Sunday, 29 May 2011

Kitchen Nightmares - Lido di Manhattan - OPEN


Kitchen Nightmares Lido di Manhattan


Episode Recap


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.


Extra Reading


http://www.lidodimanhattan.com/

Lido Restaurant Yelp Reviews



Read About More Kitchen Nightmares

47 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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    2. I submit to you sir that the most pompous, clueless and clown-like owner has GOT to be Joe Nagy!

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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. Lisa is a hottie. Makes me want to go there just to see her.

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  12. 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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    2. is she the little jackhammer of dreams or a prude?

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  13. 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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    2. Meanwhile you're still living in your mom's basement

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

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

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  16. 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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  17. The Russian blonde was a hottie for sure.

    I got a feeling Lisa's a daddys girl and he forked up a lot of cash. Glad shes thriving and expanded. Im rooting for her

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    1. Actually I think she is Brazilian!

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  18. Her last name is Hemmat. I'm pretty sure she is Persian or Arabic. They're all loaded in that area.

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  19. 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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  20. 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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  21. 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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  22. 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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  23. 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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  24. 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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  25. 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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  26. Scott was such a superhero there, I only missed the Marvel intro before he came in

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

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  28. 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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  29. 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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  30. Lisa was the first owner on KN to actually take initiative, own up to her mistakes, and bust her ass to fix the problems right away. Five minutes of denial and a mild emotional breakdown, and she bounced back the very next morning and got to work. I'm not surprised at all that her restaurant is still a success.

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

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