Gordon Ramsay visits Hotel Chester in Starkville, MS, a hotel located next to a college campus. The hotel was booming when it was bought by David and Sukie Mollendor in 2000 but things have gone downhill and the couple have been forced to file for bankruptcy. Their home was foreclosed and they were forced to move into the hotel. The hotel was running smoothly until David was in a car accident and bed ridden for 6 months. Sukie had to leave her job in real estate and doesn't see that the students could become customers.
On his way, Gordon says that business should be booming being near to the college but he can't find the hotel and has to ask for directions. Gordon arrives and speaks to David who leaves to get Sukie as she has having problems in the kitchen. David explains that he graduated with a major in hotel management and doesn't think there any issues but reveals that the rooms haven't been updated in 10 years.
Gordon goes down to the restaurant to eat and finds that all the food is Japanese. Gordon sits waiting for around an hour but gets fed up and leaves. Lindsey finds him sleeping on a couch and he finally tastes the sushi, which is disgusting. Gordon tells Sukie he doesn't like the sushi, she runs off to tell David. As Gordon is in town it is busy but an hour into service the first table haven't even got their food yet. Sukie is having trouble in the kitchen and Gordon learns that she has been struggling since David's accident. Gordon heads over to a supermarket to pick up some ingredients to cook the waiting customers some food. Sukie tells Gordon that they live in the handicapped room since the accident and learns that he broke both his back, ankles and has been recovering for the past 5 years.
The next day Gordon drives them to local successful businesses, who have listened to what their customers want and they explain that their success is down to the student trade. Gordon reveals changes to the hotel including modernised rooms, a revamped room for David and Sukie and the beer garden has also been given a makeover. The menu has also been changed, featuring local food which will be appealing to the students. A new head Chef is bought in with Gordon paying the salary until they can afford to pay. Young locals arrive andthe beer garden impresses everyone. Before he leaves he takes David and Sukie out for a drive and shows them an apartment he has rented for them for 6 months , they will take over the lease after this time.
What Happened Next?
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