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Season: 7 | View All Season 7 Episodes
Original Episode Air Date: April 25, 2014
Mangia Mangia Address: 407 E Grace Ave Woodland Park, Colorado 80863
Mangia Mangia was a Colorado restaurant featured on Season 7 of Kitchen Nightmares.
Julie Watson, the owner of Mangia Mangia Italian restaurant in Woodland Park, Colorado, United States had wanted to own a restaurant for long, and so when a fast food restaurant was available for sale, she purchased it.
Since most of restaurants in the town served only Chinese and Mexican food, the owner decided that she would serve Italian food, though she had not visited Italy and had less experience in cooking commercially.
When chef Gordon Ramsay of Kitchen Nightmares visits the restaurant, he finds that the takeaway found in fast food restaurants is still operational.
Gordon orders the soup of the day, chicken soup, however Janelle, the daughter of Julie offers him the soup without a spoon. However as the soup is sludge, a fork can be used for eating it.
To check out the menu, Chef Gordon orders popular Italian dishes like spaghetti and meat balls, veal picatta, salmon, mushroom ravioli, lasagna.
The ravioli is covered with a white sauce, which he returns to the kitchen and asks for fresh ravioli to be prepared using the recipe he has prepared.
The lasagna is initially served on a dirty plate, and he also finds that it is frozen in the middle.
Though the meatballs are cooked they taste like foam.
The salmon also appears to be frozen in the middle, and the veal is also partly raw.
The chef Gordon returns for the dinner service and again finds that most of the food is of poor quality.
Speaking to the staff of the restaurant like Janelle, the cook Kevin, head chef Trevor he realizes that the restaurant has a serious management and food related problem as the staff have no formal training at all in making and serving Italian food.
The staff is not motivated, and are rude to Chef Gordon when he complains.
The owner Julie is getting upset when Chef Gordon is criticizing her.
Janelle complains that the cook Kevin and head chef Trevor are not punctual and regular at work, often turn up intoxicated.
The head chef Trevor also has issues with drugs and addiction.
The staff complains that Julie is always shouting at them and the kitchen is stocked with more than 400 servings of precooked pasta, so that the food is served quickly when an order is placed.
To improve the restaurant, Julie is asked to fire the head chef Trevor and got a new chef Don from Denver.
Gordon taught the staff to make some basic and simple Italian dishes without using microwaves.
The menu of the restaurant is revised to include more fresh food and less precooked food.
To advertise the makeover of the restaurant after the Kitchen Nightmares Mangia Mangia episode, Gordon had the restaurant host a family fun day.
The décor is also improved, so that it no longer looks like a fast food restaurant. Julie is also told to modify her management style.
Mangia Mangia Update - What Happened Next?
After the Kitchen Nightmares episode makeover at Mangia Mangia, customers were mostly impressed by the new décor and improved fresh food.
The reviews of the Italian restaurant were mainly positive as the owner following the advice of Chef Gordon and incorporated the changes which he suggested.
However the Kitchen Nightmares makeover could not change the fortunes of Mangia Mangia and it closed in November 2014.
Part of the reason that the restaurant failed is that Julie decided to revert some of Gordon’s new menu changes and go back to a menu that was a hybrid of the original dishes and Gordon’s suggestions.
While we can’t say for certain that these menu changes are what led to Mangia Mangia closing, they probably didn’t help.
As of 2022, the old Mangia Mangia Colorado location is now occupied by a Jimmy John’s sub shop.
So while it’s not exactly fine dining, you can at least grab a sandwich!
What happened to Trevor from Mangia Mangia?
Some people are wondering what happened to Trevor from the Mangia Mangia Kitchen Nightmares episode and whether he was able to overcome his issues.
According to a post from Trevor’s father on the Kitchen Nightmares Facebook page, Trevor went through a rehab program and was nine months clean at the time of his dad’s comment.
Trevor was also planning to enroll in culinary school to continue his career in the restaurant industry.
According to the LinkedIn page of Trevor Peterson, he’s employed as a sous chef at a Fort Collins restaurant called Sundance, so it appeared that his culinary school investment paid off.
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Last updated: 2022-03-31 11:08