History Series / KitchenNightmares

25th Mar '17 9:13:38 AM WaterBlap
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* EvilChef: Amy attempts to ''poison'' one of her customers after he dares to complain about his meal.
24th Mar '17 12:28:56 AM CHLORINEGARGOYLE
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*** To lesser extents: separating wait staff/front of house from the kitchen staff, staff that are too casual or lax on the job, employees coming in during working hours (he believes it intimidates customers and sends out a giant blinking sign they prefer their workers over customers), and out-of-place cuisine (such as, in the case of the Sandgate Hotel, New Zealand-style BBQ instead of the seafood and Brit/French fusion dishes the region is known for).
23rd Mar '17 11:59:25 PM CHLORINEGARGOYLE
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** La Riviera (UK) had experienced, accomplished chefs, top-quality ingredients, great service, and an owner who had experience in restaurants through running hotels. The main issues were the overcomplicated and overgarnished food, an overly intimidating menu that most of the working-and-middle-class city denizens had no idea what the items were, and the lack of patrons from the upper-class that ''did'' exist in the city.

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** La Riviera (UK) had experienced, accomplished chefs, top-quality ingredients, great service, and an owner who had experience in restaurants through running hotels. The main issues were the overcomplicated and overgarnished food, an overly intimidating menu that most of the working-and-middle-class city denizens had no idea what the items were, were (and weren't interested in, being a small city surrounded by farmers), and the lack of patrons from the upper-class that ''did'' exist in the city.
23rd Mar '17 11:57:20 PM CHLORINEGARGOYLE
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** Subverted in the Fenwick Arms (UK): after the owners undo every change Ramsay has set down (the owner was ''very'' stubborn - 30 years of being a cook will do that to you), Ramsay sits them down and says that if they don't want their help, fine: he'd rather much spend the day with his wife than help out a stubborn owner. But Ramsay uses the sit-down to reveal the advert campaign he cooked up that he knows the owner will get behind, and stays behind for the rest of the episode.


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** Even before Ramsay arrived, a television crew sent to scout the place out and pick up B-reel footage caught two customers attempting to leave after their service took an hour. Emphasis on attempt: they did leave, but not before falling victim to the owners' tempers. One crew member had to restrain Samy.
23rd Mar '17 4:33:04 PM BossKey
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* ThisIsGonnaSuck: The staff of Mama Maria's (who were [[HypercompetentSidekick a whole lot more competent than the owner]]) knew exactly what they were going to be dealing with when Gordon Ramsay set foot on their premises, and spent most of the ensuing lunch service bracing themselves for the inevitable outburst.
23rd Mar '17 10:52:37 AM CHLORINEGARGOYLE
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** La Riviera (UK) had experienced, accomplished chefs, top-quality ingredients, great service, and an owner who had experience in restaurants through running hotels. The main issues were the overcomplicated and overgarnished food, an overly intimidating menu that most of the working-and-middle-class city denizens had no idea what the items were, and the lack of patrons from the upper-class that ''did'' exist in the city.
** Similarly, the Curry Lounge (UK) had experienced chefs, eager staff, and an owner with financial experience (also via running hotels). The big issue was the owner's attempts to make the restaurant stand out from the competition (a build-your-own-curry menu) resulted in bland food that overworked and underused the chefs, who had to resort to dumbing down each recipe to get it out the door faster.



* TheSwearJar: In the UK version, there was an episode where Ramsay challenged a chef to avoid drinking alcohol and smoking during service. Just to be fair to the guy, Ramsay set a challenge for ''himself'' to not swear during service. If either broke their promise, that person had to put a pound into a piggy bank; Ramsay, for his part, put quite a few pounds in.

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* TheSwearJar: In the UK version, there was an episode where Oscars' (UK) had Ramsay challenged a challenge the chef to avoid drinking alcohol and smoking during service. Just to be fair to the guy, Ramsay set a challenge for ''himself'' to not swear during service. If either broke their promise, that person had to put a pound into a piggy bank; Ramsay, for his part, put quite a few pounds in.


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* MistakenForSpies: Amy and Samy seem to think anyone who dislikes their food is a "Yelper" or Internet Bully making up lies about their food to destroy their business, failing to realize that A) Yelp does not send out professional reviewers, and B) most people had ''a lot'' of legitimate complaints about the food and service.


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* ReadTheFinePrint: Before Gordon arrived, Amy or Samy saw that there are such things as contracts that prevent employees from hopping from one company to another with trade secrets/knowledge (usually used by tech firms; like IBM, Compaq, etc.), and figured they could just apply it to food service, for a full year, regardless of reason for termination.
12th Mar '17 4:25:09 PM WaterBlap
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* GenreBlindness: Amy's Baking Company in particular brought Ramsay in not because they wanted to improve their restaurant, but because they thought he would be a YesMan who would give their food his seal of approval and shut up the [[YouKeepUsingThatWord "internet bullies"]], who turned out to be everyone who has ever given them a bad review.

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* GenreBlindness: Amy's Baking Company in particular brought Ramsay in not because they wanted to improve their restaurant, but because they thought he would be a YesMan who would give their food his seal of approval and shut up the [[YouKeepUsingThatWord "internet bullies"]], bullies", who turned out to be everyone who has ever given them a bad review.



* YouKeepUsingThatWord: Amy keeps on commenting on "internet bullies" and "haters" as a reference to the people who give her restaurant a poor review.
12th Mar '17 3:48:25 PM WaterBlap
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* KnowWhenToFoldEm: Gordon attempts to present his plan to fix Amy's Baking Company, but the owners keep shouting him down and insisting there's nothing wrong, that all the criticisms are lies, that Ramsay doesn't know what he's talking about, etc... It's this, along with the many, many, ''many'' flaws with the restaurant demonstrated over the episode's course, that persuades him to just throw in the towel and walk away, knowing that [[ItIsBeyondSaving he can't help them]].

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* KnowWhenToFoldEm: Gordon When Ramsay attempts to present his plan to fix Amy's Baking Company, but the owners keep shouting shout him down and insisting there's nothing wrong, that all the criticisms are lies, that Ramsay insult him (e.g. saying he doesn't know what he's talking about, etc... It's this, along with about). For the many, many, ''many'' reason, and all the flaws with the restaurant demonstrated over the episode's course, that persuades him course of the episode, he decides to just throw in the towel and walk away, knowing that [[ItIsBeyondSaving he can't help them]].them.



* [[MistakenForSpies Mistaken For Yelpers]]: Amy and Samy seem to think anyone who dislikes their food is a "Yelper" or Internet Bully making up lies about their food to destroy their business, failing to realize that most people had ''a lot'' of legitimate complaints about the food and service.



* ReadTheFinePrint: At some point in time, Amy or Samy saw that there are such things as contracts that prevent employees from hopping from one company to another with trade secrets/knowledge (usually used by tech firms; like IBM, Compaq, etc.), and figured they could just apply it to food service, for a full year, regardless of reason for termination. We wonder how many people took it seriously. (We should also note that such a "noncompete" provision would almost certainly be unenforceable--"noncompetes" are highly disfavored by the courts, and only applied where there are real trade secrets to be worried about, which there generally aren't with respect to a restaurant worker.)



* SockPuppet: Heavily implied with a quick comment stating that they ''didn't'' write their only positive reviews.
* StepfordSmiler: When talking to Gordon about what it's like to work there, Miranda the waitress keeps, or at least [[BrokenSmile tries]] to keep, a cute little smile even as her words do nothing to hide how terrible a place it is.
* SuspiciouslySpecificDenial: Amy specifically mentions to Ramsay that she had tons of positive reviews from loyal customers that "we (Samy and herself) did not write".
* TamperingWithFoodAndDrink: Amy attempts this several times, burning one customer's dish who wanted it cooked a bit more, and making another customer's dish extra spicy with the intention of harming him.

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* SockPuppet: Heavily implied with a quick comment stating When Amy mentions their positive reviews to Ramsay, she inadvertantly implies that they ''didn't'' the owners have created sock puppet accounts to write their only own positive reviews.
reviews of the restaurant.
* StepfordSmiler: When talking Miranda, one of the waitresses, tries to Gordon about keep a smile on her face when telling Ramsay what it's like to work there, Miranda the waitress keeps, or at least [[BrokenSmile tries]] to keep, there -- but it's clear that she thinks it's a cute little smile even as her words do nothing to hide how terrible a place it is.
to work given her fake smile.
* SuspiciouslySpecificDenial: Amy specifically mentions to Ramsay that she had tons of the positive reviews from loyal customers the restaurant has gotten that "we (Samy she and herself) did Samy "did not write".
write."
* TamperingWithFoodAndDrink: Amy attempts this several times, burning one customer's dish who wanted it cooked a bit more, and making another customer's dish extra spicy with times during the intention of harming him.episode toward customers she doesn't like.
12th Mar '17 3:36:18 PM WaterBlap
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* ItsThePrincipleOfTheThing: The last day, Samy suggests they just start everything over fresh. Gordon curtly refuses, saying that this whole situation goes beyond merely filming another episode.



* TheParanoiac: Guess.



* [[RedOniBlueOni Red Oni, Purple Oni]]: Even though he does have an explosive temper, Samy seems to be somewhat more reasonable than Amy. He may not listen to what you say, but at least he lets you ''finish.'' Not to mention when Amy flies off the handle, he at least tries to talk her down.



* SoreLoser: To this day, Amy and Samy tweet every negative thing they can find about Gordon Ramsay.
12th Mar '17 12:26:12 PM WaterBlap
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* DontExplainTheJoke: Amy and Samy [[TooMuchInformation explain to Ramsay that they have "three little boys, but they are trapped in cat bodies"]]. Samy then adds "they're cats" - though this comes across more as elaborating on his wife's... "eccentricities". In the animated version, [[spoiler:the cats really ''are'' men trapped in cat bodies by Amy's black magic.]]

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* DontExplainTheJoke: Amy and Samy [[TooMuchInformation explain to Ramsay that they have "three little boys, but they are trapped in cat bodies"]]. bodies." Samy then adds "they're cats" - though this comes across more as elaborating on his wife's... "eccentricities". "eccentricities." In the animated version, [[spoiler:the cats really ''are'' men trapped in cat bodies by Amy's black magic.]]



* HenpeckedHusband: Samy sometimes comes across as this, as he's reluctant to inform his wife about customers sending food back due to her inability to take criticism, and his attempted defense of Katy when his wife fired her for asking a question. Though he's significantly less sympathetic than most examples, given that he treats his servers like idiots while taking their tips, and harasses customers who don't like the food.
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