Wednesday, 21 May 2014

Kitchen Nightmares - Le Deck - OPEN

Kitchen Nightmares Le Deck

Episode Recap

Chef Gordon Ramsay visits Capbreton in the South West of France, arriving in a beautiful convertible Morgan. Tim and Debbie Wall who emigrated to France 28 years ago,  met as holiday reps and married 6 years later. They opened restaurants in the Alps before settling in Biarritz. Le Deck  opened 3 years ago to replicate their  successful restaurants, using the 1 million euros profit he had made. The restaurant  has not been successful and is losing £50,000 a year. Gordon surprises them by arriving  mid afternoon and the place is empty. He meets the General Manager and is surprised to see the Head Chef Steve lingering in the mezzanine in the restaurant, which is housing for Steve and 7 other workers! Staff appear from outside and various rooms inside the restaurant and eat a lunch of steak and chocolate mousse. Owner Tim arrives and is not impressed the staff are eating steak and tells them they are taking the p***. Gordon catches Steve sneaking past a bag of frozen red mullet and Steve defends the steak by saying they were in a rush. Tim rants about the steak some more and is clearly on edge.

Gordon sits down to order food, he orders fruits de mer en croute, the Le Deck Burger and  the Le Deck Fish Salad. The fruits de mer en Croute is greasy with no pastry, the Le Deck Burger is raw  and the Le Deck Salad is just as bad. Gordon comments that the mussels aren't cleaned and the prawns smell. Gordon asks Tim about the prawns and he tells Gordon they frozen. Gordon fills the restaurant with 60 guests  to test the kitchen. Steve tells Gordon that it isn't his menu and he isn't able to change it. The orders flood in and the kitchen struggles to get the food out and diners are left waiting for 45 minutes. Tim tries to take over and tells them to get the food out. The kitchen runs out of food and asks him to stop taking orders so they can check what is left but Tim keeps asking for items they have run out of. Manager Chris is sent out to buy/borrow more meat from another restaurant! Gordon tells Tim  that he is speechless at how he was running around and couldn't believe that he allowed in more customers and he tells him that he hates refusing people as he needs the money. Steve tells Tim he has to answer all questions on the food as it is his menu.

The next day,  Tim tells Debbie he wants to spend more time with the children. Gordon arrives at their house to talk about finances as Gordon doesn't want them to lose their house. Debbie tells him they can walk away if it continues to get worse but Tim says he is willing to change. Gordon takes Tim to a local oyster place to eat oysters and talk business. Tim talks some randomness about shirts and t shirts and confuses Gordon. Steve admits he has lost some passion and Gordon takes him to the local fish market. He wants Steve to create a fish special and discovers that Steve can't speak a word of French. Steve and Stuey have created their own  specials, Steve's is sole with green beans and lentils and Stuey's is curried monk fish with a salad of mango, rocket and beansprout salad. Tim loves the specials and Gordon bans Tim from the kitchen. The specials are popular but Tim struggles with being excluded from the kitchen. Gordon supplies the team with oysters to devise 4 new oyster dishes and 4 new cocktails to accompany them. 

Tim is told to take Debbie out for dinner for the evening  and Debbie tells him they need to have more time together as a family. Gordon is impressed by what the staff have come up with and so is Tim and Debbie. Tim is agitated because the staff have such excellent ideas(?). He gets angry and screams at the staff for being brilliant but scruffy (?). Everyone is shocked by Tim's outburst, Tim and Debbie argue outside and Debbie tells him he doesn't deserve respect. 

The next day, Tim and Debbie arrive at the restaurant, they go into the dining room and Tim tells the staff that he has been like a tornado and not communicating. Tim decides to paint the walls white and has delegated the staff to paint the walls. The front of house staff have given the restaurant a makeover. Gordon brings Tim and Debbie to the restaurant, showing them the new sign and the new oyster bar. The new menu pleases Tim and he hugs Gordon, Tim is in tears and is pleased with his staff, congratulating them on the transformation. 

For relaunch, Tim is placed as Front of House with Gordon overseeing the kitchen. The oysters are popular but Tim lets customers in without checking the bookings or crossing them. The kitchen begins to push out the dishes but struggles as more guests arrive. Steve takes control of the kitchen as Tim stresses over portion size. Gordon reminds him that for 6 Euros the portion is more than adequate and promises to throw him in the port if he continues to interfere. The customers love the food and fresh fish dishes. Tim consults with the kitchen before offering out more tables and with fish taking less time to cook, they are quickly turning tables and they have also sold over 160 oysters within the first hour. The relaunch is a success, the kitchen have stepped up to the plate and they have made over 2000 Euros in one service.

What Happened Next?

Over the past month, Le Deck is averaging 15,000-20,000 per week, Stuey is now the Head Chef as Steve has returned to the mountains. Tim is taking a step back and allowing the staff to do their jobs. Reviews on Trip Advisor are mostly good since Gordon visited the restaurant with some complaints shortly after Gordon's visit that were focused on poor service. There are also negatives about food prices and quality. 

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  1. What surprised me the most was the outburst from Tim to the staff after they made those gorgeous oyster dishes. How egotistical does a person need to be to lash out to the staff when they create wonderful dishes?

    1. Too right ! I was sat there watching it with the oysters and thought "Why on earth is he upset and about what ?!". The guys looked devastated, like NOTHING they could do was good enough and the girls were almost in tears.

      I am surprised that no one resigned after that.

  2. I want to live upstairs

  3. Watching this on BBC tonight. Tim is a complete jerk who needs 1) a punch in the face, and 2) go bankrupt and lose his home, his wife, everything. Sometimes with people like that, the only lesson that hits home is total failure.

    1. Tim is not bad, I'm pretty sure you are a lot worse as a person than him.

  4. Im watching this episode of Kitchen Nightmares now. I got scared when the owner started freaking out about the oyster dish. I was surprised to see the place is still open. Loyal staff!

  5. Just watched this episode of Kitchen Nightmares. Scary outburst about the oysters! LOL. The owner is lucky he has a loyal staff!

  6. Just watched this on TV last night. Tim was a total w*nker who absolutely did not deserve his business, respect or his wife and kids! What a moron. I am amazed at the loyalty of the staff.

  7. Between the oyster freakout and the completely nonsensical tangent about T-shirts, I have to wonder if Tim was on the verge of some kind of psychotic break in this episode. Whatever happens to the restaurant, I hope for his family's sake that he manages to de-stress and stay on this side of reality.

  8. I feel you. When he was ordered to stay out of the kitchen to stop micro managing his staff, they had a great night. Not once did he praise his staff or was happy about the good business and service that day because he was so bent and his ego was hurt because he was told to stay or of the kitchen. That's should show you his an egotistical, know it all,terrible owner. He cannot hold his emotion and swallow his pride.


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