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Season: 4 | View All Season 4 Episodes
Original Episode Air Date: April 29, 2011
La Frite Address: 15013 Ventura Blvd Sherman Oaks, CA 91403
La Frite was a Los Angeles, California restaurant featured on season 4 of Kitchen Nightmares.
In this episode of Kitchen Nightmares, Gordon Ramsay 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 managed to stay open for years and was highly regarded in Los Angeles as an above average French bistro.
It had very good ratings on TripAdviser and seems to be a great success.
The food was well presented and was clear that the team had been taught well by Gordon and chef Chuy.
There were 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 revisited the restaurant later only to find a well structured restaurant running smoothly with a harmonious family serving delicious food.
Celine revealed that her brother and father were 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 said that they are now closer than ever and working hard to make La Frite a success.
However, La Frite’s success would not go on forever, unfortunately.
While La Frite did enjoy year’s of success after Gordon Ramsay’s visit, the owners sold the restaurant to a new owner, George Zaoui, in 2016. George originally continued with the La Frite concept after purchasing the restaurant.
However, in late 2017, the new owner converted La Frite into a new restaurant concept called Modo Mia.
The new owner said that La Frite had too many issues so it was better to switch it to Italian cuisine.
Unfortunately, that means that La Frite now has to officially be put on the closed list.
As of 2021, Modo Mio is still active at the old La Frite location on Ventura Blvd in Sherman Oaks, CA. Modo Mio has solid reviews, with a 4.5 star rating according to its Yelp page.
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Last updated: 2021-11-25 11:01