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Kitchen Nightmares season 2 - an early look

by Bob Sassone, posted Sep 1st 2008 10:04AM
Chef RamsayIt's rather interesting, when you think about it, that chef Gordon Ramsay has not one but two shows on FOX, Hell's Kitchen and Kitchen Nightmares. And this isn't like Rachael Ray having 22 different shows. She has a show that is syndicated to many stations around the county, and her other shows are on a cable station, Food Network, where she is a brand and one of the top stars. FOX is a major network, with not as many time slots as a cable station, so FOX must really believe in Ramsay to give him shows that air year-round, not just in one season.

Fans of the first season are going to be particularly interested in what happens on the very first episode.

The second season opener doesn't have Chef Ramsay visiting and attempting to fix a new restaurant. The first episode actually revisits the restaurants that Ramsay tried to help in the first season. That's great for a show to do, any show, because fans often want to see what happened to a person or place featured on an episode, an episode of any TV series, for that matter. I remember watching shows like Unsolved Mysteries and In Search Of... years ago and wanting to see updates on cases they covered.

I think if Kitchen Nightmares didn't follow up on the people helped then we'd just think that they continued to do things Ramsay's way and were successful for ever and ever. Have the restaurants followed Ramsay's rules for success? Did they follow the rules and still fail? Did they ignore Ramsay and succeed anyway? Are they still arguing with each other? Are there still bugs running around the kitchen? Is the food still rotten? Did they have to close down? If you're a regular viewer of Kitchen Nightmares or a regular reader of TV Squad, you know that a few restaurants where Ramsay did his thing closed down earlier this year. One of the restaurants on the show actually sued Ramsay (the show doesn't address the lawsuit).

Oddly, one of the restaurants is one Gordon doesn't even revisit, they just send a film crew to the place to interview the owner again.

I won't spoil any of the results for you here (that would be the ultimate spoiler for a show like this), but I will say that the restaurants featured include Peter's, Dillons, Campania, Finn McCool's, The Mixing Bowl Eatery, and Olde Stone Mill. Going back to restaurants is something that they do on the original British version of the series, so it's good to see that FOX is following suit. I do find it a little odd that the announcer says that last season Ramsay went across the country to help restaurants. Most of these places are in the New York/New Jersey area. Also, I don't believe it when Ramsay has to vomit after he eats a meal. You'd have to eat something really, really nasty to make you vomit, and I don't think that these restaurants would give a famous chef something that bad (even if they are bad cooks in general they'd be extra careful with someone like Ramsay, I would HOPE). Those looking for a lot of swearing from Ramsay might be disappointed (well, OK, he still swears, but it's in a happy, "that's f***king great!" sort of way).

The new season of Kitchen Nightmares begins on September 4 at 9 p.m.

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They are going to be at The Handlebar Restaurant on Long Island, NY.
I was there for a few days of the filming and it was very interesting. I'm leaving here in an hour to catch the show there and enjoy a few beers..and hopefuly not regreting eating there.

Check out my review at www.AManintheKitchen.com tonight and I'll tell you how it went...around midnight.
To see the initial posts from when Ramsay was there in the winter..check out my February review.

September 11 2008 at 7:24 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Rex from Ars

Wait - just so I'm clear about this:

The first episode of season 2 is nothing but "revisited" spots? And there are no other "revisited" episodes the rest of the year?

If so, that's GREAT news! The only thing I really dislike about the British version of the show are the "revisited episodes". The producers take the existing episodes and trim 8 minutes off them, then tack the "revisited" parts at the end. You've already seen the first 52 minutes of the show, and so the only "new bits" are at the end. I didn't even bother watching most of last season of KN-UK because it's just such a waste of time.

I've often wished that the UK version would simply do a single "revisited" episode with ALL the restaurants from the previous season in one episode, and it seems the US producers have heard my prayers!

September 01 2008 at 2:46 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Actually, two of the restaurants were in California -- Lela's and Sebastian's, so while he didn't visit anyone in the middle of the country, he did technically go across the country. ;)

September 01 2008 at 1:20 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I can hardly wait for the new season to start. Here in Canada we get to see Kitchen Nightmares (European) completely unedited on Food Network and is actually a better show to watch because Gordon isn't portrayed like a foul mouthed angry chef but as a foul mouthed caring person with a tough love attitude.

September 01 2008 at 12:37 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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