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Kitchen Nightmares Recap: Farm Fresh Fallacy

March 01, 2013 10:18 PM by Stephanie Gustafson

You know an establishment is in bad shape if it requires not one, but two episodes of Kitchen Nightmares. Such is the case with Mill Street Bistro, the restaurant featured in both tonight’s and next weekend’s episodes.

Kitchen Nightmares has seen quite a bit of both the East and West Coasts this season, but we’ve spent very little time examining the worst eateries of the Midwest. That all changes tonight, as Gordon Ramsay heads to Mill Street Bistro in Norwalk, Ohio. Owner Joe Nagy is convinced that he’s doing an amazing job of running the restaurant and doesn’t really need Chef Ramsay’s help. Except, there’s one little problem: no customers.

Chef Ramsay heads out to meet Joe at the farm supplying the restaurant’s fresh food. This is pretty cool, I have to admit. Gotta love a place that serves locally-grown meals. It appears that most of Joe’s experience revolves around supplying fresh ingredients for dining establishments, as opposed to doing the work of running the actual restaurant, so that would explain why the farm looks so amazing and why (at least based on the previews) the restaurant…doesn’t.

The first thing Chef Ramsay observes when entering the Mill Street Bistro is the presence of an electric fireplace, despite the fact that it’s extremely hot outside. Granted, the fireplace doesn’t generate heat, but it still seems inappropriate on such a steamy day. Ramsay asks a server named Amy to turn off the fireplace and also has her remove her name tag. He then proceeds to ask her what she thinks is wrong with the Mill Street Bistro. Amy thinks most of the restaurant’s current issues are the direct result of Joe’s poor treatment of the customers. Apparently, Joe can be really nasty to anyone who dares complain about the food. Another big issue? Everything is severely overpriced, and, given the nature of the economy, the locals are not made of money.

Predictably, Chef Ramsay’s not too impressed with the food. The soup is watery and, despite Joe’s claims of completely fresh food, it’s clear that the oysters were frozen. The ravioli is also obviously served straight from the freezer. When served an elk quesadilla with tough, stringy meat, Chef Ramsay asks Joe to try his creation for himself. Joe notes the tough texture but then defends himself with the excuse that elk is supposed to have a distinctive flavor. Annoyed, Chef Ramsay leaves to grab dinner at another establishment.

Joe is bewildered by Gordon Ramsay’s departure, and waits to confront him when he returns. And what a confrontation it is! Joe claims that no chef or critic has ever taken issue with his food, although, based on the tittering from the servers waiting in the other room, that certainly is not the case. Chef Ramsay complains about how unbelievably pretentious Joe is. Being pretentious is bad enough, but if you don’t have the tasty food to back it up, it is completely unforgivable. And Joe is definitely not serving food worthy of the high prices or fancy descriptions in the menu. Chef Ramsay then proceeds to tell Joe that he is in complete denial…that he’s never seen a place like this anywhere in the world. And that’s not a compliment.

Talk about drama! Who will emerge victorious in the battle of Joe Nagy vs Gordon Ramsay? Okay, we already know the answer to that question (when is Gordon Ramsay not the winner on this show?!) but still, it should be interesting to see how this all plays out during next week’s conclusion!

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