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Kitchen Nightmares (TV Series 2007–2014) Poster

(2007–2014)

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Gordon once ate enough raw meat by accident to get food poisoning for a month.
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Gordon Ramsay truly suffered while this show was in production, suffering from food poisoning, ulcers, and constant indigestion due to all the bad (occasionally lethal) food he was being served. He would force himself to eat at least some of everything presented to him so that he could best understand what was going wrong in the kitchen.
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All 12 of the restaurants featured in Season 2 - including one revisit to an eatery from the debut season - closed within two years of appearing on the show.
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As of 2019, an estimated 85% of the restaurants (60 out of 77) featured on "Kitchen Nightmares" are no longer in business. The recent survival rates of these eateries are listed below by season:

Season One - 1 out of 10

Season Two - 0 out of 11

Season Three - 2 out of 11

Season Four - 3 out of 12

Season Five - 5 out of 14

Season Six - 4 out of 13

Season Seven - 2 out of 6

Five of the restaurants closed before their "Kitchen Nightmares" episodes even aired, and 25 more survived for less than a year (in some cases only weeks) after appearing on the show.
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Contrary to popular belief, not all of the failed eateries on "Kitchen Nightmares" closed because of backsliding on the part of the owners. The restaurant industry is volatile, with high staff turnover and low profit margins. In a number of cases the proprietors were already too deep in debt (including unpaid taxes) to remain solvent, despite Ramsay's efforts. Other restaurateurs on the show lost their leases and could not reopen elsewhere, or sold out due to health or other personal issues. One committed suicide. In the end only a few blamed "Kitchen Nightmares" for ruining their businesses.
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A customer during the taping of Amy's Baking Company thought that the owners, Samy and Amy Bouzaglo, were being threatening as part of an act by the show. Once the feuding parties were separated by the production crew, he learned from the producers that it was not an act as they would never encourage threats and police were actually called from concerned guests.
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The truncated final season ran for only 10 episodes, with 6 restaurants getting makeovers. The Mangia Mangia and Zanya's Flaming Grill segments were two-parters; the remaining two episodes showed Gordon Ramsay revisiting establishments previously featured in the series, including the notorious Amy's Baking Company.
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Season 5 of "Kitchen Nightmares" was its most ambitious, with 17 episodes and 14 restaurant makeovers. It also gave the show its best track record for lasting success: 5 of the featured restaurants are still operating in 2019.
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"Chef Mike" - a euphemism for microwave popularized on "Kitchen Nightmares" - virtually became a recurring character in the series. Chef Ramsay detests microwaving as an insult to good cooking, and was distressed by how often he encountered the appliances in the show's struggling restaurants. In the El Greco episode of Season 5, he gathered the staff in the parking lot and had them watch as he threw their "Chef Mike" out of a third-floor window to its doom.
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