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Kitchen Nightmares UK - Piccolo Teatro

Sloth Apr 5, 2008 07:07 AM

Not sure if this was a "new" episode, but it was new to me and perhaps the best episode I've seen so far.
Watch Gordon Ramsey physically remove a crazy chef!
Watch Gordon run a restaurant by himself!
Listen as Gordon speaks French!
Marvel as Gordon gets excited about vegetarian cuisine!

See the poor little rich girl using Daddy's money to open a restaurant in Paris get the Ramsey treatment.

I think I have to set the DVR to record this one when it comes on again. Brilliant!

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    selenster Dec 1, 2010 02:42 PM

    i still hear, in my head, "not particularly good" in that chopped accent of the waitress when gordon asked how the food is.

    this is one of the best episodes ever.

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      veryberry Nov 30, 2010 02:32 PM

      THis episode just reran here in Australia and I googled to find out what happened to India. Glad to see she is doing well.

      On a less pleasant note, well, it seems that papa Brian pulled the plug on funding his daughter's lifestyle, as Rachel McNally is now working as a prostitute:
      http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/...
      Naturally, she blames Gordon for the failure of her restaurant. What a piece of work this woman is.

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        Withnail42 Nov 30, 2010 04:05 PM

        WOW!!

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          Phaedrus Nov 30, 2010 05:48 PM

          She's not all that.

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            Withnail42 Nov 30, 2010 07:11 PM

            A clarification of my 'wow' It was intended has and expression of shock and disbelief upon reading the article. (Not wow she's hot.) I'm sure her father must be very proud. And I thought she was a piece of work when she was on Kitchen Nightmares.

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              libgirl2 Dec 1, 2010 05:17 AM

              no big surprise.... that is probably the only trade she can sleep in at.

        2. Withnail42 Apr 21, 2009 12:31 PM

          It was a good episode. Felt bad for India as well. Getting the job going home moving her stuff only to come back and find the place closed. But good for GR for getting her a new job. Clearly she had/s a passion that resonates with viewers.

          That woman was a real piece of work. I seem to remember she had a daughter. I would presume that she is the main reason the ‘Dad’ is helping her out. Wonder if he is still doing so.

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            jonesg May 27, 2010 07:10 PM

            You can watch most of these programs on youtube or fox.com
            It was an older series with the french veggie place.

            Its easy to point fingers, but I suspect the father made the mistake to allow his daughter to become his higher power. He fears losing her, thats a failed parenting model many fall into.

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              nmnative1 Jun 24, 2010 07:14 AM

              As I have never seen an episode of Kitchen Nighmare's before, what a great introduction to this show. What an awful mess, I am so glad some good came out of this for India. I hope after these last few years she still has her passion with food going just as strong as in this show.
              Other than that what an absolute NIGHTMARE, bratty kid has no business running any business!!

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                Firegoat Jun 24, 2010 11:33 AM

                I saw it this morning on bbcAmerica. Pretty bizarre episode.

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              libgirl2 Oct 15, 2008 06:04 PM

              Excellent episode. I did love India. So happy he took notice of her.

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                Phaedrus Oct 15, 2008 06:37 PM

                I just wanted to scream at the spoiled brat owner, or have her dad go off on her.

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                  epabella Jan 20, 2010 12:19 PM

                  you have to admit the spoiled scottish brat was kinda hot... no, she WAS hot. Instead of screaming at her, I'd like to make her scream. All-in-all, Piccolo Teatro is among my top-five Kitchen Nightmare episodes. The others being Bonaparte's, Moore Place, La Gondola, and Morgan's (hot blonde sisters).

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                    Phaedrus Jan 21, 2010 06:41 AM

                    Nah, she does nothing for me. OThe Morgan's sisters though, is another story.

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                MrMagu Oct 15, 2008 03:21 PM

                Totally agree. Loved the Fireman's Carry all the way up the street.

                My problem was that I had recorded the program, and everything was running a couple of minutes late, so we didn't get to see what happened about India (who looks like a real chef!)

                Can anybody tell me what happened please?

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                  sugarbuzz Oct 15, 2008 04:11 PM

                  Ramsey hired her to work in one his restaurants.

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                    MrMagu Oct 15, 2008 07:48 PM

                    Ahh, thought it might have been something like that.

                    Thanks

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                      jay.k.thomas.usmc Apr 16, 2009 03:21 PM

                      Sugarbuzz,

                      I have tried to get more info on "India" I have feeling that her names is spelled differently. If you have had any luck please let me know.

                      Semper Fi
                      -Jay

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                        gyc Apr 16, 2009 04:24 PM

                        Last I heard she did a good job during her trial period at Ramsay's restaurant and was offered a position there.

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                    LJS Jun 18, 2008 11:56 AM

                    I just saw this episode for the first time this week. Yes, Mr LJS and I also suspected that drugs must be playing some part in the shambles of that restaurant (and the lifestyle that seemed to go along with it). I was equally surprised that GR didn't metion that more specifically-I think maybe he felt sorry for Dad-I know I did...I remembered the Irish Gastropub episode set back in England when the chef son of the hard-working family had a substance abuse problem and GR was so compassionate.

                    Then, when I did the math for myself, all I could think was "I could do that" ...making a success of a teensy, veggie restaurant in Paris.

                    1. Polylerus Apr 8, 2008 01:10 PM

                      I loved that episode! I usually associate a Scottish burr with hard work...and now, not so much. Ramsay's soup looked great, by the way! The episode inspired me to draw a parody: http://www.arnjuice.com/books/012-Boo...

                       
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                        cackalackie Apr 8, 2008 01:09 PM

                        I'm glad you posted this! I too just saw this one for the first time and loved it. You forgot

                        See beautiful shots of Paris (sunny and rainy)

                        And on a personal note:
                        See Gordon and some Scottish bird have a chat in the same square where my kids and I played barely one year ago.....

                        And I loved the way it ended - with India in London. I knew he would sort her out (so to speak).

                        1. greedygirl Apr 5, 2008 08:28 AM

                          I saw this one a while back - you must have seen a repeat. That woman was extraordinary wasn't she? Mr GG was convinced she was on drugs.

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                            aelph Apr 5, 2008 09:38 AM

                            Paging Marianne Faithful...

                            yeah...some form of accoutrement was being appreciated by everyone associated with that resto. ...Surprised (French-speaking!) Ramsay didn't call them on it...

                            I'm glad the new chef got a second chance elswehere after that debacle.

                            I think it all comes down to the dad(Mr. Moneybanks), really. Something happened in the past that he feels enough guilt to fund his dilettante daughter's every self-destructive whim. It was all so horrifically transparent.

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                              NellyNel Apr 21, 2009 07:13 AM

                              "Paging Marianne Faithful..."

                              LMAO!!!!!!
                              Briliant!

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                                leeriley Dec 1, 2010 03:52 AM

                                Observant and utterly accurate. It was almost painful to watch. Daddy seemed to be, 'not saying something', too hard.

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