Thursday, 29 June 2017

Kitchen Nightmares - Burger Kitchen - CLOSED

Burger Kitchen Kitchen Nightmares
In this Kitchen Nightmares episode, Chef Gordon Ramsay visits Burger KitchenLos Angeles, CA, the restaurant has been open for just 1 year but has serious issues. Owner Alan Saffron used his son Daniels inheritance money without his permission and doesn't tell him about the restaurants finances. Gordon is impressed by the location and interior but they are losing $6000 per month and blame ever changing chefs, menus and a Yelp conspiracy. Gordon orders a range of burgers and a meat pie. He is not impressed, calling the food bland and flavourless. Chef David is not allowed to change anything and has not been paid wages. David is challenged to cook a fresh burger, he comes up with the "Redemption Burger",whilst owner Alan cooks up a prepared burger. Gordon loves David's burger but hates Alan's. For the evening service, Daniel is sent out to work front of house, the food speeds out of the kitchen only to be sent back. The guests start to leave and David comes back for the money he is owed. Daniel's partner Wendy tells them he isn't putting in any more cash and another argument breaks out. 

After all the drama, Gordon invites them all out to a theatre and brings out the Yelpers to quash Alan's conspiracy theories against the website. There is even a rep from the website and Alan still refuses to believe that the reviews are real. A fellow restaurant owner talks on how to deal with Yelp and finally Ramsay gets through to him. The next issue Gordon needs to tackle is the relationships and Daniel reveals that the problems are mistrust due to them taking his money. They agree to try and move past it for the restaurant. All attention then goes to improving the food and creating a tasty burger.

In the evening, the dinner service begins with Daniel expediting, there are small hitches but he deals with them successfully. Overnight Gordon's team gives the restaurant a makeover and the menu is also updated. For the relaunch Gordon has a surprise, the restaurant is going to be packed with writers from Yelp, Urban Spoon, Chow and other major review sites and blogs. Daniel gets off to a good start but Alan just can't stay out of the kitchen, distracting Daniel in the process. This leads to some food for Chow being sent back and Gordon loses it, urging Alan to let Daniel work. Alan and Gen promise to let Daniel run things without interference and the show ends.


What Happened Next?


In August 2011 the restaurant is said to have changed ownership and by October 2011 there was a new menu, team of Chefs and new management in place. Yelp reviews continued to be negative, the "yelp conspiracy" carried on.

Burger Kitchen closed in February 2012.

Burger Kitchen was aired on November 04 and 11 2011, the episode was filmed in August 2011 and is Kitchen Nightmares season 5 episode 5 and 6.

15 comments:

  1. This episode makes a lot more sense once you read into the story of the grandfather and the fathers book tour.

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    1. But the sequel is alot worse though, the grandfather left Alan money, Alan didnt leave Danny any, he took Dannys money. Who is the greater SATAN?

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    2. I felt so bad for the son. It's not even like the some of the children who simply feel pressured to give their family money, his dad just took his money!

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  2. I wish Daniel had pressed charges over the theft of his money. His father was a straight-up criminal.

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    1. Runs in the Family. His Grandfather was apparently a notorious criminal.

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  3. What everyone should realize is that the mother, as spiteful and petty as she was obviously has a prescription drug problems. Take a close look at her eyes. That is the reason the chef David was so adamant about the hole Prozac thing and why she was defensive about it. You can also pay attention to the way she scopes out the remodel looking for what she could sell to make a quick buck. What really bothered me was the fact that the parents did not have any money but expected the son to pay for everything. Pay close attention to the argument in the restaurant about the finances. They knew that he had $160,000 in the bank. The parents are manipulating thieves that want the money that they believe they should have gotten from the inheritance. They are the worst kind of people. If the son reads this then I hope that will take the kind words of someone who knows what he is going through......... Get away from them and leave them to there own demise. You have your own life and a family of your own to start. Good luck.

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    1. Well said.

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    2. He obviously had put up with a lot of guff by this point. Narcissists often push the sane into acting in ways they wouldn't otherwise act. He was something like the 20th chef since they opened 18 months prior. That is what those in law enforcement call a clue.

      It had nothing to do with him as much as it did with them.

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  4. I watched the episode. I hope the father ends up in prison. Being a manager of somebody's trust fund doesn't mean taking whatever money that you want and investing in your pet project. The mother and father couldnt get along with the sons girlfriend because she knew how much they were taking advantage of the son. Especially since there was nothing on paper about the son being a half owner. I like how they said they didnt have to pay the son because he had 160 grand, and they also wanted him to pay the chef's wages. I don't think the parents deserved any kind of respect from Chef Ramsey after it was revealed that they stole money from their child.

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  5. I can't believe that place lasted as long as it did. I have never seen people that were so out of touch with reality. Alan and Gen seem like they need mental health professionals. The son should have sued his father for the quarter of a million dollars that he stole from him. The only one that seemed to know what they were doing is the chef.

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  6. I don't think he would ever had sued his parents, I bet when they sold it, his parents kept the money... Is it me but the trust fund thing was like strange he looked like he was in his 30s, wasent allowed it till he was 40?

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  7. Keep in mind, these people have been raising him and manipulating him to their own will his entire life. Breaking free from that takes time, hard work and sometimes outside help. Don't judge the son too harshly.

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  8. I wonder why they stopped the scene where daniel went to get the checks to show that his parents were paying themselves.

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  9. Something definitely wrong with the parents. I feel for the girlfriend. She's been with him for 5 years and probably already would have been married if wasn't for his mother. So when she steps up and says no I think she has every legitimate right to say so. She wants to build a life together and grow together, not support the parents

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  10. No wonder the joint is closed. Watched the ep. yesterday and felt really bad for the son. Hope he starts again fresh in a new joint.

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