7.5
866 votes
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 Worst Episodes of Kitchen Nightmares

Kitchen Nightmares - S4E15

#1 - Café Hon

7.03

Season 4 - Episode 15

Chef Ramsay heads to Baltimore, MD, and immediately has his hands full when he visits Café Hon, a Southern Comfort eatery in need not only of a restaurant renovation but also a public image makeover. The owner of Café Hon has come under fire from the city of Baltimore for trademarking the word "Hon," a term of endearment for Baltimore culture. Find out if the restaurant revamp and renewed public image will be enough to win back the city of Baltimore and revive its tradition of southern comfort cooking.

The episode was rated #1 Worst episode of Kitchen Nightmares from 32 votes.

Kitchen Nightmares - S2E13

#2 - Revisited #1

7.11

Season 2 - Episode 13

Chef Ramsay revisits Handlebar (Long Island), Casa Roma (Lancaster) and Black Pearl (New York).

The episode was rated #2 Worst episode of Kitchen Nightmares from 27 votes.

Kitchen Nightmares - S3E8

#3 - Revisited #2

7.22

Season 3 - Episode 8

Over the years, Chef Gordon Ramsay has helped numerous restaurant owners get back on their feet by laying the groundwork for their failing restaurants to succeed. It's been a while since Chef Ramsay first paid a visit to these restaurants, so he decides to check in with some of the restaurant owners he has helped in the past and find out if his advice has been put to good use. Find out if he will be pleased with the restaurants' progress or if he will find even more problems than before.

The episode was rated #3 Worst episode of Kitchen Nightmares from 68 votes.

Kitchen Nightmares - S4E16

#4 - Chiarella's

7.28

Season 4 - Episode 16

Chef Ramsay visits the "City of Brotherly Love" to check in on family-owned Italian restaurant Chiarella's. Although the Philadelphia eatery boasts over 30 years of business, Chef Ramsay is shocked by the restaurant's outdated menu, sloppy service and disorganized staff. Find out if Chef Ramsay is able to infuse the restaurant with classic Italian flair and revive its lackluster dining experience.

The episode was rated #4 Worst episode of Kitchen Nightmares from 39 votes.

Kitchen Nightmares - S4E1

#5 - Blackberry's

7.34

Season 4 - Episode 1

Chef Ramsay heads to New Jersey in hope of helping the owners of Blackberry's improve their service and food quality.

The episode was rated #5 Worst episode of Kitchen Nightmares from 129 votes.

Kitchen Nightmares - S4E5

#6 - Revisited #1

7.34

Season 4 - Episode 5

Chef Ramsay returns to eateries he's helped in the past, including DownCity in Providence, R.I.; Classic American in West Babylon, N.Y.; and Davide in Boston.

The episode was rated #6 Worst episode of Kitchen Nightmares from 82 votes.

Kitchen Nightmares - S3E9

#7 - Café Tavolini

7.35

Season 3 - Episode 9

Chef Ramsay's next restaurant project is Café Tavolini in Bridgeport, CT. Find out if his experience and expertise will help transform the eatery into a success or if Café Tavolini will have to shut its doors.

The episode was rated #7 Worst episode of Kitchen Nightmares from 75 votes.

Kitchen Nightmares - S1E4

#8 - Seascape

7.35

Season 1 - Episode 4

Chef Gordon Ramsay visits Seascape, a mother and son run restaurant located in Islip, NY. Ramsay must work together with a hard-headed chef, along with an inexperienced owner, to make some much needed changes to bring the customers back and to save the mother and son relationship.

The episode was rated #8 Worst episode of Kitchen Nightmares from 203 votes.

Kitchen Nightmares - S3E13

#9 - Zeke's

7.38

Season 3 - Episode 13

Chef Ramsay heads to New Orleans, LA, to help transform Zeke's Restaurant. Will he be able to breathe new life and add some spice into this Southern eatery?

The episode was rated #9 Worst episode of Kitchen Nightmares from 55 votes.

Kitchen Nightmares - S1E11

#10 - Revisited: Gordon Returns

7.40

Season 1 - Episode 11

Chef Gordon Ramsay wants to see if all of his hard work paid off, when he returns to check up on six of the failing restaurants he helped turn around.

The episode was rated #10 Worst episode of Kitchen Nightmares from 45 votes.

Kitchen Nightmares - S3E6
#11 - Davide
7.41
Season 3 - Episode 6

Chef Ramsay visits Davide, a restaurant in Boston, MA. Find out if he will be able to turn the restaurant around or if it will be forced to close its doors forever.

The episode was rated #1 Worst episode of Kitchen Nightmares from 93 votes.

Kitchen Nightmares - S5E5
#12 - Barefoot Bob's
7.41
Season 5 - Episode 5

Ramsay goes to Massachusetts to help a married couple improve their restaurant, Barefoot Bobs.

The episode was rated #2 Worst episode of Kitchen Nightmares from 107 votes.

Kitchen Nightmares - S2E11
#13 - Fleming
7.42
Season 2 - Episode 11

Gordon Ramsay heads to Florida to help the owners of Fleming, a Danish restaurant in Miami, Florida. The husband and wife team bought the business eight years ago in the hope of continuing the place's success, but started losing money rapidly. With a Cuban chef cooking Nordic cuisine and a filthy kitchen, things go from bad to worse until it all comes to a head on relaunch night.

The episode was rated #3 Worst episode of Kitchen Nightmares from 48 votes.

#14 - Return to Amy's Baking Company
7.43
Season 6 - Episode 1

Chef Ramsay pays another visit to the defiant owners of Amy's Baking Company.

The episode was rated #4 Worst episode of Kitchen Nightmares from 245 votes.

Kitchen Nightmares - S4E17
#15 - Zocalo
7.44
Season 4 - Episode 17

Chef Gordon Ramsay visits University City, Pennsylvania, in the heart of West Philadelphia. The thriving neighborhood houses Zocalo, an authentic Mexican restaurant run by longtime employees-turned-owners Greg and Mary Russell.

The episode was rated #5 Worst episode of Kitchen Nightmares from 55 votes.

Kitchen Nightmares - S5E4
#16 - Ms. Jean's Southern Cuisine
7.46
Season 5 - Episode 4

Ramsay heads to Pennsylvania's Ms. Jean's Southern Cuisine.

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

Kitchen Nightmares - S3E5
#17 - Grasshopper
7.49
Season 3 - Episode 5

Chef Ramsay visits Carlstadt, NJ, restaurant Grasshopper. Find out if Chef Ramsay will be able to turn the restaurant around or if it will be forced to close its doors forever.

The episode was rated #7 Worst episode of Kitchen Nightmares from 89 votes.

Kitchen Nightmares - S5E3
#18 - Mama Maria's
7.52
Season 5 - Episode 3

Chef Ramsay heads to Mama Maria's in Brooklyn. This Italian restaurant and pizzeria was passed down from mother to son more than 25 years ago, but has proven to be more of a burden than a family gem. The owner is exhausted from trying to make ends meet for his family, which in turn has taken a toll on the staff, food and overall performance of the restaurant. Chef Ramsay is disgusted to find 12 freezers filled with rancid and inedible pre-made meals and he reaches his breaking point when one diner needs an ambulance after eating a defrosted piece of seafood. When Chef Ramsay levels with this owner, he leaves him in tears. Find out if Ramsay's push was enough to wake this owner and save his family and restaurant.

The episode was rated #8 Worst episode of Kitchen Nightmares from 127 votes.

Kitchen Nightmares - S3E2
#19 - Classic American
7.52
Season 3 - Episode 2

Chef Ramsay visits Classic American in suburban West Babylon, NY, a restaurant struggling to make ends meet with mounting debt and whose two inexperienced owners are fighting to keep their American dream alive. Owners Colleen and Naomi, former waitresses at Classic American, purchased the restaurant years ago, but their lack of business experience proves to be too much for the business to handle. Chef Ramsay has his hands full with a disorganized staff and a disappointing menu, but after observing dinner service, he realizes the restaurant's problems are rooted in the lack of leadership and communication in the kitchen. In the most emotional Kitchen Nightmares episode to date, Chef Ramsay is forced to stage an intervention with the staff and help the restaurant find its way with a modern spin on classic American fare. Find out if better communication and a new menu will be enough to keep the restaurant's doors open.

The episode was rated #9 Worst episode of Kitchen Nightmares from 103 votes.

Kitchen Nightmares - S5E10
#20 - Nino's Italian Restaurant
7.53
Season 5 - Episode 10

A well-liked, retired couple ask Ramsay to help their son, who has taken over their restaurant, Nino's, in Long Beach, Calif.

The episode was rated #10 Worst episode of Kitchen Nightmares from 93 votes.

Last updated: feb 24, 2021

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