Hot Potato Cafe Philadelphia is known as "The City of Brotherly Love," but one restaurant, the Hot Potato Cafe, is tearing a family apart. Passion, motivation and spirit fueled the restaurant when it was founded two years ago, but all of these mandatory ingredients are now in short supply. Chef Ramsay is in disbelief at what he witnesses at the cafe, and once the poor attitudes of the owners are mixed in, Ramsay does something he has never done before. Can Chef Ramsay find a way to help the Hot Potato Cafe survive?
Flamangos When Chef Ramsay visits Flamangos in Whitehouse Station, NJ, he feels like he's stepped back in time and into the rainforest. This family-run restaurant is in desperate need of a total overhaul, and with one of the owners stuck in the past and resistant to change, it's nearly impossible for Ramsay to make any improvements. After working with the employees on new dcor, a new menu and even a new name, the owner remains skeptical and decides it might be best just to shut the doors forever. Will Chef Ramsay be able to change the owners' minds and help them turn their restaurant around, or will they just throw in the towel?
Bazzini Chef Ramsay visits Bazzini, a restaurant in Ridgewood, NJ, with an identity crisis. Owner Paul Bazzini has worked in restaurants his whole life and always dreamed of having his own. However, with a lot of eateries in the same vicinity, Bazzini is getting lost in the shuffle. Chef Ramsay will have to restore Paul's passion and implement fresh new ideas, if there is any hope of saving the restaurant.
Mojito's Kata and Marcelo thought they were living a fairytale life when the newlywed couple moved to Brooklyn, NY to pursue their shared dream of opening Mojito's, a Cuban restaurant. Seven years later, their marriage is in ruins and their restaurant isn't far behind. Can Chef Ramsay step in and save the only thing the ex-lovers have left?
Lido Di Manhattan Beach Chef Gordon Ramsay attempts to revitalize Lido di Manhattan Beach, a failing Italian restaurant in Manhattan Beach, CA, but upon entering the kitchen, he's so disgusted that he shuts the restaurant down. Owner Lisa is a business school graduate who took over the restaurant at age 23 without any prior experience in the food service industry. When Gordon gives Lisa the cold, hard truth about what could happen, she realizes she must institute his drastic changes in order to protect her investment.
Le Bistro Chef Ramsay travels to sunny South Florida, where he encounters a dreary situation. Le Bistro, a small French restaurant, is barely surviving, and the head chef, Andy, has no idea why. He doesn't believe there is anything wrong with the food, service or dining experience. When Chef Ramsay finds out that he and Chef Andy share similar culinary training, he is in disbelief. Can Ramsay cook up a plan that will get through to the stubborn chef and revive this sinking ship?
Casa Roma Casa Roma, a Lancaster, CA, Italian eatery, packs in the customers at the bar, but the restaurant is nearly empty every single night. With a kitchen staff that has no idea what's going on, outdated dcor and owners who have zero restaurant experience, this is not going to be easy! The experience is off to a bad start when the food for Ramsay's taste test takes more than an hour and he falls asleep in the booth! Will this family get their act together or will Ramsay close his eyes on this restaurant forever?
Mama Rita's Chef Gordon Ramsay visits Mama Rita's, a struggling Mexican restaurant in Newbury Park, CA. Owner Laura dreams of honoring her grandmother's cooking legacy, but finds the transition from a successful catering business to restaurant ownership challenging. With a chaotic atmosphere in the kitchen and a lack of leadership from management, this restaurant faces foreclosure if Gordon is unable to help Laura's cooking staff add some spice back into their business. In order to make real change, Laura is faced with a difficult choice between saving a friendship and saving her restaurant. Will her decision, along with a surprise gift from Gordon, be enough to entice customers back into the restaurant?
Anna Vincenzo's Chef Ramsay visits Anna Vincenzo's in Boca Raton, FL, a family-run restaurant whose owner/chef, CeCe, is extremely resistant to change. Frustrated by the fact that CeCe won't listen to anything he has to say, Gordon walks out the door. Later that evening during a disastrous dinner service, food keeps getting returned. When a showdown erupts in the kitchen, this time it's CeCe who quits.
Revisited #2 Chef Ramsay pays a visit to Sante La Brea and Giuseppi's, two California eateries he helped during the first season of Kitchen Nightmares, to see how the restaurants are fairing and if his recommendations are being followed. Ramsay also recaps his most memorable kitchen fights.
Sushi Ko Chef Ramsay visits Sushi Ko, a family-owned restaurant in Thousand Oaks, CA. Owner Akira began his career at the high-profile eatery, and after working his way up to owner, he decided to open another location that hasn't been successful. With the restaurant struggling and Akira in tremendous debt, he has lost his passion for cooking, and it has caused major problems in the family dynamic. Will Ramsay be able to get Akira back into the kitchen, or will the family lose everything they've worked so hard for?
Fleming Chef Gordon Ramsay visits Fleming in Miami, FL, where a husband-and-wife team is in desperate need of help. Once a popular Danish restaurant, Fleming has been resistant to change and is now barely surviving. And after Chef Ramsay sees what's lurking in the cooler, he is forced to shut down the restaurant in the middle of the dinner service. With a stubborn owner in denial, Ramsay is going to have to make some major changes, or Fleming will be forced to close their doors forever.
Revisited #1 Chef Ramsay visits restaurants from kitchens past to see if they've been able to implement his changes and help their businesses thrive. He's in for a real surprise when he drops in on Handlebar, Casa Roma and the most memorable eatery yet, Black Pearl.