Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares

10 Worst Episodes of Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares

Rancid scallops, arrogant head chefs, and dangerously dirty kitchens...these are just some of the horrors that await celebrated UK chef, Gordon Ramsay, in Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares. Famous for his explosive personality, fiery temper, and colorful language, Gordon attempts to save a different restaurant from financial ruin every week.

Written by Sophie and last updated on oct 14, 2022.

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#10 - La Riviera (Season 2 - Episode 4)

What's the BEST RECIPE for a successful restaurant? Top French chefs, the finest ingredients, food fit for a king... Fine dining restaurant La Riviera in Inverness has it all and more. All except one teeny weeny thing... CUSTOMERS. Without them, you don't stand a CHANCE. And La Riviera is running out of TIME and MONEY. La Riviera is on a MISSION: to bring sophisticated French cuisine to the home of haggis, tatties and deep-fried Mars bars. So it's the BEST of everything. It boasts a real DREAM COOKING TEAM: top French chef Loic Lefebvre who's worked in some of the best restaurants in the world and an impeccably-trained kitchen staff with Michelin star-studded backgrounds. The produce is ultra-fresh and top quality - the veg is flown in from France. Even the equipment is top of the league. So far, so good. But delivering the very best costs... BIG TIME. Multi-millionaire owner Barry Larson is tearing his hair out as La Riviera is costing him a cool £8,000 a week to run - and that's on t

The episode was rated 7.49 from 104 votes.

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#9 - Abstract (La Riviera Revisited) (Season 4 - Episode 5)


In the penultimate programme, Gordon returns to La Riviera - now renamed Abstract - a fine dining restaurant in Inverness. Owned by multi-millionaire Barry Larson and costing £8,000 a week to run, the place boasted top French chef Loic LeFebvre and an impeccably-trained kitchen staff, all of them on a mission to bring sophisticated French cooking to the home of the haggis.

The episode was rated 7.45 from 53 votes.

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#8 - The Glass House (Season 1 - Episode 2)

Britain's famous Lake District is where tourists are plentiful and money is flowing. However, the Glass House Restaurant in Ambleside seems to have missed both points.

The episode was rated 7.41 from 134 votes.

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#7 - La Gondola (Season 3 - Episode 4)


La Gondola - a hotel and restaurant in Derby - strikes Gordon as being stuck in the past, and indeed its glory days were back in the 1970s. The challenge is to haul the staff, decor and cuisine into the 21st century and once again fill the dining room with happy customers.

The episode was rated 7.41 from 96 votes.

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#6 - Sandgate Hotel (Season 3 - Episode 2)

Gordon travels to the seaside in aid of hotel and restaurant the Sandgate. This is happily married couple Lois and Peters' first venture into the catering industry. They used to enjoy eating in restaurants, so thought it might be fun to own one. A year and a half later their dream has turned into a nightmare - they're losing £4,000 a month. In the kitchen, their head chef Stuart is on the brink of a nervous breakdown. He's forced to cook for four restaurants, including fine dining upstairs and Japanese fare in the basement. But it's when he loses his coveted AA award that he really hits rock bottom. Eccentric, overstaffed and on the point of collapse, can Gordon bring this real life Fawlty Towers back from the edge?

The episode was rated 7.40 from 91 votes.

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#5 - The Fenwick Arms (Revisited) (Season 5 - Episode 3)


When Gordon first arrived at the Fenwick Arms, in 2006, he found the pub run by landlord Brian who, after thirty years in the business and a quadruple heart-bypass, was still determined to run his kitchen his way. But despite Brian and his partner Elaine working 120 hour weeks the pub was sinking fast. Already £250,000 in debt they were losing £1500 a week and bankruptcy was mere months away. Money management was part of Brian's problem. He had spent a fortune on unnecessary kitchen equipment and an extensive collection of novelty plates. In the kitchen, he insisted on cooking his menu of over-ambitious dishes, all coated in ostentatious and cloying sauces, while his head chef was only allowed to garnish the food. Gordon stepped in to remove Brian from the kitchen and turn him into a punter to get back to basics on the appeal of a traditional British pub. Taking to the streets, they launched a Campaign for Real Gravy, and put classic pub fare back on the menu. Finally things were starting to look up for the team at the Fenwick Arms. Now, one year on, Gordon’s back only to find that morale is at an all-time low, and Brian is ready to chuck in the towel. Can Gordon save the Fenwick Arms, again?

The episode was rated 7.25 from 63 votes.

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#4 - The Glass House (Revisited) (Season 2 - Episode 5)

Have things gotten any better since Gordon left?

The episode was rated 7.15 from 55 votes.

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#3 - Bonaparte's Restaurant (Revisited) (Season 2 - Episode 8)


Gordon Ramsey returns to Bonaparte's Restaurant.

The episode was rated 7.13 from 46 votes.

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#2 - The Walnut Tree Inn (Revisited) (Season 2 - Episode 6)

What's happened since the last time Gordon was here?

The episode was rated 7.07 from 44 votes.

Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares - S2E7

#1 - Moore Place (Revisited) (Season 2 - Episode 7)


Gordon Ramsey returns to Moore Place.

The episode was rated 6.86 from 43 votes.

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