Ramsay Kitchen Nightmares - Piccolo Teatro - CLOSED

Kitchen Nightmares Piccolo Teatro

In this Kitchen Nightmares episode, Chef Gordon Ramsay visits Piccolo Teatro, Paris, France.

Ex-pat Rachel is playing at running a restaurant with best friend waitress Stephanie and financed by her father.

They run the restaurant very casually and with the nutty Brazilian chef Daniel in the kitchen it turns the restaurant into a sitcom.

Gordon orders the hummus salad, which is disgusting and the carrot gratin is spat out by Gordon and is branded an insult to vegetarians.

Gordon witnesses a service and sees Daniel slowly moving around the kitchen.

Daniel is taking a long time to send out two simple garden salads and tells Rachel to send him home.

This results in drama in the kitchen and the chef swinging a knife around before very casually strolling into the dining room and having to be marched out of the restaurant.

The kitchen is filthy and there is off food in the fridges.

Gordon heads out into Paris but struggles to find any tourists interested in vegetarian cuisine.

Gordon finds out that they don't open for lunch and opens himself with a soup and cheese on toast special and the restaurant is full.

He questions both of their commitment to the restaurant and Stephanie walks out.

Gordon changes the menu and Rachel's father Brian (a successful restaurateur) brings in India, a very talented young chef, who turns the restaurant around for a successful relaunch.

What Happened Next at Piccolo Teatro?

Piccolo Teatro closed a few weeks after filming in April 2007 and Rachel's father was left to repay the loans.

Rachel went on to become a £200 a night hooker in France.

India was offered work experience by Gordon Ramsay at Boxwood.

She then went on to work at Shaw's International Bistro, Cafe Fish and is currently Head Chef at Jeremiah’s Taproom

The restaurant was still listed for sale in 2010 and L'Alimentari opened in the space in 2012 and Trip Advisor reviews are mostly good.

Piccolo Teatro aired on November 06 2007, the episode was filmed in April 2007 and is Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares UK season 5 episode 2.

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  1. Rachel was also sayin that throughout filming gordon was always trying to make a pass at her. I would not consider her a credible source though hehe she looks feral!

  2. Seriously, i was astonished. i m french and i dont even understand how someone can make it in paris with that kind of work. gordon could not do anything for her, she is a lost cause.

  3. I am glad India is doing extremely well, she is mature, dedicated and apparently a good cook.

  4. India is a lady who appears in Jamie Oliver's series "Ministry of Food". She appears there as a young mother, taught to cook by Jamie.
    I hope that I am wrong, and we are not treated as consuming idiots.

  5. I just watched the show. Rachel hung her hooters out in one of the best down the cleavage shots ever on TV. She struck me as not serious about the restaurant since it was only a credit card for her. The surprise ending about her becoming a hooker? Well I guess she didn't have the head for restaurant work. Do you think she is still vegetarian?

  6. And so what was in that tomato bisque lunch that went over so well? It looked very tasty.

  7. I couldn't stand that horrible woman at all. It's disgusting that she had so little regard for her customers that she let food like that go out, and even more disgusting that she didn't take her business seriously at all when so many other livelihoods were depending on her. If she finds a better life as a prostitute, at least she's only going to let herself down if she fails at her new venture.

    I agree that India made the episode worth watching. She was amazing! Hope she found success.

  8. I am watching the program right now, omg what a waste of time and effort, seriously if you are going to do something put all your passion into it to achieve the goals, she just seems like she doesn't care an she was playing on a barbie house that father gave to her.
    Good for India , if someone is able to detect talent is Ramsey , he could be all the grumpy and kinda bad guy you want but he knows the business as no one and knows who deserves to have an oportunity too.
    If you don't enjoy it don't do it and give other the tools don't waste them .

  9. I saw this episode recently, and I agree with a lot of you guys! Rachel and her friend are just so unbelievably lazy, it's no surprise their little restaurant failed. You all said it, Rachel had no idea as to running a business, nor did it seem she was willing to learn! And her friend wasn't much better! I really feel for the dad, for having to give her the money to run the place, only so she'd end up running it into the ground... Still, Gordon was right, the one bright spot in this whole mess was India (although the part timer did what she could to help). India had shown how much more mature, responsible, and driven than Rachel was, and I'm glad she's doing well!

  10. I had a (paid) night with rachel. She should've paid more attention to the restaurant.

  11. I had a romp with Rachel in her new career. It was quite enjoyable. She's much more skilled in that profession.

  12. Anybody know how old is Rachel is? I'm guessing 30-ish, maybe even 35.

  13. I found this episode really strange when I first watched it. It felt a lot more 'set up' that most others. When I saw Rachel's dad I could have sworn that I recognised him from somewhere. And then it hit me - he has been in 3 series of Channel 4's Late Night Poker, back in 2000 and 2001, as Brian 'the Cowboy' McNally. He even wrote a book, How to Play Poker and Win, which accompanied the series. If it wasn't for this, I doubt very much Rachel's restaurant would have featured on the show.

  14. That chef Daniel is a complete nob-head! Horrible, little man with no respect for the people he serves or the people who pay him. The way he runs of down the road, he is like some odd little French Charlie Chaplin - a Charlot.

  15. I'm sick to death of seeing Gordon kissing people. Can't you just shake hands instead of all this silly, sloppy, squelchy kissing? I just watched Morgans before this one, and he was all over those 4 women too.

    The owner is so stupid! Gordon shows them how much they can make in ONE lunchtime, yet she ignores it. I suppose we all guilty of that, so call it human nature. Someone has even written a book called 'I know what to do so why don't I do it?' so...

  16. It is a total, total shame. As Chef Ramasy told Rachel, She had every possibility in making the restaurant a success. It is such a shame that Rachel had a golden opportunity to make something good out of the restaurant and make lots of money and maybe have a good life if she put the effort to it. But instead she throws that golden opportunity away to be a hooker. I hope one day she looks back at this and be ashamed.

    I feel so bad for the father. He put a load of money in this and Chef Ramsay summed it up well when he said she abused her father's money. I hope he sold the place and was able to salvage something from the wreckage of Piccolo Teatro. I also felt bad for India for willing to support the place only to get the shaft from Rachel. Thank god Chef Ramsay got her to Boxwood and I wish India all the best!

  17. I just want to know what happened to the cat that had babies.

  18. Wow, she became a hooker!? I'd go as for as to say she never had her heart into making her restaurant work in the first place and the fact that she had that whacko Brazilian chef at the helm in the kitchen kind of underscores that!

  19. Just a reality check, that this is still TV and they will have made her out to appear as they wanted her to for good entertainment. There is no reliable source that she is now a prostitute?? Really well done to India, and certainly a restaurant in that location really should succeed with just a bit of effort (relatively).

  20. India was great - so much enthusiasm, common sense, graft, and potential. Rachael didn't deserve her to be honest.

    Glad to hear Gordon gave India a helping hand and got her career properly started.


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