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'Kitchen Nightmares' Lawsuit Episode Airs

September 27, 2007 3:07 PM

Kitchen NightmaresLast night Fox aired the infamous episode of “Kitchen Nightmares” that prompted a lawsuit accusing star Gordon Ramsay of faking scenes.

As the chef warned, the episode contained revolting footage of spoiled pantry food at an insect-plagued New York eatery. With the restaurant’s employees appearing to agree to Ramsay’s findings, the episode should remove suspicions that the sanitation issues may have been staged by producers of the show.

The lawsuit’s plaintiff, Martin Hyde, was the general manager of Dillon’s restaurant and lost his job during the production. Hyde says the restaurant’s sanitation problems were the fault of a kitchen manager who was fired a week before the show was taped. Without the other manager around, Hyde says Ramsay targeted him instead.

With an owner and several managers shown running the restaurant, the show did seem to stretch in blaming Dillon’s assortment of sanitation, culinary and customer service problems on a single person. At one point, a co-worker is shown defending Hyde, then she was silenced by Ramsay.

The episode concluded with an upbeat ending that led viewers to believe Ramsay’s makeover was successful.

The lawsuit claims the restaurant was shut down by the New York City Board of Health about a week after taping.

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Comments (16)

Lori Pierson:

You know I saw this episode and even though the kitchen manager apparently was fired a week before production of this show that General Manager should have known what was going on in this restaurant before Gordon Ramsey got there. If he sees himself as the scapegoat then he should have been more aware of what was going on in the restaurant instead of him accusing Mr. Ramsey of planting bugs We all know that cockroaches show up if there is no cleanliness in the building. Bugs just don't show up in everything like this episode showed overnight.That General Manger should be ashamed of himself

Jake bransky:

The general manager is in charge of the kitchen manager in any restaurant.
Anyone who is familiar with the health dept knows that they don't shut someone down without finding major violations during an official inspection. the restaurant must have fallen into the same practices that were followed before Ramsey's visit.
Chef Ramsey brought that horrible restaurant into the light, and it was squashed like a cockroach from it's own dry storage.

Stormy Pearson:

To try and peg their own personal failures on Mr. Gordon Ramsay for simply coming out and attempting to HELP and clean up the MESS in that rat-trap of an eatery was simply unconscionable!!

Please forgive my "fellow" Americans, Mr. Ramsay... I hope you continue to do your shows... as I have enjoyed ALL of them that I have seen ("Kitchen Nightmares", Hell's Kitchen", and "The 'F' Word") -- I only wish I was 20 years younger and able to compete in one of those "Hell's Kitchens" for the chance at a restaurant AND -- even better -- the opportunity to meet YOU!! ;)

Sincerely,
Stormy
Bon Apetit!!!

Early into the episode my opinion of observing the actions and attitude of that so called manager was he didn't have the best interest of the restaurant or the owner in mind. As a business consultant I would have advised the owner to replace him. Chef Ramsey provided a way to save the place. If the health department closed the place down later then I agree that perhaps they fell into some of the old practices that led to infestation or safety issues. I enjoy Chef and can see his heart and deep passion for the restaurant and food industry. I love people with passion!

Lilly Dawes:

Oh my God, those people shouldn't be allowed within 10 miles of ANY restaurant. The fact that they let that place stay open for ONE DAY with roaches in the basement confirms that they're all disguisting pigs. As for the so called "general manager", it should have taken him approximately ten minutes to see that the place was a sty and walk. He was just collecting a paycheck for doing nothing. Ramsay had his number from the start.

Isabelle :

Good luck proving that case. Martin was incompetent and that restaurant was a disgrace!

"Lets go to the videotape!"


Kudos to Gordon Ramsay!

Pat :

I worked for 10 years in one of the finest restaurants on the Sunset Strip in Hollywood. I am frankly appalled at these people who are managers - the gentleman from Dillion's wouldn't last one day in LA. Kudo's to Gordon Ramsay !!

Ken:

It is ironic...the real point Ramsay was making, and has often made, is that it is a matter of RESPONSIBILITY not "job"

The GM is responsible for everything that goes on in the restaurant, even if it is not their job, or even their fault...

that is where the buck stops.

Sadly, it is not surprising that a GM who did not understand that would sue someone for revealing the GM's ignorance

Michelle:

Martin sueing Ramsey is the most ridiculous thing i've heard... just watching Martin "managing" (if that's what you want to call it) made me sick. Literally. He was a fluke and a lazy ass, and Gordon Ramsey had every right to make the owner open his eyes and realize what Martin was really doing behind closed doors. The sanitation of that restaurant was ungodly. But huge kudos to Ramsey... that man has so much passion in what he does, and is so intelligent in the restaurant business!!!!! Go Chef Ramsey!!!!!!

Michelle:

Martin sueing Ramsey is the most ridiculous thing i've heard... just watching Martin "managing" (if that's what you want to call it) made me sick. Literally. He was a fluke and a lazy ass, and Gordon Ramsey had every right to make the owner open his eyes and realize what Martin was really doing behind closed doors. The sanitation of that restaurant was ungodly. But huge kudos to Ramsey... that man has so much passion in what he does, and is so intelligent in the restaurant business!!!!! Go Chef Ramsey!!!!!!

Janet Leach:

Kudos to Chef Ramsey for enlightening the general public about restaurants and behind the scenes. I appreciate his honesty and candor. Keep up the good work!!!

Annette:

My husband and I watch all of Ramsay's shows whenever they are on. Heck I even had a nightmare where I was on Hell's Kitchen and Ramsay balled me out for getting lost on the way to the restaurant (talk about Ramsay overload!!!!)
As for the episode in question Martin was one of the worst GM's I've ever seen. He was totally out of his element and should have been fired the
moment those health problems were found in the Kitchen. If Martin didn't have the balls to accept responsibility for his screw up instead of foisting it off on someone else he has no right to call himself a GM.

Ramsay is my hero. Even if he scares the crap out of me. I'd still love the opportunity to meet him.

Judy Gatewood:

I wish I could get Ramsay to come to my work place and, I will be honest, put me or the GM in place. Most of our patrons think I am right but he is the GM. Ramsay doesn't use language that hasn't been heard before especially in a kitchen. Just more of it. Ignore it or move on.

Jeanece:

I am a Gordon Ramsay fan - to the max! I am trying to find the time he is going to appear on the Rachael Ray series - it's Monday May 19, 2008. I think he's 10 notches above Simon Cowell in his honesty and knowledge of his business and I find Cowell great at what he does also. I'm very disappointed to hear Gordon is not doing anymore Nightmares - I just now discovered the shows and I want to see every episode!! (Brutal honesty is what it takes - softees need not apply!)

melissa jvier:

Kitchen nightmare with GORDON RAMSAY was the best among cookery. The last episode i've watched was with indian restaurant small place with so many managers. And when he came down he saw roaches.
All his words is really heartfelt, brutally offended, but with his experienced his just telling the truth, and he pays them totally make over
GO, CHEF hope you continue your show not only once a week but everyday, cause you help a lot then More Power,seems you should have facial treatment on your forehead.. esp. when you're telling them the truth.

tigg13:

The guy is the GM of a failing restaurant who is told that a word class chef and a TV show that does kitchen make-overs is coming for a visit and it never occurs to him that he might want to tidy up the food storage areas? How is Gordon Ramsey responsible for that kind of incompetence?

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