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Feb 20, 2007 02:04 AM

Gordon Ramsey Nightmares, USA version

Stopped in at a local restaurant last week, hadn't seen the owner in some time. When I asked what's new, he told me that Gordon Ramsey is making a Kitchen Nightmares show there and also other places aroound the country, they're shooting in March and airing in May. Wish I could pick up the BBC version but this will be better than nothing.
PS I volunteered to help out while they're filming but I'm sure that won't happen!!

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  1. love that show! i read somewhere they advertised for interested restaurnats. glad to hear it's airing soon(ish) but i wonder about that return-to-check-on-the-place bit at the end of each episode. how much time are they giving the restaurant before he comes back to check on them, a month? (based on the soot - air dates: March -May) perhaps they're changing the format a little. at any rate, looking forward to it!

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    1. re: nuxvomica

      The ad ran a while ago on Craig's List Los Angeles.

    2. Great show. I have a poor quality DVD of the first SO and I watch it quite often. I'm not sure how much I'd advertise that my restaurant is going to be featured on Kitchen Nightmares, however!

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      1. re: peetoteeto

        He told me it's because he's new, not bad! But he did own another place for many years, so he's fudging it.

        1. re: coll

          The idea of the show is that the restaurants are doomed to fail without an intervention.

          If the food's good, then there must be business problems. Unless maybe he's just cooking up imaginary problems to get on the show.

          1. re: Robert Lauriston

            I wouldn't be surprised!!!! Or because it's an Irish pub and it'll be around St Patricks Day?

            1. re: coll

              The "before" situation is always that the restaurant's facing bankruptcy, either from a well-deserved lack of customers or because expenses are out of line.

              Ramsay spends a week trying to straighten them out, then goes back a month or so later to see if the place has turned around.

        2. re: peetoteeto

          I have all 4 seasons on DVDs too but mine are excellent quality. LOL. Ramsay’s kitchen Nightmares is one of my favorite shows. Mainly because it contains a huge amount of practical business advice. Not just for running a restaurant. The lessons Ramsay outlines can apply to any type of business. I’ve watched the show many times on dvd and keep finding new pointers and ideas. Very useful.

          1. re: toptvchefs

            Is there any way to get DVD's of the shows? I don't have tv, cable, or satellite but would love to see it.

        3. So exciting! They used to air them on FoodTV Canada and I was addicted.

            1. My hope for this show is that they don't "Americanize" it so much that it's just Gordon running around yelling at everybody, a la Hell's Kitchen. The one thing I love about the UK version of Kitchen Nightmare's is that Ramsay comes across compassionate, excited and willing to get into the muck of things (How often do you see 3 Michelin star-chefs do you see peeling potatoes?) .

              So far the previews have me less than enthusiastic, but we'll see.

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              1. re: Rocknrope

                I don't see the yelling of HK as being anything to do with America, do you? Sounds like the US -HK is the same as the UK-HK, yes? (Sorry - added that for effect.)

                By the way, have you all heard that there's already a lawsuit filed by the owner of one of the US restaurants, claiming much was staged?

                1. re: cackalackie

                  They posted the affidavit for the lawsuit somewhere and it sounded kind of ridiculous. They were trying to use GR's behavior on episodes of Hell's Kitchen as evidence of his nature etc. I think he won a similar lawsuit in the UK.

                  1. re: cackalackie

                    That could be the case, as I haven't seen the UK-HK. Perhaps I made the generalization that America tv shows seem to enjoy creating the caricature of a personna and running with it (The slut, the goody-two shoes, the jock, the brainiac, the foul-mouthed chef. ;))

                    1. re: cackalackie

                      Sounds like sour grapes. The BBC show simply forces the owner/chef to realize the incompetence that surrounds them (sometimes its themselves!) and to take action if they want to stay in business & make money. Sometimes it sticks, sometimes it dosn't.

                      Article about the case:

                      Case docket: