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Kitchen Nightmares - HD?

Silly question maybe, but does anyone know if Fox's US remake of Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares, premiering tonight, is being broadcast in HD? Couldn't find that info on their site, maybe was looking in the wrong place. Thanks!

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  1. A bit late maybe, but it is showing in HD.

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      1. re: PickyChicky

        Yup, saw it, thanks. :-) I don't know if the original UK show (titled "Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares") aired in the US like it did here in Canada, but I was pleased to see how little changed between the two versions. The original worked really well, and I was relieved to see they didn't mangle a winning formula. I also find Ramsay comes off much less one-dimensional and cartoon-like than he does on Hell's Kitchen, which I could never get into.

        1. re: kpzoo

          The only thing that I don't recall seeing in the British version (from Canada here too) is them giving a restaurant so much equipment. The budget must be a lot larger. The problem with that is that the show essentially paid for Peter's suit which doesn't really teach him anything. Also, will the motivation to be on the show more for the goodies than the good lessons?

          1. re: sharonanne

            The other difference I noticed is that they had a voice-over announcer doing the commentary whereas Ramsay does the narration in the BBC version. So far, I prefer the BBC version but I'll probably keep watching the Fox one as well.

            1. re: LabRat

              Did anyone catch them blurring out the Zagat name on the thing hanging out side the restaurant? I saw it early in the show when he was doing an outside bit, and then towards the end they had blurred it. WTFBBQ?

              Does anyone know how the restaurants apply for this show? It seemed Peter wasn't the one who came up with this idea since he was initially so resistant to what GR suggested. And what's the incentive - does the restaurant get paid? I see in this show they provided a ton of new equipment, but in the BBC version, I never got the impression the show gave them money, but that if improvements had to be made, the owners were paying for it. But I could be wrong. How do they apply and what's in it for them (besides the makeover/save).

              1. re: rockandroller1

                > Does anyone know how the restaurants apply for this show?

                There's a downloadable application form at Fox.com, under the Casting blurb in the right-hand column.

                http://www.fox.com/kitchennightmares/

              2. re: LabRat

                Agreed. I much prefer the BBC version over the over-sensationalized FOX version. As has been said on another thread about the first episode, this is more of a Kitchen Makeover show vs. Gordon really helping them out. This particular episode had GR dealing with Peter more than anyone else - more often than not, on the BBC version, he's dealing with the chef in the restaurant (although at times they are one and the same).

              3. re: sharonanne

                > The only thing that I don't recall seeing in the British version (from Canada here too) > is them giving a restaurant so much equipment.

                Agreed. They did do a lot of redecorating on the UK version, though.

                > The budget must be a lot larger.

                Probably is, but I would bet the equipment was provided in exchange for "promotional consideration" (i.e. a logo or credit at the end of the show), like is often the case on Restaurant Makeover.

                > The other difference I noticed is that they had a voice-over announcer
                > doing the commentary whereas Ramsay does the narration in the BBC version.

                Yup you're right, and I too prefer Ramsay's narration.