Tuesday, 29 November 2011

Kitchen Nightmares - Davide - CLOSED

Kitchen Nightmares Davide

Episode Recap


Chef Gordon Ramsay visits Davide, Boston, MA, bought by brothers Frank and Anthony but Frank later found out that Anthony was embezzling money to support his drug addiction. Anthony went to jail leaving Frank to run the restaurant and the business went downhill. Anthony returned to the restaurant which is in $1million of debt. Chef Ramsay arrives and asks Anthony when they last updated the restaurant, he admits they haven't changed much. Chef Ramsay calls a staff meeting with the family and Anthony explains his previous behaviour and Mike explains his struggles with moving on from Anthony's issues. Gordon orders a Caesar salad, homemade lobster ravioli and Rack of lamb. He is impressed as the salad is prepared table-side and the pasta is homemade. However, the salad takes too long and the lettuce is soggy. The eggplant wasn't cooked and the lamb had a burnt garlic crust. Gordon finds out that the eggplant was cooked three weeks ago and the lobster ravioli is bought in.

Gordon arrives to watch a dinner service and finds Frank sat in a chair in the kitchen. As orders start rolling in, the kitchen quickly gets backed up. Gordon discovers there is a complete lack of communication and Frank had sent out fish he knew was bad. Diners send back most dishes and Frank explodes before walking out, leaving the rest of the staff to finish the service, his wife Kim breaks down and explains her husband feels demotivated. The next morning Gordon sits them down together. Anthony tells Frank that he knows he has damaged the restaurant but knows they can work together to get the restaurant back on track. Gordon asks Frank to create a dish he likes to cook, he makes a lemon chicken dish and Gordon loves it. Overnight the restaurant is given a makeover that reduces Kim to tears.

For relaunch night, Kim persuades Frank to put on his chef's whites and Gordon reveals a brand new menu with homemade gnocchi and Frank's lemon chicken. Gordon has invited some Boston Magazine critics for the relaunch and reveals this just before service. The food goes out quickly and the critics and customers are pleased. However as the kitchen gets busier the brothers argue and rush the food out resulting in undercooked pork dish. A pep talk gets the kitchen back onto track with proper communication and overall the relaunch is a success.



What Happened Next?


Gordon revisits and Anthony is in front of house and Frank in the kitchen. He has the chef jacket on and his seat is back in the kitchen but only for before and after service. Gordon is served a variety of dishes, he loves them and thinks they are delicious. The brothers are getting along a lot better and business is up 15%. Gordon has a surprise for them, a hockey player from the Boston Bruins who gives them a Jersey. Reviews after filming were mixed, Yelp reviews were mostly 1 or 2 star whereas Urban Spoon and Zagat reviews were very positive. The restaurant closed in January 2014 to start a farm venture.

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8 comments:

  1. Netflix is now carrying seasons 4 and 5 (the previous seasons are now unavailable) on its streaming service so I am catching up. This episode was a memorable one, not because of the conflicts, but how he got the chef to believe in himself again. This was a guy who had lost the passion for cooking. He also had a major problem with his brother for stealing money to feed a drug habit from the restaurant. Helping him back on that road to cooking good food was something nice to see. Too bad the restaurant closed just this year. This one would have been worth a trip to visit.

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    1. hulu has all the seasons

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  2. I was really rooting for these guys. Moreso for Frank (frankly, Anthony seemed like a jerk). Wish only the best for Frank and his family.

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  3. Fingers crossed for the family and especially for the Anthony. Keep up a good work bro, never never give up ...

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  4. With no offence intended you cannot have a guy at the front of house who has a terrible lisp/speaking impediment. Immediately you are feeling wrong by having to ask the guy to repeat himself the whole time. Then a Chef with no culinary experience. McDonalds do better than that.

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    1. This place was in Boston, the city that kept electing "Mumbles" Menino as Mayor for 20 years, despite (or perhaps because of) the fact that nobody could understand a word he slurred.

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  5. Are Davide closed or not now in 2016???

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