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 and later sister Celine  but they compete for ownership as their father Andre wants to retire. Alex and Celine disagree completely on how to run the restaurant, the numbers are down and it's empty after 9pm. 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 arrives at the restaurant, meets the manager Gail and inspects an ugly desert cabinet. He sits down to order food and Celine recommends the quiche Lorraine, he also orders a La Frite salad and a seafood crepe. Gordon is not impressed with the large bland salad with acidic dressing or the soggy Seafood Crepe, hot in the middle and cold at the sides. He knows the Quiche was microwaved but when he confronts the chef about this he denies at first.

At dinner service, Alex arrives but he and Celine don't usually work the same shifts. He discusses the problems with Celine and the conflict boils down to who will inherit the restaurant. The dinner service is busy and Gordon soon sees that Chef Martin is sending out unseasoned and overcooked food. Gordon tells them it is the most disorganised restaurant he's ever been to. Dishes begin to be sent back but Alex isn't interested. Gordon 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 handmade crepes made on a crepe station and removes the dessert case. For the evening's service, Alex is out the front making  crepes and Celine in the kitchen "expediting". being ignored by the chef. Overnight Gordon gives the restaurant a makeover and a new menu, he also brings in chef Chuy to support the kitchen and help teach the staff the new menu.

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 and 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. Gordon revisits and Celine is  front of house and she reports they are doing well. Gordon also chats to Alex, 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 they had a re-brand and it appears that there may be a new owner, more to follow.

Extra Reading

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