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Gordon Ramsay Announces End of Kitchen Nightmares / Over 60 Percent of Restaurants Now Closed
Grub Street (see body of thread for specific links) | June 23/25, 2014

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."

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Over 60 Percent of the Restaurants on 'Kitchen Nightmares' Are Now Closed

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.

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Chit/Chat; Food; TV/Movies
KEYWORDS: gordonramsay; kitchennightmares
Most of these restaurants probably failed due to what got them into trouble in the first place: the incompetence and laziness of the ownership / management.
1 posted on 07/02/2014 6:51:13 PM PDT by EveningStar
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To: EveningStar

a chuckle-worthy end.


2 posted on 07/02/2014 6:52:22 PM PDT by Viennacon (Rebuke the Repuke!)
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To: EveningStar

I suspect 60% is pretty much average for how many restaurants close within a few years.


3 posted on 07/02/2014 6:55:07 PM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin.)
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To: EveningStar

anyone watch Bar rescue? I’ve heard most of those businesses go under.


4 posted on 07/02/2014 6:55:35 PM PDT by RginTN
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To: EveningStar

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.


5 posted on 07/02/2014 6:56:08 PM PDT by miss marmelstein (Richard Lives Yet!)
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To: EveningStar

Most of those that failed had nothing to do with Ramsey, except that they did not listen to him.


6 posted on 07/02/2014 6:57:25 PM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans)
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To: EveningStar
Some of them were truly unbelievable.

I found Jr. Chef absolutely amazing.

7 posted on 07/02/2014 6:57:48 PM PDT by Sacajaweau
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To: cripplecreek
75% of all new restaurants close within 5 years here in my neck of the woods.

It's a hard life, with not much financial reward for most.

/johnny

8 posted on 07/02/2014 6:57:52 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: EveningStar

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.


9 posted on 07/02/2014 6:59:29 PM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans)
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To: EveningStar

i like his show Master Chef...


10 posted on 07/02/2014 7:00:44 PM PDT by latina4dubya (when i have money i buy books... if i have anything left, i buy 6-inch heels and a bottle of wine...)
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To: miss marmelstein

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.


11 posted on 07/02/2014 7:02:26 PM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans)
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To: RginTN; GOPsterinMA; fieldmarshaldj

Darn, I wanted to visit that bar where the women “wore bikinis”.


12 posted on 07/02/2014 7:03:10 PM PDT by Perdogg (Ted Cruz-Rand Paul 2016)
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To: RginTN
anyone watch Bar rescue?

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.

13 posted on 07/02/2014 7:03:47 PM PDT by St_Thomas_Aquinas ( Isaiah 22:22, Matthew 16:19, Revelation 3:7)
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To: latina4dubya

I can’t imagine how people can cook from memory! I love the show, though.


14 posted on 07/02/2014 7:03:59 PM PDT by rabidralph
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To: miss marmelstein
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.

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.

15 posted on 07/02/2014 7:04:16 PM PDT by Straight Vermonter (Posting from deep behind the Maple Curtain)
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To: JRandomFreeper

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.


16 posted on 07/02/2014 7:05:34 PM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin.)
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To: EveningStar

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.


17 posted on 07/02/2014 7:05:41 PM PDT by thestob
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To: Straight Vermonter

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.


18 posted on 07/02/2014 7:05:59 PM PDT by miss marmelstein (Richard Lives Yet!)
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To: EveningStar
Most of these restaurants probably failed due to what got them into trouble in the first place: the incompetence and laziness of the ownership / management.

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.

19 posted on 07/02/2014 7:08:24 PM PDT by fso301
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To: miss marmelstein

A lot of the scenes and clips are shown out of order and often out of context.


20 posted on 07/02/2014 7:08:27 PM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans)
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To: GeronL

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.


21 posted on 07/02/2014 7:08:27 PM PDT by miss marmelstein (Richard Lives Yet!)
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To: cripplecreek
Guaranteed they have good, tight fisted management, then. Even a good location can't save someone that is lax in the front office.

/johnny

22 posted on 07/02/2014 7:09:14 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: thestob

The UK version is better IMO. It seems more... what’s the word... genuine?


23 posted on 07/02/2014 7:10:20 PM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans)
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To: EveningStar

The initial issue and a depressionary economy really makes for no surprise.


24 posted on 07/02/2014 7:10:52 PM PDT by Caipirabob (Communists... Socialists... Democrats...Traitors... Who can tell the difference?)
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To: miss marmelstein

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.


25 posted on 07/02/2014 7:14:15 PM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans)
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To: RginTN
My advice to anybody without Bar MGT experience to stay out of that business.
If the average Joe inherits money and wants bragging rights go open a Snow cone stand,
and if you can sell some to Eskimos you may have what it takes.

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.

26 posted on 07/02/2014 7:15:52 PM PDT by MaxMax (Pay Attention and you'll be pissed off too! FIRE BOEHNER, NOW!)
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To: GeronL

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.


27 posted on 07/02/2014 7:17:27 PM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin.)
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To: GeronL

Yes. Yeah, her place eventually failed which is sad because she was the only decent cook in the entire series - USA or Brit.


28 posted on 07/02/2014 7:17:30 PM PDT by miss marmelstein (Richard Lives Yet!)
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To: cripplecreek

I can hear Ramsey screaming his usual: “You must be JOKING!”


29 posted on 07/02/2014 7:18:15 PM PDT by miss marmelstein (Richard Lives Yet!)
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To: EveningStar

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.


30 posted on 07/02/2014 7:27:12 PM PDT by the OlLine Rebel
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To: EveningStar

40% success is excellent considering he had to work with nothing.


31 posted on 07/02/2014 7:28:17 PM PDT by bgill
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To: cripplecreek

Which ep is that? I’d love to track it down!


32 posted on 07/02/2014 7:28:23 PM PDT by the OlLine Rebel
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To: the OlLine Rebel

I couldn’t tell you. It was just Kitchen Nightmares.


33 posted on 07/02/2014 7:29:47 PM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin.)
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To: EveningStar

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.


34 posted on 07/02/2014 7:30:21 PM PDT by SamAdams76
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To: EveningStar

100% probably would’ve failed without his intervention.


35 posted on 07/02/2014 7:30:25 PM PDT by informavoracious (Open your eyes, people!)
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To: Sacajaweau

The amazing thing about Jr. is that the kids happily encouraged each other.


36 posted on 07/02/2014 7:44:54 PM PDT by Kirkwood (Zombie Hunter)
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To: cripplecreek

It was the Park’s Edge restaurant, in Atlanta.

Here it is on you tube

http://youtu.be/ftV1sEg4MOQ

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.


37 posted on 07/02/2014 7:45:43 PM PDT by Gefn (More cowbell)
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To: cripplecreek

I frequently hear that 90% of all restaurants fail in their first year.


38 posted on 07/02/2014 8:02:38 PM PDT by ZirconEncrustedTweezers (I'm not anti-government, government's anti-me.)
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To: EveningStar

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.


39 posted on 07/02/2014 8:06:07 PM PDT by ansel12 (( Rand Paul---What a tragedy if America wouldn't have gotten to see Barack Obama as a leader.)
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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.


40 posted on 07/02/2014 8:23:30 PM PDT by canuck_conservative
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To: GeronL

I saw that one. She was a spoiled brat. A daddy’s girl. Her father seemed liked a pretty good guy.


41 posted on 07/02/2014 8:38:57 PM PDT by tumblindice (America's founding fathers: all armed conservatives)
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To: miss marmelstein

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.”


42 posted on 07/02/2014 8:42:23 PM PDT by tumblindice (America's founding fathers: all armed conservatives)
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To: ansel12; All
but, at least you tried..you had a dream, many don't.
nor did they (apparently) had any taste buds.

43 posted on 07/02/2014 8:53:40 PM PDT by skinkinthegrass (The end move in politics is always to pick up a weapon...0'Jihadist/"Rustler" Reid? d8-)
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To: EveningStar

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


44 posted on 07/02/2014 8:55:10 PM PDT by Nifster
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To: EveningStar

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.


45 posted on 07/02/2014 9:08:30 PM PDT by IronJack
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To: tumblindice
Ramsey was on a late night show. He told the story of walking into his 15 yr old son's room. The son, lying on his bed, was tenderly stroking a goose.

Ramsey said...What the hell are you doing?

Just making him tender, dad.

46 posted on 07/03/2014 5:01:04 AM PDT by Sacajaweau
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To: cripplecreek

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.


47 posted on 07/03/2014 5:06:11 AM PDT by RipSawyer
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To: EveningStar

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.


48 posted on 07/03/2014 12:10:17 PM PDT by hattend (Firearms and ammunition...the only growing industries under the Obama regime.)
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To: Gefn
The blind girl that won two years ago was amazing.

Agreed X10

49 posted on 07/03/2014 12:16:27 PM PDT by hattend (Firearms and ammunition...the only growing industries under the Obama regime.)
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