(keep reading to learn what happened)
Season: 4 | View All Season 4 Episodes
Original Episode Air Date: April 29, 2011
La Frite Address: 15013 Ventura Blvd Sherman Oaks, CA 91403
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In this episode of Kitchen Nightmares Gordon visits Los Angeles to save a family-owned French bistro named La Frite. Chef Ramsay soon realizes that he may have a very difficult job on his hands as brother and sister Alex & Celine come to blows. To make matters worse, stubborn head chef Martine cooks Gordon’s lunch in the microwave and doesn’t take kindly to his criticism. It doesn’t take long for Gordon to work out that the main reason the restaurant is failing is the fact that there is no communication between the owners and the chef. It seems that none of the owners care enough to make it work and big brother Alex admits that he can’t stand his sister Celine working in the restaurant.
After a disastrous lunch meal Gordon learns that Martine will not listen to Celine and Alex can’t handle confrontation or constructive criticism. When dinner service starts it becomes clear that chef Martine is burnt out and has lost his passion for food. The only owner that cares is Celine, however she is constantly ignored and her ideas are always brushed aside. Gordon becomes infuriated by Alex’s attitude and makes it clear that he has to change his ways and make an effort with his sister. If he can’t take the restaurant seriously there is no point in him being there.
The dinner service is abysmal and food is consistently returned to the kitchen. Chef Martine makes very little effort to produce any delicious food and forgets to season his dishes with any salt or pepper. Gordon decides that the only way to move forward and get the restaurant back on it’s feet is to fix the fragmented relationship between the owners. He decides to speak alone with Celine and convinces her to open up about the relationship with her brother. While discussing the restaurant Alex walks in and joins the conversation. He opens up about how he feels towards his sister and admits that he has been jealous that she was given the restaurant over him. However he states that he wants to put the past behind him and work hard to improve the restaurant.
Gordon and his team transform the restaurant giving it a brand new look making it much more inviting. He introduces a spectacular menu and hires well renowned “Chef Chuy” to run the kitchen. Gordon provides all the tools to make the bistro a success and the re-launch couldn’t have went any better.
La Frite Update - What Happened Next?
After the show was filmed Chef Chuy was brought in full time to continue as the executive chef. Alex and Saline continued to work well together and put their differences aside. Not only did Gordon save the restaurant from disaster, he saved the family. La Frite is still open today and is now highly regarded in Los Angeles as an above average French bistro. It has very good ratings on Trip Adviser and seems to be a great success.
The food is well presented and it’s clear that the team have been taught well by Gordon and chef Chuy. There are many positive reviews stating how delicious the food is and the vast majority of people have said they would return for more excellent French cuisine.
Chef Ramsay revisits the restaurant only to find a well structured restaurant running smoothly with a harmonious family serving delicious food. Celine revealed that her brother and father are now listening to her a lot more and taking her ideas on board. Alex admitted to chef Ramsay that it was difficult making huge changes to the restaurant at first but is thankful for all the help he received. Celine and Alex are now closer than ever and working hard to make La Frite a success.
Currently, La Frite is still opening and functioning. Though the restaurant only has a 3.5-star rating on Yelp, they appear to be doing plenty of business and are in no danger of closing.
Kudos to Gordon and the La Frite team on making this one a success!
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Last updated: 2017-08-15 12:00