Sunday, 17 February 2013

Kitchen Nightmares - Sam's Mediterranean Kabob Room - CLOSED

Kitchen Nightmares Sam's Mediterranean Kabob Room

Episode Recap


Chef Gordon Ramsay visits a Mediterranean restaurant in Monrovia, California owned by Sam Najarr and his family. He worked in the restaurant starting as a bus boy and decided to buy the restaurant in 1997. Business was good to begin with but slowed down and now the only staff he has is his family but they argue in front of the customers and resent being in the restaurant. They all have plenty to say about the problems at the restaurant but they mainly blame their father for the arguments. Gordon is shocked to discover that all the children all work seven days a week but none of them want to work there anymore. Gordon arrives and is greeted by Sam and discovers that he doesn't pay his children as he can't afford to but they all live at home for free. Sam rates his food as a 9/10 and recommends a lamb shank to Gordon. Gordon orders the Vegetable Combo, Lamb Shank, Gyro and the Top Sirloin Steak and Shrimp cooked medium rare. The Vegetable Combo has dreadful canned eggplant and the falafel is bland with no seasoning. The Gyro is bought in, frozen and dry. The lamb shank looks anemic and tastes like bland boiled lamb. The steak is overcooked, solid and dry. The shrimp scampi is swimming in butter, rubbery and overcooked. 

Gordon arrives to witness a dinner service and meets Sams wife. They take it in turns to cook and the food is returned as under or over cooked. Gordon discovers mouldy food in the kitchen and in the walk in huge buckets of chopped parsley, bendy celery, soft cucumbers and rotten lettuce. They try to serve raw chicken to a customer, the Chef says it is cooked on the outside so he thought it was cooked inside. They argue yet again after service and the argument spills into the street outside. The next day Gordon sits down with the children and tells them to be honest with their father and explain that they want their lives and careers to go a different way. Sam puts his foot down saying that the family rule is that he makes the decisions for the family, they all speak their mind to their father and there is a lot of tears. 


Gordon gives the staff cooking lessons including cooking the kebabs on the skewer and there will only be one person cooking on the grill. Overnight, his team give the restaurant one of the biggest and most expensive transformations they have done. The menu gets a makeover, the staff sample the food and love it. On relaunch night, the customers are raving about the decor and they love the food. The family are working well together in the kitchen. As Gordon is leaving he gives them the framed photo he took of the family. 


What Happened Next? 


In the following months, the children have been given time off and Sam is hiring for new staff. Yelp reviews since mixed with criticisms of the food and the service. The restaurant closed in January 2014.


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25 comments:

  1. They sucked, so their clientele spoke with their wallets and sent them back to Libya.

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    1. you are a complete moron, whoever you are.

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    2. You suck, so the commentators here vote you go back to school and be re-educated, stupid bigot.
      Also one of the daughters was hot!

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    3. They're Lebanese, not Libyan.

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    4. Daughter was adorable. Only reason to go there.

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    5. So sad the restaurant had to close. I loved this family and really wanted them to achieve the American dream.

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  2. I still can't get over how young the mom looked!

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  3. Who is the daughter who serve GR ?

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  4. YOU CAN SAY WHAT YOU WANT , BUT CHEF RAMSAY WAS BRILLIANT IN DIFFUSING THE TURMOIL THOSE TORTURED PEOPLE WERE GOING THROUGH. HOPEFULLY , WHEN THEY WENT OUT , THEY WENT OUT WITH A NEW RESPECT AND UNDERSTANDING FOR EACH OTHER. OH AND I THOUGHT THE MOM WAS VERY HOT. (BUILT FOR COMFORT)

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    1. Could you speak-up, please?

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  5. I don't get what Ramsey thought was wrong with the scampi. It's supposed to be "swimming" in butter, least that's how it's been any place I've ever had it, and it's good where I've had it. Maybe Europeans do it differently and he snobbily thinks only that way is right? (Obviously if the shrimp was tough that's another issue, but the butter made him flip out the most).

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    1. Ramsay is never pleased then he gets food served that swims in fat. Just like spicy food or too "creativ" stuff. It's just him being him.

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    2. Scampi is NOT supposed to be swimming in bitter, you uncouth buffoon.

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    3. Scampi is a langoustine (a tiny lobster), popular in Europe. Shrimp scampi are shrimp cooked in the manner of scampi. The scampi sauce should have garlic, parsley, white wine and a touch of butter. It should never be swimming in grease though. That is the hallmark of a bad "scampi". I'm sure Ramsey has had seafood and scampi prepared correctly in his travels. There is no reason to have tough shrimp, lobster, calamari etc...and that is always due to human error-either cooking too long or frozen and the water leeches out before you even cook it.

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    4. Gordon Ramsey IS European since he's English and England is in Europe!

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    5. Britain is an Island. It is NOT part of Europe.

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    6. Japan is an island too. Isn't it in Asia? lmao

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    7. Someone actually just said Britain is an Island and not part of Europe. Guess since I live in Ireland, and it's also an island, I'm not in Europe.

      Lol I'm dead

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    8. I just now watched the episode, and very carefully examined the steak segment (I encourage anyone to do the same that is curious about this--it's on youtube). While, yes, it is indeed cooked medium-well (Ramsay ordered med-rare), it is definitely not "dry" or "solid". Despite careful editing to hide it, it's clear to see that it cut VERY easily and had a juiciness consistent with a medium to medium-high quality steak cooked med-well. This is just Ramsey inventing a 'problem' that simply DID NOT exist, for reasons I think we can all figure out.

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  6. I'm kinda bummed to see them closed. I Went there with my mom a few years ago. before the change, it was BAD. So bad in fact that I saw a cockroach crawl on the wall. When we told them this, Sam came out and told us we to please come back and that he'd give us free food. When I saw them on TV I really saw to what extent the badness was. I would have reallyyy liked to try their new restaurant.

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  7. It blows my mind that these Lebanese people were Clueless as how to serve even classic Lebanese dishes. I'm not at all surprised that they went out of business as a matter of fact I expected it.

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  8. Ramsey is Scottish not English big difference like calling a Canadian a yank

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    1. He was born in Scotland, but was raised in Britan. It's also known that he's an UK chef, so I'd personally say he's British- but who knows man?

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    2. Born in Scotland, raised in England. So he's still Scottish. Britain (or Great Britain) is Scotland, Wales and England. The UK is Britain and Northern Ireland, and finally, the British Isles are all of Britain, Northern Ireland and Ireland.

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  9. How sad this place closed! Out of all the KN eps I've watched, this family had to be in the top 2 or 3 that I was really really rooting for! Sad for everyone!

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