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Kitchen Nightmares Campania

Kitchen Nightmares Campania

The suicide of a New Jersey chef seems to have sparked a food fight between culinary stars Eric Ripert and Gordon Ramsay.Joseph Cerniglia, the owner of Campania in Fair Lawn, took a death plunge into the Hudson River last week – three years after Ramsay excoriated him on his reality show “Kitchen Nightmares.”Ripert, the genius behind Le Bernadin and a judge on “Top Chef,” took the acid-tongued Ramsay to task in a series of Twitter posts Tuesday.”Nothing personal against Gordon Ramsay but he is a poor inspiration for professional chefs in his shows,” Ripert tweeted. “I have my bad days to but always try to improve. TV or not – its no excuse! Ultimately I believe in the goodness of Gordon but he is very wrong.”In a later tweet Ripert denied he was blaming Ramsay for the apparent suicide of Cerniglia. He could not be reached for comment Tuesday night.Ramsay released a brief statement about Cerniglia that showed he doesn’t speak ill of the dead.”Joe was a brilliant chef, and our thoughts go out to his family, friends and staff,” the TV host said.When Campania was featured on Ramsay’s restaurant-makeover show in 2007, he blasted Cerniglia’s bland food and bad financial decisions.”Your business is about to f–king swim down the Hudson,” Ramsay yelled.On a 2008 follow-up show, Ramsay praised Cerniglia for changes that helped turn around the debt-laden business.The Jersey chef was busted for cocaine at his restaurant months before he apparently leaped off the George Washington Bridge, cops said.An emergency crew rushed to Campania on July 15 after someone called 911 and said he had snorted coke.Cerniglia was “sweating profusely, shaking and in need of medical assistance,” NorthJersey.com reported then.He was taken to Hackensack University Medical Center and arrested for being under the influence of narcotics.Those close to Cerniglia were tight-lipped about what led the married father of three to jump.His pastry chef, Jessica Marotta, 27, who describes herself as his “soulmate,” wrote a message to him on Facebook.”I always told you I would hold your hand forever,” she wrote. “Now I will hold you in my heart forever.”Your love is a gift and I will always be grateful for sharing the life we had together. I know you will always be near me in spirit to guide me. Our souls will meet again soon. I miss you so much baby.”sgoldsmith@nydailynews.com
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Kitchen Nightmares Campania

Cerniglia, 39, was married with three sons. He bought Campania restaurant when he was 33, and though the innovative Italian bistro quickly won fans, he was sinking into debt and turned to reality television for some relief. In 2007, Campania was featured on Gordon Ramsay’s “Kitchen Nightmares,” in which the profanity-prone celebrity chef whips struggling restaurants (and restaurateurs) into shape. As soon as the episode aired, he told Star-Ledger restaurant critic Teresa Politano, the phone began to ring. “It didn’t stop for a long, long time.”
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Kitchen Nightmares Campania

It was purchased by Campania Holding Corp., whose managing director is Philip Neuman, who operated Momma’s Gourmet Kitchen, a recently shuttered Paramus restaurant. Neuman claims in court filings that Campania may be forced to close if his company is not paid the $600,000 death benefit.
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Kitchen Nightmares Campania

The Sept. 24 suicide of Cerniglia, 39, of Wayne drew national attention because of his 2007 appearance on the Fox network’s “Kitchen Nightmares,” in which the award-winning chef discussed the precarious financial state of his restaurant, Campania.
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Kitchen Nightmares Campania

Joe Cerniglia, the chef and former Kitchen Nightmares contestant who committed suicide last week, was reportedly having an affair with his pastry chef. Suicide's tendency to make all your private peccadilloes public is just one of its drawbacks.Second Gordon Ramsay Show Chef Commits SuicideJoe Cerniglia, the chef at New Jersey restaurant Campania, jumped to his death off the George…
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Kitchen Nightmares Campania

Critics have commented that Fox’s adaptation of Kitchen Nightmares strayed from the strengths of the original Channel 4 series. Maureen Ryan of the Chicago Tribune said, “Leave it to Fox to take something the Brits did pretty well and muck it up”. She added, “Never mind the cooking; this edition of the show appears to be more interested in playing up the family dramas at the restaurants Ramsay visits”. Robert Lloyd of the Los Angeles Times commented, “Whereas the British Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares is fundamentally a food show — it has interesting things to show you about how a restaurant runs and a kitchen works, the wonders of local markets and what you can make from them if you’re Gordon Ramsay or willing to follow his instructions — the Fox edition emphasizes mishap, argument and emotional breakdown almost to the exclusion of cuisine”.
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Kitchen Nightmares Campania

“He was just so interested in food and so animated,” says Jill Hanifan, a Campania regular who ran into Cerniglia at foodie events. “He even made you want to eat things you didn’t like,” he says, citing a pasta dish concealing a poached egg. He was known for popping out of the kitchen to talk to guests, but not for the purposes of getting his ego stroked. “He would sit down and talk to you about food, about growing food,” says Hanifan, who is a master gardener. “I had made some green tomato relish, and he let me talk. He wasn’t just about me, me, me, I, I, I. I even brought him a jar of relish. He was so cute trying it.”
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Kitchen Nightmares Campania

“According to the contract, when there’s breaches, the contract becomes null and void and the ownership reverts back,” Anthony Fusco Jr., the attorney representing Wynn and Botti, said in an interview. Fusco said his clients were considering filing a lawsuit in state Superior Court challenging Campania’s ownership.
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“Our view is very simple — this is a business, like many others, that had a key man. When the key man is gone, you have a life insurance policy for it,” Neuman said in an interview. He intends to appeal the request and hopes to keep Campania operating. He also plans to hold a benefit for Cerniglia’s three sons in December.
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Cerniglia also cultivated a friendship with Todd Kuehm, whose family owns Farms View in Wayne, which provided Campania with much of its produce. On Saturday, Kuehm had just put aside some heirloom tomatoes that he thought Cerniglia would like when he heard the news of the chef’s death.
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Anonymous10 June 2013 at 07:01I had been watching the older episodes of Kitchen Nightmares and while learning of the affair didn't blow my mind, it really struck me when I heard he died. I know that there are likely some contrivances, etc. but I like to think some people are truly helped by Gordon and the show. It is truly terrible that this happened, Joe seemed to be a talented chef and well-meaning guy. It is so unfortunate that things went so far downhill for him emotionally.ReplyDelete
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On “Kitchen Nightmares,” the often outspoken Ramsay unleashed on Cerniglia, a 39-year-old husband and father of three. Cerniglia was more than $80,000 in debt at the time his restaurant was featured on the show.
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Ramsay himself issued a dignified statement, noting, “I was fortunate to spend time with Joe during the first season of Kitchen Nightmares. Joe was a brilliant chef, and our thoughts go out to his family, friends and staff.”
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I had been watching the older episodes of Kitchen Nightmares and while learning of the affair didn't blow my mind, it really struck me when I heard he died. I know that there are likely some contrivances, etc. but I like to think some people are truly helped by Gordon and the show. It is truly terrible that this happened, Joe seemed to be a talented chef and well-meaning guy. It is so unfortunate that things went so far downhill for him emotionally.
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Joe Cerniglia, the chef and former Kitchen Nightmares contestant who committed suicide last week, was reportedly having an affair with his pastry chef. Suicide's tendency to make all your private peccadilloes public is just one of its drawbacks.
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Ginia Bellafante of the New York Times found Ramsay’s teaching methods and high standards “undeniably hypnotic” and commented that “the thrill of watching Mr. Ramsay is in witnessing someone so at peace with his own arrogance.” Doug Elfman of the Chicago Sun-Times said the show is “a very entertaining public service” that “will make you laugh, make you sick and make you think”. Randy Cordova of the Arizona Republic found Ramsay “just as blustery and foul-mouthed here as he is on Hell’s Kitchen. But he is also oddly endearing, mainly because he genuinely seems invested in the fate of each restaurant”.
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It is not the first time that a contestant on one of Ramsay’s shows has taken their own life: three years ago, Rachel Brown, a chef appearing on another of Ramsay’s shows, Hell’s Kitchen, shot herself in her Dallas home. Neither is it the first time that people who have appeared on TV have subsequently encountered problems in their lives. Of course, no one is suggesting that these deaths are directly related to their appearances on reality TV. But it has sparked a fresh debate about the genre.

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