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Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares

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.

http://www.bbcamerica.com/genre/home_...

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  1. 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. 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."

      http://www.abstractrestaurant.com

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

        1. 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. 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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            1. re: sivyaleah

              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.