Kitchen Nightmares - Mojito - CLOSED

Kitchen Nightmares Mojito

In this Kitchen Nightmares episode, Chef Gordon Ramsay visit's Mojito in Brooklyn, New York.

Mojito is owned by a pair of once married and now separated owners, husband Marcelo and wife Katalina.

The former couple are both stressed at the state of the restaurant, are in $300,000 of debt and are constantly fighting.

Gordon arrives and sits down to read the menu, he looks around and likens the random decor to 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 enters the kitchen to give feedback on the meal, branding it a disaster and he questions if the fighting is common in the kitchen.

Gordon returns for the evening service but it is a disaster and Marcelo doesn't communicate and much of the food is returned to the kitchen, which leads to even more arguments as Katalina attempts to intervene.

Gordon inspects the the walk in and finds that it is grossly overstocked with food as Marcelo struggles to order the right amount of food for the restaurant.

The next morning Gordon sits the pair down to discuss their failed marriage and discovers the problems arose when efforts to have a child failed and Katalina had an affair.

Gordon speaks to both of them separately, they both want the other out the business but neither is prepared to walk away from the restaurant.

Gordon sets them a task to cook an authentic dish, they were meant to cook a dish together but instead they cooked one each.

Kata's Shrimp dish is deemed the best and chosen for the special, as a result the owners decide to swap roles for the evening service.

Kata feels the pressure in the kitchen but successfully pulls off the service whilst Marcelo shines as front of house.

Gordon announces that they will relaunch with a new menu with fewer dishes and smaller portions using fresh ingredients, making ordering easier for Marcelo.

The dining room is given a makeover, removing the blue bottles to let in more natural light.

The owners agree to communicate, put their past behind them and focus on the restaurant.

For the relaunch, the kitchen is quiet and struggles with the orders as they become confused. Marcello returns to the kitchen to help expedite and with help from Katalina the kitchen is back on track.

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 in a Kitchen Nightmares Revisited episode and the restaurant is doing well.

Business had increased by 30%, both owners are more relaxed and the fighting between the pair has stopped.

Marcelo and Kata did give the relationship another go but the feelings had changed and it did not work out.

Yelp reviews for the restaurant were very mixed after Gordon's visit, with a solid mix of 1 star and 5 star reviews.

Trip Advisor reviews are also very mixed.

Mojito closed in March 2016, posting the below onto 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.

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This post was last updated in October 2019.

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  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!


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