Tuesday, 6 June 2017

Kitchen Nightmares - Lido di Manhattan - OPEN

Kitchen Nightmares Lido di Manhattan
In this Kitchen Nightmares episode, Chef Gordon Ramsay visits Lido Di Manhattan, Manhattan Beach, California, where the young owner bought the restaurant keeping the menu and staff but hiring her boyfriend as bar manager. Gordon isn't impressed with the microwaved Egg Plant Roll, the Frozen Tuna or the salad cooked by the Martinez Brothers. They use a very old computer system to place orders, the servers have to check if tickets are received and hate the computer!

A lot of food is sent back and Gordon finds old food in the walk-in and freezer. Gordon realises the kitchen is dirty but Lisa doesn't seem to think that is a problem so Gordon calls the customers into the kitchen to show them the dirt. Lisa  goes and cries in the toilets for hours and refuses to come out. Gordon takes a bat to the old computer and all the servers have a whack at it. 

Gordon puts Lisa in the kitchen to cook a special and a new menu is put in place but the kitchen staff can't run the kitchen and they stand there not cooking. They then decide to leave but come back a little while later, Gordon's chef Scott comes down to the restaurant and he's going to stay for a month to help train the staff. The relaunch was a success after a few hiccups.


What Happened Next? 


They focus on the wine bar and Chef Scott worked on training the chefs. Gordon revisits a year later,  business has increased and Lisa has fired her boyfriend,  there are new dishes inspired by Gordon including a Mushroom Flatbread. She has also expanded into Lido brand wine. They cook a dish together and Gordon tells her to keep up the good work.

Lido di Manhattan is open and Yelp reviews are good. Planning a visit to the restaurant? Check out their website for opening hours and more information. 

Lido di Manhattan aired on March 04 2010, the episode was filmed in July 2009 and is Kitchen Nightmares season 3 episode 5.

46 comments:

  1. Nice to hear this place is genuinely making it. Oh, and Lisa's a babe. [blushes]

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  2. Please. Lisa was a whiny princess just like he said. Glad she at least decided to represent her gender with some strength.

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    1. Typical Californian: vegetarian, pompous, clueless, and a clown. Possibly the least intelligent restaurant owner in the entire series. The fact she's still open means her restaurant is idiot-proof. A chimp could literally run it.

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  3. I'm impressed how the boyfriend stepped up and started cleaning while she sobbed in the bathroom for an hour. Precious lamb can't get her hands dirty?Get it cleaned instead of arguing with him and crying about it.

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  4. Chef Scott who? I'm looking for him on the interwebs.

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  5. Scott Liebfried, Gordon's sous chef. He's a regular fixture on Hell's Kitchen.

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  6. He won on masterchef in United Kingdom. And I believe now works in El Celler de Can Roca (best restaurant in the world).

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  7. I skipped this episode because Lisa seemed like an annoying little princess.

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    1. You skipped one of the only restaurants Ramsay has worked on that has become a huge success.

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    2. May be he missed thats why its still running.

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  8. So glad you are still open. Just watched a rerun of your episode and I was rooting for you from the beginning. Love your motivation and energy!

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    1. A fellow Californian vegan?

      It figures.

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  9. I've got something for Lisa......

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  10. While she was a bit of a "princess" she seems to have her act together now. Good for her

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  11. I dated Lisa during college for 8 months and she's really a sweet girl. She was never an overly emotional person. I'm sure the stress from everything with the show and the state of the restaurant at the time created it. Glad to see it's still open and she's doing well.

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    1. Glad to see that confirmed. Her wait staff said something similar about her not being emotional during that part. I think it was almost certainly the stress of everything that was going on.

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  12. Knowing so many Manhattan Beach / USC princesses, Lisa was / is actually a breath of fresh air. The initial setup of the episode was pure Kitchen Nightmares to create drama. She needed to be told what was wrong and could not handle it, but she stepped up right away and kicked ass. That's why the place is such a success, She turned out to be heads and shoulders above your basic USC / MB princess.

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    1. That business must be idiot-proof if even she can run it.

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  13. Glad to see that it is still open!!

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  14. I liked Lisa a lot, but the waitress Bruna was my favorite lady in this episode!

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    1. i agree she was cute funny and love her accent

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  15. Sometimes you need a good cry. It doesn't make someone is a princess. Lisa is obviously smart and ambitious. She is one of the few people on this show that has succeeded. She took Ramsay's suggestions, plus she really learned the inner workings of the restaurant business and all of it paid off. I think she is inspirational. I prefer the British version of the show, but this ranks as one of my favorite episodes of either the US or British versions. Lisa was willing to learn instead of fighting with Ramsay which was refreshing compared to many of the others who ultimately have failing businesses.

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  16. She may have started a princess, but Lisa was one of the only owners up to that point in the show that seemed to show a genuine interest in what was going on and also took an active role in the cooking process. She really changed and it was all for the better. Interesting how when an owner does that, the place thrives and remains open to this day.

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  17. I think she's living prove that when you listen to Ramsay you can turn thing around.

    Good for her, she was smart enough to pay attention and learned from Ramsay

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    1. She was young and willing to learn. Many others were old and stubborn.

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  18. It amazes me how people can say she's a princess. Try to make through the filming day while Ramsay is making you look like an asshole infront of a camera on national TV. I'll see how well you do it. She's not a whiny, she had a breakdown. And crew as always exaggerated it to make the drama they wanted. There is nothing wrong with being upset after srtanger had been yelled at you infront of whole country.

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    1. And it amazes me how people like u dont understand the business. Yes her behavior is like a princess (its obvious she has a strong financial background) I am too good for this cooking thing and top of that u call A Five star chef to show that? She had it coming. Even waiters and staff were more professionals than her. Cause they knew it can be changed. In all the episodes there is always a winy owner who dosent know the M of management thats what Ramsay does all these yelling and humiliation. A owner who dosent know how the kitchen works whats that?

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  19. Wow. - I'd just wanna point out that she may be a "princess", but she still listened 100000% times better than 90% of the blockheaded and ignorant owners that are on this show that "go back to the old way - that didn't work" as soon as Ramsay's gone.

    So maybe you should think twice next time to put down a "princess" - there's massive strength IN weakness, if it's accepted and embraced it makes us VERY receptive to advice once its cracked.

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    1. People are only calling her a princess because she is a young attractive female. Many of the older owners have behaved far worse. He had to do what he did to shock her into action. Other owners were in a far worse place place financially and emotionally when he got there.

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    2. She's a princess because she comes from wealth and she can't handle criticism.

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    3. She can't handle criticism? Wow, she actually listened Gordon and keep his words after he went off. Sure, she had a breakedown like anybody would have under that pressure, but she dry her tear and take "the bull by his horns". She DID take criticism, that's why the restaurant is still open.

      Let's be honest, people are roasting over her because he had wealth, so she didn't have to work for years to save money or take a mortgage to get the restaurant. Usually girls who come form wealthy families are spoiled and big crybabies, but she isn't and people HATE IT because now how can they hate her when she just proved she's mature? Oh, she cried a little? "WHAT A BIG CRYBABY DADDY'S LITTLE PRINCESS!" C'mon!

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  20. I love how, through her success and inspirational speeches to the chefs, she proved femininity is not at odds or opposite to taking charge. Too many people out there think you have to change your personality in order to be a leader, act more like a man, act older, act more white. Prejudice at the examples we've been given. On the other hand, she has a really loyal staff there, been there since before she was there. They know that place is about more than just her and that boss. Bosses come and go sometimes.

    Love how Ramsey tapped into her student persona, since she's really good at that and has pride in that. It's an open-minded, growth-centric mentality that works. The place relying on the wine to make money probably didn't hurt. She knows how to sell and brand a product, just not a restaurant and only has cooks, no chefs. Keep it simple in the back and let her do her thing on the brand.

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  21. I am very surprised. A young vegetarian whos never looked in her own kitchens fridge or run a restaurant before wow. Kudos to her.

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  22. Looking at the revisited episode is it only my impression as it seems Lisa gazes at Ramsay in a way where it seems she has a big crush on him and trying to send him signals that she is available if he wants to date her?

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  23. Scott was such a superhero there, I only missed the Marvel intro before he came in

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  24. Scott really looked like a superhero there, I only missed the marvel intro and a cape.

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  25. After watching the episode,its obvious
    SHE HAS NO BUSINESS RUNNING A RESTAURANT !
    The fact they are still open,only shows,as previously stated
    The place can be run by a MONKEY.
    IF a person has no training as a chef or restaurant manager,
    They have no business running (or trying to run ) a restaurant! !!!!

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    1. The owner of any restaurant, literally, has a business: running a restaurant.

      Even if a monkey could be trained to set food/drink prices such that the revenue from sales is greater than the restaurant's expenses, nowhere in the world can monkeys legally own property.

      Princesses on the other hand...

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  26. I started out hating her for that bathroom thing, but after that, she seemed to really listen to Ramsay and understand what was killing her place. Glad she's doing alright!

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  27. Happy to know that they are still open.. Congrats Lisa..

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  28. I'm glad to hear that Lisa's restaurant is still open. Sure she was a mess at first, but it was great to see her actually own up and better herself and her staff. Kind of confused as to why her boyfriend was fired as he seemed to be quite supportive of her, but, I don't know the details so. Either way, glad to hear Lido's is still doing well.

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  29. I say good for her, a woman who made something of herself and is succeeding. I don't see what her looks or food choices have anything to do with the previous.

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  30. Man good for Lido and good for Lisa. I was so sure she'd have let the restaurant slip back into its old state of failure, but she took to Gordon's advice like a champ. Seeing her act like a spoiled little girl, I was so certain she was going to slip back into that after Gordon left, like so many others on this show do. If only they could all prove us wrong the way she did.

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