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Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares


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Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares is a television programme featuring British celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay. The BAFTA and Emmy Award-winning programme debuted on Channel 4 in 2004.

In each episode, Ramsay visits a failing restaurant and acts as a troubleshooter to help improve the establishment in just one week. Ramsay revisits the restaurant a few months later to see how business has fared in his absence. Episodes from series one and two have been re-edited with additional new material as Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares Revisited; they featured Ramsay checking up on restaurants a year or more after he attended to them. In October 2009 Ramsay announced that after his four-year contract expired in 2011 he would not continue with Kitchen Nightmares and would instead work on his other shows.

A one-off special entitled Ramsay's Great British Nightmare aired on Channel 4 on 30 January 2009 as part of 'The Great British Food Fight', a two week series of food-related programming. In the program, Ramsay campaigned for viewers to start supporting local restaurants, especially in a bad economy.

An American adaptation of this show, titled Kitchen Nightmares, debuted 19 September 2007, on Fox.

Series overview

Series Episodes Originally aired DVD release date
Series premiere Series finale Region 1 Region 2 Region 4
1 4
2 8
3 4
4 6
5 8
Great British Nightmare 2

Episodes

Series 1: 2004

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Series 2: 2005

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Restaurant Location Original air date ShortSummary = LineColor = e2a482 }}

ShortSummary = Restaurant was renamed Saracen's Cafe Bar during production LineColor = e2a482 }}

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ShortSummary = Restaurant is now called Abstract LineColor = e2a482 }}

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Series 3: 2006

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Restaurant Location Original air date ShortSummary = LineColor = e3cd81 }}

ShortSummary = LineColor = e3cd81 }}

ShortSummary = Restaurant was renamed Jacksons during production LineColor = e3cd81 }}

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Series 4: 2006

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Restaurant Location Original air date ShortSummary = LineColor = b4e381 }}

ShortSummary = LineColor = b4e381 }}

ShortSummary = Restaurant was renamed Maggie's during production LineColor = b4e381 }}

ShortSummary = LineColor = b4e381 }}

ShortSummary = "Revisited" episode, restaurant is now called Abstract LineColor = b4e381 }}

ShortSummary = "Revisited" episode, the restaurant later moved to larger premises and was renamed Momma Cherri's Big House. LineColor = b4e381 }}

Series 5: 2007

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Restaurant Location Original air date ShortSummary = Restaurant was renamed Love's Fish Restaurant during production LineColor = 81e393 }}

ShortSummary = LineColor = 81e393 }}

ShortSummary = "Revisited" episode LineColor = 81e393 }}

ShortSummary = "Revisited" episode LineColor = 81e393 }}

ShortSummary = LineColor = 81e393 }}

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Great British Nightmare

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Restaurant Location Original air date ShortSummary = Restaurant was renamed Martins' Bistro during production LineColor = 81e3d4 }}

ShortSummary = Restaurant was renamed Silversmiths during production LineColor = 81e3d4 }}

Libel

In June 2006, Ramsay won a High Court case against the Evening Standard, which had alleged that scenes and the general condition of the restaurant had been faked for the first episode of Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares. These allegations followed reports from previous owner of Bonapartes, Sue Ray. Ramsay was awarded 75,000 plus costs. Ramsay said at the time: "I won't let people write anything they want to about me. We have never done anything in a cynical, fake way."

Reception

The programme received favourable reviews for its in-depth look into the restaurant industry. Jane Redfem of Off the Telly commented that the show "could have been cynically designed to exploit Ramsay's foul-mouthed reputation... But watch, listen and think about what he is saying, and his genuine commitment to his profession in general, and the task at hand become abundantly evident." Lorna Martin of The Observer said "Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares is compulsive viewing " packed with excitement, emotion and entertainment." Slate's Sara Dickerman was impressed by the show's "economic realism" in the tired food television genre. She wrote, "There is something refreshing about a show that doesn't promise a ticket to ride (a surgical makeover, a million dollars, Richard Branson's job) but instead offers restaurant owners the hope"?if they seriously reform their establishments"?that they might, just might, break even for the next few months."

Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares was named Best Feature at the 2005 and 2008 BAFTA awards. It also earned the 2006 International Emmy for best non-scripted entertainment.

DVD releases

United States

On 3 March 2009, Acorn Media released season 1 of Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares on DVD in the US. Season 2 was released on 1 September 2009.

Name Ep# Release Date
Season One 8 3 March 2009
Season Two 10 1 September 2009

Canada

For the Canadian market, Visual Entertainment has released the first three seasons of Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares on DVD in two volume sets.

Name Ep# Release Date
Volume 1 8 16 October 2007
Volume 2 10 7 October 2008

International versions

Country Title Broadcaster Chef Original run Source(s)
Kitchen Nightmares Band Alex Atala 2012
Kuppilat kuntoon, Jyrki Sukula! Nelonen Jyrki Sukula 2012 " present
Cauchemar en cuisine M6 Philippe Etchebest 2011 " present
Kuchenne rewolucje TVN Magda Gessler March 6, 2010 " present
Paklena kuhinja Prva 2010 "
Pesadilla en la cocina laSexta Alberto Chicote 2012 " present
Kitchen Nightmares Fox Gordon Ramsay September 19, 2007 " present


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