Friday, 13 May 2011

UK Season 4 - La Parra de Burriana - CLOSED


Open or closed? CLOSED
Location: Nerja, Spain

Episode Summary:  Owned by ex pat Laurence Davy, an ex nightclub manager, he wanted to offer brits abroad something a bit different. He serves Prawns with a chocolate dip and was in £70,000 of debt after borrowing money from his father. Gordon sets down to try the food and discovers the menu is huge serving everything. Gordon orders a filet steak kebab which is described by Laurence as one of his wow factor dishes, it arrives swinging from a hook and Gordon describes it as "swinging like a Donkey's dick". His desert, a creme catalana is burnt. Laurence doesn't believe his food is bad at all and argues with Gordon. Gordon gets frustrated.

The next day Gordon comes to watch a dinner service. He discovers chef Norm is forced to cook on the BBQ serving poached chicken kebabs before orders are in being precooked before being BBQed. He admits that if they are not sold that night they will be reused the next night, Gordon tells them they can't do this and it could be dangerous. Gordon notices he is cooking in the dark and he shows him a wind up torch that he uses for when it gets dark. Gordon sees Alex mismanaging the dining room and watches Laurence's lazy style of cooking, deep frying vegetables and cooking everything on his plauncher grill so all the food tastes the same. After noticing how filthy the kitchen was the night before he arranges to meet the next morning, they are late to turn up and they set about cleaning the kitchen and restaurant. Gordon discovers dog poop on the patio, totally unacceptable but they don't seem too bothered.

Gordon talks to Laurence about a charity event he held for the local donkey charity which was a total disaster. He served them an unset Chicken Liver Parfait and an extremely over cooked chicken dish that was like cardboard, he even had the nerve to charge them for the meal! He knows he needs to win back the locals so goes to visit them at the sanctuary and discovers even more about the night including that there was banana in the chicken main too and that he was very rude to them. He pleads them to return and you can see they are not eager! Gordon decides his next move is to tackle the menu and in order to make them see the flavour combinations he is using aren't working he serves them smoothies of dishes including the prawn and chocolate dish. Laurence tries to resist the menu change so Gordon allows him to serve his menu but have Gordons menu as a backup to change over if needed. Laurence refuses to do this and the service goes badly, he blames Gordon. Gordon gets annoyed and walks out.

Gordon returns the next day to find there has been a break in, Laurence had not put the money in the bank or in a safe and had left it in a cash box in a filing cabinet and they had quite easily taken the entire summers takings totaling around £4000. He finally caves in to Gordon's help and they change the menu, burning the old ones. On the relaunch Gordon moves Norm into the kitchen to back up Laurence and pot washer Tom goes on the grill. It starts to go well but it becomes clear that Alex has overbooked the restaurant and has double booked tables and only allowed one hour for guests to eat and leave. The donkey sanctuary loved the food but thought the service was pretty poor. The relaunch was only just a success. Gordon leaves but is unsure that they will be there when he returns.

What happened next: Gordon revisits and the Spanish food is still on the menu, he is making a profit and has managed to pay off some of his debts. Gordon revisited again and they were back to serving bog standard food, the locals were coming back but the tourists still weren't coming in for lunch. There was no Spanish local dishes on the menu. Gordon took him to the beach for a cook off of his boring Pesto Pasta vs Paella, the customers loved the paella and were coming back in and it all set to continue. But...The website is down and according to a post from the Donkey Sanctuary, Lawrence did a runner at some point but the Donkey Gordon gave them has been rescued!

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20 comments:

  1. Lol I just watched the show

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  2. Hurray for the Gordon Ramsay Donkey rescue team. My wife and I have been watching the series, and we just watched this episode. It is such a surprise that most of the restaurants go back to their bad habits after being shown how to do it properly. Old habits die hard...

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    1. It is funny that you say it is surprising the restaurants go back to their old ways, but then use a figure of speech that exists solely to point out that people tend to go back to their old ways.
      Changing someone's behavior is not something that is done quickly, or easily, ever. That's why kitchen nightmares has such a terrible long term success rate. It's kind of sad, really.

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    2. The reason these people are in trouble to begin with is because they are morons... You don't serve people your ego, you serve them your love.
      Of course they will not continue doing it Gordons way, too much effort for cooks... These people should not be allowed to call themselves chefs unless they went to school.

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    3. Exactly. People think anyone can run a restaurant. Then, they're on their asses, on the verge of bankruptcy, and they argue with someone as successful as Gordon Ramsay. You don't have to love him, but you can't dispute that when it comes to the restaurant business, he has more than proven that he knows what he's doing. And sometimes these places are so deep in debt that I think, why bother? How many dinners do you need to serve for how many years just to break even? I guess a lot of these owners decide to cut their losses and get out.

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    4. These people should not be allowed to call themselves chefs unless they went to school? Are you crazy? The best, and I repeat the best chefs in the world have never set foot in a cooking school unless they were being paid to give a seminar. Michelle Roux, Raymond Blanc, Pierre White, Mario Batali, Paula Dean, Guy Fieri and Rachel Ray and the big surprise- Gordon Ramsay (he did take a hotel management course). This roster has literally every UK based 3 star chef on it. And not one went to college for cooking. Half of them didn't even come up the brigade system so... Your an idiot...

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    5. Rachel Ray, Guy Fieri and Paula Deen are the best chefs in the world? Just because you get a half-hour show on Food Network doesn't mean you're any good (google image search "Rachel Ray Rouladen" or look up the reviews for "Lady and Sons" or "Tex Wasabi's").

      Look up the alumni of the Culinary Institute of America and then try to argue that "the best chefs don't go to cooking school."

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  3. im glad im not the only one watching this 5 years later.

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  4. Your not alone lol. Just came to Netflix! Never seen these episodes before.

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  5. This is one of those episodes where you watch it from 2012 and you just say "marginal restaurant in Spain in 2005... no way this is still open, no matter what happens

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  6. The prick deserved to fail, if you ask me. Cocky, immature, clueless. Serves him right. I feel worse for that poor donkey than I do for him or his idiot cohort Alex.

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  7. Most of these places fail because by the time they get help from Ramsay they are too far in debt to dig their way out no matter what Ramsay does.

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  8. I don't get it. Ramsay is called to rescue a failing restaurant, he gives incredible advice, shows them what to do, even cooks the food for them, when they follow his advice they succeed, but then they get stupid and go back to their old ways that failed in the first place. THEN they blame Ramsay. Stupid, ungrateful people. No wonder they fail.

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    1. Even helps them clean up the dog poop!

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  9. I bet the dickhead stole the money himself. He did not deserve the restaurant nor his fathers money.

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    1. I thought the same or employees since it was in an uncommon spot.

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  10. Given Spain's economy even much better restaurants probably failed during the financial crisis

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  11. Financial crisis my ass. The guy could have done very well.
    But then I watched the revisited episode, and it was obvious he would close shortly. He learned once, took his success for granted and then just got back to the old moronic ways of cooking and making excuses.

    Also, it was so painfully obvious that the chef "stole" his own money... that fits with the "doing a runner" stuff, too.
    I guess he really got back to the airport without his balls, after all. Daddy's money: gone.

    Sad.

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  12. who puts $5000 in a cabinet. an idiot or a -------- > THIEF <-------- duh

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  13. That paella that Gordon cooked on the beach was not a proper paella, it was a Brit's idea of what a paella should be. Those big slabs of chorizo would have been horrible to try and chew through and he could have left the chicken out too. Not that chicken can't be put in a paella but he should have stuck with the seafood only considering he was cooking it on the beach. I don't think it needed the sherry vinegar either.

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