It's sad to see what has happened to this show in its American incarnation.
Typical of American television, and of Fox in particular, the wonderful BBC original "Kitchen Nightmares" has been Jerry Springer-ized for the U.S. market.
Let's review each show, shall we? There's the:
1. short intro of troubled restaurant
2. Gordon arrives, eats, makes catty remarks about the food
3. confronts chef/owner, initiates shouting match
4. more shouting in the kitchen ("it's rotten!"
."the kitchen is closed!"
.."you're going to kill people!")
5 Totally phony "drama" as Gordon morphs into Dr. Phil and holds a family therapy session for the beleaguered owners. Lots of phony tears, lots of phony "concern" from Gordon.
6. chef/owner resists Gordon's changes, more shouting
7. Gordon's people remodel restaurant, Gordon introduces new menu
(repeat steps 3, 4 and 5 here, then cue the...)
8. happy ending, chef/owner admits how right Gordon was and they were wrong
The change in tone from the British version is jarring -- in the BBC incarnation, Gordon's critiques of the food are exactly what you'd expect from a professional chef who genuinely wants to help get a troubled eating establishment back on its feet.
In the American version, his comments are rude, crass, and boorish -- obviously meant to elicit the kind of hooting and howling reaction that you see from an audience on the Jerry Springer Show. Would any true professional, when tasting a not-so-great meal, call it "a big pile of pubic hair"? But at least it gets the mouth-breathers who watch Fox hooting, right on cue. Add to that, it now seems every restaurant is now family owned, which gives the dullards at Fox the chance to give us fake, phony, staged family therapy sessions. Anyone who really thinks they're seeing anything "real" on this show needs to have their head examined.
And EVERY show has him saying "this is the worst meal I've ever had in my entire life!" Yeah, right. Phony.
There seems to be a conscious effort to get people screaming at each other as quickly as possible (this way, the idiot narrator can say "next week's show is Gordon's biggest...challenge...YET!"). His favorite method is to call the chef/manager/owner "a fake", and that usually does the trick (which is kind or ironic, since that's exactly what this show is), then when the person gets angry and argues back (or storms off), Gordon acts shocked (shocked! that there's gambling in Casablanca
The British version was informative and entertaining.
This American version is absolute garbage. Which is just par for the course on Fox.
Or, rather, IT'S ROTTEN!!!!!
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