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Kitchen Nightmares UK - Piccolo Teatro

  • Sloth Apr 5, 2008 07:07 AM
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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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  1. 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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    1. re: greedygirl

      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.

      1. re: aelph

        "Paging Marianne Faithful..."

        LMAO!!!!!!
        Briliant!

        1. re: aelph

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

      2. 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. 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...

           
          1. 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. 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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              1. re: MrMagu

                Ramsey hired her to work in one his restaurants.

                1. re: sugarbuzz

                  Ahh, thought it might have been something like that.

                  Thanks

                  1. re: sugarbuzz

                    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

                    1. re: jay.k.thomas.usmc

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

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

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                  1. re: libgirl2

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

                    1. re: Phaedrus

                      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).

                      1. re: epabella

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

                  2. 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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                    1. re: Withnail42

                      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.

                      1. re: Withnail42

                        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!!

                        1. re: nmnative1

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

                      2. 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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                        1. re: veryberry

                          WOW!!

                          1. re: veryberry

                            She's not all that.

                            1. re: Phaedrus

                              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.

                              1. re: Withnail42

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

                          2. 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.