Chef Gordon Ramsay visits Mama Rita's, a struggling Mexican restaurant in Newbury Park, CA. Owner Laura dreams of honoring her grandmother's cooking legacy, but finds the transition from a successful catering business to restaurant ownership challenging. With a chaotic atmosphere in the kitchen and a lack of leadership from management, this restaurant faces foreclosure if Gordon is unable to help Laura's cooking staff add some spice back into their business. In order to make real change, Laura is faced with a difficult choice between saving a friendship and saving her restaurant. Will her decision, along with a surprise gift from Gordon, be enough to entice customers back into the restaurant?
Mama Rita's is closed. They closed in December 2010 after abandoning Gordon's menu but the catering business continued for a number of years.