Chef Gordon Ramsay visit's Bazzini, Ridgewood, NJ, to help owner Paul , who worked up from the bottom to executive chef but since becoming an owner he has become overwhelmed. The restaurant is supported financially by his wife Leslie and is closed for lunch, it only opens in the evening. Gordon arrives, he tells Paul to cook him something special instead of ordering from the menu, the restaurant is narrow and Gordon thinks the décor is depressing. The food arrives and Gordon is not impressed: the pasta is cold and bland, the chicken is like a "f***ing elephants foot", hard and dry and the Risotto is stuck to the plate. Gordon actually twirls the plate and it is still stuck, he thinks it is disgusting and mushy. Finally he has a Tilapia with rice, which is bland, greasy and mush. He asks for dessert and has a slice of cheesecake and carrot cake which he thinks is delicious and made with passion.
Gordon arrives to witness a dinner service, Sharyn flirts with Gordon and appreciates his butt. Gordon finds out the Crab Cakes are precooked, a customer sends one back as burnt, food is slow and sits on the pass for a long time, an argument breaks out between Paul and Sharyn. Gordon realises he has no fire and tries to ignite it, he tells Paul he has given up, Paul explains he isn't happy so Gordon gives a challenge of cooking a pasta dish in 15 minutes. Paul makes fresh pasta and Gordon likes it. They open the restaurant for a 2 course lunch, Sharyn and Leslie in the front and Gordon and Paul in the back. Sharyn as a waitress is hilarious, you gotta love her! Gordon's team gives the restaurant a makeover inside and out overnight.
For relaunch night, Paul falls apart again and does not communicate, Al the Sous Chef does a runner, even though the food is delayed, people are happy with the meals when they receive them. Gordon tells Paul he hasn't convinced him that he can turn the restaurant around but he wants him to prove him wrong.
What Happened Next?
Paul hired another Sous chef and there was a boost in business, Sharyn left to focus on a desert business. Gordon returns and Bazzini is still closed for lunch, after phoning the Pastry chef Sharyn he discovers they are closed permanently and they never did open at lunch. Gordon goes to visit Sharyn in her kitchen where she is baking cakes and she is doing well.
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