Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares

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Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares
Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares.jpg
Format Reality television
Starring Gordon Ramsay
Country of origin United Kingdom
No. of series 5
No. of episodes 32 (24 original and 8 revisits)
Production
Running time 44 minutes
Broadcast
Original channel Channel 4
Picture format 576i (SDTV)
(Season 1 & 2)
1080i (HDTV)
(Season 3 – Season 5)
Audio format Dolby Digital 5.1
Original run 27 April 2004 (2004-04-27) – 30 January 2009 (2009-01-30)
Chronology
Related shows Kitchen Nightmares
External links
Website

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.[1]

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. It is broadcast in the UK on Channel 4 as Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares USA.

Series overview[edit]

Series Episodes Originally aired DVD release date
Series premiere Series finale Region 1 Region 2 Region 4
1 4 27 April 2004 (2004-04-27) 18 May 2004 (2004-05-18) N/A N/A N/A
2 8 24 May 2005 (2005-05-24) 12 July 2005 (2005-07-12) N/A N/A N/A
3 4 21 February 2006 (2006-02-21) 14 March 2006 (2006-03-14) N/A N/A N/A
4 6 14 November 2006 (2006-11-14) 19 December 2006 (2006-12-19) N/A N/A N/A
5 8 30 October 2007 (2007-10-30) 18 December 2007 (2007-12-18) N/A N/A N/A
Great British Nightmare 2 30 January 2009 (2009-01-30) N/A N/A N/A

Episodes[edit]

Series 1: 2004[edit]

No.
overall
No. in
series
Restaurant Location Original air date
1 1 "Bonapartes Restaurant" Silsden, England 27 April 2004 (2004-04-27)
2 2 "The Glass House" Ambleside, England 4 May 2004 (2004-05-04)
3 3 "The Walnut Tree Inn" Llanddewi Skirrid, Wales 11 May 2004 (2004-05-11)
4 4 "Moore Place" Esher, England 18 May 2004 (2004-05-18)

Series 2: 2005[edit]

No.
overall
No. in
series
Restaurant Location Original air date
5 1 "La Lanterna" Letchworth, England 24 May 2005 (2005-05-24)
6 2 "D-Place" Chelmsford, England 31 May 2005 (2005-05-31)
Restaurant was renamed Saracen's Cafe Bar during production 
7 3 "Momma Cherri's Soul Food Shack" Brighton, England 7 June 2005 (2005-06-07)
8 4 "La Riviera" Inverness, Scotland 14 June 2005 (2005-06-14)
Restaurant is now called Abstract 
9 5 "The Glass House" Ambleside, England 21 May 2005 (2005-05-21)
"Revisited" episode 
10 6 "The Walnut Tree Inn" Llandewi Skirrid, Wales 28 May 2005 (2005-05-28)
"Revisited" episode 
11 7 "Moore Place" Esher, England 5 July 2005 (2005-07-05)
"Revisited" episode 
12 8 "Bonapartes Restaurant" Silsden, England 12 July 2005 (2005-07-12)
"Revisited" episode 

Series 3: 2006[edit]

No.
overall
No. in
series
Restaurant Location Original air date
13 1 "Oscar's" Nantwich, England 21 February 2006 (2006-02-21)
14 2 "The Sandgate Hotel" Sandgate, England 28 February 2006 (2006-02-28)
15 3 "Clubway 41" Blackpool, England 7 March 2006 (2006-03-07)
Restaurant was renamed Jacksons during production 
16 4 "La Gondola" Derby, England 14 March 2006 (2006-03-14)

Series 4: 2006[edit]

No.
overall
No. in
series
Restaurant Location Original air date
17 1 "La Parra de Burriana" Nerja, Spain 14 November 2006 (2006-11-14)
18 2 "The Fenwick Arms" Claughton, England 21 November 2006 (2006-11-21)
19 3 "Rococo" King's Lynn, England 28 November 2006 (2006-11-28)
Restaurant was renamed Maggie's during production 
20 4 "Morgans" Liverpool, England 5 December 2006 (2006-12-05)
21 5 "La Riviera" Inverness, Scotland 12 December 2006 (2006-12-12)
"Revisited" episode, restaurant is now called Abstract 
22 6 "Momma Cherri's Soul Food Shack" Brighton, England 19 December 2006 (2006-12-19)
"Revisited" episode, the restaurant later moved to larger premises and was renamed Momma Cherri's Big House

Series 5: 2007[edit]

No.
overall
No. in
series
Restaurant Location Original air date
23 1 "Ruby Tate's" Brighton, England 30 October 2007 (2007-10-30)
Restaurant was renamed Love's Fish Restaurant during production 
24 2 "Piccolo Teatro" Paris, France 6 November 2007 (2007-11-06)
25 3 "The Fenwick Arms" Claughton, England 13 November 2007 (2007-11-13)
"Revisited" episode 
26 4 "La Parra de Burriana" Nerja, Spain 20 November 2007 (2007-11-20)
"Revisited" episode 
27 5 "The Priory" Haywards Heath, England 27 November 2007 (2007-11-27)
28 6 "The Fish and Anchor" Lampeter, Wales 4 December 2007 (2007-12-04)
29 7 "Curry Lounge" Nottingham, England 11 December 2007 (2007-12-11)
30 8 "The Granary" Titchfield, England 18 December 2007 (2007-12-18)

Great British Nightmare[edit]

No.
overall
No. in
series
Restaurant Location Original air date
31 1 "The Dovecote Bistro" Devon, England 30 January 2009 (2009-01-30)
Restaurant was renamed Martins' Bistro during production 
32 2 "The Runaway Girl" Sheffield, England 30 January 2009 (2009-01-30)
Restaurant was renamed Silversmiths during production 

Libel[edit]

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.[2] 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[edit]

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."[3] Lorna Martin of The Observer said "Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares is compulsive viewing – packed with excitement, emotion and entertainment."[4] 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."[5]

Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares was named Best Feature at the 2005[6] and 2008 BAFTA awards.[7] It also earned the 2006 International Emmy for best non-scripted entertainment.[6]

DVD releases[edit]

United States[edit]

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. [1]

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

Canada[edit]

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[8]
Volume 2 10 7 October 2008[9]

International versions[edit]

Country Title Broadcaster Chef Original run Source(s)
 Brazil Kitchen Nightmares Band Alex Atala 2012 [10]
 Croatia Jezikova juha RTL Stephan Macchi 15 May 2009 – 23 June 2011 [11]
 Czech Republic Ano, šéfe! (Yes, Chef!) Prima Zdeněk Pohlreich 2009–12 [12]
 Denmark Med kniven for struben (With the knife for throat) TV3 Bo Bech 6 March 2007 – 2012 [13]
 Finland Kuppilat kuntoon, Jyrki Sukula! (Jyrki Sukula charm right!) Nelonen Jyrki Sukula 2012 – present [14]
 Estonia Köögikubjas (Kitchen Hood) Kanal2 Juha Matti Rantanen 2011–12 [15]
 France Cauchemar en cuisine (Nightmare in the kitchen) M6 Philippe Etchebest 2011 – present [16]
 Germany Rach, der Restauranttester (Rach, the Restaurant Tester) RTL Christian Rach 11 September 2005 – present [17]
 Italy Cucine da incubo (Nightmare kitchen) Fox Life Antonino Cannavacciuolo 15 May 2013 – present [18]
 Poland Kuchenne rewolucje (Kitchen revolutions) TVN Magda Gessler 6 March 2010 – present [19]
 Spain Pesadilla en la cocina (Nightmare in the kitchen) laSexta Alberto Chicote 2012 – present [20]
 Slovakia Ano, šéfe! (Yes, Chef!) TV_JOJ Jaroslav Žídek 2011 [21]
 Sweden Kniven mot strupen (The knife against the throat) TV3 Alexander Nilsson 19 November 2009 – 2012 [22]
  Switzerland Bumann, der Restauranttester (Bumann, the Restaurant Tester) 3+ Daniel Bumann 15 October 2009 – present [23]
 Ukraine На ножах (On Knives)
Na nozhakh
1+1 Aram Mnatsakanov 2012 – present [24]
 United States Kitchen Nightmares Fox Gordon Ramsay 19 September 2007 – present N/A

References[edit]

  1. ^ "TV chef off menu". TheSun.co.uk. 29 October 2009. 
  2. ^ "Chef Ramsay wins £75,000 damages". BBC News. 20 June 2006. 
  3. ^ "Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares". Off the Telly. 14 April 2004. Retrieved 19 September 2010. 
  4. ^ Martin, Lorna (9 May 2004). "What happened after Gordon said goodbye?". The Observer (London). Retrieved 21 September 2007. 
  5. ^ "Bloody Hell's Kitchen". Slate. 5 January 2005. Retrieved 21 September 2007. 
  6. ^ a b "Fox announces Gordon Ramsay's 'Kitchen Nightmares' will air this fall". Reality TV World. 17 May 2007. Retrieved 21 September 2007. 
  7. ^ "Bafta TV Awards 2008: The winners". BBC News. 21 April 2008. Retrieved 21 April 2008. 
  8. ^ http://www.tvshowsondvd.com/releaseinfo.cfm?ReleaseID=7122
  9. ^ http://www.tvshowsondvd.com/releaseinfo.cfm?ReleaseID=8089
  10. ^ ""Kitchen Nightmares": Direção da Band aprova novo programa para 2013". Band (in Portuguese). Retrieved 7 January 2013. 
  11. ^ "Jezikova juha" (in Croatian). Retrieved 21 May 2013. 
  12. ^ "Ano, šéfe!" (in Czech). Retrieved 31 July 2013. 
  13. ^ "Med kniven for struben". TV3 (in Danish). Retrieved 28 April 2013. 
  14. ^ "Kuppilat kuntoon, Jyrki Sukula!". Nelonen (in Finnish). Retrieved 10 November 2012. 
  15. ^ "Köögikubjas". Kanal2 (in Estonian). Retrieved 18 April 2013. 
  16. ^ "Cauchemar en cuisine sans Ramsay, ce serait comme C'est pas sorcier sans Jamy". L'Express Culture (in French). 30 May 2012. Retrieved 11 October 2012. 
  17. ^ "Rach, der Restauranttester". rtl.de (in German). Retrieved 7 July 2013. 
  18. ^ "Cucine da incubo – ogni mercoledì alle 21.55". foxlife.it (in Italian). Retrieved 20 May 2013. 
  19. ^ "Kuchenne rewolucje". TVN (in Polish). Retrieved 29 May 2013. 
  20. ^ "Pesadilla en la cocina". laSexta (in Spanish). Retrieved 16 October 2012. 
  21. ^ "Áno, šéfe!" (in Slovak). Retrieved 9 February 2014. 
  22. ^ "Kniven mot strupen". TV3 (in Swedish). Retrieved 8 February 2013. 
  23. ^ "Bumann, der Restauranttester". 3plus (in German). Retrieved 31 October 2013. 
  24. ^ "На ножах". 1+1 (in Ukrainian). Retrieved 29 May 2013. 

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