Chef Gordon Ramsay visit's Hannah and Mason's, Cranbury, NJ, a French style bistro owned by Chris and Brian, who bought the restaurant having worked as Chef's for the previous owner. Chris does everything, ordering food, managing the staff and also works as a cook, Brian is lazy. Gordon arrives and notices that the awning is missing a H and reads annah and Mason's and is surprised when he meets the manager as he is so young. Gordon sits down to order food and orders an onion soup, quiche and lamb lollipop. The soup tastes like dish water with greasy onion and a thick layer of cheese, the quiche is runny as if someone forgot to put it in the fridge and the lamb lollipops are undercooked. Gordon heads into the kitchen and meets the owners, Brian admits that he doesn't want to own a restaurant and doesn't have new ideas.
Gordon returns for an evening service, he quickly notices the dessert display with old desserts which is for display only and that the quality isn't checked as rotten lettuce nearly leaves the kitchen. Gordon questions the cook who tells him that he hasn't washed the lettuce as it comes in pre-washed! Gordon notices that a dessert is missing from the display tray and it appears to have made it out to a customer! Concerned at this, Gordon checks the storage and walk-in and finds mouldy food but when he finds raw and cooked chicken together he is forced to shut the kitchen down. He shouts at Brian as he leaves the staff to ask the customers to leave and this makes them rather upset. Gordon goes for a drive and notices all the local farms and returns with fresh apples. Brian has an attitude so he teaches Chris a dish using the local apples, Brian just threatens to leave if Gordon shouts at him again. Gordon asks Chris to lead the kitchen and Brian decides to leave the kitchen before returning after a pep talk from Gordon. Overnight, the restaurant is given a makeover with a new country, farm style and a new deli counter has been added to sell local farm produce. The roles are suddenly reversed, Chris isn't happy in the slightest and negative whereas Brian is energised and eager to make it work!
For relaunch night, Gordon tells them that to make a profit they are going to need to flip tables due to the size of the restaurant. The customers love the new food but it isn't long before the orders are backed up and in order to flip tables they need to get the food out quickly. They run out of mashed potatoes and Chris wants to give them a substitute but Gordon steps in and calls him lazy for not even beginning to cook some more before giving in. The relaunch overall is a success, Chris admits he will need time to get used to the changes but wants to commit to making it work.
What Happened Next? The restaurant closed in February 2010, according to Chris due to less customers, the state of the economy and also Gordon's new menu and concept alienated the loyal customers. He returned to the previous menu but that did not stop the restaurant closing. A post on the Zagat page blames Gordons new menu for the closure. After filming Chris was teaching part time at the local college and looking after his children. Chris is currently Associate Research Chef at Pinnacle Foods Corporation according to his linkedin profile. It is rumoured that Brian Kelly was chef at The Lamp Post in Jersey City, NJ in 2010.
Hannah and Mason's Zagat Page
Hannah and Mason's Blog Review
Hannah and Masons Cranbury N.J. Closed
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Hannah & Mason's, Cranbury, NJ: Kitchen Nightmares Comes To Town (Reviews, Rumours and Owner Chris's Comments)
Hannah & Mason's Popular Restaurant Offers Fine Dining and Pleasing Ambiance (Old article)
Under the Toque: For chef, closing a hellish experience
Christopher Posner Linkedin Profile