Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares

Season 3 Episode 4

La Gondola

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Aired Tuesday 9:00 AM Mar 14, 2006 on Channel 4
8.6
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La Gondola - a hotel and restaurant in Derby - strikes Gordon as being stuck in the past, and indeed its glory days were back in the 1970s. The challenge is to haul the staff, decor and cuisine into the 21st century and once again fill the dining room with happy customers.moreless
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  • Gordon comes to Derby to find a 40 year old restaurant in need of a grave. He has to rescue it from memories of glory days long gone by, a head chef who doesn't give a crap, and plastic flowers with dust thicker than carpet.moreless

    8.6
    Gordon says that this is the worst nightmare he's come across and I agree. Steve - the head chef, was like a walking corpse. He got just gotten comfortable cooking out of packets and tins. He doesn't care so none of his staff do either. The only person with any inkling of spirit is Danny, the 17 year old apprentice chef. The owner, Daniela, bought the restaurant trying to recover some happiness in her life. She grew up going to the restaurant, had her 21st birthday party there, got married there. Now that she is divorced and presumably not quite so happy any more she reaches back to the place that was prominent in her life when she was happy. Unfortunately it hasn't changed since that time in her life. It takes Gordon's acerbic tongue and the two main chefs quitting to get this place turned around. A good flambe doesn't hurt either.

    A great episode, not my favourite but a good one!moreless

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