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Kitchen Nightmares: Season Finale – Oceana

May 20, 2011 07:11 PM by Lisa Princ

Gordon Ramsay and FOX’s Kitchen Nightmares are back tonight for the season finale. This time, Gordon is still in New Orleans and he is dealt one of the worst restaurants we have seen to date – Oceana! What could be that bad about it? Keep reading to find out!

Kitchen Nightmares comes to close tonight in the season finale as Gordon Ramsay is still in New Orleans, but this time he heads to Bourbon Street to the Oceana Grill. The eatery which boasts of seafood and authentic New Orleans cuisine is owned by two brothers, Moe and Rami – both of whom are considered hot heads and get into fights daily. Upon entering the eatery Gordon is immediately confused as he has to go through one room to get to the dining room, but then he meets the brothers and the blame game starts immediately as Rami blames the room confusion on Moe.

Gordon decides to order some crab cakes, blackened duck and New Orleans gumbo from the waitress that he finds out was fired four times because of the “hot headed” brothers. Excited to try the gumbo, Gordon is disgusted and sends it back calling it “dreadful”. Next up are the crab cakes that are soggy and Gordon is sure that they are frozen so he sends them back and prepares to try the duck. The duck is a disappointment as well though as it is tough to cut and chew and he even made the waitress try it in which she agreed.

When the waitress brought the duck back to the chefs, Rami took a taste and could not believe that he, a 400 lb man, could barely cut through it. The head chef, Damon just about had a fit and was relieved when Moe tried it and said it was delicious and he finished the plate! Damon, Moe and the other chefs were having a good time in the back laughing and mocking Gordon Ramsay. Concerned about the laughter in the back, Gordon decided it was time to round them up and get some answers.

Gordon then gathered everyone and questioned Damon about the crab cakes, only to be told they were fresh and not frozen. After a bit of arguing about it, Rami stepped next to Gordon and told him that he did so because he knew the crab cakes were frozen. Eventually Moe admitted that they were frozen and that the duck was cooked once a month and also frozen, thus why it was like shoe leather. As Gordon started to loose it on Damon for lying to him, Damon got in Gordon’s face but Rami quickly pushed him away exclaiming that Gordon was only there to help. Completely annoyed with the lies, Gordon walked out.

Luckily for Oceana, Gordon did return that night for dinner service to see how it was run. The place was busy and dishes were making their way out quickly. But just as quickly as they went out, were as quickly as they would come back. Whenever a dish came back, Damon and Moe did nothing but blame the customers for “bad opinions”. Gordon decided to get to the bottom of things and investigate the food storage – and you would not believe what he found!

Gordon was disgusted when he opened the fridge to find warm food including gumbo, milky crabs, jambalaya and a few other things. Of course, Damon had no logical answers for Chef Ramsay, but the worst was yet to come. The discovery of shrimp that were so old and bad made Gordon vomit from the smell, yes vomit! When he made the others smell them they all knew immediately that they were no good. And just when you thought it couldn’t get any worse, it did as Gordon then found dead mice in the restaurant!

After getting into yet another heated battle with Damon, who finally decided to take some responsibility for the food disaster, Gordon demanded that the brothers go out to the diners and send them home, shutting down dinner service for the night. Exterminators were then brought in to take care of the critters and the staff was made to clean the place from top to bottom. Moe started screaming and Rami that it was all his fault for not doing his job, but Rami said that Moe never took any responsibility for anything. In any event, they both knew something had to be done.

After the massive cleanup and extermination, Gordon did a small revamp and presented the brothers with a new menu while keeping some of the old favorites on it. It was safe to assume that Damon was let go and the rest of the chef team was given a chance to take some responsibility after Gordon taught them how to create the dishes properly. Then it was time for the relaunch which went fairly well until Moe started worrying too much about the timing of the food and too little about the quality.

Gordon then asked Moe to go out to the dining room and greet the guests. Dishes were moving out smoothly and the diners were enjoying themselves but then Moe decided that he needed a break and went outside. Despite Gordon’s attempts to get him to come back, he did so only after service was over – I suspect he was drinking. When Gordon commended Rami for his efforts, Rami agreed that he was happy and he had a new perspective now.

But Moe then chimed in that he had mixed feelings and when Gordon asked about them, he tried to get Gordon to go have a drink with him, but Gordon declined. On his way out Gordon asked Rami to keep Moe in line, now that Rami had all the tools he needed to keep the place going. The sad part is that Gordon also said to the cameras that he was not sure the place would still be there when he returned next year. I guess we will have to wait for the new season to see what happened to Oceana!

That wraps up this season of Kitchen Nightmares on Fox!

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17 Responses to “Kitchen Nightmares: Season Finale – Oceana”

  1. jill Says:
    May 20th, 2011 at 9:14 pm

    Damon the head chef that was fired on Kitchen Nightmares is still on the Oceana website. I saw his picture 5/20/11. Either they hired him back or they haven’t updated their website. Click on “About us”

  2. Lisa Princ Says:
    May 20th, 2011 at 9:47 pm

    I certainly hope they have not hired him back! Thanks for letting us know!

  3. Mike S Says:
    May 21st, 2011 at 1:17 am

    Am I the only one who thinks the reason for Meo’s strange behavior and random disappearing act where due to a drug problem? The way he would freak out and then towards the end of the episode he leaves and tells Gordon and the cameras to stop following him then comes back all spacey? Classic heroin addiction.

  4. Ron Says:
    May 21st, 2011 at 6:42 am

    Yeah, Moe definitely exhibited behavior of someone high on drugs. He’s also a real azzhole.

  5. Eric C Myers Says:
    May 21st, 2011 at 10:25 pm

    Moe really is like what you saw on the show. Yes, he also talks down to the kitchen staff. Remember, Moe is the one who decides the menu, where the food comes from (mostly precooked from the commissary…or what you call Sysco), and everyone had to be under orders not to say they don’t really cook food there. Remember the closed and sealed bag of jambalaya?
    If Ramsay was a woman, Mr. Moe would have done everything “she” said without question. They didn’t show the true temper tantrum in the dining room when he kicked the tables, cause there were some tables that had camera equipment on them that we aren’t sure he had to pay for.
    Tonight, the restaurant was FULL and people were lined up outside!!! Almost made me want to throw up.
    Has there ever been a show with so much vomit being spewed? I mean, the owner threw up twice in his own restaurant! Makes you wonder, doesn’t it?

  6. Anthony Says:
    May 22nd, 2011 at 2:49 am

    Did anyone else notice that at the start of the show, they said it was going to be a two hour season finale and was only an hour.

    I agree about Moe. Seems like he was slipping away to do something and become more “Open Minded”!

    I hope Damon never finds work in the industry again.
    He is a twitchy twerp. I bet he was on the good stuff with Moe and that’s how he got to work there as long as he did.

  7. Ho Says:
    May 22nd, 2011 at 11:08 am

    Yeah, I thought Moe was on drugs too. And it was weird that Gordon left so abruptly at the end, and Rhamii was like “is that it?”

    Very weird episode.

  8. renee Says:
    May 22nd, 2011 at 2:13 pm

    this is making food service look terrible,I’m a chef and this is appaling

  9. VM Says:
    May 22nd, 2011 at 3:50 pm

    I think Moe was drunk!

  10. IanNicholas Says:
    May 23rd, 2011 at 12:46 pm

    Moe is like a spoiled baby who kicks and screams when he doesn’nt get what he wants… And I’m positive he wasn’t drunk, definitely drugs, I thought blow at first, but that comment about smack makes more sense… BTW, where are these guys from? Their accent makes me think they’re Persian…

  11. George Says:
    May 23rd, 2011 at 1:37 pm

    Just to let our American cousins know, ‘busy idiot’ does in fact mean ‘total co**s****ing d***head twat’ in ‘British’.

  12. rubbernecker Says:
    May 27th, 2011 at 7:34 pm

    I came here to snark because I swear Moe was wayyyyy beyond drunk. He was high as a kite in the last scene. I like the theory about him and Damon partying together. I wonder why Rami is in such denial about his brother’s substance abuse. Eric’s comments explain a lot (I hope they don’t fire you again!).

    If they are Persian that would explain why they have such a mad-on for “British” people. I note Chef Damon called Gordon “English” (he’s Scottish)… Cajun (French) perhaps? Too funny.

    Agree with the “appalling” comment. Long ago I worked at a restaurant with an owner who was paranoid about a spot of dust under the ovens. You can run a restaurant right, or you can be nasty and disgusting. Some of these owners and chefs are just unbelievable!

  13. ST Says:
    May 30th, 2011 at 6:25 pm

    I know many people who work there and they all tell the same story. Everyone was given scripts with what to say and how to act. Things were planted to make things look worse than they were (if you’ve ever been to NO then you KNOW those things they were showing on tv were not RATS!! LOL) The ‘menu changes’ were for things that could be purchased from Ramsey’s food product line. Yes, Moe and Rami can be hotheaded but don’t argue with each other. They were really just looking for some publicity and should have realized that this was not the right avenue for it! I would say it backfired on them but they have been just as busy, if not busier than before the show! Maybe it’s true there’s no such thing as bad publicity!

  14. CDS Says:
    August 14th, 2011 at 9:25 pm

    ST are you sure your name isn’t Moe? The way your talking it sure sounds like it. Your comments are bordering on slanderous and you could be legally held to account by Kitchen Nightmares for your statement.

  15. stateuvmind Says:
    August 17th, 2011 at 6:32 pm

    My first post was incomplete….My assumption is, just like the clocks on the wall, they did not maintain any of the changes from Kitchen Nightmares.

  16. David Moesmith Says:
    July 25th, 2012 at 9:49 am

    Them guys are morons.

  17. JASON KAHL Says:
    April 15th, 2014 at 8:56 am

    I was.JUST here for Breakfast, the food and the Service was impeccable. A 5 star experience…

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