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Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares

Robert Lauriston Jun 26, 2006 06:53 PM

Makeover show with Gordon Ramsay of Hell's Kitchen and Ramsay's Boiling Point. I like it because unlike most contrived "reality" shows it starts with some real reality: a failing restaurant.

Third season's currently halfway through on BBC America.


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  1. MMRuth RE: Robert Lauriston Jun 26, 2006 06:57 PM

    I really enjoyed last week's show - working with a clearly talented chef who needed to "find himself" so to speak. Quite fascinating - though at the end, I had the sense that the chef still didn't quite get it.

    1. Robert Lauriston RE: Robert Lauriston Jun 26, 2006 07:16 PM

      The menus on the Web site certainly suggest he's still suffering from a severe case of Wolfgang Puck-itis: "roasted hand-dived scallops, braised pork and endive compote, orange sauce"; "fillet of Aberdeen Angus beef, shin croquette and cherry chutney, rocket and sesame salad."


      1. Xericx RE: Robert Lauriston Jun 27, 2006 01:14 AM

        love the show...never know when its on...i'll put it on a tivo season pass.....

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          jayseeca RE: Robert Lauriston Jun 27, 2006 03:34 PM

          Looove this show... in Canada we have a bad copy called "Restaurant Makeover" where a designer and chef team up, ask the resto owners for money (usually $15,000- 20,000), they double it, and just renovate the place, and menu.
          Thought it was great until I saw Ramsay's show, where he works with the people to show them how to really manage a business, not just pretty it up. I've heard that a few of the restos on Restaurant Makeover and since gone kaputz.

          1. sivyaleah RE: Robert Lauriston Jun 27, 2006 03:46 PM

            The warmer, gentler Ramsay. I love this show. Was this the one where the chef was trying for the Michelin stars? He seemed very talented but too strong willed to let Ramsay, who knows more than a thing or two about succeeding and failing, help him out.

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              Robert Lauriston RE: sivyaleah Jun 27, 2006 05:46 PM

              Strongwilled, and indulged by the restaurant's millionaire owner.

              From the Web site, it looks like he's still following Ramsay's "keep it simple" advice at lunch, but making overcomplicated plates at dinner.

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              Dave Feldman RE: Robert Lauriston Jun 28, 2006 04:21 AM

              This is definitely the best season of Nightmares. The variety of restaurants, chefs,and owners have been greater, and best of all, the problems plaguing the restaurants vary. It's especially interesting to see restaurants struggling when food quality isn't the issue.

              I'd recommend this show to anyone interested in management of any kind.

              1. Scrapironchef RE: Robert Lauriston Jun 28, 2006 03:34 PM

                This show is like "The Dog Whisperer" for resto owners. None of what he teaches is rocket surgery, mostly it's just getting over your own ego.

                How do you not notice your restaraunt is empty?

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                  Robert Lauriston RE: Scrapironchef Jun 28, 2006 05:32 PM

                  They notice, but they just can't figure out what to do about it.

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                    Scrapironchef RE: Robert Lauriston Jun 30, 2006 01:01 AM

                    Sometimes so, but many times they assume it is the customers problem, not theirs.

                    The French guy was making "they are not educated enough to appreciate my food" noises.

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                    faijay RE: Scrapironchef Jun 30, 2006 04:35 AM

                    Exactly what kind of surgery do you perform on rockets? Just wondering....

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                      Scrapironchef RE: faijay Jun 30, 2006 10:50 PM

                      I'm a huge fan of mixed metaphors...

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                    Bearnaise RE: Robert Lauriston Jun 30, 2006 08:33 PM

                    I always love it when Gordon introduces the chefs to oxtail.

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                      The Blissful Glutton RE: Robert Lauriston Sep 20, 2006 01:17 PM

                      I love, love, love this show. I also have the first season which was great. It shows a much cooler side of Gordon's character versus the arrogant ass of Boiling point.

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                        Bostonbob3 RE: Robert Lauriston Sep 20, 2006 01:25 PM

                        My fav show on TV. The best one last year was when the "chef" that Ramsey was trying to help collapsed from his alcoholic ways.

                        Good times.

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                          Atahualpa RE: Bostonbob3 Sep 29, 2006 04:13 AM

                          No, no, the best show was the one about "D Place" were the french chef (formerly of a Hollywood Restaurants locale) lied to Ramsay about deep-frying the potatoes -- as if Ramsay couldn't tell.

                          I love this show too, but, there have really been only two that I've seen where I wanted the restaurant to succeed in the end: Mama Cherri's Soul Food Shack and the Walnut in Abergavenny (http://www.thewalnuttreeinn.com/).

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                          The Blissful Glutton RE: Robert Lauriston Sep 28, 2006 10:30 PM

                          Did anyone see that article on him in Saveur?

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