Wednesday, 3 May 2017

Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares - Morgans - CLOSED

Kitchen Nightmares Morgans

Chef Gordon Ramsay visit's Morgan's in Liverpool, UK, "Dotty" owner Sandy runs the restaurant with her two daughters with Head Chef Phil and Assistant Chef Emma in the kitchen. Gordon arrives and meets Sandy, Helen and Laura, they reveal that all three are managers. Gordon orders two starters and two mains, the pan fried prawns are solid, the sausage dish is big enough for a dinosaur and is dismal and he goes straight to dessert. A sticky toffee pudding, Emma's creation that Phil hates and really likes it, it is light and not too sticky. Gordon enters the kitchen to talk about the food and Phil reveals that he got the apricot mashed potato recipe from the Good Food Magazine. 

Gordon tells them that the toffee pudding was delicious and Phil walks out in frustration. Gordon visit's Sandy at home and discovers that her financial records are a mess and she has no clear record of the restaurant's income. Gordon discovers that Phil isn't paid for prep time and Sandy disappears to Tesco to buy the food for the evening, an hour before the service is due to start. Gordon witnesses a dinner service, Phil is careless and sends burnt food to customers. He falls apart as he struggles to concentrate and Sandy is doing the washing up, instead of getting the customers gravy. 

Sandy is under the illusion that he is happy to wait but his food has gone cold and the other diners had already finished their meals. Sandy is in denial and believes that everyone enjoyed their meals as she has had no complaints but Helen believes it was diabolical. Gordon can see a clear case of sibling rivalry and takes the sisters and Sandy to a playground to discuss their roles. Gordon assigns Sandy as the host, Laura as the Assistant Manager and she reacts badly when Helen is made the General Manager. Gordon talks takes Sandy to meet the local butcher and they buy local sourced beef for a Sunday Lunch, at a better price than the supermarket.

Gordon arrives at the restaurant but Laura is nowhere to be seen. Gordon tries to find Sandy, who won't answer her door and Laura eventually turns up. The reservations list and table plan for the service has gone missing and Gordon is blamed for this. Gordon is forced to call Helen in as Laura refuses to talk to him. Phil loses his concentration and starts burning food in the kitchen again but Emma steps up and Phil can't function without her help. Gordon plans to focus on local ladies who lunch and comes up with a menu to appeal to them and hold an antiques auction between courses. 

For relaunch evening, Gordon is concerned about Phil and tells him to slow down and not get distracted. There are some local celebrities including some wags and actresses in. A mistake is made by Laura on an order that hasn't been taken and she has been sent back to correct her mistake. The auction between courses is popular with the guests and it gives the kitchen some breathing space to prepare the courses, they have made £500 in 15 minutes. Overall, the relaunch is a success. 

What Happened Next? 

Gordon returns to the restaurant and the biggest change is in the kitchen. Phil has left, a positive step and is gaining experience as a Sous Chef and Emma has been promoted to Head Chef. She has a new dish on the menu, which impresses Gordon. Helen has stepped in and computerised the books, a big change from Sandy's chaotic approach.

In February 2007, Sandy put Morgans up for sale for £99,000. Morgans closed as the business was sold and it became Oddfellows Restaurant in December 2007. This later closed in 2010/11. 

After Oddfellows closed, Caveau, a french restaurant opened in it's place with excellent Trip Advisor reviews. Laura is seeking work as a model/actress and has had a bit part in Hollyoaks as a beautician. She came 4th in the Miss Merseyside beauty pageant. Head Chef Phil went on to work at Blue Bar but was jailed for theft for stealing cheques from his new employer.

Morgans aired on December 05 2006, the episode was filmed in early 2006 and is Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares UK season 4 episode 4.

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  1. We agree! My boyfriend and I watch Gordon Ramsay all the time and if we had the opportunity to eat at a restaurant that Ramsay tried to fix, we DEFINITELY would. Why would anyone hate Ramsay? I say this report is based on what that childish blonde "assistant manager" had to say.

  2. Helen was the better person - Laura was the psycho that lost it on the playground. I could imagine (if I stretch) local Brits thinking Ramsay is too big for his knickers and so might they be, but when push comes to shove Brits love their own and would support a family trying to make good. They were avoiding the weird mum and nutter sister more like.

  3. Like him or loath him, Gordon knows his stuff. I know the show is edited etc and the production have a big say on what gets aired, but he left the place in better shape than it was.

    The only two who had a clue were the girl in the kitchen and the sister Helen? That Laura and the mum would be better off going off and doing PR. They couldn't run front of house and couldn't take being told what to do.

    Real pity it shut down, as some others have said if anything I'd make a point of going to a place Gordon had worked on, if for no other reason than to asses his abilities!!

    1. They sold the restaurant rather quickly after the episode aired. I imagine they took the chance to get out with the good publicity.

  4. I`m still laughing at the jailed for stealing cheques part, even having read through all your comments :-D

  5. Just watched a rerun on BBCAmerica. My wife & I consult for hotel/motels and restaraunts that are not nearly in the shape these are. I would not touch the properties he works with, but I don't have a t.v. show. I'm a self-taught chef but trained hotelier with a good record & reputation. The people on these shows are so close to bankruptcy it's a miracle any survive.

  6. Emma was great - loyal, hard-working, understated but passionate - glad they gave her the head chef role. I hope she went on to have a successful career elsewhere.


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