Gordon watches a dinner service, in which customers wait a long time for their food. Chef Pinto Das and Sous Chef Barney Smith don't work together in the kitchen at all. The customers send the food back and Gordon finds out of season expensive vegetables such as asparagus. Pinto boasts that they are out of season and Gordon shouts at him as they are more expensive, which makes no sense when he can get cheaper produce which is in season. Gordon teaches the staff to make a fresh mushroom risotto and special salads, which are a big hit. That evening, the service is still slow despite losing the serving trolleys, the food is cold and the wrong sized portions are sent out. Gordon also notices that they are still not working together. Overnight, Gordon's team revamps the restaurant replacing all of the mismatched china. On relaunch night, Pinto is still slow, quiet and gets behind on the orders, for some tables the food takes over 3 and a half hours to get to them! Barney is doing all the work in the kitchen and Gordon takes Terry aside for a chat, afterwards he starts running the line and the kitchen gets back on track. Gordon sits down with Terry and Carol for a heart to heart and they give him an old expensive bottle of wine that he decides to keep there to be opened when he revisits.
What Happened Next? At the end of the show, we are told that Pinto was fired and Barney was offered the Head Chefs job but left to finish his culinary degree. He was replaced by Jorge Flores. Pinto was said to be working as a chef for a family in the area. Cafe 36 closed in 2009.
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