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7th Jul '17 12:58:54 AM GF93
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* MedalOfDishonor: Ramsay has named Piccolo Teatro owner Rachel as the worst owner he met in the UK version, and Amy's Baking Company owners Amy and Samy as the worst owners from the US version. Rachel, because unlike nearly all the other owners seen in the UK version, she didn't even ''try'' to make the restaurant a success after he left-- on top of not caring what happened to her father [[note]]Who had accrued a massive debt trying to save it, only for her to deliberately destroy it herself afterward.[[/note]] and chef [[note]]Who had moved from Scotland to Paris to work there, and was now unemployed and stranded abroad.[[/note]] as a result of her own laziness and arrogance, and [[UngratefulBitch petulantly trying to blame Ramsay to his face for her own failure]]. As for Amy and Samy? Well, the fact that nearly a third of this article is dedicated to the Amy's Baking Company episode ''alone'' should tell you everything you need to know.

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* MedalOfDishonor: Ramsay has named Piccolo Teatro owner Rachel as the worst owner he met in the UK version, and Amy's Baking Company owners Amy and Samy as the worst owners from the US version. Rachel, because unlike nearly all the other owners seen in the UK version, she didn't even ''try'' to make the restaurant a success after he left-- on top of not caring what happened to her father [[note]]Who had accrued a massive debt trying to save it, only for her to deliberately destroy it herself afterward.[[/note]] and chef [[note]]Who had moved from Scotland to Paris to work there, and was now unemployed and stranded abroad.[[/note]] as a result of her own laziness and arrogance, and [[UngratefulBitch petulantly trying to blame Ramsay to his face for her own failure]]. As for Amy and Samy? Well, the fact that nearly a third of this article [[Recap/KitchenNightmaresS6E15AmysBakingCompany an entire seperate page]] is dedicated to the Amy's Baking Company episode ''alone'' should tell you everything you need to know.
7th Jul '17 12:46:36 AM GF93
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** "Holy mackerel"

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* MedalOfDishonor: Ramsay has named Piccolo Teatro owner Rachel as the worst owner he met in the UK version, and Amy's Baking Company owners Amy and Samy as the worst owners from the US version. Rachel because unlike nearly all the other owners seen in the UK version she didn't even try to make the restaurant a success after he left, and Amy and Samy... well, the fact that nearly a third of this article is dedicated to the Amy's Baking Company episode alone should tell you everything.

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* MedalOfDishonor: Ramsay has named Piccolo Teatro owner Rachel as the worst owner he met in the UK version, and Amy's Baking Company owners Amy and Samy as the worst owners from the US version. Rachel Rachel, because unlike nearly all the other owners seen in the UK version version, she didn't even try ''try'' to make the restaurant a success after he left, left-- on top of not caring what happened to her father [[note]]Who had accrued a massive debt trying to save it, only for her to deliberately destroy it herself afterward.[[/note]] and chef [[note]]Who had moved from Scotland to Paris to work there, and was now unemployed and stranded abroad.[[/note]] as a result of her own laziness and arrogance, and [[UngratefulBitch petulantly trying to blame Ramsay to his face for her own failure]]. As for Amy and Samy... well, Samy? Well, the fact that nearly a third of this article is dedicated to the Amy's Baking Company episode alone ''alone'' should tell you everything.everything you need to know.
26th Jun '17 8:15:29 PM 8BrickMario
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* {{Troll:}} At the Prohibition Grille, the owner, Rishi, among other issues, used her former belly dancing career by giving extremely awkward performances, to the discomfort of all but Rishi, who was oblivious. For the turnaround, Gordon makes her swear to end the belly dances, but when he enters the restaurant during his revisit, the sitar music plays, he sees her arm around the wall clicking the castanets, and she peeks around, wearing her belly dancing headband. Gordon is shocked and afraid she didn't learn a thing, when she comes around the corner, smartly dressed after pulling on her jacket, revealing it was all a joke.

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* {{Troll:}} {{Troll}}: At the Prohibition Grille, the owner, Rishi, among other issues, used her former belly dancing career by giving extremely awkward performances, to the discomfort of all but Rishi, who was oblivious. For the turnaround, Gordon makes her swear to end the belly dances, but when he enters the restaurant during his revisit, the sitar music plays, he sees her arm around the wall clicking the castanets, and she peeks around, wearing her belly dancing headband. Gordon is shocked and afraid she didn't learn a thing, when she comes around the corner, smartly dressed after pulling and hqving pulled on her jacket, revealing it was all a joke.
26th Jun '17 8:12:32 PM 8BrickMario
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* {{Troll:}} At the Prohibition Grille, the owner, Rishi, among other issues, used her former belly dancing career by giving extremely awkward performances, to the discomfort of all but Rishi, who was oblivious. For the turnaround, Gordon makes her swear to end the belly dances, but when he enters the restaurant during his revisit, the sitar music plays, he sees her arm around the wall clicking the castanets, and she peeks around, wearing her belly dancing headband. Gordon is shocked and afraid she didn't learn a thing, when she comes around the corner, smartly dressed after pulling on her jacket, revealing it was all a joke.
30th May '17 9:58:12 AM rjd1922
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[[https://www.youtube.com/user/KitchenNightmares The show's official Youtube channel posts various clips from the US and UK versions in their uncensored glory, which you may find here.]]

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[[https://www.youtube.com/user/KitchenNightmares The show's official Youtube YouTube channel posts various clips from the US and UK versions in their uncensored glory, which you may find here.]]
27th May '17 5:16:08 PM FromtheWordsofBR
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The show shot up to near-viral levels of popularity after it featured [[MemeticMutation Amy's Baking Company]].

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The show shot up to near-viral levels of popularity after it featured [[MemeticMutation Amy's Baking Company]].
Company]]. Tropes specific to that episode should go [[Recap/KitchenNightmaresS6E15AmysBakingCompany here]].




''Tropes specific to the Amy's Baking Company episode should be placed in their own section, below.''




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[[folder: Amy's Baking Company]]

!!Tropes pertaining to the episodes featuring Amy's Baking Company:
* AlmightyJanitor: Employees who have gone to culinary school or who have extensive experience in restaurants are assigned menial tasks.
** The employee whose sole responsibility is making salads is actually a sous-chef, which means they ought to be responsible for inventory, cleanliness, organization, and training of staff.
** One of the servers has plenty of experience in the restaurant business and actually could handle using the point-of-sale system, but she's not allowed to.
* AnimatedAdaptation: The [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BfD8L1euBuk Amy's Baking Company]] episode now has one.
* AppealToWorseProblems: When customers complain about their food the day before Gordon arrives, Amy retorts that "The food we're making is going straight into the trash, and there are starving people who could be eating it, but instead these people decide they're going to come fuck with my life."
* ArcWords: The words "Haters," "Internet bullies," and "Yelpers" are used a lot in this episode to mean "critics," which just goes to show how uncritical the restauranteurs are concerning their flaws.
* AsideGlance: During the revisit, in which Amy unleashed an insane torrent of defensive retorts, the reporter looked right into the camera for a split second, in part because she barely managed to get a single word in edgewise.
* BigStupidDoodooHead: "You little weenie! Keep walking!"
* BlatantLies:
** After their online meltdown, the owners of Amy's Baking Company suddenly deleted all of their angry rants and created a new Facebook page, claiming that their Facebook and Yelp accounts had been hacked. The hacking claim was fair enough, but what pushed it into this territory was the added claim that they had the FBI investigating it.
** They lied multiple times about having home-cooked food, at one point having bought some cakes from another store.
** At the beginning of the episode, Amy states that they don't use frozen food. When Ramsay receives his ravioli, Samy states it was frozen.
** On their Facebook page, the restaurant claimed the images on their menus weren't infringing on anyone's copyrights, but the images can be easily found through a Google image search.
** The owners of Amy's Baking Company claimed that they don't take their waitresses tips, which would be illegal, but the camera crew caught them doing just that on tape.
** Amy outright accuses Ramsay of lying about the termination of 50 employees, but Samy pipes in and tells her that they've fired over a hundred.
** At one point, Ramsay gives Amy a detailed explanation of the problems he had with a burger. Later, Amy mocks his criticism, and eventually says that Ramsay never offered her constructive criticism.
* BodyLanguage: Amy clearly can't hide hers. Ramsay even calls her on her shaking her head "no" when he informs them he is here to help them. She also keeps shaking her head "no" or rolls her eyes every time she is given criticism. She continues it on the last morning when Ramsay comes in, being unable to [[DeathGlare hide her fury]] at even seeing him.
* CatchPhrase: Amy has "(Insert food item that Ramsay complains about) I have customers telling me it is the best (insert food) they have ever eaten!" Also "I've never had a problem with that (insert food)" and "They're just not used to eating food that doesn't come from a can".
* ChangeTheUncomfortableSubject: During Ramsay and the owners' introductions and tour of the restaurant, Amy says that Ramsay needs to clone her and Samy because nobody else can run the restaurant the "right" way. Ramsay is clearly a bit weirded out by this and decides to move the conversation forward by asking them if they have children. Amy responds with "We have three little boys but they're trapped inside cat bodies. Meow!" Ramsay is even more bewildered by this and immediately changes the subject a second time.
* {{Cloudcuckoolander}}:
** Amy drifts into this category at times. In the return episode, she bizarrely (and emphatically) acts out the behaviors of lookie-loos in the restaurant.
** Samy is also this. In particular, the scene where this overweight, balding, out-of-shape, moving-out-of-middle-age-and-into-the-elderly-category man tells Gordon that he's a gangster. The look on Gordon's face makes it clear that he's lost hope for these two.
* ControlFreak: Amy and Samy openly admit they are Control Freaks.
* DontExplainTheJoke: Amy and Samy 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.]]
* DontLikeDontRead: Or rather, "don't eat." The owners of Amy's Baking Company enforce this trope full stop against any customer that dares to complain about the food, going to extremes to retaliate against such customers. Naturally, the customers gladly take the advice and leave.
* {{Doublethink}}: Amy tries to invoke this by saying that the bun of Ramsay's burger was "dry and soggy," asking which one it was. However, she forgets that Ramsay ordered ''two'' burgers to sample, one of which was dry and the other was soggy.
* ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin: Aside from a chipper and optimistic opening, this episode devolves into a true "Kitchen Nightmare." More so than any other episode. It's an unrelentingly miserable and wretched experience for everyone involved -- Chef Ramsay, the owners, the servers and even the customers.
* FlatYes: After one of her servers asks a simple question that Amy reacts poorly to, Amy asks Ramsay is he'd let his server talk to him like hers did to her. Ramsay just flatly tells her "yeah." Later, in the return episode, she believes this reponse makes Ramsay a pansy.
* FunWithAcronyms: '''A'''my's '''B'''aking '''C'''ompany.
* 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 "internet bullies", who turned out to be everyone who has ever given them a bad review.
* HighTurnoverRate: Amy's Baking Company has a turnover rate [[RedShirtArmy comparable to]] [[TabletopGame/{{Warhammer40000}} the Imperial Guard,]] going through more than 100 employees ''in just one year.''
* HopeSpot: Gordon did at least admit to liking Amy's cakes when he ate one during his initial meeting with them. [[spoiler:Too bad she didn't actually bake them, like she claimed.]]
* IgnorantOfTheirOwnIgnorance: UpToEleven with Amy and Samy, who don't seem to understand the reason the business is doing bad is because of them.
* IgnoredExpert: Chef Ramsay is pretty much reduced to this during the dinner service. Amy not only directly, and repeatedly, tells him that she's not listening to him, she tells her ''staff'' to also ignore him. At a loss, Ramsay goes up to the front to try to help Samy, but he also isn't receptive to any advice Ramsay offers.
* ImplausibleDeniability: Samy and Amy claim that their social media pages were hacked and they did not state all the insults to the reviewers. When you can clearly find tha they're still doing it.
* TheInspectorIsComing: One of the few things positive Gordon states about the restaurant is how clean and well organized the place is. However it is revealed that Amy and Samy severely cleaned the place up for his coming arrival. Which is something one actually has to hand to them as that is something that few restaurants have done despite knowing he is coming.
* ItsPersonal: To Amy, there is no negative feedback that is not a personal insult.
* KnowNothingKnowItAll: Amy and Samy [[UpToEleven managed to top Sebastian]], chewing out customers who complain about underdone, inedible dishes, even going as far as to state they don't know what good food tastes like. Samy even admits that he has no experience in running a restaurant. The two had kept people who went to culinary school in menial jobs (such as setting tables and pouring water), where at one point Samy even had one wash his car during service, claiming "they don't know anything."
* KnowWhenToFoldEm: When Ramsay attempts to present his plan to fix Amy's Baking Company, the owners shout him down and insult him (e.g. saying he doesn't know what he's talking about). For the reason, and all the flaws demonstrated over the course of the episode, he decides to just throw in the towel and walk away, knowing that he can't help them.
* ManipulativeEditing:
** Previews for "Return to Amy's Baking Company" feature a little of this. When ''Kitchen Nightmares'' returns to Amy's Baking Company after a year of the media circus surrounding them, we are shown footage of Amy disbelievingly exclaiming, "Are we being punked?", as if she's hostile toward their intrusion. In context, she's talking about customers' reaction to visiting her restaurant after seeing her antics on the show.
** The Return episode shows the entire footage of Amy talking about her cats, including her mimicking one of her cats (Leo) who has a tendency to meow as if he's singing. However, in the original episode, this mimic ("meow meow meow!") is spliced out of the appropriate context, making it appear as if Amy is demonstrating her ability to (literally) "speak feline," making her look nutty.
* MayDecemberRomance: Samy is over twenty years older than Amy. They do appear to have a lot in common, though.
* MotorMouth: Amy tends to speak ''very'' quickly when she's feeling threatened. It is impossible to get a word in edgewise once she really gets going.
* MisplacedRetribution: Two customers got fed up and left after waiting an unreasonable amount of time for a single pizza. The customer who Samy had to be restrained from hitting was the one who ''didn't'' yell at him.
* 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.
* MyNaymeIs: The husband's name is pronounced "Sammy" but spelled "Samy."
* NiceToTheWaiter: Ramsay is duly appalled when he learns that one of the owners takes all of the tips given to the waiters/waitresses and when a waitress is summarily fired for asking a simple question. He makes sure to tip the waitress directly and tries to stand up for them by telling the customers about their tips being stolen and how they deserve those tips.
-->'''Gordon''': ''(slips a $20 bill into the waitress's shirt pocket)'' "This is for you. And ''only'' for you."
* OminousForeshadowing: Everything the server stated at the beginning to "Amy's Baking Company" did come true within the episode. From stating how Amy is "sometimes a sweet woman but becomes completely erratic", the fact that Samy and Amy refuse to listen to criticism, and the fact that Ramsay would be wasting his time with them as they won't change.
* OnceAnEpisode: Averted. Ramsay couldn't get beyond step 2 because the owners were ''that'' ignorant and oblivious to the complaints and lashed out against anyone that criticized them. As in, they obviously hated criticism, not knowing that all of it was very well-deserved. Furthermore, they thought they'd hire Ramsay as a "YesMan" to defend their restaurant's reputation against "Internet bullies" (i.e. those who criticize their place on Facebook and on Yelp). The extremely toxic attitude of the owners got Ramsay to give up on them, leaving the episode on a DownerEnding. About 95% of the reviewers on Yelp gave it less than two stars.
* RageBreakingPoint: Ramsay is extremely patient with Amy and Samy through most of the episode. He acts more surprised and nonplussed than angry over their stupid and wasteful practices. However, once Samy starts to try to get tough with him, Ramsay starts to get just as nasty back.
* RantInducingSlight[=/=][[MinorInjuryOverreaction Minor Criticism Overreaction]]:
** Amy is completely incapable of taking even the slightest bit of criticism without acting as if it was a full blown assault against her. She even called a server asking her a simple question tantamount to breaking into their place of business and holding a gun to their heads. (In Amy's head, the waitress was giving her some serious attitude, but Amy's not quite in touch with something called reality).
** In a meta-example, much of the media hurricane that spawned around the restaurant (including the two Kitchen Nightmares episodes, flash episodes, various news reports, a ''Forbes article'', etc..) all started because the restaurant got one bad review.
* 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.
* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: A brilliant one:
-->'''Gordon:''' I can't help people that can't help themselves and cannot ever take one ounce of criticism. If you're not willing to change, [[TranquilFury I'm not going to butt heads, argue, scream... but this is not normal.]] And it's not normal for a restaurant to go through that many staff, it's not normal for a kitchen that small to have 65 items on the menu, and it's not normal for the level of animosity that you've built inside this restaurant and outside. You have the right to run the business the way you want to run your business. I have the right to do the right thing. And the right thing for me is to [[ScrewThisImOuttaHere get out of here]].
* ScrewThisImOuttaHere:
** Ramsay felt that he would be wasting his time trying to help the owners after they pretty much told him to "fuck off."
** A server from the restaurant quit after Amy yelled at her one too many times. This server, in an earlier interview, said that Ramsay would be wasting his time and that the owners were a lost cause.
** 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.
* SockPuppet: When Amy mentions their positive reviews to Ramsay, she inadvertantly implies that the owners have created sock puppet accounts to write their own positive reviews of the restaurant.
* StepfordSmiler: Miranda, one of the waitresses, tries to keep a smile on her face when telling Ramsay what it's like to work there -- but it's clear that she thinks it's a terrible place to work given her fake smile.
* SuspiciouslySpecificDenial: Amy specifically mentions to Ramsay the positive reviews the restaurant has gotten that she and Samy "did not write."
* TamperingWithFoodAndDrink: Amy attempts this several times during the episode toward customers she doesn't like.
* TranquilFury: When Ramsay finally had enough he simply quietly tells the pair he's leaving and walks out. Even when he gives his wrap-up review to the camera he seems more sad than angry.
* YesMan:
** This is what the owners were hoping Ramsay to be. They pretty much bend over backwards to do whatever they can to please him. When he reveals he disliked their food, they treat him like an idiot who does't know what he's doing.
** Samy is this to his wife. He cannot bring himself to ever criticize Amy or pass along customer complaints. Ramsay calls them out on this in the additional footage in "Return to Amy's Baking Company."
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5th May '17 5:23:01 PM 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).

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*** To lesser extents: separating wait staff/front of house from the kitchen staff (to him, staff is staff, no matter their role, and waiters are just as important as the cooks and chefs), staff that are too casual or and/or lax on the job, job (he doesn't even like smiling or joking on-the-job, as food work really ''is'' SeriousBusiness if you want to keep afloat), 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).
5th May '17 4:28:14 AM memememememe
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*** One word: {{Pride}}. He really hates people who boast that their food is the best in the world, right in the face of a 13-star Michelin chef... aka [[BlasphemousBoast insulting one of the Gods of culinary arts]]. Gordon uses BrutalHonesty to make them see [[MockMillionaire the truth of their businesses' condition]].
*** Mistreatment of wait staff will always set him off. Granted, some of the restaurants' wait staff are the OnlySaneMan ready to tell Gordon the truth about the restaurant.
*** He doesn't like it when chefs drink on the job because alcohol shifts focus (resulting in bad preparation) and can affect the chef's sense of taste.



*** Mistreatment of wait staff will always set him off.



*** He ''always'' dislikes menus with pictures of the food in them and will always make sure there's a redesign.

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*** He ''always'' dislikes oversized complicated menus with pictures of (Sebastian learned this the food in them hard way) and will always make sure there's a redesign. redesign towards affordability of "fresh local produce"
2nd May '17 1:30:19 PM rjd1922
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* AppealToWorseProblems: One of the owners actually uses this when a customer complains about the food.

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* AppealToWorseProblems: One of the owners actually uses this when a customer complains When customers complain about their food the food.day before Gordon arrives, Amy retorts that "The food we're making is going straight into the trash, and there are starving people who could be eating it, but instead these people decide they're going to come fuck with my life."
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.
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