Sunday, 24 June 2012

Kitchen Nightmares - Park's Edge - CLOSED

Kitchen Nightmares Park's Edge

Episode Recap


Chef Gordon Ramsay visits Park Edge in Atlanta, Georgia, where first time owners Richard and Jorge have no experience of running a restaurant and have no idea what they are doing. Newly qualified Jorge thinks his food is excellent when in reality it isn't and Richard runs the front of house. The restaurant got in trouble for serving liquor without a license and has had trouble with the neighbours. Gordon arrives and sits the pair down, they say it is not the food that is the problem but that they have made mistakes with the locals. 

Gordon sits down to sample the food and notices the menu has everything on it and describes it as "fusion confusion". He orders the grilled salad, oysters and sesame salmon. He is not impressed by the food describing it as inedible. Gordon discovers that Jorge has little experience and opened the restaurant before even finishing culinary school and says that he shouldn't be running a kitchen,  Jorge walks out. He next chats to Richard about problems in the neighbourhood, he tells him that they put a tent up in the parking lot without a permit, then served liquor without a license and then basically accused the neighbours of being racist. 

Gordon watches a dinner service and is aware early that Jorge does not know what he is doing. The customers are not happy with the food. Richard hides in the back to avoid complaints as he does not know how to handle them and the customers walk out. Gordon inspects the kitchen and finds rotting meat and vegetables which Jorge blames on the staff. Gordon calls a team meeting for the staff to vent their frustration, the owners promise to change.

Gordon knows that they need to rebuild bridges in the community and encourage the owners to go on local news and Richard makes an apology to the neighbours. Gordon revamps the restaurant featuring local art and the menu is simplified. Gordon has his team come in to train the staff on the new menu, chef Matt gets angry and refuses to cook but later he calms down. For the relaunch the restaurant is packed. Jorge steps up and the food is a big hit. Matt starts to get angry again, has an attitude and overcooks the food, Jorge takes him out of the kitchen and continues alone.

What Happened Next?


After filming,  the Yelp and Trip Advisor reviews are mixed but Opentable reviews are mostly good. In October 2011 they failed a health inspection after also having failed previously in February 2011. They closed in early 2014 and were reportedly looking for a new location and hoping to reopen.

26 comments:

  1. What was with the sous chef? He was so offended about cooking chicken wings that they had to kick him out of the kitchen.

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    1. His haircut explains everything.

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    2. I'm convinced that part was staged to add drama.

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  2. Richard just find himself a really bad partner. Jorge's skill is not qualify to be a sous chef.
    Best way for this restaurant is to fire Jorge and find a real sous chef....There are better partners out there.

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    1. Jorge was the head chef, not the sous chef.

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  3. Matt O. is a jackass - couldn't believe I was seeing him on TV when they played the rerun of this episode.

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    1. matt accent sounds like an ozzie
      and he's acting like his fellow ozzie @ le bistro

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  4. I find it interesting that Chef Ramsey made so much fun of the grilled Caesar salad. Its all the rage, I see it everywhere - probably to the point of being over done now.
    - but it doesn't make up for all the other mistakes (too spicy, not cleaned, core still attached)

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  5. Although he makes some good points (which possibly any consultant or great critic can do) Chef Ramsey is a pompous jerk, I've eaten here and had no problems with the food or service. I prefer my food spicy and believe preparation is an artform, cooking it is based on the consumer preference. The best way to set your yourself for future failure as a owner I see is to NOT get involved with this shows production staff and let them pick about and berate your restaurant. Reach out to your consumer and see how you can better serve them without the undue stress of a quasi performance that was set to be a predetermined failure..,

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    1. I don't think you understand the concept of the show.. These restaurants are _failing_ when Ramsay walks in there. Which he does - also - because they call him in. He doesn't just pick any restaurant and drop by, giving his advice without it being wanted or needed.

      Also, when you have little to no customers, you can try to cater to _them_ as much as you like, but in the end a business needs to make money to survive. And you're not going to do that clinging to a handful of people who happen to like their food spicy, such as yourself.

      And considering the fact that they're still open now, and are doing well enough to survive in an economic crisis, I'd say they did well getting involved with this show.

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    2. Actually YOU'RE the only pompous jerk here who obviously has zero experience owning or running a restaurant. Use your brain. Just because YOU had one nice experience here doesn't mean that you or your one good time will save a failing restaurant. He picks restaurants that are self-destructing and in massive debt, and hence a lot of them fail.

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    3. @OP Found the bitter arrogant former wanna-be restaurant owner.

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  6. Matt was being bullied a bit. Guy wasn't really being that bad.

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    1. I agree that Matt was being bullied; whatever was going on in the kitchen, aside, this was one of the rare times when I thought Gordon Ramsay's behavior was wrong-- usually his mean comments are on-point and instructive. Here it seemed like bullying.

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  7. The blonde from Gordon's team, helping out in the kitchen looks like Chef Andi from Hells Kitchen. Is it?

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    1. Sure looks like it. Seems she's done a lot of behind the scenes work on Nightmares

      http://www.imdb.com/name/nm3940907

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    2. That is her. She's been with Chef Ramsey for a long time.

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  8. As an aussie myself i thought matt did have an attitude, he should have straightened up if wants to keep his job. I am always skeptical of people with above the neck tattoos as a rule.

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    1. Quite pathetic and judgemental really aren't you?

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    2. Quite judgemental really, aren't you?

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    3. Agreed. His haircut and tattoos are clearly intended to send the message that he's a scumbag, why not take heed the warning?

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    4. Can't take the heat of the aftermath of some childish ignorance? Then don't even do the whole damn ink up the neck in the first place.

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  9. I just want to know if Amy has a social media...

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