Kitchen Nightmares - Mojito - CLOSED

Kitchen Nightmares Mojito

In this Kitchen Nightmares episode, Chef Gordon Ramsay visit's Mojito, Brooklyn, NY, to help separated owners, husband Marcelo and wife Katalina, who are both stressed and are constantly fighting.

Gordon arrives and describes the decor as a "Garage Sale". Gordon orders the classic chicken soup, beans and tilapia, the chicken soup is cold, the beans are salty and to top it off Gordons tilapia wasn't cooked, this leads to another huge argument between the pair.

Gordon returns for the evening service, the food is returned to the kitchen, which leads to even more arguments. Gordon speaks to both of them separately, they both want the other out the business but neither is prepared to walk away.

The walk in is grossly overstocked with food as Marcelo struggles to order the right amount of food for the restaurant.

Gordon sets them a task to cook a dish, they were meant to cook a dish together but cooked one each. Kata's Shrimp dish is chosen for the special and the owners decide to swap roles for the evening service, Kata feels the pressure in the kitchen but successfully pulls it off.

Gordon relaunches with a new menu and a dining room makeover but the Chef isn't running the kitchen properly. The President of Brooklyn Borough is the special guest for the evening and he loves the food, the relaunch overall was a success despite a few hiccups.

What Happened Next? 

Gordon revisits and the restaurant is doing well, both are more relaxed and the fighting has stopped.

Marcelo and Kata did give the relationship another go but the feelings had changed. Yelp reviews for the restaurant were mixed after Gordon's visit.

Mojito closed in March 2016, posting on Facebook

"In behalf of our entire staff. We want to thank all our Patrons for 13 years of support and loyalty, Mojito Cuban Cuisine . Brooklyn location is Closed Stand by for our next Chapter. All the love #chefmkv"

Mojito aired on February 25 2010, the episode was filmed in May 2009 and is Kitchen Nightmares season 3 episode 4.

Click for more Kitchen Nightmares

Previous episode - Bazzini

Next episode - Lido di Manhattan


  1. She was also on a recent episode of "Chef Wanted with Anne Burrell" (she was either the first or second chef eliminated)... which, I guess, means she and Marcelo went their separate ways (if Mojito IS indeed still open). : ?

  2. Last time I passed mojito it was still open. However after seeing my favorite Chef Ramsay make an appearance and give the rest. A makeover, i went to the rest with my friend (we live in the area) to show off to my friend about Chef Ramsays work, we walked in and there was one table having dinner and I could not believe no one turned around to greet us. One server was on his phone the others were gathered around chit chatting. We stood there for a few minutes and I showed my friend what had been changed, I basically gave my friend a one noticed. I decided to ask for a menu and without loking at us one server turned around and pointed to the front desk and said "they are over there". IT WAS THE MENU FOR TAKE OUT!!!!!!! We left and I browsed through the menu...although I did not eat the food their prices are ridiculous. I know I'm latina and as a foodie know, cuban food is not that expensive, looking at their location rent should not be a problem. Do not think I will go back.

  3. The episode of chopped that she was on was Season 12, Episode 15 if anyone is curious.

  4. Katalina ALSO recently appeared on a THIRD Food Network show, "Cutthroat Kitchen"... and, lo and behold, this time she WON. : O

    1. She only won because the other chefs kept messing up and/or sabotaging each other instead of her. I think she made it through the entire ep with only 2 sabotages.

      She most definitely did NOT win based on her abilities. She's obviously a "tv whore", doing anything to get her face on any channel. I've seen her somewhere besides Food Network, too. I just can't recall where. I hate when networks give these ppl the unnecessary attention that's so undeserved.

      If Mojito's is still open, let's all hope that Marcelo is the chef. I definitely wouldn't pay to eat anything she made, not on Chopped, Chef Wanted, nor Cutthroat.

  5. As everyone said... Yes, she was on the episode of chopped... but it mentioned that she's a chef at Mojito... so, I guess they're still together?

    1. no, they're split.
      They work together but only as business partners not as a couple.
      They told that at the revisited-episode.

      A big, big thank you to the blog-owner for all the work & energy you put into this for us KN insanes!


New comments are currently switched off whilst I am working on a major site update.

Progress - Currently rewatching episodes, updating recaps and updates and adding date of last update to each post.

Note: only a member of this blog may post a comment.