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Kitchen Nightmares Le Bistro

In this Kitchen Nightmares episode, Chef Gordon Ramsay visit's Le Bistro, Lighthouse Point, Florida.

Gordon arrives at the restaurant and he walks in to the restaurant in the middle of a cooking class hosted by Le Bistro owner Andy Trousdale.

Andy isn't impressed that Gordon has arrived unannounced and he blames Gordon when the class goes wrong.

Gordon sits down with Andy's wife Elin, who helps run the restaurant, about the problems of the restaurant.

Elin believes the food isn't appealing to the locals and Andy remains defensive.

Gordon asks Andy to show off his food by cooking his signature dishes instead of him ordering items from the menu.

Gordon is served Duck Rillette, which is sent back after Gordon bites into cartilage and a bone and the lamb curry roll is rubbery.

Gordon tells Andy the food is stuck in the 80's and he has no respect for the waiting staff telling them to "go away" when they report problems with the food.

For the evening service, Andy wouldn't let the waiters take orders or the sous chef Hendrick cook the food leaving customers waiting.

Andy refuses to recook a customers dish when she sends it back, instead asking her to choose something else from the menu.

This leads to an argument with Gordon when Gordon confronts him about the issues in the service.

The next day they meet with ex customers on a boat and they all tell Andy that the food is below standard.

Andy once again becomes defensive and says "are you looking for naked women dancing on the tables, what are you looking for?" to them.

For the next service Gordon tries to take some pressure off Andy with a snapper special.

Andy still tries to do everything himself and as a result the orders back up in the kitchen and after an hour no food has left the kitchen.

Andy is still defensive and he goes as far as to to say "people don't here understand any form of food or service".

Gordon goes next door to another restaurant and is able to order and receive his food before any food has been cooked in Le Bistro.

This was somewhat of an awakening to Andy and he asks his sous chef for help. This leads to the food leaving the kitchen and the customers loving the new special.

For relaunch, Gordon introduces a lot of change, a new sign for the restaurant, a new colour scheme in the restaurant and a new menu.

The relaunch is a great success and Andy appears to have finally woken up to the change being necessary.

He has opened up and improved communication in the kitchen and most importantly is getting the food out quickly to happy customers.


What Happened Next at Le Bistro?

Andy told the local press that he was glad to have taken part in the show for the PR assistance.

Gordon revisits on a Kitchen Nightmares revisited episode and the restaurant is busy.

Andy has changed a lot, he actually looks less tired and stressed! Gordon asks Andy to surprise him with his lunch, and Gordon thought it was delicious.

A LOL moment is Andy's face when Gordon jokes that lunch was on the house!

Le Bistro is open in 2019 and also offers private dining and delivery/takeaway.

Andy is still doing cookery classes.

The owners have expanded into providing produce to a local market.

They regularly post photos of dishes on social media.

Le Bistro Yelp reviews and Trip Advisor reviews following Gordon's visit are excellent.

Planning a visit? Check out their website for opening hours and more information.

Le Bistro aired on March 11 2010, the episode was filmed in July 2009 and is Kitchen Nightmares season 3 episode 6.


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This post was last updated in August 2019.

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19 comments:

  1. Some people are proud and it is hard for them to hear what they are doing wrong. Obviously the business was in the toilet, that should have been said something but it took Ramsey to initiate change.Glad to see they are doing well. I may have to visit one day.

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  2. This may be a case of stubbornness as a good quality. It may have taken forever for Gordon to break down the walls and get Andy to embrace change. But perhaps due to that same stubbornness, he's stuck with it, unlike a lot of owners.

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    1. It was nice to see someone wake up, not just feign it on TV. It seemed so sudden and without the usual catastrophe to prompt it. But, of course, it's often difficult to tell with the very limited and partial picture we get.

      Usually the owners/operators are lazy, and waking up requires more work. When the show's over, many revert back many/all changes to be lazy again.

      This man had a clean kitchen and fridges or we'd have seen it; he was just running his business, treating employees (and his wife), and delegating authority horribly. Since his problem wasn't laziness, he didn't have that to hold him back from making the necessary changes.

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  3. Folks, what matters is that Andy's place is still open. If he were anything close to what he was, we would be seeing this place closed. Something has changed... give him that much. Whether he is in here commenting or not, being "open" seems to speak for all us consumers. Someone must like the food and service. Just my $0.02 worth.

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  4. The man was able to turn his business around and make it a success. Isn't that the point of this show....redemption? The fact that this fella' was able to accomplish that yet unnamed individuals still spill vitriol and clamor for his failure is rather disturbing. Frankly to us viewers this was a television program, to that man and his family, that's their lively hood. Wishing that it crashes and burns....is frankly as perverse as strangers wishing the worse for you or your loved ones.

    Clearly the owner and couple were going through a rough time; we got a few snap shots at their lowest ebb. Yet us sitting at the other side of the screen are obliged by perceived free reign and requisite right to judge a man, his character, and his marriage, based on these few fleeting moments? Preposterous. I don’t know this man personally and conceivably nor do most that are commenting on him, his business, and his wife---even if we did I think we would be hard pressed (nor be careless enough) to judge on the complexities of their marital dichotomy based off a 40 minute television docu-drama.

    Perhaps one can draw disdain for the Owners or Ramsey’s on air persona/personality but to make any further sweeping assertions surpassing the superficial based on the limited available information tantamount to lunacy.

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  5. Genuinely shocked this one is still open. I thought for sure Andy's ego would have him going back to his old menu rather than cook from someone else's recipes.

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  6. His wife is a goddess and he is a berk but at least he turned the business around after he was hit over the head (figuratively) a number of times.

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  7. At first I was shocked at how defensive & douchey Andy was. As the show went on he opened up and welcomed change, and it made me think that he was probably just acting that way cuz he was so stressed out etc from the restaurant not doing well.
    I'm happy the restaurant is still open, I hope they continued on with the positive changes in the kitchen & menu cuz I really like seeing these family-owned restaurants succeed. If I'm ever in the area I'll def go eat there

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  8. He seemed to be a good chef. He worked at 3 star Michelin restaurants. He mainly seemed angry and frustrated with how things were going, and proud. I don't think he wanted the show t make him look like an idiot.

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  9. Why does everyone want these people to fail? All I keep reading in all the posts of the places that are open are "Shoot, can't believe this place is still open. I wanted them to fail" or if the place is closed everyone writes that they are glad they failed. Hmm..strange people wishing failure on someone. True, Andy came off as kind of a dick, especially to his wife but there is probably a lot of things going on in their relationship. If business was bad, they were probably having money problems which can lead to dischord in marriage. Who know? Let's just not wish I'll will on people.

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    1. not understanding your comment. Many of these restaurants were horrible and run so poorly that it was embarrassing. they dont want them to fail, they are pointing out how terrible these people were at running them. Having Gordon Ramsey for a week doesn't magically make you a good Restaurant boss so many of these restaurants that survive is really surprising. blows me away how obtuse so many in this forum are.

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  10. Honestly one of the best chef transformation from Gordon's kitchen nightmare. From angry andy to relaxed and stubborn (in a positive note: for learning and sharing knowledge)

    Kudos to your success! Great team andy and wife!
    Godbless to your family and business!

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    1. Stubborn isn't the right word then. I am sure you meant determined.

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  11. Frankly, I think the poor man was depressed at the beginning and already blaming himself. Most men will justify themselves in that position. He's not perfect, but he's a real man for accepting - eventually - that change was needed. His wife knows him better than anyone else, and she didn't leave. I'm really glad to see the outcome and if the place is still running, good. He obviously had good hygiene in the kitchen, as well. I never saw these shows on TV, so they are all new to me. There are some places that you know are never going to make it. But this guy is a hard worker and I hope they succeed for as long as they are in business.

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  12. After reading some of the clueless comments from some of you closet reality show shrinks, no wonder our country is such a mess. He disrespects his customers, his wife, and his staff. That isnt being stubborn. He was a pompous bully and he needed to be brought down to size which Gordon did. He was a jerk and and a bully.

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    1. You're lucky you are posting in 2016.... Otherwise you would've been attacked by "Andy" aka the guy writing responses several paragraphs long defending this guy on every negative post about him.

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  13. Le Bistro is still open over 7 years after filming. That in itself is enough evidence as to why Andy is not posting comments on here. He has a very successful business thank to Ramsay's help.

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  14. I have visited Le Bistro many times. Let me assure you that Andy, in person, is NOTHING LIKE the person depicted on KN. The fact is, the producers chose to use the best TV moments from an EIGHT DAY SHOOT. Having studied television production myself, I can tell you that with the right editing, Mother Teresa could be made to look like Charles Manson, and vice versa.

    The fact that the restaurant is still open nearly ten years after the filming of the episode is a testament to Andy and Elin’s determination and dedication to their craft. Always experimenting with new menu items, a recently revamped decor and continued excellent food and warm ambiance make this restaurant a “must-visit” spot in south Florida.

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  15. WOW Le Bistro is still open today with 4 star on yelp?! Fantastic! Thanks to Gordon Ramsay guidance that change Andy attitude to make a fabulous success on his restaurant. Keep your excellent job and happy new year 2019!!

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