Series Three opens at The Sandgate Hotel in Sandgate, Kent where four different restaurants feature 168 dishes, including Japanese, which the chef doesn’t know very well as his sushi reveals. The place is overstaffed, the owner too lax with the staff, and the menus excessive.
Clubway 41 in Blackpool, Lancashire suffers because the chef doesn’t have a great deal of experience and his girlfriend, with no culinary background, picks odd flavor combinations, such as mixing salmon and strawberry, and brie and nectarine. They have a café downstairs that runs moderately well, but the fine dining upstairs isn’t working.
Oscar’s in Nantwich, Cheshire is a heartbreaking story as the woman put her retirement into restaurant having never run one before. Her son is the chef but he’s an alcoholic, and is taken to the hospital when he passes out during a service. Ramsay reveals addiction is a problem in industry as chefs deal with the high-pressure demands.
La Gondola in Derby, East Midlands is another case of a woman, not knowing anything about the restaurant business, buying one because it seemed like a good idea after she got half million quid in a divorce settlement. The chef, who had been there since the ‘70s, doesn’t take the job seriously.
What’s intriguing is Ramsay seems to honestly care about saving these restaurants, more than the owners and staff at times, some of whom seem to not grasp why he was brought in to help. He swears constantly on these uncensored shows, which doesn’t seem like a proper motivator. These two series of Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares remains compelling as it presents regular people trying to make a go of it with a restaurant, and he offers valuable tips applicable to other businesses.
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