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Kitchen Nightmares

Kitchen Nightmares

FOX 2007

Gordon Ramsay's British series gets made over for American Television. In this series, Ramsay will hit the road to help many a struggling restaurant find the path to success in just one week.

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The 10 Best Episodes of Kitchen Nightmares

Kitchen Nightmares - S5E16

#1 - Amy's Baking Company


Season 5 - Episode 16

Ramsay travels to Scottsdale, Ariz., to help the owners of Amy's Baking Company.

The episode was rated #1 Best episode of Kitchen Nightmares from 146 votes.

Kitchen Nightmares - S3E14

#2 - Oceana


Season 3 - Episode 14

In the season finale of Kitchen Nightmares, has Chef Ramsay met his match? The culinary master visits another restaurant struggling to keep its doors open. Find out if Ramsay can help pull the establishment from the brink of failure on the season finale of Kitchen Nightmares.

The episode was rated #2 Best episode of Kitchen Nightmares from 41 votes.

Kitchen Nightmares - S1E15

#3 - Black Pearl


Season 1 - Episode 15

Chef Gordon Ramsey visits a seafood restaurant in New York where three different owners run the kitchen, leading to a lack of consistency in food and service, and one of the owners is a "know-it-all," challenging each of Ramsey's changes.

The episode was rated #3 Best episode of Kitchen Nightmares from 53 votes.

Kitchen Nightmares - S4E13

#4 - Spin a Yarn


Season 4 - Episode 13

Chef Ramsay visits Fremont, CA, to help out 50-year-old steakhouse and banquet center Spin-A-Yarn. Despite the restaurant's rich history as an old-time hideaway and meeting place, the restaurant's bland menu and outdated decor are long overdue for visual and culinary makeover. Shocked by the restaurant's inconsistent service and disorganized kitchen staff, Chef Ramsay is put to the test to give the steakhouse a refreshed menu and ambience. Find out if Chef Ramsay succeeds in updating the restaurant's image or if it will remain stuck in its old ways.

The episode was rated #4 Best episode of Kitchen Nightmares from 84 votes.

Kitchen Nightmares - S1E17

#5 - Hannah & Mason's


Season 1 - Episode 17

Chef Ramsey heads to Cranbury, NJ, to visit a French bistro named Hannah & Mason, owned by a pair of friends who lack both business experience and motivation. The staff are holding bounced paychecks, but that isn't as bad as what chef Ramsey finds inside the cooler which causes the place to be shut down on Valentine's Day.

The episode was rated #5 Best episode of Kitchen Nightmares from 39 votes.

Kitchen Nightmares - S1E18

#6 - Jack's Waterfront


Season 1 - Episode 18

Chef Ramsey heads to St. Clair Shores, Michigan, to visit Jack's Waterfront, which is suffering from a lack of fresh seafood and an inattentive management. Chef's goal is to make this eatery a year-round money maker, but the general manager's excessive socializing with his patrons may put a roadblock in this plan.

The episode was rated #6 Best episode of Kitchen Nightmares from 41 votes.

Kitchen Nightmares - S1E20

#7 - Fiesta Sunrise


Season 1 - Episode 20

Chef Ramsey heads to West Nyack, N.Y. and the Fiesta Sunrise, a Mexican restaurant, and meets up with a stubborn owner who seems to be ruining his own business. Ramsey gives the place an inspection and shuts the place down, declaring it is unsanitary.

The episode was rated #7 Best episode of Kitchen Nightmares from 47 votes.

Kitchen Nightmares - S2E4

#8 - Mojitos


Season 2 - Episode 4

Chef Ramsay visits a Cuban restaurant in Brooklyn, NY. Owners Marcelo and Kata, former husband and wife, fight about everything. After moving to Brooklyn and getting married Kata and Marcello wanted to pursue their dream of opening a Cuban Cafe. Seven years ago Kata and Marcelo fell in love, got married and decided to open up a fast food style Cuban cafeteria. Kata and Marcelo are both from Columbia.

The episode was rated #8 Best episode of Kitchen Nightmares from 103 votes.

Kitchen Nightmares - S2E5

#9 - Lido di Manhattan Beach


Season 2 - Episode 5

Chef Ramsay visits a Lido Di Manhattan Beach in Manhattan Beach, CA. Lisa Hemmat grew up in and around the food service industry and inherited the entrepreneurial spirit from her parents. Shortly after graduating with a business degree from USC Marshall School of Business she secured a loan (with her parents as co-signers) and purchased Lido Di Manhattan in June of 2004, at the ripe old age of 23. Having been left with a strong staff, including a veteran cook in the kitchen, Lisa felt secure and confident in her decision to become the next great Los Angeles restaurateur. Five years later, Lisa is struggling to pay her bills and has come to the harsh realization that she is barely making ends meet. Chef Ramsay gives Lisa a lesson in restaurant business 101.

The episode was rated #9 Best episode of Kitchen Nightmares from 98 votes.

Kitchen Nightmares - S5E12

#10 - Mill Street Bistro (2)


Season 5 - Episode 12

Chef Ramsay continues his work at the Mill Street Bistro Bar in Ohio, trying to get the obstinate owner to make a major attitude adjustment.

The episode was rated #10 Best episode of Kitchen Nightmares from 88 votes.

Kitchen Nightmares - S4E11
#11 - Revisited #2
Season 4 - Episode 11

Over the years, Chef Gordon Ramsay has helped numerous restaurant owners get back on their feet by helping them refresh their menus, customer service and business outlook – but once he leaves, do restaurateurs stick with it -- Chef Ramsay heads to Southern California to check up on La Frite in Sherman Oaks, Kingston Café in Pasadena and Capri in Eagle Rock to see firsthand if his advice has changed the restaurants for good. He also visits Harrison, NJ, to find out if the owners of family restaurant Spanish Pavilion have mended their problems outside the kitchen, or if their disagreements are too much for their business to handle. Tune in to see if Chef Ramsay will be pleased with the restaurants’ progress, or will he have to stage yet more dramatic and emotional interventions.

The episode was rated #1 Best episode of Kitchen Nightmares from 68 votes.

Kitchen Nightmares - S2E12
#12 - Sushi Ko
Season 2 - Episode 12

Chef Ramsay visits Sushi Ko in Thousand Oaks, Cal., a failing second location of a family-owned eatery. Problems include debt, a breakdown of the family dynamic, and a relative who has lost his passion for cooking.

The episode was rated #2 Best episode of Kitchen Nightmares from 58 votes.

Kitchen Nightmares - S2E3
#13 - Bazzini
Season 2 - Episode 3

Chef Gordon Ramsay takes on Bazzini Cafe, an Italian restaurant in Ridgewood, NJ, that struggles with slow service, poorly crafted dishes, a lackluster sous chef and a disappointing head chef.

The episode was rated #3 Best episode of Kitchen Nightmares from 121 votes.

Kitchen Nightmares - S5E1
#14 - La Galleria 33 (1)
Season 5 - Episode 1

Chef Ramsay goes to Boston's North End to pay a visit to La Galleria 33, opened in 2006 by sisters Rita and Lisa. The two siblings grew up in the Italian neighborhood and worked at their father's very successful restaurant, L'Osteria, which was established in 1985. They branched out and opened their own establishment only 100 feet away, hoping to feed off their father's success. But the customers never came. The sisters blame everything from the weather to the tablecloths to the font on the menu. They don't know how to fix their problems because they don't know how to identify them. The employees, however, know exactly what is wrong - Lisa and Rita. They say the sisters treat people badly and talk unprofessionally. Plus Lisa drinks on the job and Rita smokes in the restaurant. They have slipped into complacency about the failing business, but their parents stand to lose everything if La Galleria fails. When Chef Ramsay arrives, he's confused by the restaurant's name, dated décor and proximity to their parents' eatery. He also discovers there is an issue with smoking and drinking on the job. Lisa and Rita in turn complain to him about the poor service and the lazy employees. As the icing on the cake, Rita admits that the head chef is her ex-husband, which causes a lot of tension.

The episode was rated #4 Best episode of Kitchen Nightmares from 132 votes.

Kitchen Nightmares - S5E14
#15 - Prohibition Grille
Season 5 - Episode 14

Chef Ramsay is in for a challenge when he heads to Everett, WA, to visit the Prohibition Grille. Professional belly dancer-turned-restaurant owner Rishi is struggling to keep her business afloat and is in desperate need of help. As a result of her lack of prior restaurant experience, Rishi leaves control of the kitchen in the hands of her head chef, who is constantly preoccupied and gives little focus to the restaurant. Constant complaints from customers have Rishi worried, but will she take Chef Ramsay’s advice?

The episode was rated #5 Best episode of Kitchen Nightmares from 114 votes.

Kitchen Nightmares - S2E1
#16 - Hot Potato Café
Season 2 - Episode 1

Philadelphia is known as "The City of Brotherly Love," but one restaurant, the Hot Potato Cafe, is tearing a family apart. Passion, motivation and spirit fueled the restaurant when it was founded two years ago, but all of these mandatory ingredients are now in short supply.

The episode was rated #6 Best episode of Kitchen Nightmares from 125 votes.

Kitchen Nightmares - S4E7
#17 - Burger Kitchen (2)
Season 4 - Episode 7

Chef Ramsay pays a visit to Burger Kitchen in Los Angeles in order to revamp the bland menu and to revive the tired establishment with a fresh look and a renewed vibe fit for the hip Hollywood crowd.

The episode was rated #7 Best episode of Kitchen Nightmares from 90 votes.

Kitchen Nightmares - S1E22
#18 - Cafe 36
Season 1 - Episode 22

The season finale finds Chef Ramsey visiting a French-American eatery in La Grange, Illinois, named Cafe 36. The owners have very little experience in running a restaurant and need a hand with their shortage of customers and the head chef, who doesn't practice quality control.

The episode was rated #8 Best episode of Kitchen Nightmares from 37 votes.

Kitchen Nightmares - S1E16
#19 - J Willy's
Season 1 - Episode 16

Chef Ramsey heads to South Bend, Ind., and J Willy's Bar & Grille, a business has lost $1.2 million. He gives them a challenge of using fresh ingredients, but the inexperienced chefs become overwhelmed, causing one customer to break down and cry.

The episode was rated #9 Best episode of Kitchen Nightmares from 52 votes.

Kitchen Nightmares - S4E14
#20 - Charlie's
Season 4 - Episode 14

Chef Ramsay visits Charlie's in La Verne, CA to help the owners of the Italian bistro refresh its outdated look and update the menu's bland and unoriginal options. Displeased by the wishy-washy service, unappetizing dishes and old-fashioned ambiance, Chef Ramsay has his work cut out for him to turn the restaurant's luck around. Find out if Chef Ramsay can infuse the restaurant with authentic Italian elegance or if the restaurant's woes are too much for even Chef Ramsay to tackle.

The episode was rated #10 Best episode of Kitchen Nightmares from 69 votes.

Last updated: feb 28, 2021

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