Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares

Season 2 Episode 1

La Lanterna

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Aired Tuesday 9:00 AM May 24, 2005 on Channel 4
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La Lanterna
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The venue for the first programme is La Lanterna in Letchworth, Hertfordshire. Twenty-eight-year-old owner and head chef Alex offers modern Italian cuisine, a taste of Little Italy in England's first garden city, and the restaurant is run by his best mate, maitre d' Gavin, helped by Alex's ex-air hostess girlfriend Emily.
Alex has no customers, cookers that don't work, and an expensive menu. Can a strict diet of brutal honesty, radical food surgery and undiluted energy turn things round, or is it only a matter of time before the lights go out at La Lanterna for good?moreless

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  • Ramsey saves the day for Fake Food Italian Chef.

    8.0
    This started out for me like it was going to be a terrible episode. The chef Alex Scott was doing a horrific job cookig what he called "Modern Italian" while Ramsey and watchers must have thought this is modern crap.

    It's hard not to be made at some of the people on all of Ramsey's shows, here or in Europe, but this wasn't the case this time. He thinks he was sincerley trained by a gentleman that Gordon goes and finds out is now a taxi driver, Yikes! At this point it seemed if Gordon was done, but he wasn't. He goes on to turn the restaurant with the plastic food and disfuntional staff into a place to be proud of.He also turns a smart ass Manager into someone who was at least serviceable,by teaching him how to swear and yell at his employees.

    When Gordon comes back to months later he as did I expect the worst, that we go back to using food from plastic packages and everything hand bought, well we were in for a surprise, La Lanterna is still using the fresh ingredients and Alex had been able to pay off over 20,000 pounds in debt, and is able to pay himself a wage for the first time in 4 months.

    Overall a very good episode worth a watch, there is also another part of the show where Gordon and Alex go back and forth about Alex's car and license plate, it's worth watching if not just for that!moreless

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