Chef Gordon Ramsay visit's Hot Potato Cafe, Philadelphia, PA to help three Sisters running a restaurant with their niece Danielle in the kitchen. The problems arose as they focused more on the décor of the restaurant and a bad review by a local newspaper in which the restaurant was dubbed as "Spuddy Hell" has ruined the reputation of the restaurant. Danielle doesn't really want to be a chef and is only there to help out the family. The owners don't seem to know what is wrong with the restaurant and upon seeing the menu Gordon asks the sisters to recommend a dish each, no one recommends a potato dish to him despite it being a potato themed restaurant. Gordon orders the Hot Potato Soup, Spud Skins and a Shepherds Pie, the Hot Potato Soup was "a mess" and "like lumps of glue", the 3 week old frozen Spud Skins tasted dreadful and the Shepherds Pie was "2/3 mash, 1/3 greasy minced lamb".
Gordon watches a dinner service, the kitchen is a mess with no organisation at all. No one steps up to admit mistakes have been made and everyone has given up. Gordon dramatically walks out and the owners follow him, a tear filled heart to heart brings Gordon back in to continue helping the restaurant. As Gordon is not happy with the current potato dishes he challenges the owners to make the best Potato dish, with the winner going on the menu and Gordon is most impressed with Danielles dish. At dinner service, Gordon notices the portions were HUGE! Customers took lots of food away in takeaway boxes, taking with them the restaurants profits. They smashed the old massive plates, and Gordon bought in chef Richard to mentor Danielle for a month. He also got them free potatoes for 3 months from a local supplier. Gordon invites Mr "Spuddy Hell" back on opening night, he enjoys the food and they pulled off the relaunch with no dishes returned.
What Happened Next?
Danielle left the restaurant and the quality started to slip back to the old ways, the restaurant was closed in May 2010 and put up for sale on Craiglist.
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