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Season: 3 | View All Season 3 Episodes
Original Episode Air Date: March 11, 2010
Le Bistro Address: 4626 N Federal Hwy Lighthouse Point, FL 33064
Le Bistro was a Lighthouse Point, Florida restaurant featured on season 3 of Kitchen Nightmares. The Le Bistro Kitchen Nightmares episode aired on March 11, 2010, but Gordon’s visit happened back in July 2009. It was episode 6 of season 3.
In this episode of Kitchen Nightmares, Chef Gordon Ramsay takes us to Le Bistro in Lighthouse Point, Florida, where we meet the owner- a British born, European trained chef-Andy Trousdale, and co-owner, Andy’s lovely wife, Elin, who he met while working as an executive chef in New York.
Andy and Elin opened Le Bistro in 2001 in the wealthy town of Lighthouse Point, unfortunately, the locals do not like the food Le Bistro has to offer.
Gordon sits down with the couple and learns that Elin wants to change to accommodate the locals’ taste while Andy is defensive, claiming the locals are too demanding and hard to impress.
Gordon then asks Andy to show off his signature dishes: duck rillette, which contains bone and cartilage; and lamb curry roll, which Gordon finds odd and rubbery.
Gordon tells Andy that the food is outdated and Andy becomes defensive.
Gordon notices that the servers do not take the orders because Andy only allows Elin to take the orders, causing a long wait.
On top of the long wait to have their order taken, the food is taking more than an hour to leave the kitchen because Andy does not allow anyone to cook in the kitchen but himself, even though there are three people willing to help cook in the kitchen.
When the food finally reaches the customers table it is immediately sent back, and instead of addressing the customers complaints with the food he instead orders the customer to order something else from the menu.
A very frustrated Gordon goes outside to catch some air and cool off, Gordon gathers feedback from the customers via comment cards and informs the staff that the service was rated by customers a 4 out of 10.
Gordon then informs Andy that the food he has prepared was rated 3 out of 10 by the customers.
The next day Gordon takes Andy and Elin on a boat trip with former customers of the restaurant who share what they found disappointing with the restaurant.
One of the customers stated that their biggest disappointment with the restaurant was the food not being memorable and the dark and gloomy atmosphere.
Andy, who is not comfortable with hearing the customers’ negative feedback, becomes defensive and closed-off. You can re-watch this encounter in this two-minute YouTube video if you want to refresh your memory on the awkward boat trip:
Chef Ramsay then focuses on the kitchen and shows Hendrick how to make a snapper dish that everyone agrees is delicious. Gordon also has a second server work that evening to help Elin take orders, causing orders to come in faster and causing Andy to fall behind again.
An hour into the evening and not one dish has left the kitchen. Gordon tells Andy that for someone in the service industry he acts like he hates his customers, this leads Andy into having a breakthrough and allowing Gordon’s help.
That night, after everyone has gone home, Gordon’s team works hard to re-do Le Bistro, including adding a new sign outside, removing the booths to allow a more open interior space, a blue theme, and a leathered wall.
Gordon also cooks side by side with Andy to teach Andy the new menu and the staff agrees it is delicious.
The night of relaunch the customers arrive and the orders start stacking up quickly. For the first time in the history of Le Bistro, the food is leaving the kitchen in a timely manner and the customers are loving it.
The rest of the night goes well and Gordon Ramsay says goodbye to the owners and staff before departing.
Le Bistro Update - What Happened Next?
Le Bistro is one of Kitchen Nightmares true success stories as Le Bistro is still open and serving customers as of 2021, more than ten years after the episode has aired.
It even survived the Coronavirus pandemic, which took down a few of the other previously-successful restaurants on Kitchen Nightmares.
The owners seem happy to have taken part in the Le Bistro Kitchen Nightmares episode, as it was great PR for the restaurant (despite some difficulties detailed on the show).
Gordon also revisited Le Bistro as part of the Kitchen Nightmares Revisited #5epside in season 4. It was episode 8 of that season and aired on March 18, 2011.
When Gordon returns, he found the food delicious. Most customers seem to agree, as Le Bistro has a four star rating according to Yelp.
Is Le Bistro from Kitchen Nightmares still open?
Yes! Le Bistro is still open as of December 2021. If you want to visit the restaurant, you can head to its official website to view the menu and book a table.
What happened to Andy and Elin Trousdale from Le Bistro?
Andy and Elin Trousdale are still the Le Bistro owners. They’re also still married and seem to be doing well, which is great.
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Last updated: 2021-11-28 06:16