Kitchen Nightmares

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For the original UK version of this show, see Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares.
Kitchen Nightmares
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Genre Reality television
Based on Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares
Developed by Daniel Kay
Directed by Brad Kreisberg (season 1–2)
Jay Hunter (season 3–6)
Glenn Taylor (season 7)
Starring Gordon Ramsay
Narrated by
  • J.V. Martin (season 1–2)
  • Arthur Smith (season 3–present)
  • Gordon Kennedy (UK)
Composer(s) David Vanacore
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 7
No. of episodes 90 (including revisits)
Production
Executive producer(s)
Production company(s)
Broadcast
Original channel Fox
Picture format HDTV 1080i
Audio format Dolby Digital 5.1
Original run September 19, 2007 (2007-09-19) – May 16, 2014 (2014-05-16)
External links
Website

Kitchen Nightmares is an American reality television series formerly broadcast on the Fox network, in which chef Gordon Ramsay is invited by the owners to spend 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. On June 23, 2014, Ramsay announced he was ending the series.[2]

Production[edit]

The show was produced by ITV Studios America[nb 1] and Optomen, in association with A. Smith & Co. Productions,[4] with Arthur Smith, Kent Weed and Patricia Llewellyn serving as executive producers.

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

Series overview[edit]

Season Episodes Originally aired DVD release date
Season premiere Season finale Region 1 Region 2 Region 4
1 10 September 19, 2007 (2007-09-19) December 12, 2007 (2007-12-12) N/A N/A N/A
2 12 September 4, 2008 (2008-09-04) January 15, 2009 (2009-01-15) N/A N/A August 3, 2009[6]
3 13 January 29, 2010 (2010-01-29) May 21, 2010 (2010-05-21) N/A N/A N/A
4 14 January 21, 2011 (2011-01-21) May 20, 2011 (2011-05-20) N/A N/A N/A
5 17 September 23, 2011 (2011-09-23) March 30, 2012 (2012-03-30) N/A N/A N/A
6 16[7] October 26, 2012 (2012-10-26)[8] May 10, 2013 (2013-05-10)[9] N/A N/A N/A
7 9 April 11, 2014 (2014-04-11)[10] May 16, 2014 (2014-05-16) N/A N/A N/A

Episodes[edit]

Season 1: 2007[edit]

The first season focused on restaurants in the southern California and New York City areas.

No. in
series
No. in
season
Restaurant Location Original air date
1 1 "Peter's" Babylon, New York September 19, 2007 (2007-09-19)
2 2 "Dillon's" New York, New York September 26, 2007 (2007-09-26)
Restaurant was renamed Purnima during production
3 3 "The Mixing Bowl" Bellmore, New York October 3, 2007 (2007-10-03)
4 4 "Seascape" Islip, New York October 10, 2007 (2007-10-10)
5 5 "The Olde Stone Mill" Tuckahoe, New York October 17, 2007 (2007-10-17)
6 6 "Sebastian's" Toluca Lake, California November 7, 2007 (2007-11-07)
7 7 "Finn McCool's" Westhampton, New York November 14, 2007 (2007-11-14)
8 8 "Lela's" Pomona, California November 21, 2007 (2007-11-21)
9 9 "Campania" Fair Lawn, New Jersey November 28, 2007 (2007-11-28)
10 10 "The Secret Garden" Moorpark, California December 12, 2007 (2007-12-12)

Season 2: 2008–09[edit]

Season two included episodes in the upper-midwestern United States as well as New York and California.

No. in
series
No. in
season
Restaurant Location Original air date
11 "Revisited: Gordon Returns" N/A September 4, 2008 (2008-09-04)
Revisit of Finn McCool's, The Old Stone Mill, The Mixing Bowl, Dillion's, Campania, Peter's.
12 1 "Handlebar" Mount Sinai, New York September 11, 2008 (2008-09-11)
13 2 "Giuseppi's" Macomb Township, Michigan September 18, 2008 (2008-09-18)
14 3 "Trobiano's" Great Neck, New York September 25, 2008 (2008-09-25)
15 4 "Black Pearl" New York, New York September 25, 2008 (2008-09-25)
16 5 "J Willy's" South Bend, Indiana October 30, 2008 (2008-10-30)
17 6 "Hannah & Mason's" Cranbury, New Jersey November 6, 2008 (2008-11-06)
18 7 "Jack's Waterfront" St. Clair Shores, Michigan November 6, 2008 (2008-11-06)
19 8 "Sabatiello's" Stamford, Connecticut November 13, 2008 (2008-11-13)
20 9 "Fiesta Sunrise" West Nyack, New York November 13, 2008 (2008-11-13)
21 10 "Santé La Brea" Los Angeles, California November 20, 2008 (2008-11-20)
22 11 "Cafe 36" La Grange, Illinois January 15, 2009 (2009-01-15)

Season 3: 2010[edit]

The third season was originally scheduled to premiere on Wednesday, January 27, 2010,[11] but it was postponed to Friday, January 29, 2010, due to the State of the Union address.[12]

No. in
series
No. in
season
Restaurant Location Original air date
23 1 "Hot Potato Cafe" Philadelphia, Pennsylvania January 29, 2010 (2010-01-29)
24 2 "Flamangos" Whitehouse Station, New Jersey February 2, 2010 (2010-02-02)
Restaurant was renamed The Junction during production
25 3 "Bazzini" Ridgewood, New Jersey February 5, 2010 (2010-02-05)
26 4 "Mojito" Brooklyn, New York February 25, 2010 (2010-02-25)
27 5 "Lido di Manhattan" Manhattan Beach, California March 4, 2010 (2010-03-04)
28 6 "Le Bistro" Lighthouse Point, Florida March 11, 2010 (2010-03-11)
29 7 "Casa Roma" Lancaster, California March 12, 2010 (2010-03-12)
This episode was produced as part of season 2, but not aired until season 3.[citation needed]
30 8 "Mama Rita's" Newbury Park, California March 19, 2010 (2010-03-19)
31 9 "Anna Vincenzo's" Boca Raton, Florida March 26, 2010 (2010-03-26)
32 "Revisited No. 2" N/A April 9, 2010 (2010-04-09)
Revisit at Santé La Brea and Giuseppi's
33 10 "Fleming" Miami, Florida May 7, 2010 (2010-05-07)
34 11 "Sushi-Ko" Thousand Oaks, California May 14, 2010 (2010-05-14)
35 "Revisited No. 3" N/A May 21, 2010 (2010-05-21)
Revisit at Handlebar, Casa Roma and The Black Pearl

Season 4: 2011[edit]

In May 2010 the Fox network announced the return of Kitchen Nightmares for a fourth season. The fourth season aired from January 21, 2011 to May 20, 2011 on Fox.[13]

No. in
series
No. in
season
Restaurant Location Original air date
36 1 "Spanish Pavilion" Harrison, New Jersey January 21, 2011 (2011-01-21)
37 2 "Classic American" West Babylon, New York January 28, 2011 (2011-01-28)
38 3 "PJ's Steakhouse" Queens, New York February 4, 2011 (2011-02-04)
Restaurant was renamed PJ's Grill during production
39 "Revisited No. 4" N/A February 11, 2011 (2011-02-11)
Revisit at Mojito, The Junction (fka Flamangos) and Bazzini
40 4 "Grasshopper Also" Carlstadt, New Jersey February 18, 2011 (2011-02-18)
41 5 "Davide" Boston, Massachusetts February 25, 2011 (2011-02-25)
42 6 "Down City" Providence, Rhode Island March 11, 2011 (2011-03-11)
43 "Revisited No. 5" N/A March 18, 2011 (2011-03-18)
Revisit at Le Bistro, Anna Vincenzo's and Lido di Manhattan
44 7 "Tavolini" Bridgeport, Connecticut March 25, 2011 (2011-03-25)
45 8 "Kingston Cafe" Pasadena, California April 15, 2011 (2011-04-15)
46 9 "La Frite" Sherman Oaks, California April 29, 2011 (2011-04-29)
47 10 "Capri" Eagle Rock, California May 6, 2011 (2011-05-06)
48 11 "Zeke's" Metairie, Louisiana May 13, 2011 (2011-05-13)
49 12 "Oceana" New Orleans, Louisiana May 20, 2011 (2011-05-20)

Season 5: 2011–12[edit]

In March 2011 the producers of the show announced a casting call for a fifth season.[14] The fifth season premiered on Friday, September 23, 2011 and ended on March 30, 2012.[15]

No. in
series
No. in
season
Restaurant Location Original air date US viewers
(million)
50 1 "Blackberry's" Plainfield, New Jersey September 23, 2011 (2011-09-23) 2.65[16]
51 2 "Leone's" Montclair, New Jersey September 30, 2011 (2011-09-30) 2.85[16]
52 3 "Mike & Nellie's" Oakhurst, New Jersey October 7, 2011 (2011-10-07) 3.45[16]
53 4 "Luigi's D'Italia" Anaheim, California October 14, 2011 (2011-10-14) 3.38[16]
54 "Revisited No. 6" N/A October 21, 2011 (2011-10-21)
Revisit at Down City, Classic American and Davide
55 5 "Burger Kitchen, Part 1" Los Angeles, California November 4, 2011 (2011-11-04) 3.04[16]
56 6 "Burger Kitchen, Part 2" Los Angeles, California November 11, 2011 (2011-11-11) 2.99[16]
57 7 "The Greek at the Harbor" Ventura, California November 18, 2011 (2011-11-18) 3.75[16]
58 8 "Michon's" College Park, Georgia January 13, 2012 (2012-01-13) 2.89[16]
59 9 "El Greco" Austin, Texas January 20, 2012 (2012-01-20) 3.14[16]
60 "Revisited No. 7" N/A January 27, 2012 (2012-01-27)
Revisit at Spanish Pavilion, Kingston Cafe, Capri and La Frite
61 10 "Park's Edge" Atlanta, Georgia February 3, 2012 (2012-02-03) 3.08[16]
62 11 "Spin-A-Yarn Steakhouse" Fremont, California February 10, 2012 (2012-02-10) 3.30[16]
63 12 "Charlie's" La Verne, California February 17, 2012 (2012-02-17) 3.31[16]
64 13 "Cafe Hon" Baltimore, Maryland February 24, 2012 (2012-02-24) 3.03[16]
65 14 "Chiarella's" Philadelphia, Pennsylvania March 23, 2012 (2012-03-23) 3.02[16]
66 15 "Zocalo" Philadelphia, Pennsylvania March 30, 2012 (2012-03-30) 3.05[16]

Season 6: 2012–13[edit]

In February 2012 the Fox network announced it renewed Kitchen Nightmares for a sixth season, which premiered on Friday, October 26, 2012.[7][8]

No. in
series
No. in
season
Restaurant Location Original air date US viewers
(million)
67 1 "La Galleria 33, Part One" Boston, Massachusetts October 26, 2012 (2012-10-26) 3.07[17]
68 2 "La Galleria 33, Part Two" Boston, Massachusetts November 2, 2012 (2012-11-02) 2.90[17]
69 3 "Mama Maria's" Brooklyn, New York November 9, 2012 (2012-11-09) 2.99[17]
70 4 "Ms. Jean's Southern Cuisine" Wilkinsburg, Pennsylvania November 16, 2012 (2012-11-16) 2.56[17]
71 5 "Barefoot Bob's" Hull, Massachusetts December 7, 2012 (2012-12-07) 2.84[17]
72 "Revisited No. 8" N/A December 14, 2012 (2012-12-14)
Revisit at Cafe Hon, Chiarella's and Leone's
73 6 "Olde Hitching Post Restaurant & Tavern" Hanson, Massachusetts January 25, 2013 (2013-01-25) 3.15[17]
74 7 "Levanti's Italian Restaurant" Beaver, Pennsylvania February 1, 2013 (2013-02-01) 2.43[17]
Restaurant was renamed Levanti's American Bistro during production
75 8 "Sam's Mediterranean Kabob Room" Monrovia, California February 15, 2013 (2013-02-15) 2.56[17]
76 9 "Nino's Italian Restaurant" Long Beach, California February 22, 2013 (2013-02-22) 2.42[17]
77 10 "Mill Street Bistro, Part 1"[18] Norwalk, Ohio March 1, 2013 (2013-03-01)
78 11 "Mill Street Bistro, Part 2"[19] Norwalk, Ohio March 8, 2013 (2013-03-08)
79 12 "Yanni's"[13] Seattle, Washington March 15, 2013 (2013-03-15)
80 13 "Prohibition Grille"[13] Everett, Washington April 26, 2013 (2013-04-26)
Restaurant was renamed Prohibition Gastropub during production
81 14 "Chappy's"[13] Nashville, Tennessee May 3, 2013 (2013-05-03)
82 15 "Amy's Baking Company"[13] Scottsdale, Arizona May 10, 2013 (2013-05-10)
Because of the level of conflict with the restaurant owners, Ramsay leaves the restaurant without finishing, a first in Kitchen Nightmares' history.

Season 7: 2014[edit]

Season 7 was originally set to premiere on February 28, 2014, but was delayed until April 11, 2014.[13]

No. in
series
No. in
season
Restaurant Location Original air date
83 1 "Return to Amy's Baking Company"[10] Scottsdale, Arizona April 11, 2014 (2014-04-11)
Ramsay himself does not return to Amy's Baking Company (instead presenting the episode from the set of Hell's Kitchen), though a new, specially-recorded interview with the owners is conducted by local reporter Ana Garcia.
84 2 "Pantaleone's"[13] Denver, Colorado April 11, 2014 (2014-04-11)
85 3 "Old Neighborhood"[13] Arvada, Colorado April 18, 2014 (2014-04-18)
86 4 "Kati Allo"[13] Queens, New York April 18, 2014 (2014-04-18)
87 5 "Mangia Mangia, Pt. 1"[13] Woodland Park, Colorado April 25, 2014 (2014-04-25)
88 6 "Mangia Mangia, Pt. 2"[13] Woodland Park, Colorado April 25, 2014 (2014-04-25)
89 7 "Zayna Flaming Grill, Pt. 1"[13] Redondo Beach, California May 2, 2014 (2014-05-02)
90 8 "Zayna Flaming Grill, Pt. 2"[13] Redondo Beach, California May 2, 2014 (2014-05-02)
91 9 "Bella Luna"[13] Easton, Pennsylvania May 16, 2014 (2014-05-16)

Lawsuit[edit]

In September 2007, a case was filed by Martin Hyde, the former general manager of Dillon's, against Ramsay for allegedly staging disasters and hiring actors to trick the viewing audience.[20] The case was dismissed and went into arbitration.[21]

Reception[edit]

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."[22] 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".[23] 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".[24]

Critics have commented that 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".[25] 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".[26]

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ The company was formerly Granada America and was re-branded in May 2009.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "FOX Broadcasting Company – Kitchen Nightmares TV Show – Kitchen Nightmares TV Series – Kitchen Nightmares Episode Guide". Fox.com. Retrieved October 13, 2012. 
  2. ^ Weinstein, Shelli (June 23, 2014). "Gordon Ramsay to End ‘Kitchen Nightmares’ Series in U.S. and U.K.". Variety. Retrieved June 24, 2014. 
  3. ^ "Granada America gets ITV rebrand". Variety. May 27, 2009. Retrieved July 21, 2011. 
  4. ^ "About the show". Kitchen Nightmares. FOX Broadcasting Company. 2011. Archived from the original on January 26, 2011. Retrieved July 21, 2011. 
  5. ^ "Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares". BBC America. Retrieved October 13, 2012. 
  6. ^ "Kitchen Nightmares USA - Series 2 (4 Disc Set) (DVD)". Retrieved April 20, 2014. 
  7. ^ a b Hibberd, James (February 2, 2012). "'Kitchen Nightmares' renewed by Fox". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved April 27, 2012. 
  8. ^ a b Matt Webb Mitovich (October 4, 2012). "Fox Bumps Touch to Midseason; Kitchen Nightmares Returns to Fill Friday Gap". TVLine. Retrieved October 13, 2012. 
  9. ^ Kondology, Amanda (March 12, 2013). "FOX Announces New Season Finale Dates for 'New Girl', 'The Mindy Project', 'Kitchen Nightmares' and 'Touch'". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved March 12, 2013. 
  10. ^ a b "(KN-610) "Return to Amy's Baking Company"". Listings – Kitchen Nightmares on FOX. the Futon Critic. Retrieved March 27, 2014. 
  11. ^ "Breaking News – Exclusive: "Nightmares" Gets Post-"Idol" Showcase". TheFutonCritic.com. October 27, 2010. Retrieved October 13, 2012. 
  12. ^ "Breaking News – Exclusive: FOX Confirms State of the Union Plans". TheFutonCritic.com. October 27, 2010. Retrieved October 13, 2012. 
  13. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n "Shows A-Z – kitchen nightmares on fox". TheFutonCritic.com. Retrieved October 13, 2012. 
  14. ^ "WTVT: "'Kitchen Nightmares' casting call"". March 15, 2010. Retrieved October 13, 2012. 
  15. ^ "Official Kitchen Nightmares website". fox.com. Retrieved October 13, 2012. 
  16. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o "Kitchen Nightmares: ratings updated | canceled + renewed TV shows". TV Series Finale. May 13, 2013. Retrieved July 21, 2014. 
  17. ^ a b c d e f g h i "Kitchen Nightmares: latest ratings | canceled + renewed TV shows". TV Series Finale. May 17, 2014. Retrieved July 21, 2014. 
  18. ^ "(KN-506) "Mill Street Bistro, Part 1"". Listings – Kitchen Nightmares on FOX. the Futon Critic. Retrieved February 25, 2013. 
  19. ^ "(KN-507) "Mill Street Bistro, Pt. 2"". Listings – Kitchen Nightmares on FOX. the Futon Critic. Retrieved February 25, 2013. 
  20. ^ Hines, Nico (June 20, 2007). "Gordon Ramsay's lawsuit nightmare". The Times (London). Retrieved December 20, 2009. 
  21. ^ Cornell, Kati (August 10, 2007). "TV Chef Out of Frying Pan". New York Post. Retrieved August 12, 2008. 
  22. ^ Bellafante, Ginia (September 19, 2007). "To Perk Up a Restaurant, Add Luster Where Lacking". The New York Times. Retrieved September 19, 2007. 
  23. ^ "Something's rotten in our restaurants". Chicago Sun-Times. September 19, 2007. Retrieved September 19, 2007. [dead link]
  24. ^ "Fox cooks up delicious 'Nightmares'". Arizona Republic. September 19, 2007. Retrieved September 19, 2007. 
  25. ^ "Another helping of celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay". Chicago Tribune. September 17, 2007. Retrieved September 19, 2007. 
  26. ^ Critic, Television (September 19, 2007). "'Kitchen Nightmares': Mishaps and emotion are main courses". Los Angeles Times. Archived from the original on October 24, 2007. Retrieved September 19, 2007. 
General references

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