Wednesday, 1 June 2011

Kitchen Nightmares - La Frite - OPEN

Kitchen Nightmares La Frite

Episode Recap 

Chef Gordon Ramsay visits La Frite, Sherman Oaks, California, a French restaurant opened  in 1972, which was a big success. Son Alex was brought into the restaurant with sister Celine  but they compete for ownership as their father Andre wants to retire. Andre visits Chef Ramsay at his restaurant to give him the background before he visits the restaurant, he explains the biggest problems are Alex and Celine. Gordon meets the manager Gail and inspects an ugly desert cabinet. Celine recommends the quiche Lorraine, he also orders a La Frite salad and a seafood crepe. The salad is large and bland with acidic dressing, the Seafood Crepe is soggy, hot in the middle and cold at the sides and the Quiche was microwaved.

At dinner service, Alex arrives but he and Celine don't usually work the same shifts, he says the conflict is about who will inherit the restaurant. The dinner service is busy and Chef Martin sends out unseasoned and overcooked food. Gordon tells them it is the most disorganised restaurant he's ever been to and tells Celine to call her dad to come to the restaurant. He tells Andre that his children cannot work together and  sits them down to restore the relationship. Gordon introduces a crepe station and removes the dessert case. For the evening's service, Alex is making crepes and Celine is in the kitchen but is ignored by the chef. Overnight Gordon gives the restaurant a makeover, introduces a new menu and brings in chef Chuy to support the kitchen.

On relaunch night, the food begins at a good pace with the appetizers getting to the customers quickly but things break down when Celine asks Martin to communicate. He ignores her and the service slows down, with food taking 90 minutes to leave the kitchen. The customers begin to complain and one table walks out. Celine breaks down in tears and Gordon asks Chuy to take over. The food begins flying out of the kitchen and the customers are delighted with their meals.

What Happened Next? 

In the days that followed, Chuy was hired as full time Executive Chef and Alex and Celine are still working together. When Gordon revisits Celine is front of house and she reports they are doing well. Gordon also chats to Alex, who says they are getting along much better. Gordon orders a mushroom crepe and Andre sits down to join them, he says the crepe and quiche are both delicious. The restaurant is still open and reviews are mostly mixed. In July 2016 the restaurant had a re-brand and it appears that there may be a new owner.

Extra Reading

La Frite Yelp Reviews

La Frite Sherman Oaks -- My Kitchen Nightmare

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