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Gordon's Kitchen Nightmares

Did anyone see that episode this Wednesday on BBC America...wow...that was a BAD chef (it was the italian restaurant in the mansion type place with the flambe guy at the end).

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  1. I was not surprised he left a week after Gordon did. Gordon really ruined the job for him because he could no longer slack or abuse his staff, he was exposed for who he really is.

    I really like Kitchen Nightmares, the premise is very straight forward and there is no razzle dazzle like that resto makeover show. Even though GR can be a hard a**, he seems genuinely compassionate about the struggle restaurants face.

    1. Yeah..can't believe that fat dude went with the chef to a FRIGGIN PUB. hah....the little runt dude was funny....the small guy. The kitchen looked like a nightmare...i thought ramsey was going to tell the proprietor to can the chef because he just had zero clue.

      The old flambe guy was a good story....

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      1. re: Xericx

        There was one point when he turned to the proprietor I thought he was going to suggest canning the chef but I guess it wouldn't work with his time frame. I liked the flambe guy too, I especially liked how GR appreciated his talents.

      2. Shoot - I *completely* forgot to watch this week! Does anyone know if it's repeated at all before next week's episode? Sounds like a good one.

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        1. re: LindaWhit

          they show an episode every weekday at 4:00 central time on BBC america.

          1. re: kindofabigdeal

            Yeah, well working until after 5pm EDT does tend to preclude being able to watch the repeat. :-)

        2. I don't think it repeats.....i have it on a Tivo Season pass......great episode, although I'm still not convinced the restaurant was "made right"....seemed very flimsy

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          1. re: Xericx

            It looks like there are repeats; just not in order and at very odd times.

            Here's the BBC America show schedule:

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

            The "La Gondola" episode repeats in August.

          2. GR seems much more likeable and intelligent in these episodes (and hence it's much more interesting and watchable, he was even genuinely sweet to the 'little runt' guy) than Hell's Kitchen where he is just horrifically abusive. Even if he has to be, it's no fun to hear or watch. It seems like there aren't many good chefs available to hire in Derby; why would the owner have put up with that charlatan Steve all these years?

            1. well, most of the people in hell's kitchen seem to be just looking for fame or whatever and have a sense of entitlement and Ramsey treats them accordingly.

              Kitchen nightmares features actual proprietors that have their entire LIFE into their business and they are losing it.

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              1. re: Xericx

                That is probably the most insightful comment I've read about Hell's Kitchen vs. Kitchen Nightmares.

              2. The old chef was as arrogantly clueless as many of the others in this series. I loved the comment about how he now works at a pub making "ding ding" food.

                GR's disdain for the chef was palpable, he would have fired him but that's not something you can do when you're trying to work magic in a week. He worked hard to light a fire in the other commis' but didn't lose anything when they left.

                I'd like to see where the 17 yo dishwasher is in ten years.

                1. You guys have read the chapter about Ramsey in "A Cook's Tour" right?

                  EXTREMELY complimentary about Ramsey and his staff loyalty. He is abrasive but for the better part it is for the greater good.

                  1. I loved the show about La Gondola. I think I'll google it and see if they have a website.

                    Yep..the chef had lost his passion (if he ever had any).

                    I am using the phrase "ding ding" food from now on.

                    Loved A Cooks Tour..and all his other books. I can see why he likes Ramsey. They both say f..k alot and they are passionate about food prep and service.

                    1. FYI, there's a marathon RIGHT NOW (DirectTV and East Coast) on BBC America.....it just started.....

                      set your Tivo's!

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                      1. re: Xericx

                        Thanks. I needed something to keep me company as I clean house.

                        PS The house cleaning came to a halt; however, DH joined me and really enjoyed the program. It was nice to share an appreciation of the show with someone who had not seen it before. Thanks for the heads up.

                        1. re: free sample addict aka Tracy L

                          As I read the thread a bit too late, I only caught the soul food episode...but it was one I hadn't seen before. Very heartening to see how well they're doing!

                          And according to the commercials I was seeing throughout the episode, looks like they've got something coming up on Tuesday nights at 9pm on BBC-A - "Ramsay's Worst Nightmares"...the restaurants even GR couldn't turn around.

                        2. re: Xericx

                          Thanks for the heads-up, I just caught three episodes. Some of those kitchens are truly pathetic. I caught the La Gondola, the hotel cafe that got foreclosed on by the brewry and the soul food joint. After seeing the two schmucks who were the chefs in the first two joints it was heartening to see the soul food place get turned around. Naive owners coupled with executive chefs who don't give a shit is a real recipe for financial disaster.

                        3. I like this show, but I'm getting to feel each episode is the same. The proprietor is a complete twit, nothing the chef puts out is edible, Ramsey suggests simplifying, has a publicity stunt and suddenly the previously inept cook is putting out gorgeous food. I would believe it more if Ramsay would point out some of the positive things going for the restaurants. Considering the fact that these places sign up for the show, I assume that they are at least somewhat introspective and self-aware. But I'm not going to be one of those to rip a show apart and act like he doesn't watch it. I do. Especially if I'm home at 4, cause there's nothing good on Food Network then.

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                          1. re: kindofabigdeal

                            Well I'd suggest sticking to FN then.

                            Pointing out some of the positive things? That's EXACTLY what he does. The pub episode he focused on their pudding thus the campaign for gravy. He simplifies the menu because he's teaching these places with bloated and misguided menus to focus on fresh, cheap, local ingredients. Yeah each show's similiar because that's the show. It's like saying all FN shows are the same because they have some ingredients, they cook them, and viola - it's done.

                            Anyways.