Saturday, 14 May 2011

Kitchen Nightmares - Seascape - CLOSED

Kitchen Nightmares Seascape

Episode Recap

Chef Gordon Ramsay visits The Seascape Inn, Islip, New York, one of the oldest restaurants in Long Island, opened more than 40 years ago but in recent years it has become notorious for all the wrong reasons. The restaurant is owned by Irene and son Peter, when Peter's father ran the restaurant it was fully booked. Gordon arrives and isn't happy about the signs out the front, Irene greets Gordon and assures him that the place is clean as they got a good health rating. Gordon sits down to order food and notices the dining room smells, he asks the waitress what it is and she tells him that it is sewage. Gordon orders crab cakes, lobster ravioli and Cajun salmon, the crab cakes fall apart and are not fresh, the plate is covered in a heavy sprinkling of parsley. The lobster ravioli isn't fresh and the salmon is dry and has a pesto that appears to have separated. Irene gives Gordon a home made Greek cookie and he chokes on it due to the powdered sugar.

Gordon arrives to witness a dinner service, customers aren't impressed with the food, it's cold and the pot roast is burnt. Peter has an argument over the phone in the middle of the restaurant. Gordon enters the kitchen and they argue about the parsley garnish. Gordon sees one of the chefs drop a can of tomato sauce onto the floor and he just leaves it, he confronts Pete and he goes off to get a mop to clean it up himself! Gordon realises that the kitchen isn't clean at all. He arrives the next morning to have a look around before the other's arrive. He finds old food and grease coating the walls, he also finds the pesto he was served that has separated, cue Gordon gagging a lot.

Gordon takes Peter, Irene and the Chefs on a tour of the kitchen, he finds an old, sour cut of pork which Doug claims is his own, it's disgusting! Gordon shows them the separated sauce that they served him and he shows them the filth on the walls. That evening they have 20 tables booked for the evening but Gordon orders them to close the restaurant. They deep clean the kitchen with Doug and Charlie constantly moaning. Gordon shows Doug and Charlie how to make a fresh bass dish, whilst Irene and Peter try the dish, Doug refuses as he knows what it tastes like. Gordon tells Irene and Peter his opinion of the chefs and challenges Peter to sack them, which he does. The next day, he takes Peter to a boxing ring to ignite some passion and for him to let go of all of his problems. Peter admits that he knew the kitchen was dirty and that his father never cared and Gordon tells him that he can prove his father wrong. Gordon's team give the restaurant a makeover, taking it back to it's glory days and have bought in a new chef. The menu has been changed and the staff love the dishes that they try. history. Gordon brings in Jean Baptiste to show Peter how to act in the restaurant and to be more elegant with customers.

For relaunch night, Peter is dressed in a jacket and there is are customers waiting, Jean gives Peter advice on how to handle this but he appears to fall apart. Gordon tells him to step up as the food orders have piled up and the waitresses are taking the food to the wrong tables. Irene loses her temper with Peter and they argue. Customers are fed up and one table walks out of the restaurant but Peter steps up, communicating with Scott and the food soon starts coming out of the kitchen again. The customers love the new food and the relaunch was a success despite the hiccups.

What Happened Next? 

The table side flambĂ© service was bought back by Marilyn, Scott had trained new chefs but 5 months after the show was recorded the Seascape was sold, as it had gone back to the way it was before. The Seascape was due to re-open as The Coast but was sold again and is currently J & R Steak House, reviews are good. 

Extra Reading

Islip: From Seascape to Steak House, via Ramsay

J & R's Steak House Reviews

J & Rs Review

Read About More Kitchen Nightmares

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  1. The boxing scene was so cringing and obviously scripted. The US version is terrible.

    1. I concur. Gimmicks are painful, as is anything that sounds rehearsed.

    2. Yep, I rewatched the UK seasons and now I'm starting the US ones which I never watched before. They feel so superficial. Like a Hollywood movie.

      In the UK ones I felt a lot more connected to the people :/

    3. I have to agree, I think the UK version is much better. I really like the fact that Gordon Ramsey is the narrator for the UK episodes as well. They definitely seem to be more about truely helping the restaurant and for the most part steer away from the typical reality tv gimmicks, which are much more present in the US version. I've never been to Europe, but the restaurants look so much more intimate than what we see in the US, granted the show is a very tiny glimpse into UK dining.

  2. The "punch" is no longer in the show. The U.S. version is so full of beep beep beep for the virgin ears of the U.S. viewers it's a joke. Trying to bend over for...oh my god a bad word..people ruins it for everyone. U.S. FCC complainers need to grow up or go away!!

    1. I'm glad that they bleep it out. I do not want to hear that language!

    2. If you don't want to hear "that" language, then why are you watching a show which features one of the most foul-mouthed non-comedic celebrities ?

  3. watching now...bad owners

  4. Loved reading your blog. Thanks for the updates!
    I wouldn't know where to start with this family. Watching the restaurant in action- the chef who was oblivious and the sous chef just as awful.The son, who has no back bone and is so insipid- he'd be better off as an accountant (apologies to all accountants) but this man needs to Not be around humans- maybe in technology or figures- they rode on the sweat equity of the father's success for too long. The father sounded like a work horse but no real legacy of love for his son- so nothing of substance there- Should have been fixed (the father)I am so glad it has closed.:) As well intentioned as Gordon Ramsey was, Peter, the son has father issues- Even his father knew he wouldn't measure up in his business but that doesn't mean he wouldn't measure up in another area of life. Good luck to him.

    1. Angela you are so right. I just got around to watching my recording of this episode and I agree 100% with you. It's a shame that they could not succeed but he would be better working in a job where he does not have to deal with people. He's an introvert and being around so many people for the length of time he was probably draining for him. I wish them the very best.

    2. The only area of life, would be a 'follower',,under the thumb of 'whomever'!

      His father was right, his son had NO BACKBONE!
      BUT, the mother was also WRONG, thatshe allowed the sale of the restaurant (she could have hired someone other than her WIMPY son, to run it!
      She 'pussed out', equally!