Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares - D-Place - CLOSED

Kitchen Nightmares D-Place

In this Kitchen Nightmares episode, Chef Gordon Ramsay visits La Lanterna, Letchworth, Hertfordshire.

In this Kitchen Nightmares episode, Chef Gordon Ramsay visit's D-Place, Chelmsford, Essex, a cafe Bar owned by Israel Pons.

He once owned a string of businesses but this is the last business that he has left.

The bar is supporting the restaurant as sales have dropped.

Philippe Blaise is in the kitchen, a well trained, travelled and experienced French chef.

Gordon is not impressed with his rubbery and overcooked scallop and shrimp cocktail served with microwave rice and a runny creme brulee.

The chef and manager Dave Bone hate each other and argue constantly but agree to set aside their differences.

Gordon watches a service and see the young assistant chefs being taught bad habits including cooking preprepared food.

The menu is changed despite 4 recent menu changes and some french dishes including croque-monsieur are added.

They do a team building guacamole making exercise judged by Gordon and Israel.

The next morning there are trays of roast potatoes that the chef insists were cooked in oven and not the fryer but it is discovered he is lying.

Gordon insists on closing the restaurant for 48 hours to get the place back on track and Israel reluctantly agrees.

They redecorate the dining room, clean the kitchen, fix the oven and bring in new kitchen equipment.

They also revamp the menu and practice the dishes to ensure consistency.

The exterior is improved and they rename the place as Saracens Cafe Bar.

On the launch day they have a fully booked lunch but the service goes terribly and Philip threatens to walk out.

Israel steps in and says to Gordon that it is also Dave's fault due to disorganisation of front of house and he asks him to leave and shuts down the service.

What Happened Next at D-Place?

Gordon returns and Israel and Tara are no longer running the business, it went into receivership and the lease was put up for sale.

Gordon speaks to Philip who is still there and Gordon visits Israel and Tara at home.

Speaking about the business things appeared to pick up but it was too late for them, the brewery took back the business losing them lots of money.

It was bought by new owners and reopened as Saracens.

Philip Blaise said that they had people complaining about the new menu but it was obvious in the episode they were going to struggle to turn it around.

Since then it has remained open and is highly successful.

D-Place aired on May 31 2005, the episode was filmed in 2004 and is Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares UK season 2 episode 2.

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  1. My god, that cook's voice! The most horrible accent I have ever heard! No wonder he was hated by the rest of the crew. And I am not even British myself.

  2. chef was like a French frank spencer

  3. This was one was never going to succeed under that particular owner with his track record of successive failure.

  4. "As long as there's a hole in my butt, Big Boy, those potatoes were in the fryer...." What a line! That and the egg holding therapy session were the highlights of this season.

  5. One thing that is not clear from the article is if Philippe Blaise is still the chef there at Saracens. OMG! He was lazy, and an amazingly awful chef (& that's not counting his ghastly voice). From looking around on the web, it doesn't appear the place is doing all that great now, so maybe he IS still there.

  6. Honest question about this episode: When Ramsay leaves in the end Philip says buy, does Gorden reply "putain" or did I mishear?

  7. Yup, he definitely says putain

  8. I have been to Saracens few times and the cafe is clumsy and mostly empty. Gordon was sincere and intelligent to understand the changes the cafe needed as still High Street Chelmsford hardly has a simple British diner.So Sad bad business knowledge took that away.


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