Kitchen Nightmares - La Frite - CLOSED

La Frite Kitchen Nightmares

In this Kitchen Nightmares episode, Chef Gordon Ramsay visits La Frite restaurant in Sherman Oaks, California.

La Frite Cafe is a French restaurant that opened in 1972 and was a big success in it's prime under the ownership of Andre.

Andre wants to retire so he bought son Alex was brought into the restaurant along with his sister Celine.

The pair often comes to blows as they compete to take control of the restaurant.

Andre visits Chef Ramsay at his restaurant to give him the background before he visits the restaurant.

He explains the biggest problems are Alex and Celine.

Celine walked away from the restaurant to start her own business which failed so she came back to La Frite.

Gordon meets the manager Gayle and inspects an ugly desert cabinet filled with old desserts.

Celine recommends the quiche Lorraine, he also orders a La Frite salad and a seafood crepe.

The salad is large and bland with acidic dressing, the Seafood Crepe is soggy, hot in the middle and cold at the sides and the Quiche was microwaved.

Chef Martin is offended by Gordon's comments and when Gordon goes into the kitchen to talk to him, he walks out.

At dinner service, Alex arrives but he and Celine don't usually work the same shifts.

Alex says the conflict is about who will inherit the restaurant and has no interest in working with her.

The dinner service is busy and Chef Martin sends out unseasoned and overcooked food to the unimpressed customers, who send the food back.

Celine tries to talk to Martin but he ignores her so Gordon tries and he is ignored too and once again Martin walks out.

Gordon tells them it is the most disorganised restaurant he's ever been to and tells Celine to call her dad to come to the restaurant.

He tells Andre that his children cannot work together and sits them down to restore the relationship.

Celine feels resentment towards her for leaving and returning.

Alex doesn't feel like he should be in the restaurant as he has losy his passion for the restaurant.

All three sit down together and discuss that they need to work together, communicate and make decisions jointly.

Gordon introduces a crepe station and removes the dessert case.

For the evening's service, Alex is making crepes and Celine was in the kitchen.

Chef Martin struggles for the service, he cannot cook the menu and struggles with the new crepe station.

Overnight Gordon gives the restaurant a makeover, introduces a new menu and brings in chef Chuy to support the kitchen.

On relaunch night, the food begins at a good pace with the appetizers getting to the customers quickly.

Celine asks Martin to communicate and again he refuses to do so.

He ignores her and the service slows down, with food taking over 90 minutes to leave the kitchen.

The customers begin to complain and one table walks out.

Celine breaks down in tears and Gordon asks Chuy to take over.

The food begins flying out of the kitchen and the customers are delighted with their meals.

What Happened Next at La Frite?

In the days that followed, Chuy was hired as full time Executive Chef and Alex and Celine are still working together.

When Gordon revisits Celine is front of house and she reports they are doing well.

Gordon also chats to Alex, who says they are getting along much better.

Gordon orders a mushroom crepe and Andre sits down to join them, he says the crepe and quiche are both delicious.

Yelp reviews following the filming of the episode were mixed, the Sunday brunch seems to have the most negative reviews.

Trip Advisor reviews were most positive with fewer negative reviews.

You see the menu they were serving prior to closure here.

In July 2016 the restaurant was bought by George Zaoui, he kept the restaurant as La Frite for a year.

La Frite closed in September 2017 when the owner changed the restaurant to an Italian eatery Modo Mio.

La Frite aired on May 20 2011, the episode was filmed in January 2011 and is Kitchen Nightmares season 4 episode 9.

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This post was last updated in August 2019.

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  1. Solid episode. Crazy what a little sit down and talk accomplished for the family. Cook was single handling anchoring the restaurant. Nice to see them excelling.

  2. He always says it's delicious when he comes back... One time he said it is delicious and later discovered that he was given "Unchicken"... That shows how fake he is when he tastes for the first time the foods.

  3. I ate there this place blows, I would rather eat at Burger King.

    1. Back up your statement with specifics please.

    2. The Sunday brunch is still wonderful - Gordon Ramsay didn't change the menu and screw it up.

    3. I ate there too right before it closed. It’s honestly terrible. I had the duck and it was overcooked and flavorless. Cost something like $40. I’m happy it got sold. Before it went under, the main clientele was primarily old people.

      Btw I live right by there in sherman Oaks. I need to try out the new rebrand though.

  4. I used to love La Frite, but after Ramsay took 90% of the items of the dinner menu and added some new ones that are not good, I was appalled. I only eat there for brunch on weekends - same fabulous brunch menu as always - great food, great price.

    1. Say whatever you want, the fact that this restaurant kept open says something.

    2. Yes, Chef Martin, we know you're angry.

    3. You sound like you lack tastebuds.

  5. People saying the microwaved junk they served before was better... Crazy!

    1. Well, tells you a lot about these people. They'd rather eat dog food than good quality food. People don't care what they eat these days.

  6. Say what you want about Ramsay changing the menu, but they stayed in business for years after the changes and they were able to sell it rather than being put out of business due to debt.


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