Friday, 13 May 2011

UK Season 4 - Rococo Maggies - CLOSED


 Chef Gordon Ramsay visit's Rococo in Kings Lynn, Norfolk, owned by a Michelin Starred Chef Nick Anderson. Nick is losing £2000 a week and is at risk of bankruptcy, to make matters worse they live above the restaurant so if they lose it, they will also be losing their home. Gordon arrives and is impressed by the church that the restaurant is next to, he enters the restaurant and is not impressed with the décor. He meets Nick in the kitchen who tells him that the business is falling away and on a Saturday night they only have 8 booked, he describes the food as a full a la carte menu with Modern British. He tells Gordon that he is at the end of the spring menu but it's July...

Gordon sits down to taste the food and sits in the entrance area to read the menu, he feels claustrophobic with the huge sofas. Gordon notices that he has one of his own dishes on the menu, Gordon samples a fish soup that arrives in a tea cup and he thinks that it smells off. Next is mushroom and a duck egg on toast, one of Gordon's favourite foods, he likes it done simply but feels like Nick's is overcomplicated, soggy and like eating a wet flannel.

What Happened Next ?Maggies closed in September 2007 and they were forced to file for bankruptcy. The restaurant passed to Tony and Karen Lombari who opened Luigi's in June 2008, which then closed and it is now Market Bistro, serving local produce with food cooked fresh from scratch.  It looks delicious and they even cure and smoke their own meat and fish! Internet sources tie Nick Anderson to The Wiveton Bell and The Bell at Kidlington, just outside Oxford but these are unconfirmed.

Extra Reading

Market Bistro Website


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15 comments:

  1. Maggie's was doing fine until Nick received some unexpected, and rather large utility bills. I think the utilities were paid instead of the other debts, and I believe the HMRC came in and shut them down. The restaurant opened a few weeks later, and after a brief period, shut down for good. I've always felt bad for Nick. He knew what he was doing in the kitchen, and actually turned his business around, but ultimately became a victim of unfortunate circumstances.

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  2. Oh this is so sad. :\ I feel bad for Nick, I hope he is able to succeed in other restaurants and get out of debt.

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  3. Yeah honestly, he seems like a great person with a lot of potential; i always think about how Milton Hershey failed 8 times?*! before he was able to make his star candy bar business. I wish all the best to nick and his family, and know they'll do great!

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  4. Gordon Ramsay beast mode engaged!

    -Nathaniel K

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  5. Man, what a rush this episode was! The intensity between Chef Andersson and Gordon was palpable. The way Gordon got him to change the restaurants name was shocking! The little rottweiler sous chef really gave this episode some hilarity. Overall we rank this an 8.3 on the Official Kitchen Nightmare Index Scale Rating System.

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  6. Gordon really was a prick to him the entire time i really felt bad for him.

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    1. Nick should know better than to behave like a whiny child. He has two children, is totally broke and refused to do ANYthing to improve his business. All he cares about is his own ego. Sorry mate, when you have kids you don't get that luxury. I don't feel bad for him, I feel bad for his long-suffering wife and children who really should know better and divorce the bum.

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    2. @Ami

      Your compassion knows no bounds.

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    3. He's right though. The rules change completely when there are kids in the picture. You are then no longer the star of your own adventure; and he clearly was. Hope they are doing alright though, wherever they are...

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  7. It is very difficult to have a successful business in a competitive market such as catering. But, if there are those who succeed (e.g., Gordon Ramsay), those that are failing have to accept that what they are doing is wrong. And what Darwing said on species evolution also applies to companies: those strategies that were appropriate in the past must evolve to adapt to the changing environment, otherwise companies will fail.

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  8. Where theres bread... theres ham.

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  9. Very likable people. Unfortunate it didn't work out for them.

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  10. Nick's fall is a warning for anyone thinking they can rise to the top and stay there for the rest of their days. We can sink and really fast.
    Nick forgot that what defines us as successful isn't how fast we can rise, but instead how fast we can get back up again.

    I know he will get himself back up, I just hope his family is well and healthy. And hope he lost the stupid part of his pride and stuck to the smart part.

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  11. Nick sure cut a lot of carrots during this episode

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