The second season opener finds chef Ramsay returning to some of the restaurants he helped last season to evaluate their progress. Included in his visits is Finn McCool's in Westhampton Beach, N.Y., where they had faced a financial crisis; Peter's in Babylon, N.Y., where the manager and co-owner were continuously arguing; and the Mixing Bowl Eatery in Bellmore, N.Y., where the management was giving away too many customer discounts.
Chef Ramsay heads to Mount Sinai, NY, and the Handlebar Restaurant & Lounge, which the owners seem oblivious to the 1880's decor and the head chef's apathy.
Chef Ramsey heads to Macomb Township, Michigan, where he visits Giuseppi's Italian Restaurant and quickly sees why they are failing. From the father-son bickering to a shortage of patrons visiting the eatery.
Chef Ramsey heads to Great Neck, New York, to visit an Italian restaurant which is now one half-million in debt. The eateries future seems uncertain when Ramsey and the owner have a confrontation over kitchen cleanliness and the food.
Chef Ramsey visits a New York seafood restaurant which has three owners trying to run the kitchen, causing a lack of consistency in food and service, plus one owner is a "know-it-all," who resists all of Ramsey's suggestions for change.
Chef Ramsey heads to South Bend, Ind., and J Willy's Bar & Grille, a business has lost $1.2 million. He gives them a challenge of using fresh ingredients, but the inexperienced chefs become overwhelmed, causing one customer to break down and cry.
Chef Ramsey heads to Cranbury, NJ, to visit a French bistro named Hannah & Mason, owned by a pair of friends who lack both business experience and motivation. The staff are holding bounced paychecks, but that isn't as bad as what chef Ramsey finds inside the cooler which causes the place to be shut down on Valentine's Day.
Chef Ramsey heads to St. Clair Shores, Michigan, to visit Jack's Waterfront, which is suffering from a lack of fresh seafood and an inattentive management. Chef's goal is to make this eatery a year-round money maker, but the general manager's excessive socializing with his patrons may put a roadblock in this plan.
Chef Ramsey visits Stamford, Conn. and Sabatiello's, an Italian restaurant which is owned by a hot-tempered and has poor customer service. His staff has turned against the owner and Ramsey's offer of criticism, that he decides he will shut the place down himself.
Chef Ramsey heads to West Nyack, N.Y. and the Fiesta Sunrise, a Mexican restaurant, and meets up with a stubborn owner who seems to be ruining his own business. Ramsey gives the place an inspection and shuts the place down, declaring it is unsanitary.
Chef Ramsey treks to Los Angeles and the Santa La Brea restaurant and finds that the owner is financially strapped and gets no respect from his staff. To make things worse he has spoiled ingredients and very few customers. Then the police arrive for an incident.
The season 2 finale finds Chef Ramsey visiting a French-American eatery in La Grange, Illinois, named Cafe 36. The owners have very little experience in running a restaurant and need a hand with their shortage of customers and the head chef, who doesn't practice quality control.