In the series “Kitchen Nightmares”, we learn so much about the functioning of a restaurant and how dynamic things can be. We thought it would be great to compile a list of Best Kitchen Nightmare episodes for you.
Gordon puts his utmost attention on the quality and freshness of the food the restaurants serve and not just the taste of it. A very entertaining show, this 6-season show will definitely make you more critical of the food you eat in restaurants!
Here are the top-rated 25 Best episodes of Kitchen Nightmare
Amy’s Baking Company (Season 6, Episode 16)
This episode is considered the most infamous of the season, and rightly so. The restaurant is jointly owned by Amy and Samy Bouzaglo, a couple they are known to be notorious to the customers and cannot take any criticism.
The co-workers are not treated properly and most times aren’t even tipped. Ramsay had a good first impression of the restaurant but soon saw its true colors. Involving a lot of drama, we see Ramsay giving a “Reason You Suck” speech before storming out of the restaurant.
Nino’s Italian Restaurant (Season 6, Episode 10)
This episode features Nino’s Italian Restaurant which was started back in 1958. A family business run by three siblings was managed by the eldest son Nino. He however was known to watch TV all day and not contribute much to the restaurant, which led the two siblings to get Gordon Ramsay to teach him a lesson.
The siblings get into a heated argument and we see Ramsay criticizing the food. The siblings decide to give Nino another chance and made a relaunch plan along with Ramsay. Gordon gave the restaurant a complete makeover and revamped the menu. This episode is one of the best watches of the series.
Mill Street Bistro (Season 6, Episode 11 and 12)
Joe Nagy opened Mill Street Bistro in Norwalk, Ohio after he lost his job in food sales. While he believes the restaurant to be a fine diner, his staff thinks differently. As Gordon arrives, everything wrong with the restaurant becomes apparent.
While the food is not up to the mark and the prices are exorbitantly high, the main problem is how the staff is treated by the owner. Things start to change as Gordon along with the team makes Joe understand his shortcomings. New changes to the restaurant take place and things start looking better. Watch the episode to know more about what happens.
Prohibition Grille (Season 6, Episode 14)
This episode focuses on how Rishi, the owner of the restaurant was completely bamboozled by the manager Rocky. Rishi was a successful belly dancer prior to opening the restaurant, which was basically a drunk decision.
She had no idea about how a restaurant should be run and used to perform belly dances at peak hours, which embarrassed Gordon Ramsay greatly. The staff believed the reason the restaurant was losing a whopping $100,000 a year was because of its carelessness of Rocky.
Rishi decided to step up and take control of her business, and things started to change, for the better. This episode is one of the most dynamic ones in the season. Definitely worth a watch!
Burger Kitchen (Season 5, Episode 7)
The restaurant is owned by an incompetent owner who has used up his son’s inheritance money to do so. It makes an average loss of $6,000 per month, the owner is unable to sustain the business and losing out on a lot of customers on a daily.
With a lot of family drama, a frustrated chef who is not given his wages and the fact that Wendy, the son’s girlfriend is not respected by his family, the family’s business and personal life are falling apart. Things go haywire in the restaurant so Gordon decides to help them out.
Mama Rita’s (Season 3, Episode 8)
Mama Rita’s was considered to be a good Mexican restaurant but that soon changed when the owner decided to expand the business. They were losing out customers at a rapid rate and were on the verge of shutting down.
The owner is inexperienced and the staff agrees that there is no proper rule in place. They are cutting corners when it comes to food as they mostly serve frozen food and prepare the food in batches.
As Ramsay observes the dinner, he finds many of the customers complaining about the dry food that they are served, and most of the food is sent back to the kitchen. This episode is filled with drama and will make sure that you are entertained at every minute of the show.
Black Pearl (Season 2, Episode 5)
Black Pearl is a restaurant specializing in seafood, especially lobster. It is jointly owned by three men, who weren’t on talking terms when the restaurant was losing money. With disorganization when it comes to decor, the bland tasting food, and the lack of commitment by the three owners, Gordon states that the restaurant is sinking.
We see the owners trying to prove to Ramsay that they know what they were doing but the truth is spoken, they were all clueless. Needless to say, the relaunch was a disaster and the restaurant’s fate wasn’t very bright!
Piccolo Teatro (Season 5, Episode 2)
Piccolo Teatro is a vegetarian restaurant in a nation of meat lovers (France) owned by Rachel McNally. With a very small staff of three – a waitress and two chefs, Gordon brands the food as an “insult” to vegetarians.
With the chef not respecting the owner and not working properly, the restaurant is doomed. Gordon inspects the kitchen and concludes that it is in an unhygienic condition. Gordon gets a talented and eager-to-learn chef as a replacement to the old chef. The relaunch was a huge success, except maybe one thing – Rachel wasn’t very enthusiastic.
Sebastian’s (Season 1, Episode 6)
Sebastian Di Modica, a part-time actor is the owner of the restaurant Sebastian’s. He is a self-taught chef but after tasting the food, Ramsay believes that he can’t cook. The food is stale and bland and the unique restaurant menu “concept” doesn’t seem to be working out.
Gordon brings about good changes in terms of the menu and the way the food is prepared but it didn’t fit well with Sebastian. On the relaunch night, there was great confusion in the kitchen as Sebastian wasn’t very keen on the changes, but it still ended up being a success, thanks to Lou-Bertha.
Sabatiello’s (Season 2, Episode 9)
An Italian restaurant in Connecticut, Sabatiello’s is owned by Sammy who had always wanted to own a pizzeria. Sammy was considered to be obnoxious by the customers and short-tempered by the staff. Gordon was not impressed with the food as they were mostly frozen and stale.
The owner was in denial but the cook confirmed Gordon’s hypothesis. Much to Gordon’s surprise, the kitchen was spotlessly clean, which he had not expected, however on closer inspection, there were a few questionable arrangements. The relaunch was a success and an interesting watch.
Blackberry’s (Season 5, Episode 1)
This episode features Blackberry’s, a restaurant in Plainfield New Jersey. The restaurant is owned by Shelly, who is considered to be a control freak by the customers and the staff. Gordon believes the food is old and soggy.
The food is so bad that he ended up throwing up in the bathroom. The only good food was the red velvet cake prepared by Mary. Gordon believes the major reason why the restaurant is failing is because of its disruptive behavior of Shelly that causes constant bickering between the staff and the food. The relaunch turned out to be a hit and soon the owner started to embrace the changes made by Gordon.
Casa Roma (Season 3, Episode 7)
Casa Roma is a restaurant in Lancaster, California run by a mother-son duo who have had no prior experience in it. When Gordon arrives, he immediately notices the dirty state the restaurant is in. The menu has a spelling mistake and it took almost an hour for Gordon’s order to arrive.
The stuffed mushroom was watery and tasteless and the rest of the food was no special. On inspection, he says that the chefs of the restaurant are incompetent and are only there for the paychecks. Can the state of the restaurant become any better? Watch now to find out!
Flamangos (Season 3, Episode 2)
This restaurant has a very hideous interior according to the customers and the staff. Flamengo’s is jointly owned by husband and wife Bill and Adele and their daughter Cheryl. Adele is abrasive towards the customers, which makes their experience a bitter one.
Gordon decides to change the menu and gives the chef the freedom to cook something good of his choice. He asks Bill to prepare something which would be considered the restaurant’s specialty. Both the delicious turned out to be absolutely delicious and were loved by the customers. However, a majority of their food wasn’t working well and something had to be done to save the boat.
Fiesta Sunrise (Season 2, Episode 10)
Fiesta Sunrise is a family-run Mexican restaurant. The food served isn’t of good quality or taste. Gordon discovers shockingly old food in the kitchen and is equally disgusted and surprised. The reason why the restaurant wasn’t doing well is more apparent now.
It is apparent that the family relationship is strained which is also a factor that is disrupting the restaurant business. Gordon tries to help the restaurant from closing its door forever, but the question lies – will he be successful?
Hot Potato Cafe (Season 3, Episode 1)
The restaurant Hot Potato Cafe is a family-owned business. The owners are three sisters and none of them know what they are doing with the business. They seem to have lost their passion. The saving grace of the restaurant was the head chef, who was the best at what she did.
Gordon realized that the three sisters had put more focus on the decor of the cafe than the actual food, which was why the restaurant was just a few months from closing.
The Runaway Girl (Season 5, Episode 1)
This restaurant is jointly owned by two friends. It is a bar-cum-nightclub as in at the brink of closing down. The two friends are in constant disagreement and do not respect each other’s decisions. Justin, one of the owners is rigid and is not open to any suggestion by Ritchie and the head chef, who is now fed up with him.
We see Ritchie breaking down and lashing out at Justin, much more than Gordon ever did. Saving the restaurant from closing down is definitely a challenge for Gordon, but the question is, will he be successful in helping the restaurant get back its lost glory?
The Fish and Anchor (Season 5, Episode 6)
This restaurant is a family business run by husband and wife, named Mike and Caron. Mike manages the kitchen and Caron runs the restaurant front. The reason for the restaurant’s failure is the poor cooking skills of the husband and poor management skills of the wife.
The customers find them to be rude and don’t take criticism in the right spirit. The food takes a long time to leave the kitchen. Helping out the couple is a challenge for Gordon as their marriage is strained too, and not just the restaurant.
Spin a Yarn (Season 5, Episode 13)
Spin a Yarn Steakhouse was remodeled by the owners (and they exceeded their budget by $300,000) and the business only went downhill. The restaurant is not managed by the couple properly and it only strains their marriage further.
Gordon comes to the rescue and not only does he try to save the restaurant from closing down but also helps the couple to save their marriage. Saki promises to give Jennifer more freedom to run the business. They have a 14-year-old daughter who has considerable knowledge about the business.
Zeke’s (Season 4, Episode 13)
This restaurant was bought by a man and a woman after the owner died due to Hurricane Katrina. As soon as the restaurant was bought, the new owners cut down the staff, increased the prices, reduced the portion size, and used cheaper raw materials.
This hit hard as the customers did not like Zeke’s anymore and they were losing out on revenue daily. With Gordon on the side, things started to improve. The chefs were given the freedom and the time to prepare only quality food during the relaunch, and needless to say – it was a hit.
The Fenwick Arms (Season 4, Episode 2)
The owner of this restaurant, named Brian is 62 years old and has had 5 heart surgeries but he still takes the workload that’s not advisable for him. The head chef is not allowed to cook, he only has the job of garnishing while Brian takes care of all the food preparation.
Even though The Fenwick Arms is a pub, they offer fine dining services and food options, which is not ideal for its customers. Gordon decides to change that and tries to prove that the restaurant will function well even in his absence since he had not taken a single holiday (except Christmas) in the past 18 years.
Dillons (Season 1, Episode 2)
Dillons is a restaurant that serves both Indian and British food – a combination that doesn’t go well. It is owned by three different people, none of whom are very capable of what they do. Gordon’s order was messed up, he received meat when asked for a vegetarian dish and receives lamb instead of beef.
When he inspects the kitchen, he finds a lot of flies and a pile of cockroaches and rats. The kitchen is a mess. Gordon and the staff work hard to change the look and feel of the restaurant and revamp the menu. The relaunch day was followed by a lot of drama from Martin, an incompetent manager. However, it became a success because one of the managers stepped up.
Oceana (Season 4, Episode 14)
In this episode, Gordon visits a called Oceana Grill, a seafood restaurant in New Orleans, Louisiana. It is jointly owned by two brothers who are known to be hard to work with and a head chef who loses his temper easily.
The restaurant is in the dirtiest condition with a vermin infestation. After the misbehavior of the owners towards Gordon, he is unsure if he wants to help them anymore. The food that the restaurant serves is unfresh and mostly frozen.
They have gone too far by serving spoilt oysters to the customers. With such a difficult situation, we can only wait and hope that Gordon plays his card and brings major changes to the place
La Galleria 33 (Season 6, Episode 1 and 2)
Jointly owned by two sisters Rita and Lisa, La Galleria 33 is an Italian restaurant located in Massachusetts. With Rita’s problem of taking too many smoke breaks during work, Lisa drinking in front of the customers, servers not following rules, and the head chef cooking as he pleases, the restaurant is doomed.
Gordon comes to the rescue as he brings some major changes to the restaurant for good. They plan a relaunch and focus on the weakness of the owners and the staff and motivate them to do better than what they’re currently doing.
Momma Cherri’s Soul Food Shack (Season 2, Episode 3)
Momma Cherri’s Soul Food Shack is a small and cozy, forty-seater restaurant in Brighton. For a change, Gordon loved the food served at this restaurant, and it reminded him of home. Even though the food was great, the restaurant was at huge losses and was a few months away from closing.
Gordon identified the problem to be the owner’s lack of business acumen. The chefs had lost motivation because they weren’t assigned work for which they were paid and there was a lack of organization. Gordon works with the team to get the restaurant back on track and plans for a grand relaunch.
Bazzini (Season 3, Episode 3)
This episode features Bazzini a restaurant in Ridgewood, New Jersey. It is owned by Paul and Leslie who seem to be overwhelmed with the business and have lost passion for it. Paul, the head chef and owner doesn’t take criticism about his food in the right spirit and gets frustrated a lot.
Gordon isn’t pleased with the decor and feels that the atmosphere of the restaurant is depressing. To lift the dying spirit of the owners and the staff, Gordon brings about some phenomenal changes to the food and ambiance. But, will the owners be able to keep up with these changes or will they return to their previous means? Watch this exciting episode of Kitchen Nightmares to find out more!
Kitchen Nightmares is one of the best reality TV shows that has aired. All the emotions in the show are real and they show real people working under real pressure. It helps restaurants to get back on their feet and improve their service. With a total of six seasons, this show is sure to keep you entertained throughout!
Which of the episodes of “Kitchen Nightmare” did you find the best? Do let us know in the comments below!
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