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Posted on 07/02/2014 6:51:13 PM PDT by EveningStar
Gordon Ramsay Announces End of Kitchen Nightmares
June 23, 2014
Over on GordonRamsay.com, your source for all kinds of Gordon Ramsay news and updates, the British chef says the time has come for him to put a fork in Kitchen Nightmares, which began ten years ago, we're guessing, with a bunch of yelling and a handful of inept U.K. restaurateurs. The chef discussed his franchise with Deadline recently, and said that he intended to "turn it upside down, reposition it and maybe hand the position over to someone else one day." This doesn't mean the end for Hell's Kitchen, MasterChef, and MasterChef Junior, he notes, while writing, "It's sad to say goodbye to Kitchen Nightmares but I'll be continuing with my other shows."
June 25, 2014
In the end, Gordon Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares went out with a humble blog post, not with a bang, and in any case the chef's farewell announcement earlier this week marks the end of an expletive-filled era and slaying comments like, "Chimichangas? Chimi-chuck it in the bin." There were a few lawsuits along the way and various claims from proprietors that the show wrecked their businesses, but in all, while some spots have scintillating Yelp! reviews now, Kitchen Nightmares saved less than half of its featured restaurants, and a few even closed before their episodes aired.
a chuckle-worthy end.
I suspect 60% is pretty much average for how many restaurants close within a few years.
anyone watch Bar rescue? I’ve heard most of those businesses go under.
Without Ramsey’s constant nagging and common sense, most of them went back to their original menus and bad work habits. So many of them were not restaurant professionals. That is one hard business to learn from scratch.
Most of those that failed had nothing to do with Ramsey, except that they did not listen to him.
I found Jr. Chef absolutely amazing.
It's a hard life, with not much financial reward for most.
It was actually a pretty good show. I am surprised that so many horribly-run restaurants gave them permission to air that stuff.
Some stuff wasn’t “real”. Many or all of the times they showed customers eating before things were fixed, all the customers knew in advanced it was for TV. The customers on the show always knew the show was taping in advance of showing up I think.
i like his show Master Chef...
That one girl had opened a vegan place in Paris. She had no desire to do any work, the chef was a joke and it only opened for dinner.
Gordon showed her that lunch was profitable with a very limited menu. Then he got her a new chef, an awesome young lady I believe and even met the owners dad. She was a spoiled thing.
She didn’t have the desire to make it work. I think Chef Ramsey hired the cook he found for the place too.
Darn, I wanted to visit that bar where the women “wore bikinis”.
I love it. My kids like it too. It's great winter-weekend marathon fare.
It's the same joke over and over. The most satisfying thing to me is that John Taffer yells at the owners and staff, just like you would like to. It's always well deserved.
The antics of the owners, staff and customers are always entertaining.
Now I know why my wife, who used to work at a restaurant, doesn't like to go out to eat. The bars on the show are uniformly dirty.
I can’t imagine how people can cook from memory! I love the show, though.
As someone who sold to restaurants for years I never met any restaurant owner/manager that was half as incompetent as everyone in the restaurants on the show.
Sometimes its a simple matter of location.
I went out to my hometown today to do some painting for my grandmother and I saw that the restaurant at the main intersection of two country roads is still open. Nothing around it but farms and its been there for better than 30 years.
The food isn’t great but it isn’t bad either. Just basic meat and potatoes type of stuff but they’ve got a regular customer base that eats there once a week.
I always thought the British version was a lot better than the fake drama of the American version.
A girl I know worked as a production assistant for an episode of kitchen nightmares and thought Ramsay was just the nicest guy. Said he was really good to everyone.
Well, that’s the problem with these shows. You don’t know how it’s edited and whether they’re forced to say or do things in order to get money and new décor.
That Ramsay character always made me want to splash hot fryer grease on him. I wouldn't patronize any establishment he was a part of.
All that having been said, my misfortune in life seems to be discovering a fabulous restaurant staffed by friendly staff, serving fabulous food at reasonable prices yet ultimately fails.
A lot of the scenes and clips are shown out of order and often out of context.
I remember that one - it was the British version, I think. I do agree with a fellow freeper that the Brit version was much better than the American version.
I remember being proud that the only good cook in the entire series was an African-American who had moved (I think) to Brighton.
The UK version is better IMO. It seems more... what’s the word... genuine?
The initial issue and a depressionary economy really makes for no surprise.
Are you talking about that woman selling soul-food? Ramsey helped her out a lot, and then he had to go back because she had overbuilt her little cafe into a 3-story place.
or something like that. My memory is rusty.
No, I'm not kidding, from real experience in the industry. I have successful experience
in that industry and would not go back.
The same goes for Restaurants.
One of my favorite episodes was the black guy who said his restaurant was failing because of racism. Yes, he was an American.
Ramsey laughed in his face.
Yes. Yeah, her place eventually failed which is sad because she was the only decent cook in the entire series - USA or Brit.
I can hear Ramsey screaming his usual: “You must be JOKING!”
Several comments on this.
The show was generally entertaining, especially his original Euro series (see the guy in Spain).
But sorry, chefs tend to be prima-donna artsy-fartsies who think everything has to be high-falutin’.
Frankly, while there is much good high-class stuff, much of it is not so good and often unnecessary.
Ramsey is one of those chefs - make it fancy.
He told some pub guy in England to make a “real gravy” - his idea was virtual vegetable soup! Who the hell puts chunks of veggies in gravy? BS!
He came here to Baltimore to tell the local woman of the “Cafe Hon” about everything. She probably did alot of wrong things (never mind about the “hon” thing), but I don’t know if upscaling the decor instead of making it kitschy and caricaturish to the local culture was a good idea. And don’t EVER play with Maryland crabcakes. They are NOT gourmet, they are best when extremely simple!
As for Ramsey, my mother had a contact (friend?) who went to England and wanted to eat at his restaurant. He was the Maitre’D if you will, and perfunctorily told him too bad, he did not make reservations far in advance and they would not help him. Simple as that. “P-off” as English types like him might say. Rude and arrogant.
40% success is excellent considering he had to work with nothing.
Which ep is that? I’d love to track it down!
I couldn’t tell you. It was just Kitchen Nightmares.
I worked in a restaurant back in my early days. Yelling and cursing cooks, clanging pots and pans. Frenetic waitress activity “backstage”. Somebody always mopping the floor. It’s a fun place to work when you are young.
100% probably would’ve failed without his intervention.
The amazing thing about Jr. is that the kids happily encouraged each other.
It was the Park’s Edge restaurant, in Atlanta.
Here it is on you tube
Love the show, but I think the British one seemed better. I do like Masterchef as well. The blind girl that won two years ago was amazing.
I frequently hear that 90% of all restaurants fail in their first year.
Some shows were like this.
My customers in my 2 year old restaurant were all losers and could not tell good food, I had to run them off and tell them to never come back, because they could not appreciate how good my food was, and would complain.
Because of money problems I asked Gordon Ramsey to come in, but he could not tell how good my food was and tried to change it and make me hire a new cook, and I had to run him off.
Three months later, because of Kitchen Nightmares, and running out of money to pay my bills, I lost my restaurant.
That Gordon Ramsey must be a jinx, but it could be my customers not being able to tell good food.
Amy was in a world by herself.
Absolutely could not take any criticism, everybody else was an idiot.
I saw that episode by accident 14 months ago and will probably never forget it.
She was absolutely unreal.
I saw that one. She was a spoiled brat. A daddy’s girl. Her father seemed liked a pretty good guy.
And, “Come on Muppets!”
One of the first ones, “The Bonaparte” where the kid poisoned him with a bad scallop was one of my favorites.
After that he would give a little prayer before eating: “Please let me not be poisoned.”
yup...and the seemingly overwhelming need for the owner to return to the lousy food and service that drive them into bankruptcy in the first place
That show was so phony and so formulaic you could have just shot one episode and spliced in some different voices.
It utterly sucked ... almost as bad as that douchebag Ramsey.
Ramsey said...What the hell are you doing?
Just making him tender, dad.
One black business owner that I have known for four decades and done business with as a contractor told me maybe thirty years ago that a lot of black owned businesses in South Carolina DID lose business because of racism. Now hear the rest of the story...he said that BLACK PEOPLE were quite inclined to walk right past a BLACK OWNED business to go and give their business to a white person. He said that if he lost his white customers he would not stand a chance.
I think most of these restaurants were so far gone that they couldn’t be saved.
They only called in Gordon Ramsey to create a little local buzz and get a free makeover of the restaurant so they could sell it for a higher price.