Wednesday, 5 July 2017

Kitchen Nightmares - Charlie's Italian Bistro - CLOSED

Charlie's Italian Bistro Kitchen Nightmares

In this Kitchen Nightmares episode, Chef Gordon Ramsay visits Charlie's Italian BistroLa Verne, CA, where Tatiana began working at the restaurant as a waitress and was offered the chance to buy the restaurant in 2008. She turned to family to help raising the funds and her mother and sister financed the purchase with their houses. Tatiana hasn't changed anything: same name, menu and chef. The staff feel the old menu and Tatiana not knowing how to manage a restaurant and not respecting the staff. Her mother and sister are not happy as their homes are at risk if the restaurant does not succeed. 

Gordon arrives to find there is no Charlie and is shocked to learn about the houses at risk and that the family have no say despite them putting all their money in. Gordon orders bread, ravioli, frutti di mer, lasagna and Pizza. He is not impressed with the food, the bread was dreadful, the ravioli is raw but the frutti di mer is overcooked. He describes the lasagna as bizarre tasting and the pizza as frozen. He inspects the kitchen and finds frozen meatballs and pasta. Gordon decides he wants the chefs to cook the meatballs from scratch, setting a challenge for Casimiro and sous chef Daniella to cook the best meatball, he loves Daniella's. 

The food goes out slowly as Casimiro only does one ticket at a time and when customers receive their food they are not happy with it. Casimiro burns meatballs and when criticised he refuses to cook. Gordon tells Tatiana to step up and she fires Casimiro. As the restaurant is missing a chef, Gordon introduces his own chef Jonathan, who will help find a new head chef. Gordon encourages Tatiana to become more involved with the kitchen and teaches her to make lasagna and pizza. Gordon decides to revamp the menu with home made, fresh dishes. 

They relaunch the restaurant that evening, the food starts to go out quickly but some customers are not getting their dishes. The problem is communication and Gordon tells them to communicate with Jonathan to get it right. He tells Tatiana to step up with managing the staff. The food goes out quicker and is enjoyed by the customers. Tatiana is no longer embarrassed of the restaurant and the relationships in the family are better.


What Happened Next?


Jonathan stayed on for a month keeping the high standards and helped them to find and train a new head chef.

Charlie's Italian Bistro closed in July 2012, Yelp reviews after filming were mixed as to whether it had improved.

Charlie's Italian Bistro was aired on February 17 2012, the episode was filmed in October 2011 and is Kitchen Nightmares season 5 episode 12.


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15 comments:

  1. I had a feeling this was going to be a case of 'too little too late.' I guess I was right. : /

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  2. Tatiana had been at Charlies since she was 20, first serving and then eventually owning it. She didn't see it was the head "chef" that was the main issue and so it caused the failure of the business 3 times. Sad to see the place has closed as i go to LA quite a bit and would have loved to stop in and have a flirt.
    Tatiana was stunning and her cute voice was a pleasure. The female chef wasn't too bad either. It's a shame that the place is closed, these people now have to find other work and none of us will ever get to try the famous meatballs.

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    1. Award for creepiest comment about a kitchens nightmares goes to...

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  3. Oh no. Tatiana needed the wakeup call, but her mum and sister were hardworking people. I feel really bad for them. I hope they didn't lose their houses over this madness.

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    1. Tatiana was absolutely responsible for the whole mess. She refused to listen to anybody, and it cost her mother and her sister their houses. I feel bad for them.

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  4. The episode does not explain why Tatiana is so protective of her indifferent chef Casimiro. She is falling all over herself to defend and shield him, at the expense of her own family - which seems strange without further explanation. By far the most bizarre remark in the episode is her saying that she "put him on a pedestal." Seriously, what the hell?

    I'd also note that the mother/sister seem equally distraught when Tatiana announces Casimiro's firing.

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  5. The most hilariously depressing part of this is that Tatiana doesn't even own up to her time working in this restaurant that she drove into the ground and caused the loss of her sister's and mother's homes:
    http://yaaze.com/tatianaeleiva

    She only claims working there for three years and that her time there "solidified her passion for the restaurant business."

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    1. Actually, it says that she worked there for eight years, from 2001 - 2009. It looks like her resume hasn't been updated since 2009, which is when she bought the restaurant, so the three years of ownership aren't listed.

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  6. When I saw him cook the meatballs, it fit. Only someone who cooked from cans would possibly think you boil meatballs in sauce. That is cafeteria cooking not restaurant! He snookered some but when Gordon saw it, he knew this was nothing but a poser in the kitchen. And Casimiro knew the jig was up. When he refused to cook, he pretty much said "fire me."

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  7. I think the young waitress who served GR, Genevieve, died in 2014. Such a shame, she was so young.

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    1. I found it and sadly it is true. http://thebreezeonline.com/2014/09/24/a-walk-in-genevieves-memory/

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  8. Another case of an owner who just wanted to sit in a bar and drink without thinking the business actually needed to be run.

    Also "I just believed in myself and thought it would work". Far too much listening to 'self help' coaches.

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  9. The comment that made me laugh the most was when Chef called Casimiro a "donkey"! HILARIOUS!!!!!!!!!!

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  10. Charlie's was actually my first serving job in 2000. It was Cappuccino Charlie's and when Charlie changed the name and quit opening at 6:00 am for coffee it became very successful. He went on to open then close a restaurant in Pasadena. Was excited to see Kitchen Nightmares and check out the old restaurant. Too bad it didn't make it. Great location and when Charlie owned it the food was good.

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  11. Genevieve Gutierrez died at the age of 21 due to Epilepsy. so sad

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