Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares - Oscars - CLOSED

Kitchen Nightmares Oscars

In this Kitchen Nightmares episode, Chef Gordon Ramsay visits Oscars in Nantwich, Cheshire.

Oscars is a family run restaurant named after Oscar Wilde. Maura Dooris runs the front of house and Pub Chef son Lenin runs the kitchen.

Gordon arrives and is taken into the kitchen to see ribs soaking in Coca-Cola and the food is described as a bit of everything from Buffalo to Paella.

He starts with a Paella for a starter made with crab sticks, a bland Carbonara that tastes of vinegar complete with rubbery chicken.

Gordon goes into the kitchen which is in chaos, Maura and Lenin argue, blame each other and Lenin walks out of the kitchen.

The Next morning Gordon talks to Lenin and he admits to having a few alcoholic drinks during the service.

He talks about tasting food with Lenin and discovers he lives on Vindaloo, cigarettes, wine and Sugar Sandwiches.

Gordon gives Lenin the challenge to cook some new dishes for the menu, the first chicken dish tastes like s**t, the lamb is not too bad but is more like a stew.

They add an Irish Stew to the menu as the family are Irish and it would be a good nod to their roots.

Lenin is set a challenge to cook a lunch for a number of guests, unknown to him is that the meal is for his family and they enjoy the food.

The evening service starts well but goes downhill and it is discovered that Lenin has had a drink again during service.

The next night no drink is allowed in the kitchen and new dishes of home made food are added to the menu.

The evening service is successful. Gordon revamps the outside of the restaurant and introduces a midweek bargain two course dinner.

On the relaunch night things took a bad turn and Lenin collapsed and was rushed to hospital.

Gordon visits him at his flat after being released from hospital and tells him he needs to get better before returning to the kitchen.

Les is asked to step up and put in charge of the kitchen on opening night.

There are a few hiccups with the service but the customers enjoy the food and love the new menu.

Maura decides that she needs a new head chef but Lenin is not happy about it as he wants to cook in the kitchen.

Gordon invites the unhappy customers back from Gordon's first day at Oscars for an Irish themed night and introduces new loyalty cards, where diners will gain a free meal.

The relaunch was deemed a big success with customers.

What Happened Next at Oscars?

Maura sold the restaurant in October 2005 and in various articles is quoted as being glad of Gordon's help as Lenin got the help he needed with his drinking.

Lenin went into Rehab as arranged by Gordon at the Rehab run by Michael Quinn who is featured in the episode talking about alcoholism among Chefs.

He is quoted in the media as being grateful of Gordon's help with his alcohol addiction.

Oscars aired on February 21 2006, the episode was filmed in July 2005 and is Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares UK season 3 episode 1.

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This post was last updated in January 2020.

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  1. Glad to hear Lenin got the help he needed. Hopefully, this is true.

  2. Most underated episode of Kitchen Nightmares UK
    Im glad everything went well for them in the end, Felt sorry for the mother but she just wanted her son to cook everything.

    As Gordon said "Good Resturants do one kind of food amazing" so very true.

    Glad to hear that Lenin got rehab.

  3. This episode was hard to watch. It was obvious that Lenin was struggling and needed help. Why couldn't his family see that sooner?

  4. I agree that this episode is one of the most underrated. And deals with a sad reality in the restaurant world that some fall prey to alcohol or other drugs. It was hard to watch but yet it had a good outcome in the end for Lenin getting the help he needed. And it showed a side of Gordon you did not expect either.

  5. It definitely was the hardest episode I've watched. Like another reviewer said Lenin had an alcohol problem, his family should have seen this coming. Unfortuntely, his mom's continued pressure for him to cook "a little bit of everything" might have been the cause of his problem. I'm glad Lenin got the help he so badly needed. He was not a terrible cook just needed some kind of guidance, which Chef Ramsay provided. This was a very heartfelt episode, and showed that Chef Ramsay, could be harsh, but he is really a nice guy. I wish this family all the best. Perhaps a little bistro be in the future for them.

  6. I'm not sure I'd chalk Lenin's problem up to his mum's pressure; I think he might have ended up with the bottle no matter what. We don't have any alcoholic chefs in our family, but we have a movie theater manager, a barber, a former health care worker(!) and a former cab driver(!!). He seemed like a nice guy; hope he manages to get and stay sober; it's not easy. (Hope he cuts down on the ciggies, too... his voice was really bad.)

  7. This restaurant had the potential to be a huge success, especially with authentic Irish dishes made fresh every day being served. Lennon/Lenin did have serious issues with drinking and possibly drugs; and he didn't look too stable during the entire episode. I think his Mum was able to get a much better price for the place after Gordon re-vamped the exterior for marketing; and improved relations with the butcher downstairs & the community, so hopefully her 65,000 pounds was re-couped for her retirement. The UK episodes are far superior to the US versions IMHO. Excellent show nonetheless. Thank you Chef Ramsay for great entertainment and for helping those who need it to survive. After your visit, it's up to them!

  8. Does anyone know how the son (Lenin) is doing now? I agree with those who have commented that we see a more caring, compassionate in this episode.

  9. Did she pay off her debt atleast before closing?

    1. Presumably would've been able to with resale value


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