History Series / KitchenNightmares

22nd Apr '17 2:42:20 PM CombativeBoil
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* LighterAndSofter: While he certainly isn't going to pull any punches over incompetence and unsanitary conditions, Ramsay is nowhere near the ogre he is on ''Series/HellsKitchen''. Even at the worst times, he seems respectful of the fact that this restaurant does not belong to him.

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* LighterAndSofter: While he certainly isn't going to pull any punches over incompetence and unsanitary conditions, Ramsay is nowhere near the ogre he is on ''Series/HellsKitchen''. Even at the worst times, he seems respectful of the fact that this restaurant does not belong to him.him, especially in the UK series.
1st Apr '17 10:20:46 AM OlfinBedwere
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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.

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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 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.


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* ShaggyDogStory: The D-Place/Saracen's Cafe episode saw the owners learn a lot about running a restaurant and becoming more assertive, firing their {{jerkass}} general manager and forcing the BrilliantButLazy chef to actually do his job properly. In the end, however, none of it actually mattered since their landlord had in fact decided to evict them from the premises before Ramsay ever got there, though didn't actually go through with it until after the initial visit. By the time of the revisit the owners (one of whom was heavily pregnant, on top of everything else) were facing near-certain bankruptcy and the loss of their home. The only person who actually benefited from Ramsay's visit in any way actually ended up being the chef, as he managed to get himself the job of head chef at the hotel based in the same building.
28th Mar '17 1:04:59 PM CHLORINEGARGOYLE
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** 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.
* GenreBlindness: These restauranteurs know that it's a make-over show. So why do they not seem to have any clue that Ramsay isn't going to ''change'' things? Ramsay knows these restaurants are failing, why is he surprised when the food is bad or the service is lacking, and the owners/chefs sling attitude?
** One would think that the owners of these restaurants would take Gordon's advice, considering that they're in the red. Every episode, however, at least one person will think that Gordon is over exaggerating and/or trying to sabotage him/her.
** The owners could at least ''try'' to make their restaurant presentable when Gordon comes. Since the show already has several seasons under its belt, you'd think the owners would at least have an idea of what Gordon is going to look for.
** The owners should know by now that they're walking into a trap if they answer Gordon's question "On a scale of 1 to 10, how would you rate your food?" by rating their food 9 or 10.
** For that matter, Gordon still seems genuinely surprised when the food is bad and the kitchens are full of rotten food in the later seasons. One would think after so many of these awful restaurants being more of the same, that he'd expect it after a time.

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** 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, chefs (literally hundreds of variations, all going into the same three curries), who had to resort to dumbing down each recipe to get it out the door faster.
* GenreBlindness: These restauranteurs know that it's a make-over show. So why do they not seem to have any clue that Ramsay isn't going to ''change'' things? Ramsay knows these restaurants are failing, why is he surprised when the food is bad or the service is lacking, and the owners/chefs sling attitude?
** One would think that the owners of these restaurants would take Gordon's advice, considering that they're in the red. Every episode, however, at least one person will think that Gordon is over exaggerating and/or trying to sabotage him/her.
** The owners could at least ''try'' to make their restaurant presentable when Gordon comes. Since the show already has several seasons under its belt, you'd think the owners would at least have an idea of what Gordon is going to look for.
** The owners should know by now that they're walking into a trap if they answer Gordon's question "On a scale of 1 to 10, how would you rate your food?" by rating their food 9 or 10.
** For that matter, Gordon still seems genuinely surprised when the food is bad and the kitchens are full of rotten food in the later seasons. One would think after so many of these awful restaurants being more of the same, that he'd expect it after a time.
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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.
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