The cockroach has apparently had some friends over, judging by the stray pubic hairs on the toilet, and Gordon is getting more and more uncomfortable as he sits in that place. We see more evidence of disrepair, and he only hopes that the food will redeem the place—apparently, Kenny is/was a chef, and everything is made fresh. At least they’re not doing the whole sous-vide bullshit.
Gordon talks to Kenny, who gives his food a 7 or 8 out of ten, and the rooms a very generous 4 or 5 out of 10. Gordon sits down to judge the food, and immediately is confused the eclectic menu. It’s supposed to be an American bistro, but has dishes from all corners of the globe. And it’s not really fresh, in-house stuff, either—lots of it is frozen or premade. Waiter James tries to be professional, but sweats all over the place and recommends the frozen trout. Gordon gets offended as shit that anyone would suggest Gordon Ramsay place his mouth on previously frozen fish, and can’t even make his way through his satay appetizer. James makes sure to tell Gordon that Head Chef Seth is a good cook, but is shackled by Kenny’s menu and doesn’t have a say in the recipes or ingredients. Kenny does all the shopping, too, and Seth basically just has to go along with it.
Bartender Ann Marie saunters over, and Gordon gets some dirt from her about how Kenny treats the employees and micromanages everything. She’s still there out of loyalty, but I think she’s to one who told him to fuck off, so there’s some hope at least. Gordon’s meal arrives, and he says it looks like someone dropped a T-rex foot on his plate. It’s a huge portion and covered in grease and other stuff. He barely touches it, and I have to wonder if he sends a crew member out for tacos off camera or something in situations like this. He hasn’t finished a meal yet this series.
You might as well stay there, Ken; it’s going straight back to the kitchen, anyway.
He finally sits down with the staff to give Kenny a talking-to, and learns the place is losing about $7k a month. He says the rooms are dirty because he doesn’t check them. I’m thinking it’s because he doesn’t clean them. Seth isn’t proud of his food, but says it’s Kenny’s money going into the kitchen, and therefore Kenny’s decision what comes out of it. Kenny informs us that he wants what he wants. If I were him, I’d want to make some damn money with my business. Gordon tells him if he doesn’t fix things, the whole place will die, but Kenny has to take a look at himself to see where the issues are. He then escapes to his room and pulls out that blacklight. Here we go!