Sunday, 29 May 2011

US Season 2 - Trobiano's - CLOSED

Open or closed? CLOSED
Location: Great Neck, NY

Episode Summary:  This Italian restaurant based in New York is owned by Anthony Trobiano and his girlfriend Tiffany's parents. They have been struggling for 3 years and are months away from closing. They are all there at the restaurant all the time so they argue a lot and are begining to resent each other. Gordon arrives and they sit down to talk about the problems, Gordon discovers that Anthony has never worked in an italian restaurant and says he is mad to open one having never worked in one. The restaurant runs a busy early bird special so Gordon arrives to sample the menu. He notices that the decor is drab and old fashioned like the customers. 

Gordon orders the egg plant tower, chicken wrapped shrimp and salmon with spaghetti bolognese. He notices that the customer next to him has fallen asleep! The food arrives, the egg plant tower is ghastly, cold and tasteless as the mozarella isn't homemade. The chicken wrapped shrimp is confusing and the shrimp is rock hard. Finally, the salmon is very dry. When Gordon returns the food Anthony refuses to taste it. After the early bird special finishes the restaurant is empty and Gordon tells them that the biggest problem with the special menu is the portion sizes are allowing customers to take large portions away with them. Gordon leaves but decides to come back to investigate the kitchen. He finds the kitchen to be filthy with dirty oven, dirty floors and dirty plates. Gordon enters restaurant and tells them all to come into kitchen. Gordon asks Anthony about the cleaning regime and he tells him that the staff are meant to do it and he doesn't do any cleaning at all of the kitchen. Gordon also discovers mouse droppings. Gordon walks out. Anthony goes after him and tries to talk him into returning.

The next day Gordon takes them out to a farm to milk cows to be able to make their own mozarella and when they return to the restaurant Gordon gives them a master class of making mozarella, telling them that with 45 minutes work a day they can have something that stands out from the competition. For the evenings dinner service Gordon tells them to take down the early bird special. Gordon introduces two new specials using the fresh mozarella and as the customers order food these specials are very popular. Anthony however is once again not tasty his food. This leads to food being sent back and the kitchen falling behind and customers are left waiting. Something is burnt in the kitchen setting the fire alarm off which Anthony has to turn off, meaning they are set even further behind. Prior to the relaunch, Gordon introduces a new menu of italian dishes and the staff taste these and love them.

On relaunch night, the editor of Bon Appetit Magazine Barbara Fairchild comes for dinner, phoning Gordon to say she is attending, putting further pressure and creating a challenge for the kitchen. The kitchen was doing well, sending out good food until they are let down by the servers with handwriting problems and duplicated orders. Gordon tells them to sort it out as they are damaging the kitchen. Then a single dish comes back as cold however this is the only dish sent back. The Bon Appetit table love their food and all pass the food around sampling each others dishes. To end the night off Gordon presents Anthony with an engagement ring as he knows that Anthony had been putting it off due to the pressure of the restaurant. He proposes in front of everyone in the restaurant and the next surprise is that they are to get married that evening in the restaurant.

What Happened Next: The restaurant was seized by the state for not paying taxes and as a result closed in October 2008. Anthony then became a Chef at Speranza Food Studio which closed in 2011. He is currently Executive Chef at Cirella's Restaurant & Bar in New York. Anthony and Tiffany are still married and had a daughter in March 2010.

21 comments:

  1. Wow, seemed as if they'd really turned things around, really nice wedding too, what a shame.

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  2. Should have paid them taxes.

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  3. Everything that Chef Ramsey seems to touch closes it's doors.

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    1. Oh please, most of those restaurant would have closed anyway, 100 of thousand of dollars in debt, give me a break. You have to be extremely successful afetrwards to be able to succeed for years on end.

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    2. it was seized because they didn't pay taxes...please tell me how that is ramsey's fault.

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    3. Many of these restaurants are really beyond saving. Think about it: the number one most common trait among the restaurants Chef Ramsey goes to? Extreme, absurd arrogance among one or more members of management. Most of these people don't want him to fix their restaurants, they want him to come in and say "the food is lovely, you've got something truly unique here, it's just the location/economy/bully critics that are keeping you down". Is it any surprise that once the cameras are off and the Brit is out the door, they go back to their old ways? These restaurants were chosen specifically because they were so far gone. One week is enough to initiate changes, but if the owners don't want to change there's nothing he can do. Moreover, most of these places are BURIED in debt. They don't just need to start being profitable, they need to start raking in cash just to make ends meet.

      It's rarely his fault, most of these places were doomed when the producers picked them out.

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    4. Some of the places, 10-15%, are open and doing well, or were sold as succesful restaurants with great turnover even though they are in debt.

      Given the state they are (probably) in when Ramsey does visit them, I'd say that is a decent result.

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    5. "Oh please, most of those restaurant would have closed anyway"

      Then WHAT is the POINT of this show?!

      If most of the restaurants he "helps" are beyond saving, then the only purpose of this show is to stroke Ramsey's enormous ego (esp. since every episode has him playing Dr. Phil....what a crock!), while making the mouth-breathers at home hoot and holler when Gordon does his once-every-episode phony "walk-out".

      And I gotta tell you, I'm getting really disgusted with his condecending and hateful attitude towards old people. Any time the clientele is made up of elderly people we get his snotty snarky comments, which, I'm sure are making the mouth-breathers in their double-wides hoot with glee, but just makes me want to punch him in the face. Gordon, you WILL be that old some day, and I just hope I can be there to make snotty comments about YOU when it happens.

      So, lets review.

      Either:

      a) Gordon Ramsay is really awful in his job of "saving" troubled eating establishments, or...

      b) this show exists for the sole purpose of stroking and feeding his gargantuan ego (and making the mouth-breathers at home hoot like a Jerry Springer audience)

      Take your pick.

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    6. "Then WHAT is the POINT of this show?!"

      The point of the show is to give them a CHANCE to bring things around. The "help" you want is for Ramsay to pay their bills/taxes/debts for them so they can get out of whatever hole they dug themselves into.

      Again, it is NOT his fault they didn't pay their taxes. It's completely stupid to assume that a makeover and a new menu can pay taxes immediately. That was their responsibility. The point of the show is simply to help them get THEMSELVES out of the rut they're in by TEACHING THEM what they're doing wrong. He's basically just handing them starter kits so they can help themselves.

      Yes, that includes getting arrogant people back down to earth so they can get it into their thick heads that their food is bad, that they don't clean, that they charge money for bad food customers don't deserve.

      Ramsay isn't a restaurant saving Messiah. These owners need to do things for themselves, if they failed to pay their own taxes that is their fault and not his. The point of the show to help them get back up from zero and for us to see that process. It's obvious during every ending that whatever happens in the long run is up to THE OWNERS. Not Ramsay.

      Your choices are dumb and biased and you are obviously close-minded, choosing to hate instead of freaking UNDERSTANDING that not everything has to be handed to you on a silver platter. That's entitlement.

      The more you know.

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    7. The point of the show as is the point of any show on TV is entertainment.

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  4. That place was disgusting! They didn't pay their taxes, that's not Ramsey's fault.

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  5. Hope he at least manages to repay his inlaws

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  6. This is one of my favorite episodes of the show. Gordon with the elderly ladies was comedy gold. It's also nice to see the sweeter side of Chef Ramsay...you do see that, despite the gruff exterior, he really is a pussycat.

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  7. I can't believe after all that,and they decide not to pay their taxes!
    It's a shame what financial debt does to people by forcing them to
    make extremely bad decisions! But, obviously there's an explanation why this happened but the real story probably won't make it to the press because it's a "reality show" fluffy news story and there's a lot of them to go around!

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    1. I am sure it is 10s of thousands of dollars that they owe in back taxs. they just did not all of a sudden stop paying taxs.

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  8. I find that owners are all stupid. It's like Jesus Christ came into your life to help you and you don't listen. All these owners are beyond help!

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  9. Wonderful episode. I had tears watching the wedding.

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  10. I thought the wedding was Ramsay's way of getting back at him for wasting his girlfriend's family's wealth (not that they didn't ask for it investing in this kid). Now he couldn't run away, at least not as easily, from all the damage he had done with his laziness and ineptitude!

    It was diabolical. It was brilliant. I loved it!

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  11. The Italian girl in this episode is fiiiine.

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  12. trobiano's was in my hometown. strangely, i've passed it several times but didn't know it existed till kitchen nightmares

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  13. been watching all the episodes and keeping up with each restaurant so far out of 31 restaurants only 5 of them are still open. that is 6-7% of making it work.

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