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Kitchen Nightmares
Genre Reality television
Developed by Daniel Kay
Directed by Brad Kreisberg
Starring Gordon Ramsay
Narrated by J.V. Martin (Seasons 1-2) Arthur Smith (Seasons 3-present) (USA)
Gordon Kennedy (UK)
Composer(s) David Vanacore
Country of origin United States
Language(s) English
No. of seasons 3
No. of episodes 28
Executive producer(s) Arthur Smith
Patricia Llewellyn
Kent Weed
Gerry McKean
Curt Northrup
Original channel Fox
Original run September 19, 2007 – present
Related shows Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares
External links
Official website

Kitchen Nightmares is an American reality television series on the Fox network, in which Chef Gordon Ramsay spends a week with a failing restaurant in an attempt to revive the business.[1] It is based on the British show Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares.

The show premiered Wednesday September 19, 2007. The first season, which focused on restaurants in the southern California and New York City areas, ended in December, 2007. The second season premiered on September 4, 2008.[2] Season two included episodes in the upper midwestern United States as well as New York and California.

The third season was originally scheduled to premiere on Wednesday, January 27, 2010,[3] but it was postponed to Friday, January 29, 2010 due to the State of the Union address.[4]

In the UK, it is broadcast under the name Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares USA on Channel 4, which also produces the UK version. Reruns of Season 1 and 2, along with the British series, are frequently shown on BBC America.[5]




Season 1: 2007

# # Restaurant Location Original US airdate
1 1 Peter's Babylon, New York September 19, 2007
2 2 Dillon's1 New York, New York September 26, 2007
3 3 The Mixing Bowl Bellmore, New York October 3, 2007
4 4 Seascape Islip, New York October 10, 2007
5 5 The Olde Stone Mill Tuckahoe, New York October 17, 2007
6 6 Sebastian's Toluca Lake, California November 7, 2007
7 7 Finn McCool's Westhampton, New York November 14, 2007
8 8 Lela's Pomona, California November 21, 2007
9 9 Campania Fair Lawn, New Jersey November 28, 2007
10 10 The Secret Garden Moorpark, California December 12, 2007

Note 1: Renamed Purnima during production.

Season 2: 2008-2009

# # Restaurant Location Original US airdate
* * Kitchen Nightmares Revisited: Gordon Returns September 4, 2008
11 1 Handlebar Mount Sinai, New York September 11, 2008
12 2 Giuseppi's Macomb Township, Michigan September 18, 2008
13 3 Trobiano's Great Neck, New York September 25, 2008
14 4 Black Pearl New York, New York September 25, 2008
15 5 J Willy's South Bend, Indiana October 30, 2008
16 6 Hannah & Mason's Cranbury, New Jersey November 6, 2008
17 7 Jack's Waterfront St. Clair Shores, Michigan November 6, 2008
18 8 Sabatiello's Stamford, Connecticut November 13, 2008
19 9 Fiesta Sunrise West Nyack, New York November 13, 2008
20 10 Sante La Brea Los Angeles, California November 20, 2008
21 11 Cafe 36 La Grange, Illinois January 15, 2009

Season 3: 2010

# # Restaurant Location Original US airdate[6]
22 1 Hot Potato Cafe Philadelphia, Pennsylvania January 29, 2010
23 2 Flamangos2 Whitehouse Station, New Jersey February 2, 2010
24 3 Bazzini Ridgewood, New Jersey February 5, 2010
25 4 Mojito Brooklyn, New York February 25, 2010
26 5 Lido di Manhattan Beach Manhattan Beach, California March 4, 2010
27 6 Le Bistro Lighthouse Point, Florida March 11, 2010
28 7 Casa Roma3 Lancaster, California March 12, 2010
29 8 Mama Rita's Newbury Park, California March 19, 2010
30 9 Anna Vincenzo's Boca Raton, Florida March 26, 2010

Note 2: Renamed The Junction during production
Note 3: This episode was produced as part of Season 2, but held until Season 3.


In September 2007, a case was filed by Martin Hyde, the former manager of Dillon's, against Ramsay for allegedly staging disasters and hiring actors to trick the viewing audience.[7] The case was dismissed and sent instead to arbitration.[8]


Ginia Bellafante of the New York Times found Ramsay's teaching methods and high standards "undeniably hypnotic" and commented that "the thrill of watching Mr. Ramsay is in witnessing someone so at peace with his own arrogance."[9] Doug Elfman of the Chicago Sun-Times said the show is "a very entertaining public service" that "will make you laugh, make you sick and make you think".[10] Randy Cordova of the Arizona Republic found Ramsay "just as blustery and foul-mouthed here as he is on Hell's Kitchen. But he is also oddly endearing, mainly because he genuinely seems invested in the fate of each restaurant".[11]

Some critics found Fox's adaptation of Kitchen Nightmares strayed from the strengths of the original Channel 4 series. Maureen Ryan of the Chicago Tribune said, "Leave it to Fox to take something the Brits did pretty well and muck it up". She added, "Never mind the cooking; this edition of the show appears to be more interested in playing up the family dramas at the restaurants Ramsay visits".[12] Robert Lloyd of the Los Angeles Times commented, "Whereas the British Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares is fundamentally a food show — it has interesting things to show you about how a restaurant runs and a kitchen works, the wonders of local markets and what you can make from them if you're Gordon Ramsay or willing to follow his instructions — the Fox edition emphasizes mishap, argument and emotional breakdown almost to the exclusion of cuisine".[13]


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  2. ^ TV Guide September 1-7: "Hightlights", p. 54
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  6. ^ "FOX Broadcasting Company: Show schedule". Fox Broadcasting Company. Retrieved March 09, 2010. 
  7. ^ "Gordon Ramsay’s lawsuit nightmare". The Times. 2007-06-20. Retrieved 2009-12-20. 
  8. ^ "TV Chef Out of Frying Pan". New York Post. 2007-08-10. Retrieved 2008-08-12. 
  9. ^ "To Perk Up a Restaurant, Add Luster Where Lacking". The New York Times. 2007-09-19. Retrieved 2007-09-19. 
  10. ^ "Something's rotten in our restaurants". Chicago Sun-Times. 2007-09-19.,CST-FTR-elf19.article. Retrieved 2007-09-19. 
  11. ^ "Fox cooks up delicious 'Nightmares'". Arizona Republic. 2007-09-19. Retrieved 2007-09-19. 
  12. ^ "Another helping of celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay". Chicago Tribune. 2007-09-17. Retrieved 2007-09-19. 
  13. ^ "'Kitchen Nightmares': Mishaps and emotion are main courses". Los Angeles Times. 2007-09-19.,1,6452711.story?coll=la-entnews-tv&ctrack=2&cset=true. Retrieved 2007-09-19. 

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From Wikiquote

Kitchen Nightmares is a reality TV series on FOX where Chef Gordon Ramsay visits failing restaurants across America and tries to help them turn around. It aired its first episode on September 19th, 2007


Season 1

Peter's [1.01]

Dillon's [1.02]

Gordon: (finds a half tomato) Where's that from? That's been sliced. That's gone out. Where's that-- Hey madam, where's that tomato gone?
(the other half is being served on a dish in the dining room.)
Gordon: (digging through the slugs in the tomato.) Look! It's (bleep) rotten, you (bleep) idiot! IT'S ROTTEN!! Has a customer just been served a slice of tomato?!!
Server: No, no, no.
Gordon: So where is it?!!
Andrew: (interview) Oh my god.
(A customer starts eating the other half of the tomato.)
Martin: (interview) Things are looking pretty glum.

Gordon: No one is getting served from this (bleep) restaurant tonight! Let's make that clear! Yes or no? Anyone against that?
Andrew: No.
Gordon: No, good.
Martin: (interview) That didn't go down too good. He was extremely angry and extremely pissed off.
Gordon: We are not...ever...again serving any of this food. I don't give a (bleep) what anyone says. Can you go and tell them that the kitchen is closed? Right now! Out there and tell them the truth! Tell them now!
Andrew: (interview) Gordon was so outraged. So angry. I've never seen anything like it.
Gordon: (who can be heard in the dining room) FROM GREEN BURGERS, TO (bleep) FURRY CUCUMBERS, TO (bleep) RANCID POTATOES!!!

The Mixing Bowl [1.03]

Seascape [1.04]

Gordon: (after tasting the crab cakes) They've got it wrong on the menu. It's not a crab cake. It's a crap cake. Because if I eat anymore, I'll be busy crapping for the next hundred and five years.

Gordon: Twice baked potato. Thank (bleep) I missed that one twice.

Gordon: (finding frozen ravoli that he had for lunch) Bingo. These were my fresh lobster ravoli. Fresh? My (bleep) ass. I've eaten this (bleep)!

Gordon: I've never done that before, close down a restaurant, but that was a (bleep) embarassment. Seascape open? (slams closed sign over open one on sandwich board) Close the (bleep) place.

The Olde Stone Mill [1.05]

Sebastian's [1.06]

Finn McCool's [1.07]

Lela's [1.08]

Campania's [1.09]

The Secret Garden [1.10]

Gordon: (taking off his jacket.) (Bleep) hell.
Narrator: With the restaurant on the verge of success, Chef Michel is insisting on reverting back to his old ways and Gordon has reached his breaking point.
Michel: Thank you very much.
Gordon: Cut the (bleep). You don't care anymore. Just get straight to the (bleep) answer.
Michel: I'm not cutting no (bleep). I'm just telling it like it is.
Gordon: Get straight to the (bleep) answer.
Michel: Alright? You're menu's not better than mine, you know?
Gordon: You're a donkey.
Michel: My food has been voted best Chef in Ventura county.
Gordon: WHAT?!!!
Michel: Yeah, listen.
Gordon: Hold On, Hold On. Let me finish!! Let me finish!! You put your (bleep) hands up here and listen to me. YOU RUN A (bleep)HOLE OF A KITCHEN!!! (Bleep) YOURSELF!!!
Michel: NO! NO! NO!
Gordon: (furious) (bleep) OFF!!! Who the (bleep) are you to turn around and tell me when you work like a PIG?!!!
Michel: Pig?
Gordon: You (bleep) PIG!!!! You're a lazy pig! You're so full of (bleep)! Open your eyes! Take a look around.
Michel: Big mouth! You're not happy?
Gordon: I'M (bleep) HAPPY!
Michel: Go on! You can get out!
Gordon: (flips Michel off) (Bleep) YOURSELF!!
Michel: You can get out! It's my (bleep) kitchen!!!
Gordon: Is It? Well it your (bleep) KITCHEN THEN CLEAN IT YOU LAZY (bleep)!!!!!
Michel: (flabbergasted) No.

Season 2

Kitchen Nightmares Revisited: Gordon Returns [2.01]

Handlebar [2.02]

Giuseppi's [2.03]

Trobiano's [2.04]

Black Pearl [2.05]

Gordon: A restaurant run by three passionate owners? No chance. Brian, he works two days a week. David, well I don't trust him one little inch. And as for Greg, well he's pissed off at both of them. Basically in a nutshell, Sleepy, Dopey and Grumpy. Who am I? Snow (bleep) White?

J Willy's [2.06]

Hannan & Mason's [2.07]

Jack's Waterfront [2.08]

Sabatiello's [2.09]

Fiesta Sunrise [2.10]

[Gordon finds a tray of ground beef with dried up fat covering it.]
Gordon: What is that?!!
Vic: Ground beef.
Gordon: Ground beef?!! Half of it's (bleep) fat you idiot! It's fatter than you!

[After discovering the disgusting food in the kitchen, Gordon bursts into the dining room with a huge bucket full of stale refried beans]
Gordon: Ladies and gentlemen, I'm so sorry but we're stopping service. Everything you've had to eat, drink so far is all on the house. Sir, that thing you have in your hand, put it down! Because if you just seen where it came from like I have, you wouldn't be eating it. Very sorry. Close up. (to Vic) No bill anywhere!
Vic: (interview) I was like "What the hell are you doing?" You can't do that to my customers.
Gordon: By the way, there's your refried beans on the way out. Have a look at them.

Gordon: You can't run a (bleep) restaurant like that!
Vic: You think I'm mad? I'm (bleep) embarrassed now.
Gordon: You should be (bleep) embarrassed. I'm not putting one foot in that place 'til that place is (bleep) cleaned. Yes?
Vic: You're right.
Gordon: Now you start getting those guys cleaning, yes?
Vic: Definetly.
Gordon: Put some (bleep) pride! Do you understand the word pride?!
Vic: Yes.
Gordon: It's not possible for someone to have his head so far up his (bleep). (bleep) me.

Santa La Brea [2.11]

Cafe 36 [2.12]


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