History YMMV / KitchenNightmares

22nd Apr '16 6:01:03 AM whateveryousay21
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** Gordon's inspection of the Secret Garden's kitchen turned up a container of potatoes in the fridge that was infested with live maggots. The sight of it was enough to send him running to the restroom to vomit.
18th Apr '16 11:26:32 PM whateveryousay21
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** Hell, any chef that insists "my food's good" or some variation when Gordon first arrives- if their food is so good, then why is most of the city avoiding the place and why is Gordon disgusted by eating it?
15th Apr '16 7:52:19 PM whateveryousay21
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** The Old Neighborhood really stood out when Gordon first arrived. The wallpaper was peeling, old antiques linted the rafters, the booths reeked of decades of accumulated body odor, dead mice and droppings were everywhere, an old pair of shoes was underneath a seat in a private booth, piles of garbage were stuffed into waiting area seats... that's not even getting into how nasty the food storage area was, let alone a kitchen that was caked with years of dirt(one of the owners claimed to have cleaned for five days prior to Gordon's arrival, which if true, barely made any noticeable impact to the condition of the place). Gordon was ''especially'' angry when he shut the kitchen down. Needless to say, the cleaned and renovated business, which is still open to this day, was a massive improvement.
14th Apr '16 9:29:21 PM HebiKaze10
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** Rami from Oceana was quite well-liked and sympathized (especially by siblings who have overbearing older ones) due to being the WiserYoungerSibling, and trying to rein his more arrogant older brother to listen to Gordon Ramsay. He also got along well with Ramsay, and listened to his advice and words. It's also telling when Ramsay left for the first day to sort things out, he hugged Rami, while he just left Moe. His snark and how he tricks Moe to just accept Ramsay's words was also pretty [[CrowningMomentOfFunny hilarious]].

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** Rami from Oceana was quite well-liked and sympathized (especially by siblings who have overbearing older ones) due to being the WiserYoungerSibling, WiseYoungerSibling, and trying to rein his more arrogant older brother to listen to Gordon Ramsay. He also got along well with Ramsay, and listened to his advice and words. It's also telling when Ramsay left for the first day to sort things out, he hugged Rami, while he just left Moe. His snark and how he tricks Moe to just accept Ramsay's words was also pretty [[CrowningMomentOfFunny hilarious]].
14th Apr '16 9:28:57 PM HebiKaze10
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** Rami from Oceana was quite well-liked and sympathized (especially by siblings who have overbearing older ones) due to being the WiserYoungerSibling, and trying to rein his more arrogant older brother to listen to Gordon Ramsay. He also got along well with Ramsay, and listened to his advice and words. It's also telling when Ramsay left for the first day to sort things out, he hugged Rami, while he just left Moe. His snark and how he tricks Moe to just accept Ramsay's words was also pretty [[CrowningMomentOfFunny hilarious]].
10th Apr '16 5:42:36 PM JusticeReaper
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* FollowTheLeader: At this point, it seems safe to say that Ramsay's show has created its own little genre:
** Food Network's ''Series/RestaurantImpossible'' is point-for-point almost identical to this show, the only major difference being that ''Impossible'' is hosted by the much more compassionate but more overtly violent (and British) Robert Irvine.
** Spike TV's ''Series/BarRescue'', where an expert bar manager comes to the aid of failing bars and does not hesitate to chew the owners or employees out. The real differences between that show and ''Kitchen Nightmares'' is that the host goes to bars rather than restaurants, the show emphasizes more of the science of what goes on to help improve the bar and its employees, and that [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking he's American, not British]].
*** Another Spike TV show, ''Tattoo Rescue'' has tattoo expert Joey Tattoo and his cousin Sammy rescuing and renovating failing Tattoo shops, every episode there's a challenge for the employees to compete in, and the winner gets a prize.
** Bravo's ''[[Series/TabithasSalonTakeover Tabatha Takes Over]]'' , where an expert hair salon owner aids failing beauty salons. The eponymous Tabatha, though Australian rather than British, is similarly harsh.
** Another Australian, cake and pastry expert Kerry Vincent, hosts the new Food Network series ''Save My Bakery'', in which she visits failing bakeries across America and resusticates them in a manner similar to ''Series/RestaurantImpossible'', with the addition of a tea party about halfway through each episode in which she hashes out the establishment's problems with the owners.
** ''Series/HotelHell,'' is a spin-off of ''Kitchen Nightmares'', and also stars Gordon Ramsay, but it also follows both UK Channel 5's ''Hotel Inspector'' and The Travel Channel's ''Hotel Impossible.''
** [[DogTheBountyHunter Duane "Dog" Chapman]] and his wife Beth have a show in the works where they will travel the country fixing troubled bail bonding businesses.
** Another Food Network series, ''Series/RestaurantStakeout'', follows the ''Kitchen Nightmares'' format pretty closely, but uses hidden cameras (as opposed to the physical on-site presence of host/restaurant owner William Jack Degel). Another interesting difference is that ''Restaurant Stakeout'' almost always focuses on problems with the front of the house. As with ''Kitchen Nightmares'', the owners invariably say "I know the problem isn't with the food." On ''Kitchen Nightmares'', this is almost always incorrect; on ''Restaurant Stakeout'', the statement is almost always taken at face value.
** [[OverlyLongGag Yet another Food Network series]] ''Series/MysteryDiners''. The show focuses more on sting operations and rooting out employees rather than judging the food. Also the shows are only around a half-hour instead of a whole hour. However the show is a lot more formulaic than the others.
** TLC also gives us ''Buddy's Bakery Rescue'' (which appeared as a an episode of ''Cake Boss'' called [[PoorlyDisguisedPilot ''Bakery Boss'']]), which is similar to ''Save My Bakery'', but it features Buddy of ''Series/CakeBoss'' fame.
3rd Mar '16 11:24:09 AM lexii
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* HoYay: Palpable in the ''Chiarella's'' episode between Gordon and the troubled, but fundamentally sweet owner, Tommy. When Gordon saves the day, there is much hugging, mutual admiration and Tommy even kisses him on the cheek when they part company. It's ramped right up though in the revisited episode, where Tommy shows off his bench-pressing skills in his basement gym before telling Gordon he loves him when he finally leaves, having part-funded Tommy's badly needed liquor license. Aww!
27th Feb '16 2:14:30 PM jenmic
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* TheWoobie: The staff. Miranda starts out as sort of a SadClown, joking with Gordon about the constant drama, bad food and all the other crap she has to deal with (such as being the only server on staff, and Samy stubbornly not allowing her to record orders on the electronic system despite her having plenty of experience.) Then the audience finds out the staff doesn't even get tips because Sammy keeps them, claiming that he's doing all the service work anyway. By the end of the first day Katy winds up leaving the building in tears after getting fired for asking a question about an order mix-up. (Amy going on an insult tirade about her afterwards certainly didn't help matters.) Henry and Jessica (former members of the staff) were put through the wringer quite a bit themselves, Henry in particular being forced to do unpaid menial jobs for Samy, such as washing his car in the middle of service. On top of all that, Miranda was fired a couple of weeks after the episode was filmed, for accepting a $5 tip from a customer rather than handing it over to Samy (of course, what Samy was doing was illegal according to the Wage & Hourly Division's laws, so she wasn't doing anything wrong). During the segment showing Amy and Samy watching the security camera of this incident, you can hear the smug satisfaction in Amy's voice as she talks about how they're going to have Miranda arrested.

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* TheWoobie: The staff. Miranda starts out as sort of a SadClown, joking with Gordon about the constant drama, bad food and all the other crap she has to deal with (such as being the only server on staff, and Samy stubbornly not allowing her to record orders on the electronic system despite her having plenty of experience.) Then the audience finds out the staff doesn't even get tips because Sammy Samy keeps them, claiming that he's doing all the service work anyway. By the end of the first day Katy winds up leaving the building in tears after getting fired for asking a question about an order mix-up. (Amy going on an insult tirade about her afterwards certainly didn't help matters.) Henry and Jessica (former members of the staff) were put through the wringer quite a bit themselves, Henry in particular being forced to do unpaid menial jobs for Samy, such as washing his car in the middle of service. On top of all that, Miranda was fired a couple of weeks after the episode was filmed, for accepting a $5 tip from a customer rather than handing it over to Samy (of course, what Samy was doing was illegal according to the Wage & Hourly Division's laws, so she wasn't doing anything wrong). During the segment showing Amy and Samy watching the security camera of this incident, you can hear the smug satisfaction in Amy's voice as she talks about how they're going to have Miranda arrested.
20th Feb '16 3:22:25 PM dasuberkaiser
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*** One example among many: after Moe revealed that he refused to write down his recipes because he was afraid of other restaurants stealing them, Gordon calls him a "busy idiot" -- somebody who spends all his time worrying about the wrong things. Moe was so upset by this that he refused to do anything. To get things back on track, his brother [[BlatantLies claimed]] that in England, "busy idiot" is actually a [[SeparatedByACommonLanguage compliment]]. Moe [[CrowningMomentofFunny believed him]].

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*** One example among many: after Moe revealed that he refused to write down his recipes because he was afraid of other restaurants stealing them, Gordon calls him a "busy idiot" -- somebody who spends all his time worrying about the wrong things. Moe was so upset by this that he refused to do anything. To get things back on track, his brother [[BlatantLies claimed]] that in England, "busy idiot" is actually a [[SeparatedByACommonLanguage compliment]]. Moe [[CrowningMomentofFunny [[CrowningMomentOfFunny believed him]].
3rd Feb '16 9:14:35 AM Brandon
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* StrawmanHasAPoint: As Amy says at the beginning, "The customer is not always right", which is essentially true, just not for the reasons shown in this episode.
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