The Secret Garden Kitchen Nightmares Update – Open Or Closed?

Is The Secret Garden still open?

Current Status: >> CLOSED <<
(keep reading to learn what happened)

Season: 1 | View All Season 1 Episodes
Original Episode Air Date: December 12, 2007
The Secret Garden Address: 255 E High St Moorpark, CA 93021
The Secret Garden Kitchen Nightmares Update

Episode Recap

The Secret Garden was a Moorpark, California restaurant featured on Season 1 of Kitchen Nightmares. The Secret Garden Kitchen Nightmares episode aired in December 2007, but the actual filming and visit from Gordon Ramsay took place much earlier in February 2007. It was Episode 10 of Season 1.

The Secret Garden is located in Moorpark, California. French chef Michel Bardavid has owned the restaurant for the last seven years.

Moorpark is an excellent location for the restaurant because it is surrounded by luxury gold courses and a wine country.

Unfortunately, The Secret Garden is in severe debt and in dire need of help from Gordon Ramsay.

Sous Chef Devon says that Michel is the problem as he has a huge ego. Most of the staff finds him hard to work with. 

Gordon arrives to find the front door locked. When he finally finds the entrance, Michel is in the kitchen.

Gordon is unimpressed with the dated décor. There are fake flowers and doilies on the tables. 

Jane, Gordon’s server, offers him bread, but the tiny rolls look ridiculous in the giant basket.

Gordon orders garlic shrimp and the strawberry salad. Gordon sends the shrimp back as it is cold. The steak Gordon orders are served with raw carrots and greasy potatoes.

The dishes are bizarre and bad. What’s worse is that Michel does not take Gordon’s criticism well. That’s a common trend for Kitchen Nightmares, but you’d think these restaurant owners would respect Gordon’s knowledge and skills.

Gordon inspects the kitchen, and he finds grease all over the place. The fridge is filled with moldy food and maggots. It’s disgusting. Definitely one of the grossest episodes of Kitchen Nightmares.

Gordon runs to the restroom to retch, but Michel responds by saying the kitchen is in perfect condition.

Michel tells Gordon he wants his help but doesn’t appreciate the criticism.

Gordon stays to observe dinner served at The Secret Garden. The dishes are so complex and take too long. 

Gordon decides to shock Michel the next day by boarding up the front door with a foreclosure sign.

Michel is upset that customers might have seen that, and Gordon replies, this is what will happen soon if you don’t get your act together. This type of shock tactic is something that Gordon did a lot on early episodes of Kitchen Nightmares, though he seemed to have stopped doing it as the show went on.

Gordon introduced a cost-effective and straightforward menu. The new menu includes onion gratin, tuna Nicoise, roast chicken, and a fresh asparagus tart. 

Michel takes over the kitchen and doesn’t let anyone assist him.

When Michel leaves to talk to friends, the kitchen finally catches up.

As soon as Michel returns, the kitchen becomes backed up again.

In addition to improving the menu, Gordon and his team also gave the restaurant a makeover.

The renovations updated the outdated decor, and although Michel finds it charming, he is afraid his customers won’t like it.

Michel also doesn’t like the new menu; he thinks customers will miss his menu. 

Gordon invites local VIPs and a food critic to relaunch night.

A bus of 25 tourists also shows up unannounced.

The food critic is served an over-seasoned dish. Michel asks Gordon to give him another chance.

Gordon leaves frustrated after Mike tries to revert to the old menu.

Michel makes a new dish, and the critic loves it. The restaurant is full of good reviews.

Michel makes a profit that night and begins to see the error of his ways. 

The Secret Garden Update - What Happened Next?

Michael went back to the old menu shortly after Gordon visited The Secret Garden. He said he had no choice as his customers were complaining and missed the old menu. There were also accusations on Yelp that Michael was writing fake reviews.

Is The Secret Garden Still Open?

The Secret Garden restaurant in Moorpark, California closed in November of 2010. This was around three years after the visit from Gordon Ramsay and a little over two years after The Secret Garden Kitchen Nightmares episode aired on TV.

Why Did The Secret Garden Close After Kitchen Nightmares?

The Secret Garden closed because Michel sold the restaurant to a new owner, Danny Margolis of Command Performance Catering. Danny turned the old The Secret Garden location into a new restaurant called M on High Street, which still occupies the space as of 2022.

What Happened to Michel Bardavid from The Secret Garden?

After closing The Secret Garden, Michel started working at a pizza place called Custom Pie in Moorpark. He later went on to purchase Custom Pie, which is now called Custom Pie And The Bar Next Door. Reviews seem good as the restaurant has a 4.5 star rating on Yelp.

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