Friday, 13 May 2011

US Season 1 - The Mixing Bowl - CLOSED


Chef Gordon Ramsay visits The Mixing Bowl, Bellmore, NY, owned by Billy and his wife Lisa, the restaurant has been open for 10 years but in recent times there is a decline in business and they won't be able to stay open much longer. The staff don't like the manager Mike, they think he is always eating or being overpowering with the customers. Billy, cooks and cleans and his wife has given up hope that the restaurant can be turned around, she thinks their marriage is starting to suffer. Gordon arrives and is nervous as he thinks the restaurant looks dreadful, there is only one other customer in the restaurant eating. Gordon meets Mike, who explains the menu and he notices that the décor is in a bit of a state.

Gordon sits down to order some food and orders the award winning Maryland Crab Cakes, he asks Mike what award they have won and he has no clue, he also orders salmon and zucchini pancakes. Gordon is surprised by the crab cakes as they are made using fresh crab meat but not impressed with the mouthful of glue pancakes or the garlic smothered salmon. Mike stands staring at Gordon whilst he eats and he has to ask him to leave, he also tells Gordon that there is no garlic in the dish even though there clearly is. Gordon meets Billy after his meal and tells him that the crab cakes were good but everything else was bad.

Gordon returns to witness the dinner service, there are few tables booked in and he is surprised to see that customers are using a coupon, he asks Mike about the coupon and he tells him that it gives customers 50% off, Gordon is shocked when he mishears it as 15% but when Mike tells him that it is really 50% he blows his top! They have been using the coupons for 8 years and Gordon realises that this is where they are losing their money. Mike also confesses to Gordon that there are some promotional signs that he had made too. None of the signs have been a success and was just a big waste of money, Gordon is most unimpressed by a huge orange banner advertising a free appetizer. After service, Gordon speaks to the owners and tells them that Billy shouldn't leave the managing to Mike. Lisa just wants to shut the restaurant down but Billy is committed to making the restaurant a success.

Gordon returns the next day with a wood chipper and destroys Mike's promotional signs. He speaks with the owners and shows them a map, when they first opened there were just 4 restaurants in the area, there are now 41! Gordon tells them that the only type of food missing in Bellmore is a healthy eating restaurant. Gordon presents Billy with 15 ingredients and challenges him to come up with a tasty, healthy dish and he will do the same. Kim comments that she hasn't seen Billy that fired up in the kitchen in a long time and both dishes that they create are put onto the menu. The dishes are a success at that evenings service but the waitresses aren't happy with Mike and it is revealed that he takes half of the tips. Overnight, the restaurant is given a makeover and the décor is changed. Gordon shows the staff the new menu, the heavily sauced dishes are gone and have been replaced with a healthy range of dishes. The team go onto the streets to promote the restaurant and a local football team, the New York Dragons are invited for dinner.

On relaunch night, Mike struggles from the onset, he has overbooked and customers are left waiting. Mike tries to blame Kim and she refuses to take the fall for him, the kitchen begins to struggle and Gordon shouts at Mike for just looking out for himself. The New York Dragons arrive and Mike has messed up again by not putting their reservation into the book. He explodes and shouts at Lisa in the dining room that he wasn't told that they were coming to dinner. Gordon tells him to go outside and cool off, telling Billy and Lisa that the biggest problem in the restaurant is Mike but Billy decides to give him a second chance. The customers love the food and despite the hiccups, the relaunch is a success.

What Happened Next? Over the next few weeks, the customer numbers were up as was profit, the restaurant hosted the first First Annual Mixing Bowl Mile fun run and Billy was leaving the kitchen during service to meet the customers.
 Gordon revisited and it looked like the restaurant was doing well, profits were up, Mike's management skills had improved and their marriage was better. However the restaurant closed in January 2009, in it's place now is Greek Delight, a Greek restaurant. 



Extra Reading

The Mixing Bowl Yelp Reviews

Even Gordon Ramsey cannot save the Mixing Bowl

Lindsay Lohan a no-show at Mixing Bowl Eatery in Bellmore

Mixing Bowl Reviews

http://www.thegreekdelight.com/

Greek Delight in Bellmore

Greek Without the Drama

29 comments:

  1. What did Ramsay have against the manager? Was it just that he was a little bit overweight? He seemed to be making cutting comments at him right from the outset, which I thought was over the top and just downright rude, even for Ramsay. Ramsay hates fat people, obviously.

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    1. i guess your fat

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    2. "You're", sweetie.

      If you're going to attempt to insult someone, at least know how to spell properly.

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    3. Hey, if you're going to try and correct someone about something make sure you correct them about the correct thing. It was not a spelling mistake as "your" is an actual correct spelling of a word. You should have said "At least know how to use correct grammar" as a missing apostrophe is not a spelling mistake.

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    4. You're - contraction of you are.
      Your - possessive of you (as in, It's mine, not yours.)
      Since they are two totally different words, with different meanings, the word was MISSPELLED, like using dear instead of deer.

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    5. It was nothing personal at all. Gordon Ramsay has three groups of people that he picks on, acceptable in American culture in general or not -- fat people, old people, and vegetarians. This is evident in ALL of his shows, not just K.N.

      He also hates lazy people and unclean people but well, I think most of us can agree to dislike those individuals..

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    6. Saying Ramsey hates fat people is totally ignorant. The manager was giving money away. What business can survive doing that? He was there to give the manager a kick in the ass and try and save the business. Sometimes the only way to get people's attention is to point out flaws.

      Does the military hate fat people? No. But if a tub of lard fat body joins the Army, you better believe he or she will be called out.

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    7. The manager is an absolute idiot fat or skinny! I guess that is why you did not list a name.

      I amuse if you own your own business you must have no money and also must have your head up you ass... You would be the guy that asks for help and then say you do everything perfect lol,,,, dumb ass!

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    8. I agree Gordon does tend to pick on overweight people but only when they have some other reason to piss him off - in this case, gross incompetence.

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    9. Gordon was highlighting the fact that it was a fat manager running a "health-forward" restaurant. He was making the point that it's a hard sell as a health food restaurant when you appear out of shape and don't resemble your intended clientele, or even who the clientele wish to be.

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    10. the guy was a moron , he just happened to be fat ........ and yes he does hate people ! That are stupid , incompetent , weak and are in a business they do not belong in. It is called tough love, something this country and a lot of people in it need!.

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    11. Ramsey hates lazy people, not fat people. Fat people just happen to be mostly associated with lazy people.

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    12. Cici, the owner of Anna Vincenzo's, was not only grotesquely fat, but she was also combative and an emotional mess, but Chef Ramsay was nice to her. the manager at Mixing Bowl was a stupid idiot, and Ramsay doesn't suffer fools lightly. It's a shame the restaurant didn't make it. The owners were nice, hard working people.

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    13. Cause he was creepy. At the start he kept very little distance, kept squiting his eyes and had a weird smile. Sorry but that is a horrible first impression and that is the guy that welcomes the guests.
      Besides that his promotions were horrible, the signs looked cheap (but so did the restaurant tbh) the 50% coupon is just freaking stupid. He knew nothing about the menu, if you work the floor people will ask you questions and he knew nothing. He wasnt just a waiter, he was the manager. But to be honest i never really thought that the 2 owners had much passion left.

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  2. watch the show again - the manager was an idiot. if you look at the show objectively and really pay attention to everything that that dope said he's done, it's easy to see that he probably destroyed the restaurant on his own. How many years was he giving 50% off to diners....After they ordered and ate their food he gives them a 50% off coupon before they pay for their meal? Just doing that alone eliminates every cent of profit the place could earn. The owner should have fired him...but since he didn't, the owner got what he deserved.

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    1. Right you are. As the saying goes, "check the motives."
      Needlessly cutting the customer's bill in half is a great way to spike tips;
      the same ones the "manager" should not be dosing on in the first place,
      all at the expense of the business and the "too nice a guy" owner.
      The manager was "crazy, like a fox," until, sadly, he killed his golden goose.

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    2. ^^ Yup, you nailed it. Or another way to put it,"follow the money".

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  3. Yes Chef Ramsey doesn't seem to be a big fan of fat gay people! That guy Michael was the most annoying person I've ever seen. I heard that he is a manger at White Castle now. What a joke.

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    1. its not about gay people its about dumb people!

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  4. That manager needs to be put into a box, alone, and left there forever. What a fool.

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  5. That coupon thing was one of the dumbest 'promotions' I've ever seen on KN, US or UK. What in god's name was the point?!

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  6. This episode is one that makes me wonder about the show. Gordon liked the first entree, and he struggled to find fault with the rest of his food. The restaurant was clean. He did not pound the chef/owner like he has done with others. Maybe it was because Chef Billy could pound Chef Gordon into the ground. I find it hard to believe the manager was COMPLETELY responsible for the downturn in the place. As Gordon pointed out, the Mixing Bowl went from being one of 12 to one of 40! If anything, the owner should've been keeping up with the times. He should know what goes on in the front as well as the back. Yes, the manager was a moron, but he had help in the failure of the place. The owner's wife, the one with that annoying nasal Newww Yakk accent, could've stood up for herself, not only as the owner's wife, but as a person. She helped with the downfall as well. She didn't really want to be there or believe in her husband.
    Now, about the show itself. How the clips are put together after the show is filmed goes a long way in the perception of the restaurant. Watch the individual interviews. I've seen instances where the person it talking as if no redo or personel changes have been made, yet behind them are the new chairs and tables, or painting. If you have a DVR, it's easy to catch instances of them.
    Gordon's shows are always entertaining. But you can tell when he just playing to the cameras. Watch his arms and hands. When he's stressed out, they fly around. Then, as the situation smooths out, the arms fall to his sides.

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    1. I totally agree with you, she just wanted out no matter what.

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    2. Is it obvious to anyone else that this post is obviously written by Mike or one of his friends???

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  7. I would totally do waitress Kim! just saying..

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  8. This manager was like a bartender who gives away drinks. He loses nothing from giving things away, he makes the same salary no matter how good or bad the restaurant does. Then on top of that, he takes 50% of the tips. The guy's an imbecile. Maybe even rode the short bus.

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  9. Saying Ramsay hates fat people, old people, and vegetarians actually DOES mean something personal. There is no reason to be unnecessarily rude to people for things that don't affect you. And making fun of vegetarians when you run a food business? Seriously?

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  10. I like french fried potatoes.

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  11. I wad really rooting for the mixing bowl to stay open and for them to can mike right out the door ! What an elf!! Sobbing like a baby. He has pretended that he owns the place for so many years I think he actually started to believe it was true!! He was 70% to blame why it closed! Sure of it! And if anyone, esp an employee, talked to me that way. He would be fired and fired apon,by my husband! What kind of man was the owner? Gordon nailed it when he said "WEAK"!!

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