History Series / KitchenNightmares

21st Jun '16 12:42:07 AM Joel32AK
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--> '''Don''' ''(To Vic)'': I pay my bills, pal. In fact, I pay ''yours'' too, bitch!

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--> '''Don''' ''(To Vic)'': I pay my bills, pal. [[DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment I pay my bills!]] In fact, I pay ''yours'' ''your'' bills too, bitch!
20th Jun '16 8:11:36 PM RaustBD
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** David from the Black Pearl. How bad is he? His ego is roughly the size of a planet. He talks down to the staff. He lies repeatedly to Gordon's face (one example: saying that he's okay with the manager selected to run the restaurant, while a staff member tells the camera about how he kept saying he wasn't fit to lead), badmouths the changes Gordon made while being served dinner on relaunch night (including the awesome claw machine-lobster tank hybrid, saying to his dinner guests "He says it's the only one in Manhattan. What does that say about it?"), fraudulently sells Canadian lobsters as Maine lobsters (he is correct to say they're the exact same species and there's virtually no difference, but due to the vast difference in price it's still an incredibly dishonest thing to do), [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking and calls Gordon "Gordy."]]. If that doesn't make you want to introduce his face to a tire iron yet, then THIS will: he undid all of Gordon's changes and the restaurant closed.

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** David from the Black Pearl. How bad is he? His ego is roughly the size of a planet. He talks down to the staff. He lies repeatedly to Gordon's face (one example: saying that he's okay with the manager selected to run the restaurant, while a staff member tells the camera about how he kept saying he wasn't fit to lead), badmouths the changes Gordon made while being served dinner on relaunch night (including the awesome claw machine-lobster tank hybrid, saying to his dinner guests "He says it's the only one in Manhattan. What does that say about it?"), fraudulently sells Canadian lobsters as Maine lobsters (he is correct to say they're the exact same species and there's virtually no difference, but due to the vast difference in price and the fact that he jacked up the prices accordingly it's still an incredibly dishonest thing to do), [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking and calls Gordon "Gordy."]]. If that doesn't make you want to introduce his face to a tire iron yet, then THIS will: he undid all of Gordon's changes and the restaurant closed.
20th Jun '16 8:10:52 PM RaustBD
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** David from the Black Pearl. How bad is he? His ego is roughly the size of a planet. He talks down to the staff. He lies repeatedly to Gordon's face (one example: saying that he's okay with the manager selected to run the restaurant, while a staff member tells the camera about how he kept saying he wasn't fit to lead), badmouths the changes Gordon made while being served dinner on relaunch night (including the awesome claw machine-lobster tank hybrid, saying to his dinner guests "He says it's the only one in Manhattan. What does that say about it?"), fraudulently sells Canadian lobsters as Maine lobsters ([[InsaneTrollLogic his justification being that they come from the same waters, so they aren't different]]), [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking and calls Gordon "Gordy."]]. If that doesn't make you want to introduce his face to a tire iron yet, then THIS will: he undid all of Gordon's changes and the restaurant closed.

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** David from the Black Pearl. How bad is he? His ego is roughly the size of a planet. He talks down to the staff. He lies repeatedly to Gordon's face (one example: saying that he's okay with the manager selected to run the restaurant, while a staff member tells the camera about how he kept saying he wasn't fit to lead), badmouths the changes Gordon made while being served dinner on relaunch night (including the awesome claw machine-lobster tank hybrid, saying to his dinner guests "He says it's the only one in Manhattan. What does that say about it?"), fraudulently sells Canadian lobsters as Maine lobsters ([[InsaneTrollLogic his justification being that they come from (he is correct to say they're the exact same waters, so they aren't different]]), species and there's virtually no difference, but due to the vast difference in price it's still an incredibly dishonest thing to do), [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking and calls Gordon "Gordy."]]. If that doesn't make you want to introduce his face to a tire iron yet, then THIS will: he undid all of Gordon's changes and the restaurant closed.
18th Jun '16 11:36:40 PM FerrousWhiston
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### 1-A: Gordon arrives and meets the people of the restaurant. This quickly establishes the personalities of the personnel involved. Sometimes somebody gets to meet Gordon prior to his arrival, giving Gordon an early chance to have a more private conversation. Finally, Gordon is seated and has the place serve him a meal. Since the place is failing, Gordon is likely going to be appalled by the decor, the service, the food, or all of the above. And he will call it as it is. Some of the crew will not react to this well, creating tension early on. Sometimes to the point where there could be a firestorm in the kitchen before Gordon even finishes his meal.
### 1-B: After the meal, Gordon 'lets' the place know his opinion on the food, the environment, and the staff. Giving the crew a chance to backtalk out of frustration, or to be spineless forcing Gordon to be frustrated.

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### 1-A: Gordon arrives and meets the people of the restaurant. This quickly establishes the personalities of the personnel involved. Sometimes somebody gets to meet Gordon prior to his arrival, giving Gordon an early chance to have a more private conversation. Finally, Gordon is seated and has the place serve him a meal. Since the place is failing, Gordon is likely going to be appalled by the decor, the service, the food, or all of the above. And he will call it as it is. Some of the crew will not react to this well, creating tension early on. Sometimes to the point where there could be a firestorm in the kitchen before Gordon even finishes his meal.
### 1-B: After the meal, Gordon 'lets' the place know his opinion on the food, the environment, and the staff. Giving the crew a chance to backtalk out of frustration, or to be spineless forcing Gordon to be frustrated.



### 2-A: Gordon investigates the kitchen and storage, finding either 'subpar'(read: rotten) ingredients and/or tonnes of filth. If it's not during work hours, Gordon will voice his disgust to the audience, and will bring this up eventually. If it's during work hours, this will prompt Gordon to demand knowing who is responsible for the mess.
### 2-B: The service ends badly, possibly with Gordon shutting the place down either due to bad service or health hazard. Armed with the aforementioned insights, Gordon has some facetime with a few key people, demanding change (sometimes immediate), and finally bid them a good night.

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### 2-A: Gordon investigates the kitchen and storage, finding either 'subpar'(read: rotten) ingredients and/or tonnes of filth. If it's not during work hours, Gordon will voice his disgust to the audience, and will bring this up eventually. If it's during work hours, this will prompt Gordon to demand knowing who is responsible for the mess.
### 2-B: The service ends badly, possibly with Gordon shutting the place down either due to bad service or health hazard. Armed with the aforementioned insights, Gordon has some facetime with a few key people, demanding change (sometimes immediate), and finally bid them a good night.



### 3-A: Gordon oversees the second service, which will see some positives due to the changes Gordon has made. However, Gordon's name will draw in a larger-than-usual crowd and the staff will struggle to handle the increased ticket count while adapting to said changes. This is the step where most breakdown occurs, leading to people getting into arguments, getting fired on the spot, or even outright quitting.
### 3-B: Gordon gathers everyone for a post-service meeting to bookend the day. Gordon mostly repeats step 2-B, except this time Gordon have seen how the restaurant reacts to his smaller changes, and will have an even greater understanding of the place. This allows him to demand some big changes, which he then follows up by declaring a relaunch of the establishment, after which he bids everyone good night.

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### 3-A: Gordon oversees the second service, which will see some positives due to the changes Gordon has made. However, Gordon's name will draw in a larger-than-usual crowd and the staff will struggle to handle the increased ticket count while adapting to said changes. This is the step where most breakdown occurs, leading to people getting into arguments, getting fired on the spot, or even outright quitting.
### 3-B: Gordon gathers everyone for a post-service meeting to bookend the day. Gordon mostly repeats step 2-B, except this time Gordon have seen how the restaurant reacts to his smaller changes, and will have an even greater understanding of the place. This allows him to demand some big changes, which he then follows up by declaring a relaunch of the establishment, after which he bids everyone good night.



### 4-A: It's a new day, and the crew is rounded up and send to the front door of the restaurant (occasionally with blindfolds). They will find a Gordon who arrived early and see the place sporting a new exterior. Gordon invites the crew in to see the brand new interior, which will be *very* well-received by most, if not all of the crew. Cue manly tears, joyous screams, and lots of hugging.
### 4-B: Gordon gives a rousing speech telling the crew why they *didn't* suck for once, implements the bigger changes he mentioned in the previous post-service meeting, and starts training the crew on the new routine just in time for the big re-opening.

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### 4-A: It's a new day, and the crew is rounded up and send to the front door of the restaurant (occasionally with blindfolds). They will find a Gordon who arrived early and see the place sporting a new exterior. Gordon invites the crew in to see the brand new interior, which will be *very* well-received by most, if not all of the crew. Cue manly tears, joyous screams, and lots of hugging.
### 4-B: Gordon gives a rousing speech telling the crew why they *didn't* suck for once, implements the bigger changes he mentioned in the previous post-service meeting, and starts training the crew on the new routine just in time for the big re-opening.



### 5-A But the crew ultimately pulls through and finish the relaunch-day service on a high note.
### 5-B The grateful staff waves goodbye as Gordon leaves the restaurant, gives a few cautiously optimistic comments to the camera, and proceeds to [[RidingIntoTheSunset rides into the sunset]].

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### 5-A But the crew ultimately pulls through and finish the relaunch-day service on a high note.
### 5-B The grateful staff waves goodbye as Gordon leaves the restaurant, gives a few cautiously optimistic comments to the camera, and proceeds to [[RidingIntoTheSunset rides into the sunset]].
18th Jun '16 11:35:02 PM FerrousWhiston
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* OnceAnEpisode: Each episode of the US version follows a particular pattern.
## Gordon arrives and is appalled by the poor quality of the food.
## One of the women working at the restaurant (usually an older woman) comments on how attractive Gordon is.
## Gordon investigates the kitchen, discovers it's a hellhole, and orders the restaurant shut down.
*** Sometimes subverted on the UK version, where the kitchen is spotless and the ingredients are in good shape...but they're expensive imports or frozen foods. Gordon then points out how to find local produce ("Fresh!! Local!! PRAH-deuce!!") that will save the restaurant money, earn local goodwill (and thus customers), and will be tastier since it's fresher.
## Before the dinner service that night, Gordon will introduce some new dish or variation of one of the restaurant's menu items that's tastier/fresher/easier to make. He will also give some initial advice and inspire the owners and staff toward better performance. Despite all this, the dinner service will be a disaster, necessitating a deeper examination of the restaurant's problems.
## After cleaning up, Gordon reinvigorates the staff with a new direction for the restaurant, as well as redecorating the decor and an all-new menu to fit the new theme. This usually involves replacing an overly-elaborate or exotic menu and interior design with something that's simple but effective.
## The staff struggles a bit with the new changes, but ultimately pulls through.
## The grateful staff waves goodbye as Gordon [[RidingIntoTheSunset rides into the sunset]].

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* OnceAnEpisode: Each Given that this is "Gordon trying to save a failing restaurant", each episode of the US version follows tends to follow a particular pattern.
pattern, almost by definition.
## The episode starts out with the narrator briefly introducing the failing restaurant, followed by comments from the owners and staff of the failing restaurant, accompanied by footage of the place running badly. Occasionally the narrator will state how *this* restaurant might be Gordon's hardest gig yet.
### 1-A:
Gordon arrives and meets the people of the restaurant. This quickly establishes the personalities of the personnel involved. Sometimes somebody gets to meet Gordon prior to his arrival, giving Gordon an early chance to have a more private conversation. Finally, Gordon is seated and has the place serve him a meal. Since the place is failing, Gordon is likely going to be appalled by the poor quality decor, the service, the food, or all of the food.
## One
above. And he will call it as it is. Some of the women working at crew will not react to this well, creating tension early on. Sometimes to the point where there could be a firestorm in the kitchen before Gordon even finishes his meal.
### 1-B: After the meal, Gordon 'lets' the place know his opinion on the food, the environment, and the staff. Giving the crew a chance to backtalk out of frustration, or to be spineless forcing Gordon to be frustrated.
## Gordon oversees a session of dinner service. Seeing the place in action allows him to have insights as to why the place is failing, insights he calmly shares with the audience by popping out of
the restaurant (usually an older woman) comments on how attractive Gordon is.
##
and speaking to camera, or by directly grilling the owners/workers at the place. The "calmly" part is not guaranteed.
### 2-A:
Gordon investigates the kitchen, discovers kitchen and storage, finding either 'subpar'(read: rotten) ingredients and/or tonnes of filth. If it's a hellhole, not during work hours, Gordon will voice his disgust to the audience, and orders will bring this up eventually. If it's during work hours, this will prompt Gordon to demand knowing who is responsible for the mess.
### 2-B: The service ends badly, possibly with Gordon shutting the place down either due to bad service or health hazard. Armed with the aforementioned insights, Gordon has some facetime with a few key people, demanding change (sometimes immediate), and finally bid them a good night.
## After a night's rest, Gordon gathers the employees and employers for a meeting and report his findings. Demanding some form of improvement on the personnel, whom are occasionally inspired by this. If the place is filthy, there will be a spring cleaning in the schedule somewhere. If the ingredient isn't good enough, Gordon will try to get something fresh. Here, Gordon will also introduce some changes to the place, such as a few new dish to the menu, or bringing in some help, testing the water while hoping the changes will lead to a better second service or relaunch. Skip to step 4 if relaunch comes next, which happens quite frequently if the owners are cooperative.
### 3-A: Gordon oversees the second service, which will see some positives due to the changes Gordon has made. However, Gordon's name will draw in a larger-than-usual crowd and the staff will struggle to handle the increased ticket count while adapting to said changes. This is the step where most breakdown occurs, leading to people getting into arguments, getting fired on the spot, or even outright quitting.
### 3-B: Gordon gathers everyone for a post-service meeting to bookend the day. Gordon mostly repeats step 2-B, except this time Gordon have seen how
the restaurant shut down.
*** Sometimes subverted on
reacts to his smaller changes, and will have an even greater understanding of the UK version, where place. This allows him to demand some big changes, which he then follows up by declaring a relaunch of the kitchen is spotless establishment, after which he bids everyone good night.
## Judging the place to be worthy of his salvation, Gordon brings in his designers and workers to revamp the place overnight.
### 4-A: It's a new day,
and the ingredients are in good shape...but they're expensive imports or frozen foods. Gordon then points out how crew is rounded up and send to find local produce ("Fresh!! Local!! PRAH-deuce!!") that will save the front door of the restaurant money, earn local goodwill (and thus customers), (occasionally with blindfolds). They will find a Gordon who arrived early and see the place sporting a new exterior. Gordon invites the crew in to see the brand new interior, which will be tastier since it's fresher.
## Before
*very* well-received by most, if not all of the dinner service that night, crew. Cue manly tears, joyous screams, and lots of hugging.
### 4-B:
Gordon will introduce some gives a rousing speech telling the crew why they *didn't* suck for once, implements the bigger changes he mentioned in the previous post-service meeting, and starts training the crew on the new dish or variation of one of the restaurant's menu items that's tastier/fresher/easier to make. He will also give some initial advice and inspire the owners and staff toward better performance. Despite all this, the dinner service will be a disaster, necessitating a deeper examination of the restaurant's problems.
## After cleaning up, Gordon reinvigorates the staff with a new direction
routine just in time for the restaurant, as well as redecorating the decor and an all-new menu to fit the new theme. This usually involves replacing an overly-elaborate or exotic menu and interior design with something that's simple but effective.
big re-opening.
## The staff struggles a bit starts to struggle with the new changes, but drastic changes and packed house
### 5-A But the crew
ultimately pulls through.
##
through and finish the relaunch-day service on a high note.
### 5-B
The grateful staff waves goodbye as Gordon leaves the restaurant, gives a few cautiously optimistic comments to the camera, and proceeds to [[RidingIntoTheSunset rides into the sunset]].



*** As sure as Gordon is Scottish, at least one staff member will be rude and antagonistic, not wanting the help and thinking everything is fine.
*** Step 5 has been subverted several times, as Ramsay will frequently return to the restaurants he's helped after a month (or longer in ''Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares Revisited''). In some cases he can't, because the restaurant has shut down due to A) returning to their appalling service, B) simply not getting the point behind Ramsay's changes, or C) circumstances beyond their control (see DownerEnding, above).
*** The epilogue only happened in the UK version at first, although beginning with US Season 3 the narrator details the restaurant's actual fate after Gordon showed up.
** On occasion subverted, but it happens more often than not; the head chef/owner will be interviewed saying some form of "I am a good cook/we cook good food, I am sure Gordon will like it". [[GilliganCut Cuts to Gordon hating whatever is that's been placed in front of him.]]
** Many episodes of Season 6 have added an additional step, which has the restaurant's staff (usually the family of the owner) intercepting Gordon before he arrives at the restaurant for the first time, and telling him about the horrible stuff that the owner is doing and how it's making the restaurant a miserable place to work at (and tearing the family apart, if applicable). Sometimes this step gets subverted, in that the owner is the person who intercepts Ramsay, and proceeds to falsely blame everything on his or her staff.
* OnlySaneEmployee: Many of the badly run restaurants are staffed exclusively with insane and/or lazy employees, but there's usually at least one clear-eyed and non-deluded person. Hopefully that person is someone with power, like the owner or head chef, and not just a waiter or sous-chef, because that can make things a little bit easier.
** Helen in the Morgan's episode is a good example. Whereas her mother and sister were downright stubborn in seeing the value of Gordon's recommendations (to the extent that they were critically late for a crucial Sunday lunch service), Helen was clear-eyed about what was wrong with the restaurant from the beginning and ended up being selected as restaurant manager by Gordon.
17th Jun '16 2:18:20 AM whateveryousay21
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* Sam's Mediterranean Kabob Room is an interesting case- despite the restaurant's relaunch going 100% smoothly with no issues(unlike most which "break down" an hour into the relaunch), the place closed down because business failed to pick up due to local competition(in fact, another Mediterranean restaurant had opened and took their business in short order). BUT, the owner admitted that he'd really only had children so he could have unpaid employees for his business later in life, so the restaurants closing at least allowed them to go on their own and live independent lives.
15th Jun '16 1:58:39 PM ZenBlade
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* SeparatedByACommonLanguage: In "Pantaleone's," Ramsay refers to the elderly owner/chef as an "old boy." The owner is at first insulted, before Ramsay clarifies that it's a term of respect for older men.
15th Jun '16 2:13:30 AM whateveryousay21
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* RuleOfDrama: [[http://leestranahan.com/kitchen-nightmares-finn-mccools-fact-or-fiction-update/ According to this article regarding season 1's "Finn McCool's",]] the Fox editors chose to make up drama by claiming that Chef Brian left the kitchen and went home(when in fact he'd merely been asked to work the bar, and the vehicle shown leaving belonged to a plumber) as well as using footage of a Fox staff member dropping a piece of chicken on the floor and then into the fryer to claim that Brian had done this. Then there was the relaunch, in which Fox staff went behind everyone's backs and booked the restaurant for TRIPLE capacity, and the food critic, which was actually a college student sent to say things that Fox had told her to say(this had been her first and only restaurant review). It does make one wonder how much of the show overall really is fabricated, at least the American version.
12th Jun '16 7:01:16 PM Vandegraff1
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** A couple of people, most notably the owner of the Kingston Cafe, have even [[RedundancyDepartmentOfRedundancy denied being in denial]], which only goes to prove Gordon's point.

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** A couple of people, most notably the owner of the Kingston Cafe, have even [[RedundancyDepartmentOfRedundancy [[DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment denied being in denial]], which only goes to prove Gordon's point.
11th Jun '16 2:18:39 PM whateveryousay21
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** In "Zayna's Flaming Grill", co-owner Fayza seems to be nothing but a chronic liar, and is called out for this constantly. More often than not, the actual truth is shown to the the complete opposite of what she claims. She claims the rest of the staff do no work, that her food is fresh, and eve lies about thawing meat in hot water, among many other fibs. Whether or not she is deliberately lying or is suffering from the early stages of dementia is unclear, although after the episode aired, she sold her half of the restaurant and left the business.



*** Though seeing the head chef's attitude, one wonders if he wasn't deliberately sabotaging service.



* RealMenWearPink: Gordon's shirt at the end of "Pantaleone's"... it's actually far brighter pink than the one worn by the other's wife.

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* RealMenWearPink: Gordon's shirt at the end of "Pantaleone's"... it's actually far brighter pink than the one worn by the other's owner's wife.
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