Saturday, 29 July 2017

Costa del Nightmares - Le Deck - CLOSED

Le Deck Kitchen Nightmares

In this Kitchen Nightmares episode, Chef Gordon Ramsay visits Capbreton in the South West of France, Tim and Debbie Wall met as holiday reps and married 6 years later. 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 that Steve and 7 other workers live there! The staff eat a lunch of steak and chocolate mousse. Gordon 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 bad, the mussels aren't cleaned and the prawns smell. 

That evening, the orders flood in and diners are left waiting for 45 minutes for food. The kitchen runs out of food and Chris is sent out to borrow meat from another restaurant! Gordon tells Tim that he couldn't believe that he allowed in more customers but Tim says he needs the money. The next day, Gordon arrives at their house to talk about finances and Debbie tells him they can walk away if it gets worse. Steve admits he has lost some passion and Gordon takes him to the local fish market. He wants Steve and Stuey to create 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. 

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. Tim is agitated because the staff have such excellent ideas(?). He gets angry and screams at the staff for being brilliant but scruffy (?). The next day, Tim decides to paint the walls white and 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.

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 so the kitchen struggles as more guests arrive. Gordon reminds Tim that 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 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 made over 2000 Euros in one service.


What Happened Next?


Over the next month after, Le Deck was averaging 15,000-20,000 per week, Stuey was the Head Chef as Steve had returned to the mountains. Tim is taking a step back and allowing the staff to do their jobs. Reviews on Trip Advisor were mostly good since Gordon visited the restaurant with some complaints focused on poor service, food prices and quality.

Le Deck closed during the winter season of 2016, failing to open for the 2017 summer season and their social media pages disappeared early summer.


Le Deck was aired on 30 September 2014, the episode was filmed in June 2014 and is  Costa Del Nightmares episode 2.

8 comments:

  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?

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    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.

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  2. 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!

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

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  4. 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.

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  5. 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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    1. Give him a break. He was a changed man after all. Put yourself in his position, would you be able to handle that kind of truth, that you were useless? His staff clearly understood his pain. You could not because you didn't know him in person.

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  6. the bit where he just yelled "passion!" out of nowhere had me in fits.

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