Through the Kitchen Nightmares TV Show, many of you have come to know, like, or even dislike Gordon Ramsay. Not to mention, at some point in time he was one of the richest chefs in the world. Due in part to his many television shows. Including “Hell’s Kitchen,” “Kitchen Nightmares,” “Master Chef,” “Hotel Hell,” and “Faking It.”
According to Forbes, Ramsay’s shows account for more than $150 million yearly in ad sales for Fox. In addition, Ramsay owns 35 restaurants across the world. As of 2019, Ramsay’s personal net worth is reported to be $63 million.
Later on, he is surpassed in wealth by British TV chef Jamie Oliver, despite his restaurant empire filing for bankruptcy in May 2019.
Ramsay shocked the world when he told the Telegraph that he would not be leaving a penny of his many millions to his children in his will. He said, and I quote;
My money is definitely not going to them, and that’s not in a mean way; it’s to not spoil them.
However, he further explained that his kids wouldn’t completely go without his financial help. “The only thing I’ve agreed with my wife (Tana Ramsay) is they get a 25% deposit on a flat. But not the whole flat,” he said.
Who is Gordon Ramsay?
Born 8th November 1966, Gordon James Ramsay Jr. OBE is a British chef, restaurateur, writer, and television personality. He was born in Johnstone, Scotland, and raised in Stratford-upon-Avon, England.
Notably, his restaurants have been awarded 16 Michelin stars in total and currently hold a total of seven. And undoubtedly, the Michelin star is the highest honor within the international culinary industry. Some people have gone as far as calling him among others; “the Oscars of the culinary world”.
Chefs all across the world dedicate their lives to earning just one coveted star in recognition of their excellence. But, there are those select few who have managed to collect an astounding number of stars in their constellation of fine dining restaurants.
As a young boy, Ramsay moved with his family from Scotland to England, where he was raised in Stratford-upon-Avon. He played association football (soccer) for the Oxford United youth team.
And at age of 15, he was courted by the Scottish Premier League Glasgow Rangers. But, a knee injury ultimately prevented him from pursuing a career in football. You can see his complete biography profile.
What is the Kitchen Nightmares show?
There’s nothing quite like turning on a cooking show and hearing the dulcet sounds of Gordon Ramsay screaming at a befuddled chef. One of Ramsay’s most popular profanity-riddled shows was Kitchen Nightmares.
In reality, the Kitchen Nightmare TV Show aired for seven seasons on Fox from 2007 through to 2014. Whereby, the hot-tempered Scottish chef and TV personality (Gordon Ramsay) helped the struggling and failing restaurants rise again. Mainly, by shouting at them about fresh produce and frozen appetizers, while the owners crossed their arms stubbornly.
By the end of the episode, the restaurant’s inedible food and sub-par service were (usually) transformed and saved from extinction by crippling debt or sub-par Yelp reviews. And even though this popular restaurant makeover show was canceled in 2014, there are still plenty of behind-the-scenes secrets.
The Untold Truth of Kitchen Nightmares
From how the reality show was filmed (and how much of it was actually reality). To how well restaurants fared after Ramsay’s team took over their kitchen. The complete untold truth of FOX’s Kitchen Nightmares.
As a matter of fact, you’ll learn the whole truth of how Gordon Ramsay spent a glorious six-and-a-half season transforming restaurants from one-star duds to passable eateries. But, apparently, his professional magic wore off quickly for many of the restaurants that appeared on the show.
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Unfortunately, in 2014, shortly after Kitchen Nightmares was canceled, The Daily Mail made a very revealing report. For instance, they reported that 60% of the restaurants that appeared on the show had closed.
According to Mashed.com, as we now know, most of the restaurants that appeared on Kitchen Nightmares didn’t exactly go on to have successful runs. While at the same time, some of the restaurants fared worse than others.
Also, according to The Daily Mail’s report, some restaurants were closed merely months after filming. One restaurant — The Black Pearl in New York (as featured in the video above) — closed just four days after their episode aired.
But, there is one featured restaurant that takes the cake as the unluckiest of them all. Perse, Lela’s in Pomona, California closed before viewers even saw the episode. Even before the episode aired, one blogger noted that Lela’s website and contact information had been taken offline.
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According to Screenrant, the restaurant already faced struggles before Gordon Ramsay got in the door. And in fact, it was even facing bankruptcy after only eight months in business. After the episode was over, a message flashed on viewers’ screens saying that, “the restaurant’s debts were too much and it closed.”
What about Amy’s Baking Company? Well, this was even the worst. Even at some point in time after its airing breaking the internet.
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Thanks to Ramsay, Amy’s Baking Company not only became a laughing stock museum, but the brand image was totally humiliated. And this wasn’t the end of the story, though. A battle continued as customers lashed out at the owners, Amy and Samy Bouzaglo, especially, on social media.
If you just by Googling it (Amy’s Baking Company), you’ll see how the worldwide food lovers and bloggers alike reacted. With some even calling them out for their bad behavior. Meanwhile, the angry owners alleged that the people commenting weren’t actual diners, but people planted by the show.
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Angry, all-caps replies calling alleged diners losers and morons were posted. And even though the couple later said their account was hacked and it wasn’t them, it was already too late. It was the most entertaining episode of the series that sparked a controversy that lasted for months to come after the release.
My thought is that, at times, some TV Shows can be really downright to both the audiences and the actors alike. Unless you’re doing the next ‘Keeping Up With the Kardashians‘, at times, there’s just so much at stake.
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