Tuesday, 20 May 2014

Kitchen Nightmares - Mayfair / Jacks Chicken Shack - OPEN

Kitchen Nightmares Mayfair / Jacks Chicken Shack

Episode Recap

Chef Gordon Ramsay visits Fuengirola, Spain to help Mayfair Restaurante, run by South Londoner Pat and her Spanish husband Jack. They met whilst Pat was on holiday, settled in England but moved back to Spain 28 years ago. They ran a successful restaurant in London and when they movednto Spain they opened Mayfair. The restaurant is outdated but Pat doesn't listen and they are losing money every day. Gordon arrives and comments that every other restaurant is full except theirs. Gordon finds broken freezers, a room full of clutter and the restaurant has been restricted in size to make room. Pat reveals she has sold her house and is using money from the sale to support the business. Son John is willing and ready to take over the business but Jack won't step aside. The tapas counter has raw and cooked meat stored next to each other, fresh produce is on top of old produce and Jack is buying fresh food everyday. Gordon orders the kitchen and restaurant to be closed and John is frustrated by the state of the kitchen, in his father and Chef Juan.

Gordon comes back the next day and Jack has cleaned the kitchen. Gordon sits down to order some food, he orders a tortilla and is offered ketchup or brown sauce. The potatoes tadte rotten and microwaved. The fish dish with calamari and squid is rubbery and sloppy. Gordon tells Juan to taste it and he says it is fine. Jack takes over in the kitchen and serves Gordon a 2 day old chicken. Gordon orders John to taste the sauce and he finds it revolving, Jack tastes it and calls it salty. Jack is stubborn, in denial and doesn't listen to John. Marie agrees Jack is hard headed and says Pat also blocks it out, John and Jack often disagree and argue. Gordon puts down a line and tells Jack he isn't to enter and if he crosses the line he'll put him in the sea, John is to run the restaurant and Juan is not to use a microwave.

That evening, the restaurant is full, Jack is out front charming the customers but the kitchen is falling apart with Juan overcooking meat.  Jack refuses to sack Juan as he feels sorry for him and the customers aren't happy with the wait and substandard food, some left without paying and John is furious. John runs a car rental firm and Gordon visits but John is losing money and the cars are falling apart. His parents gave him 40,000 euros and Gordon tells him to sell the business to pay them back. Gordon orders them to declutter the restaurant whilst he visits local restaurants. Gordon returns and finds Jack struggling to let go. With the clutter gone the restaurant has doubled in size with more earning potential. Gordon reveals a new sign and the idea of the restaurant being a fried chicken shack. The restaurant has been repainted and extra tables have been added. Gordon shows them how to make fried chicken, the menu is simple and cost effective and the family love the new fried chicken. There are sauces and salads to upsell to help boost income.  Jack, John and Pat are sent in the town promoting the restaurant in chicken suits and a new chef has been hired, Juan is demoted to pot washer. 

On opening night, there are all hands on deck, the kitchen is prepared but front of house have given 5 big orders to the kitchen at once. Gordon orders them to stop taking orders for 5 minutes. Food is taken out by Jack but there is confusion as to what it is and where it is going. Gordon despairs as Jack returns to the kitchen with raw chicken and he orders them to slow down and work as a team. John steps in and supports the kitchen and the kitchen runs smoothly. The customers are happy with the food despite the wait and they have made over 700 Euros. 

What Happened Next? 

Gordon returns to the restaurant 4 weeks later and they have kept the chicken theme. He arrives at lunch time and the restaurant is busy. Juan has left and the kitchen has kept up the cleaning regime. They are averaging 500 Euros a day and John has sold the cars but hasn't repaid his parents. John writes an IOU to his parents and it is put inside the till. In the 3 months prior to airing, they are averaging £1500 a week, John has sold 2 cars and still hasn't paid his parents back. The owners have reported since that both customer satisfaction and sales are up. Jon has since reverted to his own recipe and told the Mirror in October 2014 that he was losing £2500 a month. 

Reviews since Gordon visited are average with a mix of both good and bad reviews. Twitter user Chris, visited the restaurant in June 2014, below is his experience....

Extra Reading

Jacks Chicken Shack Trip Advisor Reviews

Jacks Chicken Shack Review - Spanish Food Blog

Gordon Ramsay Costa Del Nightmare restaurant facing fresh disaster

TV chef Gordon Ramsay transforms Fuengirola restaurant while filming in Spain

Gordon Ramsay brings his 'pesadilla' to Costa- Google Chrome Will Translate This

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  1. I'm curious. Is "Costa Del" the one-off series that is the finale to the Kitchen Nightmares franchise, or is this re-brand a way for GR to get complete control of the KN concept away from Optomen?

  2. I'm an American and I watch the show on BBC America. I'm just glad that there are not going to be any further episodes made in the U.S. because they are either done by the owners for publicity and new equipment or the owners are so incompetent that they would mess up a lemonade stand and are a complete embarrassment to the restaurant industry.


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