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Gordon Ramsay's 'Kitchen Nightmares' To Film in Monrovia

Monrovia restaurant Sam's Kabob room will undergo a makeover under the tutelage of celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay, according to the show's field producer.

Celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay will spend four days filming his Kitchen Nightmares TV show in an Monrovia restaurant later this month, according to the show's field producer.

Ramsay, who brought his restaurant makeover show from Britain to the U.S. in 2007, will start filming at on Myrtle Avenue from July 13 to July 16, according to field producer Joe Di Lauro.

In "Kitchen Nightmares," Ramsay shows up to struggling restaurants and gives advice and training to help turn the establishment around.

"He will delve deep into the inner workings of each eatery and explore everything from unsanitary refrigerators to lazy and inexperienced staff to diagnose the real problems," the show's website states. "Whether he changes the restaurant's operations, updates the menu or gives the establishment a complete makeover, Chef Ramsay will do whatever it takes to try and turn these restaurants into popular, successful and, most importantly, money-making businesses."

Readers who would like to dine at the restaurant during filming must contact monroviarest@gmail.com for reservations. The restaurant will not be accepting phone reservations during filming, Di Lauro said.

Jeff Sheldon July 04, 2012 at 07:14 PM
We've had take - away and have dined both inside and outside of Sam's on numerous occasions. Our preference for this type of cuisine is either the Patio in Arcadia or Mediterranean Garden here in Monrovia, but we like to support the local economy and Sam's is a short walk from home when we feel like kabobs or gyros. That said, I hope Chef Ramsey will, at the very least, gut the interior and start from scratch, figure out how to make outdoor dining more pleasurable for both diners and passers-by, and up-date the menu by bringing in fare from across the Mediterranean including North Africa, Greece, Turkey, and the Middle East; a new chef who can bring this type of sensibility and cuisine would do nicely. i will say that, for the most part we like the food, but the quality of same has really taken a dive in the past few years and it seems the owners are apathetic when it comes to ambiance and aesthetics. We want this restaurant to succeed for a whole host of reasons and it is our hope that Chef Ramsey will provide the kick in the ass the owners so desperately need. We've got some of the finest dining in the SGV here in Monrovia and Sam's could be a real treasure if the owners are motivated to make the necessary changes. God-speed Chef Ramsey, God-speed.
MB in Arcadia July 04, 2012 at 09:18 PM
I've eaten there maybe three times in the last ten years. No, make that twice - once was carryout. Ambience - gross, brown, dirty, dingy, void of customers, kids were running around in the kitchen area (I gather they were family members), indifferent help, brown, and did I mention, BROWN???? Decor: There was decor? Food: Mediocre at best, but this was before there were better choices to made at newer restaurants. Overall experience: I could MAYBE stand pickup service here, but in a million years, I wouldn't be here to celebrate anything!
D Shay July 10, 2012 at 04:36 AM
Would love to have Sam's Kabob Room be a bigger part of our community. So many businesses here in Monrovia give back. Sam's has been there!. As a former Monrovia Teachers Association president it would be my pleasure to help the Kabob Room to be a better recognized part of our generous and caring city. Small city where every single person and family business matters!
Madison July 11, 2012 at 09:53 PM
I actually work right next to the Kabob room and out of all of the places I have eaten on Myrtle, that place has never caught my interest. I walk passed it every day, and not once have I stepped in to eat there. I think this is a great place for Kitchen Nightmares because the ambiance needs to change. I have had their food at the street fair and enjoyed that, which is why I hope the business does a huge turn around.
michele silcock July 12, 2012 at 05:12 PM
the front needs help, also inside is old, and hot, needs to be some color, and new chairs. Get the Tv out. I know with some TLC this business can come back. And they have the man to do it.

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