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Sep 5, 2008 07:31 AM

Kitchen Nightmares Special

I was pretty bored it, having seen every episode. 90% of it was recap. But I was absolutely stunned that every restaurant was still doing well, especially in this economy. Gordon was very gracious and downright charming. has anyone been to any of these restaurants lately?

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  1. So they did 9 episodes last year and they showed these 6 on review. Nice love fest - Gordon is great - but what happened to the rest? Don't get me wrong - a 67% success rate is wonderful, and indeed, Gordon is a very knowledgeable restaurateur. But it would have been both more instructive and more entertaining to show the failures as well - why did they fail? (Obviously, they didn't listen to Gordon.)

    I remember that they did show some of the failures with the UK revisited shows, including the girl in Paris who basically just quit.

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    1. re: applehome

      <"I remember that they did show some of the failures with the UK revisited shows, including the girl in Paris who basically just quit.">

      Yes - and the French chef in Scotland in the restaurant owned by the Big Shot Entrepreneur. The one where Gordon had all the sous chefs wear kilts. Instead of continuing as Gordon had advised, the BSE bought yet another restaurant and everything reverted to square one, IIRC.

      1. re: applehome

        I only caught the part when GR revisited the Indian restaurant and I noticed he was wear a pretty heavy coat so it must have been filmed months ago. Who knows how long in between the initial visit and the second.

        1. re: KTinNYC

          I believe the "revisit" was supposed to take place about a year later. Based on the proclamation given to one of the restaurant owners, the filming took place in early (Feb) 2008.

          1. re: KTinNYC

            A litte searching through the health department inspections records for the Indian place reveals that they didn't take all Gordon's lessons to heart.

            1. re: Scrapironchef

              City records show last inspection 11/8/07. When were they on the show, February, 2008, according to Hello Katty?

              1. re: bakerboyz

                I'm talking about after the original show.

            2. re: KTinNYC

              He gave an award to one of the restaurants and the date was February 2008.

            3. re: applehome

              I have no detailed information but apparently one of the restaurants on Long Island (Islip) was sold shortly after the airing of the show and two in California have closed down but, again, I have no details only what I could find on the internet.

              1. re: bakerboyz

                I posted this site in another topic as well. It's a good summary of who is still in business and who isn't.

                THis one definitely not open any more:
                "January 2008, The Granary is destroyed in a suspicious fire. The Independent reports “Investigators suspect arson after an earlier unsuccessful attempt to burn down the Grade II-listed restaurant was captured on CCTV a fortnight previously. The police suggested it could be the work of a Ramsay obsessive with a grudge.”"

              2. re: applehome

                Six of nine were successful. The others? Lela's couldn't get out of debt quick enough and had to fold. Sebastien's Pizza (that nut!) went belly up. And Secret Garden went back to it's old ways, but I don't know if they are in biz. They have a website. I'm not suprised if Gordon would want nothing to do with that idiot chef (Michel?).

                1. re: Plankwalker

                  Sebastien's Pizza (that nut!) went belly up.
                  Now THAT is no surprise! LOL

              3. Was it actually broadcast last night? On Fox in Phoenix, they played Seinfeld, cut to the RNC for McCain's speech, then went back to Seinfeld. I was pretty annoyed.

                1. I found it very self-indulgent and boring... we turned over to BBC America and watched the English Kitchen Nightmares instead.

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                  1. re: Kajikit

                    The english version is still basically a food show, whereas the US version focuses on the drama and yelling almost exclusively. I find it boring, unpleasant and formulaic

                    1. re: chrisinroch

                      Earlier this year I was in London on business and was pleased to see Kitchen Nightmares on the telly, but to my surprise, they were showing the American version. I found that amusing.

                      What I found really funny was that while the f-bombs were never censored, words related to genitalia were censored. Fornication is okay on British TV, but the parts involved in it are not?

                  2. just screened here in australia.

                    for some reason, several faces were pixellated out to render the person indistinct. a few restaurant staff and several patrons were hidden this way.

                    did this occur anywhere else, and why? one would've thought releases would've been obtained on initial filming.

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                    1. re: fooftales

                      they might have asked, but that doesn't mean they got them. Customers in particular. If you shoot the scene and have the permission of the owner, getting the permission of every customer might not be possible and the crew can't sit around all day waiting for this one and that one to leave who didn't want to be filmed, or screen new people as they come in. It's not an advance-picked group of customer like on KR, it's just customers, and if they don't want their faces shown and won't sign a release, they have to be blurred.

                      1. re: rockandroller1

                        I'm familiar with the procedure, perhaps I should have clarified.

                        I don't recall those faces being blurred in the original eps that aired last year. Anyone else recall?

                        1. re: fooftales

                          ah, sorry. I do remember blurred faces from the first showings.

                    2. I like to watch the original BBC version of this show, I think Gordon is more 'real' in it and less FOX TV drama. It is on BBC America. I always google the restaurants after the show, a lot of the time you will sse that they are no longer in business!