Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares

Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares
Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares
Format Reality television
Starring Gordon Ramsay
Country of origin United Kingdom
No. of series 5
No. of episodes 32 (24 original and 8 revisits)
Running time 44 minutes
Original channel Channel 4
Picture format 576i (SDTV)
(Season 1 & 2)
1080i (HDTV)
(Season 3 - Season 5)
Audio format Dolby Digital 5.1
Original run 27 April 2004 (2004-04-27) – 30 January 2009 (2009-01-30)
Related shows Kitchen Nightmares
External links

Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares is a television programme featuring British celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay. The BAFTA and Emmy Award-winning programme debuted on Channel 4 in 2004.

In each episode, Ramsay visits a failing restaurant and acts as a troubleshooter to help improve the establishment in just one week. Ramsay revisits the restaurant a few months later to see how business has fared in his absence. Episodes from series one and two have been re-edited with additional new material as Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares Revisited; they featured Ramsay checking up on restaurants a year or more after he attended to them. In October 2009 Ramsay announced that after his current four-year contract expires in 2011 he will not continue with Kitchen Nightmares and will instead work on his other shows.[1]

A one-off special entitled Ramsay's Great British Nightmare aired on Channel 4 on 30 January 2009 as part of The Great British Food Fight, a two week series of food-related programming. In the program, Ramsay campaigned for viewers to start supporting local restaurants, especially in a bad economy.

An American adaptation of this show, titled Kitchen Nightmares, debuted 19 September 2007, on Fox.



The following restaurants have been featured on Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares. Name changes reflect information presented on the original or Revisited episodes.

Series 1

# Restaurant Location Original airdate
1. Bonapartes Restaurant Silsden, England 27 April, 2004
2. The Glass House Ambleside, England 4 May, 2004
3. The Walnut Tree Inn Llanddewi Skirrid, Wales 11 May, 2004
4. Moore Place Esher, England 18 May, 2004

Series 2

# Restaurant Location Original airdate
1. La Lanterna Letchworth, England 24 May, 2005
2. D-Place[1] Chelmsford, England 31 May, 2005
3. Momma Cherri's Soul Food Shack Brighton, England 7 June, 2005
4. La Riviera[2] Inverness, Scotland 14 June, 2005
5. The Glass House[3] Ambleside, England 21 May, 2005
6. The Walnut Tree Inn[3] Llandewi Skirrid, Wales 28 May, 2005
7. Moore Place[3] Esher, England 5 July, 2005
8. Bonapartes Restaurant[3] Silsden, England 12 July, 2005

^Note 1 : Renamed Saracen's Cafe Bar during production
^Note 2 : Now called Abstract
^Note 3 : Revisited Episode

Series 3

# Restaurant Location Original airdate
1. Oscar's Nantwich, England 21 February, 2006
2. The Sandgate Hotel Sandgate, England 28 February, 2006
3. Clubway 41[1] Blackpool, England 7 March, 2006
4. La Gondola Derby, England 14 March, 2006

^Note 1 : Renamed Jacksons during production

Series 4

# Restaurant Location Original airdate
1. La Parra de Burriana Nerja, Spain 14 November, 2006
2. The Fenwick Arms Claughton, England 21 November, 2006
3. Rococo[1] King's Lynn, England 28 November, 2006
4. Morgans Liverpool, England 5 December, 2006
5. La Riviera[2][4] Inverness, Scotland 12 December, 2006
6. Momma Cherri's Soul Food Shack[3][4] Brighton, England 19 December, 2006

^Note 1 : Renamed Maggie's during production
^Note 2 : Renamed Abstract after production
^Note 3 : Later moved to larger premises and renamed Momma Cherri's Big House
^Note 4 : Revisited Episode

Series 5

# Restaurant Location Original airdate
1. Ruby Tate's[1] Brighton, England 30 October, 2007
2. Piccolo Teatro Paris, France 6 November, 2007
3. The Fenwick Arms[2] Claughton, England 13 November, 2007
4. La Parra de Burriana[2] Nerja, Spain 20 November, 2007
5. The Priory Haywards Heath, England 27 November, 2007
6. The Fish and Anchor Lampeter, Wales 4 December, 2007
7. Curry Lounge Nottingham, England 11 December, 2007
8. The Granary Titchfield, England 18 December, 2007

^Note 1 : Renamed Love's Fish Restaurant during production
^Note 2 : Revisited Episodes

Great British Nightmare

# Restaurant Location Original Airdate
1. The Dovecote Bistro[1] Devon, England 30 January 2009
2. The Runaway Girl[2] Sheffield, England 30 January 2009

^Note 1 : Renamed Martins' Bistro
^Note 2 : Renamed Silversmiths


In June 2006, Ramsay won a High Court case against the Evening Standard, which had alleged that scenes and the general condition of the restaurant had been faked for the first episode of Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares. These allegations followed reports from previous owner of Bonapartes, Sue Ray. Ramsay was awarded £75,000 plus costs.[2] Ramsay said at the time: "I won't let people write anything they want to about me. We have never done anything in a cynical, fake way."


The programme has received favourable reviews for its in-depth look into the restaurant industry. Jane Redfem of Off the Telly commented that the show "could have been cynically designed to exploit Ramsay's foul-mouthed reputation...But watch, listen and think about what he is saying, and his genuine commitment to his profession in general, and the task at hand become abundantly evident."[3] Lorna Martin of The Observer said "Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares is compulsive viewing - packed with excitement, emotion and entertainment."[4] Slate's Sara Dickerman was impressed by the show's "economic realism" in the tired food television genre. She wrote, "There is something refreshing about a show that doesn't promise a ticket to ride (a surgical makeover, a million dollars, Richard Branson's job) but instead offers restaurant owners the hope—if they seriously reform their establishments—that they might, just might, break even for the next few months."[5]

Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares was named Best Feature at the 2005[6] and 2008 BAFTA awards.[7] It also earned the 2006 International Emmy for best non-scripted entertainment.[6]

DVD releases

United States

On March 3, 2009, Acorn Media released season 1 of Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares on DVD in the US. Season 2 was released on September 1, 2009. [1]

Name Ep# Release Date
Season One 8 March 3, 2009
Season Two 10 September 1, 2009


For the Canadian market, Visual Entertainment has released the first 3 seasons of Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares on DVD in two volume sets.

Name Ep# Release Date
Volume 1 8 October 16, 2007 [8]
Volume 2 10 October 7, 2008 [9]


External links

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