There’s nothing quite like turning on a cooking
show and hearing the soothing sounds of Gordon Ramsay screaming at a befuddled chef. One of Ramsay’s most popular profanity-riddled
shows was Kitchen Nightmares, where the hot-tempered Scottish chef helped struggling restaurants
mainly by shouting at them about fresh produce and frozen appetizers. By the end of each episode, the restaurant’s
inedible food and sub-par service were usually transformed and saved from extinction at least
temporarily. Even though it went off the air in 2014, there
are still plenty of behind-the-scenes secrets that you probably never knew about the popular
restaurant makeover show. Here’s the untold truth of FOX’s Kitchen Nightmares. The nightmare’s over Although Ramsay spent a glorious six-and-a-half
seasons transforming restaurants from one-star duds into passable eateries, apparently his
professional magic wore off quickly. In 2014, shortly after Kitchen Nightmares
ended, The Daily Mail reported that 60 percent of the restaurants that appeared on the show
had closed. A spokesperson for Ramsay said at the time, “You don’t ask to take part in a show called
Kitchen Nightmares if your restaurant business is booming and therefore it is not surprising
that many of the restaurants which Gordon has visited over the ten years are now closed.” As of 2018, only 15 out of the 77 that appeared
on the show between 2007 and 2014 are still open. The unluckiest restaurant While most of the restaurants didn’t exactly
go on to have successful runs, some of the restaurants fared worse than others. According to The Daily Mail, one restaurant
The Black Pearl in New York actually closed just four days after their episode aired. “Homarus americanus, same animal, right? … Humanus americanus My Ass-us.” But Lela’s , in Pomona, California, takes
the cake they closed before viewers even saw the episode. According to Screen Rant, the restaurant already
faced struggles before Ramsay got in the door, and was facing bankruptcy after only eight
months in the business. After the episode was over, a message flashed
on viewers’ screens saying, “The restaurant’s debts were too much and
it closed.” “Ruined” restaurant Although many of the restaurants featured
on the show were happy to receive Ramsay’s help, one chef in particular didn’t mince
words when it came to criticizing the changes the chef and his team made. Season 6’s John Chapman, the owner of Chappy’s
on Church, told The National Enquirer, “It was truly a kitchen nightmare for me. Gordon Ramsay destroyed my business!” “It looks like Chappy took a crappy in my
gumbo.” Chapman said that Ramsay redid the entire
menu, and that business subsequently went from about 200 customers a night to a mere
table of patrons per evening. Chappy’s on Church closed in June 2013 for
nonpayment of taxes, only a month after the episode aired. Not staged The “Amy’s Baking Company” episode of Kitchen
Nightmares is probably the most infamous in the show’s history, and the conflict was so
severe that the crew didn’t even get to complete their transformation. The owners of the now-closed eatery were notorious
for threatening customers who left bad Yelp reviews and for posting long rants on social
media. “You are a little pansy, get out of here,
don’t you ever come back here. You little weenie, keep walking.” Apparently, the drama in the episode wasn’t
heightened for entertainment purposes, either. One Medium blogger who was there during the
filming of the two-part episode said, “[The] epic blowouts were 100% true to form
and not doctored for TV.” “I am going to really hurt somebody if they
send back my cakes.” Real Ramsay Ramsay may be infamous for his nightmarish
behavior on his shows, but apparently most of his on-air tantrums and profanity-laced
rants are hammed up for the camera. “You work like a pig. You French Pig!” According to one of the show’s crew members
who did an Ask Me Anything on Reddit in 2013, you’ll rarely see Ramsay get angry when the
cameras are turned off. The crew member explained, “He only gets mad when he has a reason to,
otherwise he’s a very funny and nice dude. You can even see that in all of his UK shows. The US versions like to selectively edit to
play up drama.” Additionally, Ramsay may not actually be as
involved with the participants as you’d think. One couple, who appeared on the show in season
three, told The New Jersey Record in 2010 that they barely conversed with the chef at
all, saying, “You have no interaction with Ramsay at all. He comes with a very big machine of assistants
and helpers. The only time that I ever spent any time with
him was on camera.” Ramsay’s regret If you’re a Kitchen Nightmares superfan who
misses the show, Ramsay feels your pain. The popular show that launched Ramsay’s TV
career ended in 2014 in part because Ramsay was tired of the restaurants he fixed reverting
back to their old ways and failing. He told The New York Daily News in 2017, “I got fed up with Kitchen Nightmares because
I was getting s—. So I woke up one morning and I thought ‘f—
it, I’m done.'” He added his remorse at the decision to pull
his show off the air, which was admittedly made in anger, saying, “Yes it was wrong to pull my own show off
air, but that’s it.” The good news? Fans don’t need to rely on old reruns to catch
glimpses of their favorite restaurant makeover show Kitchen Nightmares is back in a new form. Gordon Ramsay’s 24 Hours to Hell & Back premiered
on FOX in June 2018.