On this episode of “Kitchen Nightmares,” Gordon stops by Montclair, New Jersey, to help the owners of the Italian eatery Leone’s. Rose began the family-run business in 1996 and said that back then people would wait in line to come in.
But three years ago she fell into a coma after a routine kidney stone operation, and her son Michael stepped in as boss. And because of his is lack of effort and laziness, he drove the place into the ground. Trudy, the head server, picks up the slack by doing all the managerial work. Customers are unhappy with the food, and business is very slow.
When Rose returns after two years in the hospital to witness the state of Leone’s, she professes, “I almost had a heart attack . . . They destroyed everything I worked for.” She hopes that Chef Ramsay can come in and straighten out her son and the restaurant.
When Gordon arrives, he is shocked that the first thing he sees is Michael watching TV in the reception area. Next, Gordon comments on the artwork decorating the walls. The creepy baby paintings and mismatched portraiture do not sit well with the chef.