History Series / KitchenNightmares

10th Dec '17 2:16:14 PM easytorememberhandle
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* FailedAttemptAtDrama: In a Mexican restaurant, Gordon finds a whole mess of unacceptable ingredients in the kitchen, the last straw being a bucket of spoiled beans. When the stubborn owner doesn't react, Gordon marches into the dining room with the beans. He imperiously shouts "Ladies and gentlemen!" and slams the bucket on a table for emphasis - breaking the table. He has to rest the bucket on a chair while awkwardly attempting to keep the table propped up as he announces the closure.
* FailedDramaticExit: After closing down a kitchen (and reacting angrily when the owner acts as though the closure is Gordon's fault), Gordon shows the customers a container of mould-encrusted spaghetti sauce to explain why the kitchen is closed. He apologizes to the customers, expresses his disappointment, angrily heads back to the kitchen - and ends up stuck trying to push a pull door. ("Fuck'n door...")
7th Dec '17 11:01:33 PM TheTrailblazerCritic
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** Brian, one of the three co-owners of the Black Pearl. His only incentive was to trash Gordon and the changes he made to improve the restaurant, [[LaserGuidedKarma only for the restaurant to shutter shortly thereafter]].
22nd Nov '17 6:44:08 PM rjd1922
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** A particularly egregious instance of this happened in the US episode featuring the Flamango restaurant, the trailer of which, if you watched it, implied that the restaurant ''burnt down'' during the episode, which the "coming up" segments prior to the commercials also implied. Needless to say, this didn't actually happen; all that was going on was that they were burning the restaurant's horrible, tacky décor on a bonfire. The building itself was untouched.

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** A particularly egregious instance of this happened in the US episode featuring the Flamango Flamango's restaurant, the trailer of which, if you watched it, which implied that the restaurant ''burnt down'' during the episode, which the "coming up" segments prior to the commercials also implied. Needless to say, this didn't actually happen; all that was going on was that they were burning the restaurant's horrible, tacky décor on a bonfire. The building itself was untouched.



* NiceJobBreakingItHero: In Season 1 Episode 8 [=LeLa's=], Gordon isn't too impressed with head chef Randy. He blindfolds both Randy and sous chef Lex and runs both through a simple taste test of 2 meats- Lex identifies both correctly but Randy fails(they were chicken and steak). On this basis, Gordon makes Lex the new head chef for relaunch night and demotes Randy to sous chef. For some reason, one would think that someone as experienced at this as Gordon Ramsay would consider kitchen experience as a factor rather than a taste test, because Lex proved unable to run the kitchen, to get any food out(to make things worse, the town's mayor was in the restaurant) and lacked any real experience, and eventually walked out due to the stress. Randy decides to take charge and get the kitchen back into order, because he's actually run a kitchen before, and somehow saves the reopening night. Lex did return but was demoted. Even Gordon later admitted that he'd screwed up.

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* NiceJobBreakingItHero: In Season 1 Episode 8 [=LeLa's=], Gordon isn't too impressed with head chef Randy. He blindfolds both Randy and sous chef Lex and runs both through a simple taste test of 2 two meats- Lex identifies both correctly but Randy fails(they fails (they were chicken and steak). On this basis, Gordon makes Lex the new head chef for relaunch night and demotes Randy to sous chef. For some reason, one would think that someone as experienced at this as Gordon Ramsay would consider kitchen experience as a factor rather than a taste test, because Lex proved unable to run the kitchen, to get any food out(to out (to make things worse, the town's mayor was in the restaurant) and lacked any real experience, and eventually walked out due to the stress. Randy decides to take charge and get the kitchen back into order, because he's actually run a kitchen before, and somehow saves the reopening night. Lex did return but was demoted. Even Gordon later admitted that he'd screwed up.
17th Nov '17 5:57:09 PM easytorememberhandle
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* MoodWhiplash: After supervising the dinner service, Ramsay always leaves the restaurant with a polite good night, regardless of how angry or disappointed he is. This is probably due to the editing, but it is often amusing to hear him sign off with something like, "You don't see that the reason this restaurant is ''fucked'' is because none of you ''give a shit!'' All right, g'night."
25th Oct '17 3:16:34 PM easytorememberhandle
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*** ''Do not lie to Gordon Ramsay.'' Even if the truth is something you know he won't like (the food isn't fresh, the kitchen isn't clean, etc.), lie to him and he will call you out on it. And if you try doubling down on a lie after he's already learned the truth... nice knowing you.
24th Oct '17 8:35:02 AM thelivingtoad
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** A particularly sad case with Momma Cherri's Soul Food Shack: Ramsay proclaimed that their food was actually ''good'' even before he had to lift a finger, they had a team that gelled together, they really turned things around, things were going so well, and they expanded into a larger place... only for her to have to close the restaurant down due to the recession. She has since started [[https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCOXNFm7CZd3VpkqKfyON2TA a Youtube channel]] where she explains how to cook soul food, and now has over 30,000 subscribers.

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** A particularly sad case with Momma Cherri's Soul Food Shack: Ramsay proclaimed that their food was actually ''good'' even before he had to lift a finger, they had a team that gelled together, they really turned things around, things were going so well, and they expanded into a larger place... only for her to have to close the restaurant down due to the recession. She The owner has since started [[https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCOXNFm7CZd3VpkqKfyON2TA a Youtube channel]] where she explains how to cook soul food, and now has over 30,000 subscribers.
24th Oct '17 8:23:31 AM thelivingtoad
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** A particularly sad case with Momma Cherri's Soul Food Shack: Ramsay proclaimed that their food was actually ''good'', they had a team that gelled together, they really turned things around, things were going so well, and they expanded into a larger place... only for her to have to close the restaurant down due to the recession. She has since started [[https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCOXNFm7CZd3VpkqKfyON2TA a Youtube channel]] where she explains how to cook soul food, and now has over 30,000 subscribers.

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** A particularly sad case with Momma Cherri's Soul Food Shack: Ramsay proclaimed that their food was actually ''good'', ''good'' even before he had to lift a finger, they had a team that gelled together, they really turned things around, things were going so well, and they expanded into a larger place... only for her to have to close the restaurant down due to the recession. She has since started [[https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCOXNFm7CZd3VpkqKfyON2TA a Youtube channel]] where she explains how to cook soul food, and now has over 30,000 subscribers.
24th Oct '17 8:20:37 AM thelivingtoad
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** A particularly sad case with Momma Cherri's Soul Food Shack: Ramsay proclaimed that their food was actually ''good'', they had a team that gelled together, they really turned things around, things were going so well, and they expanded into a larger place... only for her to have to close the restaurant down due to the recession. She has since started [[https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCOXNFm7CZd3VpkqKfyON2TA a Youtube channel]] where she explains how to cook soul food, and now has over 30,000 subscribers.



** A particularly sad case with Momma Cherri's Soul Food Shack: Ramsay proclaimed that their food was actually ''good'', they had a team that gelled together, they really turned things around, things were going so well, and they expanded into a larger place... only for her to have to close the restaurant down due to the recession.
24th Oct '17 8:17:52 AM thelivingtoad
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** This sometimes happens after the fact, as well. A number of restaurants (such as Maggie's and Love's Fish Restaurant in the UK version, and Lela's and Peter's in the US version) pulled themselves together, followed Ramsay's instructions to the hilt, and enjoyed some initial success... only to go out of business anyway when their financial backers pulled the rug from underneath them during the credit crunch.
** Nearly happened with the owners of the Fenwick Arms pub, who turned Gordon's "Campaign for Real Gravy" idea into even more of a success than he ever imagined and kept running in the face of some new competitors that sprung up nearby... only for the couple that owned the pub to be evicted after the brewery "disagreed" with the campaign. Averted in the end, though, as they bought a new pub near York and resurrected their campaign with much success.
** A similar thing happened with J. Willy's. Although the restaurant itself didn't survive in the long run, the BBQ sauce that Ramsay helped them to create proved a big success, and the restaurant's owner focused his efforts on that instead.



** This sometimes happens after the fact, as well. A number of restaurants (such as Maggie's and Love's Fish Restaurant in the UK version, and Lela's and Peter's in the US version) pulled themselves together, followed Ramsay's instructions to the hilt, and enjoyed some initial success... only to go out of business anyway when their financial backers pulled the rug from underneath them during the credit crunch.
** Nearly happened with the owners of the Fenwick Arms pub, who turned Gordon's "Campaign for Real Gravy" idea into even more of a success than he ever imagined and kept running in the face of some new competitors that sprung up nearby... only for the couple that owned the pub to be evicted after the brewery "disagreed" with the campaign. Averted in the end, though, as they bought a new pub near York and resurrected their campaign with much success.
** A similar thing happened with J. Willy's. Although the restaurant itself didn't survive in the long run, the BBQ sauce that Ramsay helped them to create proved a big success, and the restaurant's owner focused his efforts on that instead.
22nd Oct '17 5:10:22 PM Michael_McManus
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* CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass: Twins Jeff & Jim from Capri. They spend the episode slacking off, cracking under pressure in the kitchen, and bursting into tears of self-pity from their own incompetence. They somehow managed to acquire serious cooking and business savvy out of nowhere, since as of 31/10/2016, Capri is still in business more than five years after this episode.

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* CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass: Twins Jeff & Jim from Capri. They spend the episode slacking off, cracking under pressure in the kitchen, and bursting into tears of self-pity from their own incompetence. They somehow managed to acquire serious cooking and business savvy out of nowhere, since as of 31/10/2016, 23/10/2017, Capri is still in business more ''more than five six years after this episode.episode''.
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