Kitchen Nightmares: Humiliation Served Daily

Each week on Kitchen Nightmares, celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay attempts to help a failing restaurant return to profitability. But in spite of the fact that these owners have asked for help and they clearly know he’s coming, they always turn on him as if they’ve been ambushed when he tells them what they’re doing wrong.

Let’s be clear here. This isn’t the Hell’s Kitchen Gordon, cursing and berating the chefs at every turn. This Gordon Ramsey is reasonable and willing to get his hands dirty, at least at the start but inevitably he gets pushed to the limit by owners who can’t accept the help they asked for.

What amazes me most are the ones who acknowledge the fact that business has dropped off then stand there and say it’s not about the food.  Frozen is fine, pre-made is fine. This is the way we’ve been doing it for forty years so why should change it?

I get that it’s hard to take criticism especially when the place is close to the heart but come on; you asked for the help and agreed to go on national TV to get it and now you claim Gordon doesn’t know what he’s talking about?

I’ve always wondered what would possess a person to set themselves up for his kind of public humiliation. There are a few who honestly believe Gordon will show up and tell them they’re doing everything right, but not everyone is that delusional. I suppose some people think it will be worth the expensive remodel that usually comes with the package but is it worth it?

Do customers really trust these places when they open again? Is Gordon’s reputation enough to turn a poison palace into a popular eatery?

In last night’s episode of Kitchen Nightmares, a customer went to the hospital after eating bad lobster. Now, I get that running a business is hard and running a service business is even harder. I know that it’s easy to get apathetic and turn a blind eye once things start to snowball, but we’re talking about people’s health here.

Some people have accused Ramsay and the Kitchen Nightmares staff of creating drama by bringing in spoiled foods and hiring actors to complain about the service. But given the track record of these restaurants I don’t think Ramsay has to fake a thing. It appears that out of 21 restaurants featured in the first two seasons, 15 have closed. Guess even Ramsay can’t save every sinking ship.

Kitchen Nightmares shouldn’t be entertaining, but it is. Sadly, it comes with a downside. After watching the show regularly, I can’t help but wonder what’s going on in the kitchen whenever I eat out. The more I episodes I see, the more I consider eating at home.

What do you think? Would you agree to go on national TV in order to save your failing business?

Photo Credit: Fox

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