While only around 1/3 of the restaurants on the show remained open, if it hadn't been for Chef Ramsay's intervention, it's safe to say that all of them would have gone under within months.
The format of the show invariably starts with Ramsay sampling the food, before he looks at the kitchen. Almost always, we see the food is subpar (to say the least). So before any of the kitchen issues are even explored, we see the end result.
Yes, but then again, he only explores the walk-in fridges and supply rooms during or after the first dinner service also exposing many customers to the terrible and, often, rotten/spoiled/aged food. One can only imagine how many customers came to that restaurant because Gordon Ramsay is there and came back home unwell, or ended up sick a few hours later.
Chef Ramsay's angry admonishments may seem like abuse to the casual eye, but when you think about it, he's really trying to get them to adopt his mindset that these kind of things should be absolutely intolerable to all of them.
More brilliance when you realize that most of these restaurants are in trouble because the owners/chefs are in serious denial about the true problems. Customers will "vote with their feet" rather than face an ugly scene in public, and staff tends to stay quiet out of fear of losing jobs, which only allows the problems to fester in silence. By his anger and F-bombs, Gordon brings the dirt out into the open where it can't hide anymore, forcing them to confront it. The first step to healing is admitting the problem...
At Oceana, Chef Damon's epic dressing-down in the kitchen, when he tries to shift blame once too often. Ramsay calmly asks who is the executive chef, which Damon admits that he is. Ramsay then casually shows half a dozen food sanitation violations (all literally at arms' length), addressing Damon as "chef" at the end of each. Each "chef" is more and more harsh and damning. It's more brutal than any kind of f-bomb tirade Ramsay ever did on this show.
To this day, even on the current season of Hotel Hell, kitchens are still shown to have rotten foods in their fridges. This means that, despite multiple years of Gordon doing this and exposing such things on national television, US health inspectors are STILL failing to do their jobs and inspect kitchens properly.
Any restaurant that's almost a million dollars in debt will probably not stay open long no matter how much Gordon turns the business around.
Just the fact some of these restaurants have gotten that far into debt to start with. One would think the owners would've had sense to close down and sell when the business first began to tank.
The turnover at Amy's Baking Company, by Samy's own admission, was over 100 staff in a year. That's about an employee EVERY THREE DAYS. Which means even one week without a firing was probably rare.
That's supposing they don't quit first.
The sheer number of unseemly, acrimonious arguments at Amy's Baking Company - all just during this episode's filming over two days - makes one wonder how many ugly scenes happened before, and how they may have been even worse.
Amy Bouzaglo could have well been a tragedy just waiting to happen. This woman is obviously not well, and she has shown she sees nothing wrong with physically harming somebody for criticizing her food. It's not a stretch at all that she may have grabbed one of those butcher knives and gone after a patron. Not to mention that nobody can fire her for her erratic behavior — she owns the place.
And then shedid; Samy literally chased down a drunk man with a knife in his hand while Amy was shouting, "Let me!"
The owner of Sam's Mediterranean Kabob Room not only forced all of his children to work at the restaurant without pay, but he'd told them multiple times when they were younger that they would work for him and not have lives of their own. It makes it seem as if he only had children so he could have free slave labor later in life.
The downplayed version of this is actually Truth in Television—many people (particularly in Asia) have kids mostly "to take care of them when they're older," and the parents get anywhere from confused to angry if they find out the kids don't want to do that, or want to work in a field or marry a partner that the parent didn't pick for them.