Kitchen Nightmares - Sante La Brea - CLOSED

Kitchen Nightmares Santé La Brea

In this Kitchen Nightmares episode, Chef Gordon Ramsay visits Sante La Brea in Los Angeles, California.

Sante Le Brea a healthy vegetarian and vegan restaurant run by owner Dean Hamoui and sons Arthur and Sammy.

The restaurant is located in a prime location in Hollywood but they are in $200,000 of debt and Dean is at risk of losing his house.

Dean cooks and cleans whereas new manager Mark has no clear role in the restaurant but he spends a lot of money on making the restaurant look good.

Gordon meets Dean, who shows him the edible grass that is growing on top of the counter and even eats some, which make Gordon laugh.

He reveals that his chef hasn't turned up for the day and that he will be cooking in the kitchen.

Gordon orders the Turkey Patty Melt, Mogadoofu and Blackened Salmon.

He finds the patty melt dry and disgusting and feeds it to the dog Tubs who is sat on the patio, the mogadoofu is a joke, with cooked to hell rice and the salmon is dry and tastes way too fishy.

Gordon asks to inspect the fridge due to the fishy salmon and discovers frozen salmon and turkey defrosting together.

Chef Aurelio arrives two hours late with some lame excuse and Sammy and Arthur are angry at both him.

Dean however goes easy on him, letting his lateness slide and this makes the pair angry at him too.

Gordon returns to observe a dinner service, Aurelio says he is just a Chef and that he does what he wants in the kitchen.

Dean makes excuses and cleans up after the Chefs and the customers aren't happy with the food that they receive.

Gordon sits the staff down and talks about how no one is responsible and Dean says that no one listens to him.

Gordon says the main problem is the food but also the place is filthy so he asks the staff to deep clean the restaurant.

Gordon takes Dean out up a hill to help him release the pressure, he gets him to shout out his frustrations at his staff into the sky.

As soon as he gets back he shouts at Sammy when he does something he wasn't supposed to and Sammy thinks it is awesome that he is showing some backbone.

Gordon introduces two new specials for the evening service, a halibut dish and a Shrimp salad.

A policeman arrives and handcuffs Dean for the evening service so he can't do every ones jobs for them. He will instead have to tell the staff what he wants them to do.

Dring the service, the specials are popular and Mark tries to take orders but puts menus under his sweaty armpit and is sent home to change.

Gordon pops out and buys him some women's deodorant and Dean's handcuffs are removed.

As the customers are lining up, Aurelio dismisses Dean in the kitchen and at one point ignores him.

The next day, the restaurant has had an overnight makeover with a new green decor.

They have a new sign, the entrance is decluttered and Gordon introduces the new menu.

On relaunch night, Mark once again doesn't listen to Dean and took orders for wine so Dean marches him out the back by his collar and shouts at him.

Everyone is feeling the pressure, especially Dean and the Chefs. Aurelio threatens to leave mid service and Dean shouts at him and he leaves.

He returns and says he will stay if he is paid the money he is owed, Gordon pays him the money out of his own pocket and Aurelio returns.

The kitchen is backed up and the customers are waiting for food but they work together and successfully push all the food out and the customers are happy with the food and the relaunch is a success.

What Happened Next at Santé La Brea?

Gordon revisits the restaurant to find that Dean has retired and gone overseas, passing the restaurant to his sons, Aurelio and Mark are gone too.

He discovers takings are up 10% and Sammy's girlfriend Dawn is the new manager.

Gordon thinks the food he tries is delicious and then discovers that it is the Unchicken.

He meets with Mark, who tells him that they had lost respect for him so he couldn't continue working there and he is now working in raw food.

After Gordon had been to the restaurant they returned some customer favourites to the menu and they changed chef in early 2009.

Yelp reviews were mostly positive with even meat eaters complimenting the food. There are negative reviews on delivery and the odd dish here and there failing to impress.

Santé La Brea closed in June 2011, posting the below on the Sante Le Brea Facebook page,

"will be closing its doors in a few more weeks - so be sure to stop by & enjoy your Last Supper (or Last Lunch)! We really appreciate (& we will dearly miss) all our loyal customers who have steadfastly supported us over the years.. Thanks to you, we can retire on a High Note =)"
"*UPDATE: The process of selling the restaurant is taking a bit longer than expected so - as of this moment - it looks like we'll probably remain open until around mid-May. (We'll keep everyone posted, tho.) Again, THANK YOU soooo much to all our loyal customer who have continued to support us!!"

In the restaurant's place now is a German restaurant called Wirsthaus and reviews are good.

Santé La Brea aired on November 20 2008, the episode was filmed in March 2008 and is Kitchen Nightmares season 2 episode 10.

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This post was last updated in September 2019.


  1. It's closed and it's now Wirsthaus. German brats, beer, schnitzel and such...went once and it was damn tasty.

    1. It still is! We either go there or get takeout from there every other month or so.

  2. If you look at the comments on their FB page, they indicate that they were selling during booming business but just wanted out. I think the business was less of a failure than the owners were just tired

    1. Which is smart, always know when to stop. However, what was that madness with telling the public they were staying open while trying to sell? I would never go to a restaurant that was open about closing soon. No one will be giving full effort and that sounds like a great way to get food poisoning. Over sharing on Facebook shouldn't be a business's flaw, leave that to the tweens.

  3. It's good to know that the two sons took Gordon's advice and changes to heart and ran with it. From what I understand, Sante did quite well until they decided to sell the place. Well, my question is about that yellow awning they had out front until Gordon put up the new sign: what is "Tastlthy" even supposed to mean anyway? Something that former manager Mark came up with, perhaps?

  4. MisterAl, I believe that word is a mash up of Tasty + Healthy = Tastlthy

  5. They should have got Mark to replace the departing Dean instead of his two sons. No wonder they had to close.

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  6. it's fatter than you! lol #classic

  7. The "chef" was stupid, lazy, and selfish.


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