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Jan 29, 2010 08:00 AM

Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares goes to Philadelphia

Tonight they visit the Hot Potato Cafe. Some of the past episodes of this show have been my favorite Ramsay moments, but the advert "Ramsay does something he's never done before" ...let's just hope this is advertising hype.

It was strange that the first ads I saw for this show were on 'Bones' with lots of skeletons and the suggestion that boiling rhubarb stems in water would remove some mineralization from a skeleton because of the oxalic acid in the rhubarb, when EVERY foodie knows they would have gotten more oxalyic acid from rhubarb leaves.

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  1. I saw the show last night and thought it portrayed Gordan Ramsay as human and even a bit likable, for the first time.

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    1. re: CindyJ

      Wasn't that little 21 year old chef something? I predict great things for her someday. Even under the duress of their busiest night ever, she was cool as a cucumber... It was kind of nice to see that after watching so many "chefs" melt down on that show...

      1. re: Clarkafella

        She grew as a chef 10 fold that day. Before she wasn't proud of herself and never considered the fact that she could actually be good at food. Ramsay helped point her in the right direction and for that small period of time was a great mentor to her. He helped her realize that she is good and she can do it. I hope she continues to grow and do great things, my only worry is that her aunts will guilt her into staying instead of persuing her dream.

    2. Too much drama for me, every other scene they're crying how bad things are. People like that should never be in the restaurant business.

      1. Some things really bothered me about the show:
        The sisters' dynamics never changed; no natural leader evolved They looked to GR to fix their world without expecting to DO anything themselves.
        They didn't give their work horse niece a share of the restaurant (somebody will steal her away)
        The menu changes were all Ramsay's and the teaching chef's; nothing evolved due to the work put in by the owners
        The restaurant upgrade had no input from the owners. Not even sweat equity.

        I expect some of the locals who came for the huge serving dinners did so knowing that their lunches the next day would be taken care of; this group may not like the better tasting food unless the price point is adjusted downward.

        1. I would be very interested to know what someone from the area that's been there thinks about the place.

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          1. re: Missy2U

            I'm from the area and have never heard of that place - either from friends or from the Chow boards.
            Here's an article from a local paper:

            1. re: isadorasmama

              Thanks!! Very Interesting! As were the comments after the article. :)