives at the restaurant and meets the family, he is happy to be in a family run Italian restaurant with all of the family working in the restaurant. He also meets Chef Robert and Peter's friends Jerry and Jerry, the mob.

Gordon sits down to order food and orders the crab cake and lobster ravioli. Angelo tells Gordon that the crab cake is home made, Gordon notices that the salad is rotten so decides to only eat the crab cake which is gross, cold in the middle and doesn't have fresh crab meat in it. The lobster ravioli is baby food inside gunk and absolutely covered in parsley, this sparks a huge argument in the kitchen which everyone gets involved in. Gordon meets with the family to discuss the problems and everyone talks over each other.

The next day, Gordon arrives early to inspect the kitchen. It is digusting, he finds mould, old, rotten food and a broken freezer. Peter ducks any responsibility, claiming that it is the kitchen staff's place to clean and throw away old food. Gordon tells them to clean the kitchen and Robert takes Gordon on a tour of the kitchen, showing them all of the equipment that isn't working. Gordon is astounded but Robert tells him that Peter would rather spend money on himself than on the restaurant.

Gordon arrives to witness a dinner service and instantly notices that Peter is giving away a lot of complimentary food and drink to most tables, losing all of their profit. A bill collector arrives in the kitchen and Peter throws him out of the restaurant, a huge brawl breaks out outside the restaurant. Their father ends up being pushed over, Peter is angry, shouting and screaming and Gordon tells him to cool off. Gordon sits down with Tina, who tells him that Peter takes money from the till yet they aren't evening breaking even. The next day, Gordon arrives and asks Peter and his father to run the kitchen whilst Tina and her mother run the dining room. It is a disaster due to the non-functioning kitchen and after an hour, no food has left the kitchen, Peter demands a drink and Gordon tells him off before kicking him out of the kitchen.

For relaunch night, Gordon reveals the new kitchen equipment that he has installed over night, he has also provided them with new plates and a working refrigerator. Tina cries a lot and cries even more when Gordon reveals the new family style menu. Peter hugs Gordon! Another bill collector arrives and Peter punches him, Gordon once again tells Peter that he has to cool off. As the guests arrive for dinner, the kitchen struggles with cooking the new menu and Peter struggles to manage the restaurant. The customers start to complain and Peter takes his frustrations out on the staff. The food starts to leave the kitchen and the customers absolutely love the new food. Overall, despite the hiccups the relaunch was a success.

Gordon gives Peter a pep talk and tells him to pull his socks up and give more to the restaurant instead of just taking. His talk appears to have worked and the next morning Peter is on the phone getting someone in to fix the broken fridge.


What Happened Next? 


Gordon revisited and all looked well, Peter had replaced the chefs in the kitchen and seemed to have started helping in the restaurant. Reviews after Gordon visited say the place was just as bad after he left. The restaurant closed in December 2008 and the restaurant next door has expanded into the space.

Extra Reading


Peters - Closed

Peter's Italian Restaurant Menu

Gordon Failed

25 comments:

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    1. Don't forget embezzeler, phony tough-guy, and total loser. The way this guy mooched and robbed from his own sister is just unforgivable and she was probably stuck will all the bills when the place closed.

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  2. Peter looked like he never worked a day in his life.

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  3. I was embarrassed on the behalf of Gordon Ramsay after seeing this episode. I first watched U.K. Kitchen Nightmares and saw Owners/Waiters and most of the time, Chef's, show Ramsay a certain level of respect. There was an authenticity and a genuine honesty. With this first airing and restaurant, I saw none of that. I saw a man full of pride and possibly steroids make a fool of himself. Peter was all about his image, how he was going to be perceived on camera and off. You could tell he was not all there. I knew ten minutes in that Peter's was not going to have an OPEN end result. As a New Yorker it embarrassed me to see, well, the typical 'Meathead' or 'Mobster/Mobster wannabe' represent the U.S. edition of Gordon's T.V. "franchise". Peter's set the tone, sadly, for the other episodes and seasons.

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    1. Sadly, no one seems to want to focus on the other workers. The restaurant itself was a fixer upper but the workers (other than Peter) were genuinely good workers albeit in a less than flattering working space.

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  4. Yeah, Peter was a real "meat whistle"...

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  5. Peter is a self centered egotistical person. All show and no substance.

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  6. when i see gordon give his all & just immerse himself in each project undertaken...i totally concur that these owners who screw things up after he leaves are simply unforgiveable. ramsay is the real deal.

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  7. I hope the sister separated herself from her lowlife brother in any future business endeavors. He really is over the top, criminal, and appears to have to redeeming qualities whatsoever.

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  8. Felt sorry for the sister as the brother was a piece of shit, she should have shown him the door.

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    1. I had suggested that as well to my husband, but can that be done when he was part owner?

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  9. Yes - The Guy peter is good to join underworld gang - Truly Italian .
    Pity the sister. I pray she never includes him in her future ventures

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  10. It is July 31, 2014, and BBCA just re-ran this episode. I came to this page wondering what happened. LOL. Not surprised. Anything Chef Ramsey touches turns to gold. I love him and watch anything he does. I'm just sorry that all went to hell after all that hard work and that the staff had to deal with that dick head. WOW! What a shame.

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  11. How did this restaurant close?

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  12. Peter "Peter Pasta" Pellegrino, formerly of the Babylon, New York, restaurant Peter’s Italian Restaurant, really is -- or was -- a gangster. These days, however, he is an empty-pocketed brokester. And the Bonanno family, with which he was once affiliated, has disowned him, as has the rest of La Cosa Nostra,according to Capeci's story, which is based on an interview with Peter Pasta, as well as FBI documents.

    But before all that he appeared on Kitchen Nightmares -- acting very much like the mobster he allegedly was trying to become in real life.

    According to Capeci, Peter Pasta, back before the show, was an up-and-coming Bonanno associate who "earned" $15 grand a week bookmaking and had not one but two boats parked in a nearby Babylon harbor, called Great South Bay.

    The bottom fell out a few years later for old Petey. His crime family put him on a shelf after he was falsely labelled "a rat," and one goodfella even pointed out to the restaurant's landlord that the Pellegrino's were technically violating a part of the lease agreement, resulting in the landlord throwing them out, Capeci writes.His family -- blood family -- disowned him after the restaurant crash.

    http://www.cosanostranews.com/2011/08/from-mobster-to-brokester-that-babylon.html

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    1. If his blood, disowned him,..that was the smartest decision of their lives!!!

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    2. "Peter Pasta" LMAO!! That is the worst mobster/gangster name ever! Italian or not that's hilarious

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  13. I went to high school with the sister, very sweet girl. I never met Peter though.

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  14. I live in that town, and it is really poorly portrayed on the show

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  15. Why did Tina and her family put up with his bs? He's an idiot.

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    1. Absolutely!!!!
      & he sponged on his family!!!!

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  16. Poor fella, did all seem to be coming to a head for him during the episode with multiple 'debt collectors' turning up at his joint while they were filming. When he was swinging that metal lump around the kitchen I think its the only time I've seen big Gord genuinely terrified haha.

    Pete was good TV for sure and a real character. It's a shame that his actions were so detrimental to those close to him although overall I think he has a good heart and can turn his life around.

    Good luck to you Peter Pasta, I hope things pick up.

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  17. This guy Peter is the worst freebooter, CLEARLY a thief a lowlife and a robber. I don't know why ANYONE would trust him. Let alone his family who must know he's a BS'er and bully!
    Ewe! What a gross guy!

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  18. I just seen this episode for the first time last night. i thought it was one of the best so then i try to see how they have progressed since Gordon left. im in total shock to see the place has closed not long after Gordon left. Gordon did not fail them PETER did. the guy was unstable to be owning a business never mind managing it. my heart goes out to the family and i hope now there doing much better in life.

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  19. I think those visits from Debt Collectors were staged by Peter to make him look like a 'tough guy' mobster.

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