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 flambé 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.
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