History YMMV / KitchenNightmares

9th Jun '17 3:37:02 PM Nicoaln
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** Rose of Leone's, who was in a coma for two years and came out of the coma to find that her pride and joy had been more or less run into the ground. She had to hold her throat so she could talk and was still on oxygen. OUCH.
7th Jun '17 5:44:33 PM Kereea1
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* TheScrappy: Adele of Flamangos is extremely hated. From complaining when Gordon objects to her husband, a man in his 70s, doing a psychically strenuous task every night (in a manner that imples the staff have objected to it as well) to bitching out the staff for trivial things to hating the remodel because "I don't like blue" ''while wearing a blue sweater'' to outright telling customers how she doesn't think Gordon knew what he was doing with the new menu and remodel, almost everyone who comes away from the episode singularly ''loathes'' her
1st Jun '17 2:28:13 PM ShadowDJ
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** To be fair, they wouldn't be self reliant on that if he just paid them off for them. Plus they'd be in debt to HIM for giving up his money. So take it what you may, Gordan was there to do a job and it's not really his own fault if they go down the drain, it's usually the fault of either the economy or if people continue to use his advice.
27th May '17 5:19:41 PM FromtheWordsofBR
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!!About the main show (tropes specific to the Amy's Baking Company episode are below)




!!Tropes specifically related to the Amy's Baking Company episode:
* BigLippedAlligatorMoment: After a particularly nasty exchange between the owners and the customers in the Amy's Baking Company episode, the show cuts to a rabbit hopping around as if to say, "Yeah, that was horrifying. [[RelaxOVision Watch this cute little bunny]] now to make yourself feel better."
* BileFascination: The revisit made clear that this is the only reason the place is still open: after seeing it on the show, people are coming to ABC just to see if it's really as bad as it looked. And according to most visitors, it ''is''.
* CrossesTheLineTwice: When kicking out a customer for complaining about how long their pizza was taking (over an hour for a single pizza), the owner of Amy's Baking Company not only swore and yelled at the customers, but demanded that they pay for the pizza as well (since it was in the oven when they were kicked out). He threatened to call the cops when they refused to pay.
* EnsembleDarkhorse: The waitstaff of ABC, especially [[BeleagueredAssistant Katy]] and [[SadClown Miranda]].
** Redditors begged and pleaded for an ask-me-anything session from one of them, to which Katy responded [[http://www.reddit.com/r/tabled/comments/1eftil/table_iama_former_waitress_katy_cipriano_from/ here]].
* EpilepticTrees: Some netizens took Samy's obsessive control over the till, and his admonishing Gordon that, "You're not the gangster here, ''I'm'' the gangster!" as signs that the restaurant was actually a money-laundering front for TheMafia. Which would just raise even more questions.
** [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WUNGpoWj10o Ahem... according to law enforcement sources, Samy was involved in drugs and extortion while in Europe, so it's not far off the mark.]]
* FridgeHorror: The more and more the episode goes on, the more you realize that Amy is seriously mentally ill. She most likely has Schizoaffective disorder, whose symptoms include: bi-polar/mania like symptoms; paranoid delusions; and disorganized speech. These are all behaviours that Amy has shown in the episode.
** Amy certainly shows signs of being a [[ParanoiaFuel paranoid schizophrenic]], seeing as one of her main personality traits is an apparent assumption that everyone in the world is against her.
* {{Hatedom}}: Try to find ''anyone'' who likes Amy and Samy and/or will defend them as perfectly reasonable victims of online vigilantism. Or just be accused of being Amy or Samy as they are known to pull this stunt.
* JerkassWoobie: Samy actually got just a little bit of this towards the end of the episode. He'd been one of the biggest jerks ever seen on the show up until that point, but during the last meeting with Ramsay seems to have honestly realized the restaurant is having huge problems and is at least considering Ramsay's advice. Amy, predictably, flips out and throws the biggest tantrum to date, leaving Gordon to walk off and Samy to sit there, looking morose as he ponders his money pit (and the failing restaurant she's running).
** Also, when Amy fires Katy, Samy actually tries to calm the crying girl and make Amy see reason, although he surrenders easily. It's sort of obvious that he just acts like he does because he's [[DoubleStandardAbuseFemaleOnMale scared of his wife]].
* MemeticMutation: The sheer over the top behavior of the owners of Amy's Baking Company before, during and after Gordon's visit have taken the internet by storm, generating numerous articles, including a full article on ''[=Forbes=]'' using their reactions as precisely how ''not'' to react in the face of internet criticism.
** The biggest meme to come out of the episode was that it was "the one where Gordon gave up"
* MoralEventHorizon: Samy crosses it in the first minutes by threatening violence on a customer who complained at having to wait for over an hour for ''one pizza,'' calling the police on the customer, then demanding the customer pay for the pizza that he hadn't received. Amy herself crosses it immediately after when she makes a pizza really spicy in the hopes of ''hurting'' another customer, and later fires her only waitress when she asks a question. Amy is proud to have fired hundreds of staff, seeing it as a badge of honor. Their attitude is so toxic they are worse than every chef on ''Series/HellsKitchen'' ever. Dead. Fucking. Serious.
* NightmareFuelStationAttendant: Amy. Beside her horrible demeanor and thoughtless cruelty, it's quite clear something is just not right with her. Her bulging eyes, constantly open mouth, and the fact that she's virtually insane makes it even worse.
* SoBadItsGood: People started visiting the place ''just'' to see how hilariously inept, incompetent, and insane it is.
* 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.
* StreisandEffect: After the debacle that was the infamous Amy's Baking Company episode many of the show's fans started posting negative comments on their Facebook page criticizing their rude behavior. The owners did not take it well. The resulting [[http://www.buzzfeed.com/ryanhatesthis/this-is-the-most-epic-brand-meltdown-on-facebook-ever meltdown]] caused a feedback loop, drawing in more commentators. Membership on their Facebook page skyrocketed just to see the drama unfold.
** They have since pulled their previous comments and replaced it with the following message (as of May 15, 2013) before making a new Website/{{Facebook}} page.
--> "Obviously our Facebook, YELP, Twitter and Website [[ImplausibleDeniability have been hacked. We are working with the local authorities]] [[BlatantLies as well as the FBI computer crimes unit to ensure this does not happen again]]. [[ImplausibleDeniability We did not post those horrible things]]. Thank You Amy & Samy"
* TearJerker: Amy firing Katy just for double checking which table to take an order to, especially watching the poor girl break down right there. [[EvenEvilHasStandards Samy tried to comfort Katy]] after and she was so disgusted that she didn't want to be touched by him. [[OcularGushers Ugh.]]
* UncannyValley: Many have noted Amy's lifeless, staring eyes, which are only exacerbated by the [[CreepyShadowedUndereyes ridiculous overuse of mascara.]]
* WhatAnIdiot: Amy and Samy, especially Amy. They insult customers and tell them to leave if they don't like the food they are given. Amy fired one of the waitresses simply for asking "Are you sure?" about one of the orders, then claimed that the girl had an attitude problem, when it was clearly Amy herself who had the attitude issue. Ramsay [[RageQuit wound up leaving]] before taping was finished because they would not listen to any criticism and he knew that none of the changes he made would have stuck.
** Note that this had ''never happened before''. Even the infamous Sebastian couldn't drive Gordon out of his restaurant, but the owners of Amy's managed to do it. They [[http://t.co/sHeF2qtmEC had a rather amazing meltdown]] over the whole affair on their Facebook page. The meltdown got so bad it has been used as a [[http://www.forbes.com/sites/kellyclay/2013/05/14/lessons-from-amys-baking-company-six-things-you-should-never-do-on-social-media/ case example]] for what businesses ''shouldn't'' do on social media.
** What elevates the mess to borderline TooDumbToLive status is when Samy states on camera he doesn't let servers keep their tips, instead taking them for himself. Ramsay wasn't exaggerating when he said you can't do that; it is [[http://www.dol.gov/whd/regs/compliance/whdfs15.htm illegal]] for employers in the United States to take their employees' tips. In other words, ''Samy admitted to committing criminal behavior on national television''. There was even a [[https://www.change.org/petitions/the-us-department-of-labor-and-the-wage-and-hour-division-whd-investigate-amy-s-baking-company-bakery-boutique-bistro-in-scottsdale-az petition]] (now closed) calling for the US Department of Labor to investigate.
*** Amy, likewise, admitting that she made a pizza overly spicy explicitly to hurt a customer who had complained. Food and drink tampering is a very serious crime, and for good reason.
*** And again. Despite signing a contract with FOX stating they cannot give out any statements about the show aside from admitting they were on it, Amy goes out on record and calls Ramsay a "[[http://au.ibtimes.com/articles/471481/20130527/gordon-ramsay-amy-bouzaglo-kitchen-nightmares-s.htm#.UaMMyJzueSo Ginger Hair Troll]]", which could cost her $100,000 for breaking the contract. This, more then anything, plants them firmly in TooDumbToLive statue
** They ''still'' haven't learned. As of March 2014, they have been claiming that the ''real'' reason the episode was cut off was because ''[[http://radaronline.com/exclusives/2014/03/amy-bouzaglo-kitchen-nightmares-accused-gordon-ramsay-sexual-harassment-allegation/ Ramsay sexually harassed Amy and they threw him out.]]'' Needless to say, the producers have already denounced the claim as more berserk rantings.
** And to top it all off, the duo were [[http://www.tmz.com/2014/09/28/kitchen-nightmares-amys-baking-company-threatens-guy-with-knife/ caught chasing a drunk man, with a knife]].
* 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 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.
** On the plus side, both Miranda and Katy have since found jobs at better restaurants.
** Even worse, when Ramsay confronts them about the employees they had hired and fired in a short time, Samy admits that they have already gone through 100 waiters. Just imagine 100 people having gone through the same things as Miranda and co. Who knows how many of them were subjected to the "if you're terminated for any reason you can't work at any another restaurant within an hour's drive for a year" contract, and took it seriously.
** Seriously, you can't help but feel bad for Ramsay after that episode. Amy constantly blows up in his face, going total DramaQueen on him, Samy's sitting there letting her do it, and all Ramsay wants to do is get things turned around. At points, he seems genuinely dismayed. When he gives his final thoughts, you can't help but feel bad for the guy for pulling off his first American ScrewThisImOuttaHere.
27th May '17 7:04:00 AM MrStath2015
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** ''Any'' restaurant that doesn't clean out it's kitchen thoroughly, even if only doing so prior to Gordon's arrival; ''especially'' once Kitchen Nightmares had a known formula typically involving crappy kitchens. Lampshaded in UK episode The Priory, who has chef blast his fellow head chef because the kitchen wasn't cleaned prior to Gordon coming.
15th May '17 5:13:46 PM Shadeblade11
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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 English) 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 competition for the employees, 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.
7th May '17 5:33:09 AM memememememe
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* AlternativeCharacterInterpretation: Due to the percentage that the majority of the restaurants featured have failed anyway even with Gordon's help brought the question: Was Gordon Ramsay genuine in helping startups in the food business, or is he simply doing all that for the publicity?

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* AlternativeCharacterInterpretation: Due to the percentage that the majority of the restaurants featured have failed anyway even with Gordon's help brought the question: Was Gordon Ramsay genuine in helping startups in the food business, or is he simply doing all that for the publicity?publicity? If he was really helping then why not use his wealth to pay a portion of the restaurant's debt?
5th May '17 8:56:17 AM memememememe
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* EnsembleDarkhorse:

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* EnsembleDarkhorse: The OnlySaneMan in each restaurant will inevitably become this, knowing the problems but too powerless to change anything without Gordon's help. For example:
5th May '17 8:52:48 AM memememememe
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* AlternativeCharacterInterpretation: Due to the percentage that the majority of the restaurants featured have failed anyway even with Gordon's help brought the question: Was Gordon Ramsay genuine in helping startups in the food business, or is he simply doing all that for the publicity?



** The American version includes the usual reality tropes (excessive use of [[FlashBack flashbacks]], cheesy and continuous background music, and replacing Gordon with the narrator from ''The Dog Whisperer''). Most importantly, Gordon no longer has exclusivity on deploying {{Cluster F Bomb}}s.

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** The American version includes the usual reality TV tropes (excessive use of [[FlashBack flashbacks]], cheesy and continuous background music, and replacing Gordon with the narrator from ''The Dog Whisperer''). Most importantly, Gordon no longer has exclusivity on deploying {{Cluster F Bomb}}s.
9th Apr '17 7:00:31 PM Nicolletta
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** 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.

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** Another Food Network series, ''Series/RestaurantStakeout'', follows the ''Kitchen Nightmares'' format pretty closely, but uses hidden cameras 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.



* {{Squick}}: The state of many of the kitchens and food storage areas makes one wonder how many of the customers do not end up with food poisoning(in fact, only one instance was shown of this happening), as well as how many health inspectors are either not doing their jobs or are taking bribes. [[ParanoiaFuel It also makes one wonder if the restaurants they eat in every day may have the same conditions in the back]].

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* {{Squick}}: The state of many of the kitchens and food storage areas makes one wonder how many of the customers do not end up with food poisoning(in poisoning (in fact, only one instance was shown of this happening), as well as how many health inspectors are either not doing their jobs or are taking bribes. [[ParanoiaFuel It also makes one wonder if the restaurants they eat in every day may have the same conditions in the back]].
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