Tuesday, 29 November 2011

Kitchen Nightmares - Kingston Cafe - OPEN

Kitchen Nightmares Kingston Cafe

Episode Recap


Chef Gordon Ramsay visit's Kingston Cafe, Pasadena, California, a restaurant owned by radiologist and Olympic athlete Dr Una Morris. Her son Keone is manager and they often do not agree on things, as Keone wants to cook fresh. She runs the restaurant managing every aspect, even the servers are in  shirts and ties. Gordon meets Keone and he tells her it is his mothers management style that is the biggest problem. Gordon nearly drives by as it is not clear it is a restaurant. He arrives and sits down, Una reveals that she does everything even designing the menu. Gordon orders Jamaican patties, jerk chicken and Oxtail. He thinks the patties are gross, soggy and doesn't like the sauce. The chicken was dry and overcooked and the oxtail was full of fat. Gordon heads into the kitchen and tells them he did not like the food. Keone tells Gordon that he thinks everything should be cooked fresh but Una says it is meant to be dry, Gordon tells her it was inedible. They argue and Gordon leaves.

He returns for a dinner service. As the orders come in complimentary salads are sent out in martini glasses and Gordon is not impressed. As food goes out it comes back as the food was cooked the previous night. Gordon takes a look through the fridges and discovers that everything is in plastic bags. Gordon visits Una at her medical practice and tells her she is in denial and needs to make big changes. She says she has put in her last $300,000 and can only last another month. She breaks down and says that Keone isn't always dependable. He sits down Keone who admits he is not as committed as he was. He tells Keone the situation and tells him to focus on family first.

Gordon introduces a special BBQ menu with meat and fish cooked by Keone. In the kitchen they are still using the bags and Una told them to serve day old rice and beans. The customers love the BBQ but are left waiting  in the dining room. Gordon brings in a wheelbarrow of plastic bags and dumps them on the floor. Overnight, the restaurant is transformed and a new  sign is introduced out the front. The old menu is replaced with fresh Jamaican dishes and the staff are to wear t shirts.

On relaunch night, it starts to go well with appetizers going out quickly. Soon, the tickets pile up, chef Daniel gets behind and the quality drops. Gordon takes Keone aside to tell him to step up, Dr Morris comes in arguing with him and Gordon tells her to let him find his voice. The kitchen gets back on track and most customers are pleased with the relaunch. Gordon praises Keone on his work but has a private chat with Dr Morris where he tells her to let Keone be more involved or let him go.



What Happened Next? 


Gordon revisits and meets Una, he finds out that Keone is no longer involved as he is focusing on his education. She has fired all the chefs and the serving staff and rehired. Gordon says the food is fresh, delicious and  more spicy. Gordon meets new chef Christie and Una is very appreciative of Gordon's help. 

Reviews are mostly good  after the show. The restaurant closed in November 2012 BUT reopened in November 2013, with a new dance floor, some new menu items but many of the old, themed nights such as a jazz night and an expanded bar. As of November 2015, they have very limited opening hours, only open for evening service on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.


Extra Reading


Kingston Cafe Yelp Reviews



20 comments:

  1. Many negative reviews for Kingston Cafe. :(

    http://www.yelp.com/biz/kingston-cafe-pasadena-2

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    1. What are you talking about? 151 reviews of them are 116 in the 3,4 and 5 star level thereof alone 63 four star ratings!
      Maybe you didnt understand the yelps rating system at all.

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    2. Hello, Ms. Morris. I refuse to address you as "Doctor" as it is my experience that doctors who insist upon being called "Doctor" 24/7 are on mega ego trips and need to get taken down a notch or two. Even the narrator had to refer to her as "Doctor Morris" And then that pathetic pity party tearing down her son trying to save face with Gordon? That whole bit made me sick and I'm glad that her son got a life of his own. He doesn't need to be browbeat by that egomaniacal over achiever.

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  2. Gee, do you think "Anonymous" is Dr. Morris?

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  3. Closed as of Nov 2012.

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  4. Sad to say Kingston Cafe is now CLOSED

    http://www.yelp.com/biz/kingston-cafe-pasadena-2

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    1. Opened after renos as of Nov 2013

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  5. Didn't realize that this restaurant finally closed. It had tough competition from the Saladang not far away, which was much more popular despite being an "Americanized" Thai restaurant (attractive to folks who like Americanized Asian foods).

    I did remember seeing the owner around the church that I attend in Pasadena. I think they probably scrapped KC and reinvented themselves as a lounge with a new name (as I saw on Yelp).

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  6. People like that owner though are annoying as hell. They think they're above everybody else because they have a doctorate and usually think they're experts at everything.

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    1. Yeah, until, they know... save your life.

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    2. I think the woman is a nice person, and that was confirmed when she broke down & cried.
      Just because someone acts tough does not mean they are automatically bad. She had to be tough to survive losing her mom as a child, to be an olympian, to drag herself through school to become a radiologist. She's to be admited not hated.

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    3. No, people like her are just used to being in control so when they lose control of something and are under as much stress as she was (financially, emotionally, physically, etc), they break down and panic. She showed an initiative for change and she's taken great charge of her restaurant and that's why they're still going strong today and putting out quality dishes. I love Kingston Cafe and I can feel the love she puts into her work and the care she puts into her staff. She's turned around for the better and her work paid off.

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    4. She is NOT A LIFESAVER!!!! She reads x-rays and confirms musculoskeletal injury. Hardly a lifesaving endeavour. If I went into cardiac arrest, I would rather have an EMT working on me than a radiologist. And I have a background in the medical field.

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    5. "She is NOT A LIFESAVER!!!! She reads x-rays and confirms musculoskeletal injury. Hardly a lifesaving endeavour. If I went into cardiac arrest, I would rather have an EMT working on me than a radiologist. And I have a background in the medical field."

      Oh yeah, if she finds a TUMOR in your x-ray, that's not saving your life at all. Because anyone can just read an x-ray, right? Little snot.

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    6. Idiot.

      Don't be mad because she has achieved way more than you.

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    7. An EMT is someone who has passed a 120 hours course.
      She is a medical doctor who is ALSO specialized in x-rays, resonances, ultrasound...
      Try doing only the half that woman has already accomplished, then tell me.

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  7. Although I did feel sorry for her she was continually immensely arrogant. I felt more sorrow for her bullied son.

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  8. although i felt sorry for her, her arrogance was still prominent. I felt far more sorrow for her bullied son.

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  9. Kingston Cafe's owner, Dr. Una Morris, isn't a culinary genius, but give the lady credit where it's due.

    Professionally, she's a Board-Certified diagnostic radiologist with California residencies completed in both radiology and general surgery. She's a graduate of UC-San Francisco, one of the world's leading medical schools and medical research institutions.

    Bear in mind that radiologists must excel math and physics. They can't be equated with EMT's as someone stupidly stated earlier.

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