Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares

Episode Guide

Series 1 Nightmares Revisited - Moore Place

Series 172 · Episode 3

One year later Gordon's back to see if Nick and Richard have managed to keep Moore Place on the right track. Last year, Moore Place was in CRISIS. Restaurant virgins Nick and Richard thought they'd got themselves a 24 carat WINNER when they bought the business. It seemed PERFECT. The reality: no customers, 70s cuisine and losing money by the hour. With a large dose of Ramsay medicine, the kitchen was organised, the food modernised (especially the deep-fried camembert and duck a l'orange), the menu overhauled and the dining room redecorated. Takings rose and the customers came back. It was a bitter pill to swallow but Nick and Richard seemed to have got the message and were finally on their way to becoming successful restaurateurs. Many months on, has Ramsay's fast-track guide to restaurant success helped these brewery whiz kids transform their failing ex-Berni Inn into a profitable business... and is it still that disgusting shade of purple? It's a relief to see that Andy is still heading up the kitchen and has succeeded in knocking a new team into shape pretty quickly. But Mark has left to run his own pub in Leicester. The front of house team still has Peter at the helm, but Zak's now behind the bar. Better still, in the evenings it's been busy - real BUSY. Taking are up by 60-70%, the menu has been streamlined, prices have been cut, the food quality upped and the burgers are flying out of the kitchen. Lunchtimes in the bar, however, are a different story: completely DEAD. The reason is clear. Looks as though the deep fat fryer still rules the lunchtime roost. Moore Place's reputation for good food in the restaurant is being spoiled by crap fried food in the bar. And if Nick and Richard want to encourage people from the bar to eat in their restaurant, the food will have to CHANGE. And that starts with bringing some of the restaurant menu over to the bar menu so that anyone coming in for a quick snack in the bar gets a taste of what's on offer in the restaurant. But just how much has Moore Place really progressed. Time for some Ramsay espionage - he sends in a spy to find out: Matthew Forte, renowned food critic, who's frank reviews can make or break any restaurant. The verdict: Peter gets the thumbs up for quality service, the food is competent if, at times, a little too fancy and there's still the odd weird dish in the mix like deep fried rocket. But Nick and Richard really are firmly on the road to SUCCESS. The average spend at Moore Place has ramped up from a meagre £13 per head to over £20. And if it continues, their annual turnover will have risen by a cool £1 million. Moore Place is no longer a NIGHTMARE... even if it is still PURPLE.

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