Chef Gordon Ramsay visits El Greco in Austin, Texas, a Greek restaurant owned by son Jake and mother Athena. Business was great for the first 6 months but it has gone downhill. Jake only spends a few hours there as he is fed up of being nagged by Athena. The staff feel morale is low and that the food is bad. Athena has put all her money, $800,000 into the restaurant. Gordon arrives and meets them both, Jake is a trained chef but Athena ad sister Kiki also cook and do the prep. Jake turns up late and a fight breaks out. Gordon finds out he is only there 3 hours a day.
Gordon sits down to sample the menu, he orders the stuffed zucchini, the lamb shank and the moussaka. He says the zucchini is like "something out of an alien movie" and the others dishes aren't much better. Server Dustin tells him the food was cooked by chef mike aka the microwave. In the kitchen Jake defends his food as high end quality food and Gordon believes he just doesn't care any more, Athena agrees.
Gordon observes a dinner service and is amazed that with so much cooking appliances that they use the microwave so much. Jake defends his use of the microwaves by saying he isn't cooking but reheating which astounds Gordon who tells him he needs to respect what he is cooking. The next day Athena and Kiki are left to do the prep and when Jake arrives another fight breaks out. Gordon tells Jake he needs to arrive earlier each day and that the sisters need to back off. Gordon throws chef mike out of a third story window. Jake admits he has lost his passion and Gordon teaches him some Greek dishes. Overnight, Gordon's team revamps the restaurant and the menu is changed.
On relaunch night everything is to be cooked fresh to order. Jake does not delegate and is doing everything in the kitchen, this slows the food leaving the kitchen. Gordon steps in and tells the staff to help him. Things get back on track and the relaunch turns into a success.
What Happened Next?
In the following weeks, progress is made however the debts were too large and too difficult for them to over come and because of this El Grego closed in December 2011. A lot of the staff had left after the episode was filmed. Yelp reviews after his visit were mostly bad with negative comments on both food and service.
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