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Original Episode Air Date: November 14, 2006
La Parra de Burriana Address: Calle Filipinas - 29780 Nerja, Málaga, Spain
La Parra de Burriana was a Nerja, Spain restaurant featured on Season 4 of Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares in the UK.
Though the La Parra de Burriana Kitchen Nightmares episode aired in November 2006, the actual filming and visit from Gordon Ramsay took place earlier in August 2006. It was Season 4 Episode 1 on the UK version.
Located in Nerja, Spain, La Parra de Burriana is owned by British chef Laurence Davey.
Nerja is located in Malaga right near the ocean on Spain’s Costa del Sol – you can see a map at the bottom of this post.
Laurence borrowed money from his father to open a restaurant located 500 meters from the beach.
The restaurant caters to British people on holiday, but with a Mediterranean twist.
The menu is extensive, with 72 different items on offer.
There is even Chinese food and Turkish food on the menu. It’s a little bizarre to be honest.
Gordon arrives for dinner and tries Laurence’s signature dish, prawns, and chocolate sauce.
Gordon is disgusted and says the two do not go together.
There is smoke coming from the kitchen, and the server informs Gordon that his dessert is being burnt.
After eating, Gordon meets Laurence in the kitchen, who says he loves to cook exciting dishes.
Gordon calls Laurence’s cooking a joke, in the brash manner that only Gordon Ramsay can pull off.
Gordon observes Chef Norm cooking chicken kebobs to be served the next night.
Chef Norm cooks in the darkness using a torch to light up the grill.
Some customers wait over one hour for their food, and they begin to get frustrated.
Server Alex mismanages the dining room, and Laurence behaves very lazily in the kitchen.
Gordon finds a thick layer of grease that evening, and they begin to clean the kitchen.
Laurence tells Gordon about a disastrous charity catering event where they served overcooked chicken.
The restaurant even charged the charity for the event. Gordon goes to visit the charity and get their side of the story.
They say Laurence is arrogant. Gordon invites them back to the restaurant, but they laugh and say they will never go back there. Somehow, Gordon convinces them to return.
When Gordon gets back to the restaurant, he serves smoothies made from the dishes on the menu.
Chef Norm and Laurence think the smoothies are disgusting.
Gordon wants to lower the menu to twelve items, but Laurence intends to keep it as is.
Gordon makes a simple menu, but Laurence insists on using his.
He quickly falls behind and is begging to use Gordon’s menu. Gordon agrees, but it is too late to save the dinner service.
Customers had to wait hours for their food. They are all given refunds.
Laurence blames Gordon and his menu. Fed up with Laurence, Gordon leaves.
The next day when they arrive, they discover there has been a break-in.
Gordon asks Laurence to see where the money was held, and Laurence shows him a box.
Gordon takes Laurence to a matador class to show him how to follow instructions.
On relaunch night, Gordon keeps Chef Norm in the kitchen with Laurence.
He puts the dishwasher Tom on the grill. The charity group is coming for dinner tonight.
Tables have been double-booked, and the kitchen begins rushing to get food out to the waiting customers.
Once the customers get the food, they enjoy it.
La Parra de Burriana Update - What Happened Next?
So, was the La Parra de Burriana Kitchen Nightmares episode a success? Let’s find out.
At first, things seemed to be doing much better for the restaurant.
Gordon revisited La Parra de Burriana in Season 5 of Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares and the restaurant was still open. The episode aired in November 2007.
However, the menu had expanded, against Gordon’s recommendations.
Gordon tries to get Laurence to shift back to a smaller menu based on local produce.
As part of this, he organizes a cook-off on the beach between Gordon’s seafood paella and Laurence’s pasta. Obviously, Gordon wins with the beachgoers.
At the end of the revisit, Gordon says that he’s no longer as optimistic about the future of the restaurant.
Well, it seems like Gordon was prescient here…
Is La Parra de Burriana from Kitchen Nightmares still open?
La Parra de Burriana closed for good in August 2008, less than a year after the revisit from Gordon Ramsay when Gordon expressed concern about the future of the restaurant.
As of 2023, the restaurant is long closed, with no sign of that changing at any point in the future.
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