Sunday, 24 June 2012

Kitchen Nightmares - Michon's - CLOSED


Episode Recap


Chef Gordon Ramsay visits, Michons in College Park, Georgia, AL, a Smokehouse and restaurant owned by Al and Gaye Wilson and daughter Natalie Michon. They named the restaurant after her as they hope to pass it to her one day. Staff say that when it was run by Al it ran smoothly, after he could not work due to a collapsed lung and the resulting surgery the Chefs were running the place badly, serving microwaved food. Natalie is not taking charge and does nothing. Al installed CCTV cameras to be able to see what was happening and is not happy by what he sees and as a result they are in $200,000 of debt. Gordon meets Al and he tells him he wants to retire and hand it over the Natalie but she is not ready.

Gordon arrives and is impressed with the d├ęcor but is less impressed when he meets Natalie and hears that she hides in the back. Gordon sits down to order food and is shocked to hear he can't have potato salad as the chefs can't be bothered. Gaye brings him a day old chicken wing, he likes the sauce, little else. He also samples the smoked chicken gourmet salad, brisket and cornbread. The salad has rotten tomatoes, the brisket is like rubber and the cornbread like a mouth of sand. He goes into the kitchen and meets a team of chefs but none are regarded as the head chef. Gordon discovers all his food are microwaved except the salad and walks out.

He returns to watch a dinner service and finds the kitchen reheating food despite having a smoker, they are saving food for later rather than serving fresh out the smoker. He discovers plastic tubs of chicken wings that were cooked days ago. Gordon is not impressed and relays this to Natalie and takes her aside to try to get her to step up and lead the restaurant. Natalie watches a staff meeting via camera with them asking for better leadership. Natalie vows to her parents to step up in order to take over as planned. Her first step is to appoint a head chef and she appoints Terrance.

Gordon revamps the menu adding barbecue classics and also introduces Chef Adam, an experienced barbecue chef to be a consultant for a month. On relaunch night Gordon invites some VIP guests, barbecue experts and at first the kitchen begins to struggle and Natalie steps in to help them regroup. While the chefs are getting back on track Natalie takes the VIPs on a tour of the smokers. The customers are impressed with the food from the new menu and the relaunch is a success.


What Happened Next? 


The College Park restaurant featured on Kitchen Nightmares closed in August 2013. Yelp reviews prior to the closure of the College Park location were mostly negative, highlighting poor service, a long wait and poor food. In March 2012,  the newly opened Downtown Michon's restaurant burnt down in a fire just a few weeks after it's launch. 

**Please note the Peach Tree Center Avenue location is still open**

15 comments:

  1. I noticed that towards the end, when Gordon, Michon, and the chef Gordon brought are in the office the chef gordon brought's apron changes colors. From black and white stripes to solid black.

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  2. You are wrong about the apron. Take a closer look it is always black and white, just hard to see stripes in some shots.

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    1. Yeah you're right, i just saw it on tv. When I made that comment i had seen it on youtube and the quality of the picture was crap.

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    2. Isnt that illegal?

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    3. No., Nationally syndicated TV shows are legal to upload to youtube after premier.

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  3. Michons is still open check their website.

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    1. It's a little misleading though as it implies that Michon's failed, which is not the case. It'd kind of be nice to reflect that they've managed to stay open under the same management regardless of location.

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  4. Do they still stockpile wings and serve them days later?

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  5. Looking at the show repeat now. It is appalling. If Natalie did not want to be in the business, she should have been adult enough to say so from the start.

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  6. First of all, who's the jackass burning down the restaurants,however the fate of the business naturally hinges on weather Natalie want to accept the challenge or not...personally i think she has what it takes... at the time of the show i thought she just needed more training on the floor. ..human resources and kitchen management is two different jobs but to be successful you have to learn all aspects of the business.i wish them well ...employee's are relying on her to lead...she has to make a maximum effort. ..i wish the business well.

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  7. It says closed but also indicates that the original place is still open. In a way, it is still open? Perhaps the title should indicate it is still open?

    I think it is neat that they are still in business.

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    1. The restaurant featured in the show is closed and that is what the blog post is about. I do state that the other restaurant is still open but it isn't the same restaurant so I don't want to mislead the readers of the blog who would only be interested in the restaurant featured on Kitchen Nightmares.

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    2. That location was beautiful,I hope their other location is as beautiful. Good Luck!

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  8. I don't know why this programme as shelved as it's an eye opener to where you expect decent food at any restaurant, personally I think most of these places were too far gone before this programme intervened and that's why most of them sailed down the river!

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