24 Hours to Hell and Back - Los Toros Mexican Restaurant - OPEN

Los Toros Mexican Restaurant

In this 24 Hours to Hell and Back episode, Gordon Ramsay visits Los Toros Mexican Restaurant in Chatsworth in Los Angeles, California.

Los Toros Mexican Restaurant is a family run restaurant that has been open for over 40 years and is now $450,000 in debt.

There restaurant is now owned by Nick Sr after being opened by his father Nicolas MontaƱo Jr in 1967.

The restaurant was the only Mexican restaurant in the town and the business declined after his father passed away.

Nick wants to pass the restaurant on to his children but his daughter Maribel has a young family and his son Nick Jr is not ready to take on the responsibility.

His wife Lucia is the general manager and the pressure is causing a strain on the family.

Nick's health is suffering as his blood pressure is through the roof and his family fears they will lose him to a heart attack.

Gordon arrives at the restaurant in disguise as elderly gentleman Grandpa Jim, complete with a fake family.

After struggling to start the car they arrive at the restaurant and Gordon hates the mix and match decor of bright colours.

The 22 page menu is huge and is filled with adverts.

They order classic Mexican dishes including beef tamales, chicken, enchiladas and shrimp tacos.

Gordon's disguise doesn't fool Nicks son who writes on a piece of paper that Gordon is at table 15.

The tamales don't look fresh and are pre-prepared, the carne asada has turned beef and the chicken roulade is appalling with a bad aftertaste due to the mole sauce.

Gordon removes his disguise and re-enters the restaurant.

Gordon goes straight into the kitchen and asks the staff to come into the dining room, where he asks the customers to stop eating.&

Gordon takes the staff and customers to his Hell on Wheels truck. He shows them footage of unsafe food temperatures, spoiled food, mouldy food and a filthy kitchen.

There is also a clip of Maribel talking of an incident where 9 people got food poisoning that led to a health inspection.

Nick Sr defends the store bought dry tamales and the disgusting mole sauce and argues with Gordon.

Gordon meets with the staff and introduces the renovation team.

He asks to speak the family and Lucia is ashamed by the footage that Gordon had recorded.

Maribel was unaware of what was going on in the kitchen, she had asked for Nick Sr to change but he hasn't.

He also continues to deny the food poisoning incident and that he is controlling.

Gordon asks him to leave the meeting as he needs to know how to get through to Nick Sr. Gordon can fix the restaurant but he isn't sure if he can fix Nick Sr as there is so much denial.

Both Maribel and Nick Sr don't feel that they are ready to take over the restaurant as they haven't been shown how to run a restaurant.

Gordon inspects the kitchen and finds a dirty chopping board, a year out of date tartare sauce, rotten produce and off prawns.

Nick Sr says that everything has been done today but Gordon knows better as the beef is green and the chicken is discoloured.

He calls the family in to smell the rancid meat that was "done today".  Gordon estimates that there is $5000 of wasted produce.

Gordon meets with Nick Sr as he can't work out where the restaurant has gone so wrong.

He admits that he has lost control and he joined the service to get away from the restaurant.

Nick knows that his children don't want to be there and Gordon recognises that he needs to let the restaurant go whether it is to the children or he sells it.

Gordon takes Nick Sr out to the Hell on Wheels truck to reveal the new modern menu.

Nick Jr and Maribel are going to learn how to cook and plate the dishes.

They are impressed by the new menu and Gordon shows them footage of Nick Srs interview where he discusses them both.

They are saddened by what he has told Gordon but promise to fight for the restaurant.

Mary reveals that the line cooks have never even cut an onion before and had used a chopping tool.

Gordon asks the kitchen staff to cook one of every item on the new menu.

The swordfish is under cooked and the steak is cold.

On relaunch night, the customers love the new decor and there are food critics in the restaurant live tweeting.

The customers love the new food but there are timing issues in the kitchen.

Gordon's fake family love the new food and promise to return.

Overall, the relaunch is a success as the communication in the kitchen improves.


What Happened Next at Los Toros Mexican Restaurant?

Three months later, the customers love the new changes, Gordon's dishes are still on the menu as specials.

There have been no food poisoning incidents and they have a new labelling system.

Nick and Maribel have stepped into their roles and Nick and Lucia were able to go on a vacation.

Yelp Reviews are mixed but Trip Advisor reviews are more positive.

Some customers love the food but some customers say that the menu has reverted back to the old menu and that it still tastes bad and is cold.

The renovation team only did the main dining room, the entrance and other areas are still dated.

Los Toros Mexican Restaurant is open.

Planning a visit to Los Toros Mexican Restaurant? Check out their website for more info including opening hours.

Los Toros Mexican Restaurant was aired on February 20 2019, the episode was filmed in December 2018 and is 24 Hours to Hell & Back season 2 episode 8.


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  1. Ramsay's disguises are appalling lol...........very funny and not convincing at all.

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