Kitchen Nightmares

Secret Garden

Season 1, Ep 10, Aired 12/12/07
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  • Episode Description
  • Gordon goes to Moorpark, CA to assist an obstinate French chef in overcoming an empty restaurant with an off-putting decor. He finds many problems with the Secret Garden, ranging from a complicated menu, to a filthy kitchen, to the chef himself. Along the way, he butts heads with the chef as he struggles to try to turn the restaurant around. He introduces both a new decor and menu, but faces resistance from the chef, who is very set in his ways.moreless

  • Cast & Crew
  • J.V. Martin


  • Gordon Ramsay


  • Kent Weed

  • Patricia Llewellyn

  • Gerry McKean

  • Fan Reviews (5)
  • Flat as a pancake

    By sherriesim, Apr 01, 2014

  • One of the more ambiguous episodes as, despite the usual fireworks, it seems hard to get a grasp on the existing eatery.

    By Mac-Ale, Dec 13, 2007

  • Really? This is the Season Finale?? The show deserves better than that...

    By fbuzzr, Dec 17, 2007

  • good episode...

    By Fwirrel, May 26, 2008

  • The Secret Garden...

    By HelianthusXX, Jul 05, 2008

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (11)

    • Gordon: Raw carrot. Fine if you're a (bleep)ing rabbit.

    • Michel: I'm like, so wrong. Gordon: Are you just saying that? Michel: No, no, I mean it.

    • Gordon: I've got to get some air before I do something I'll really regret.

    • Michel: Your menu is not better than mine. Gordon: You're a donkey.

    • Michel: (in an interview segment) If Gordon gets in my way -- (in the kitchen) give me the knife, I'll take care of it --- (return to interview segment) I promise I'll make him suffer.

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    Notes (3)

    • Original International Airdates:
      - Denmark: June 17, 2008 on TV3
      - Slovakia: September 14, 2012 on JOJ

    • According to previous health-inspection records, Secret Garden has encountered problems, some of which were highlighted on the episode such as "unsanitary conditions" with the facilities and equipment.

    • Chef Michel Bardavid was born, raised, and professionally trained in Lyon, France. Bardavid has previously worked at Checkers, Fenix at the Argyle Hotel, and famed The French Laundry which is owned and operated by Thomas Keller, who is one of only two chefs in the world with two three-Michelin star restaurants (an accomplishment Ramsay doesn't own as of the airing of this episode).

    Trivia (2)

    • Editing Error: During the scene in which Gordon Ramsay returns the dirty glass, it goes from empty, to full of water, then back to empty when he hands the glass over.

    • At one point, Jane stated "Now that I'm the manager, I am the bitch of the place," however, close captioning read (bleep) of the place.

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