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Kitchen Nightmares Where Are They Now

Kitchen Nightmares Where Are They Now

Amy’s Baking Company turned heads and made social media explode after their famous, bizarre, expletive-filled episode on Gordon Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares.See More Related NewsAmy's Baking Company Reacts to Social Media Post-Gordon Ramsay WalkoutIs Your Restaurant in Trouble? 'Kitchen Nightmares' Is Casting!Gordon Ramsay Cancels ‘Kitchen Nightmares’Amy's Baking Company Reacts to Social Media Post-Gordon Ramsay WalkoutAmy’s Baking Company ClosesThe publicity got to be so bad after the episode in 2013 that they had to shut their doors in September 2015. Incidents like owner Samy telling a customer, “Here’s your pizza, go (expletive) yourself!” and Gordon Ramsay walking out on the show went down in reality TV history. But one year since it closed, where are Amy and Samy, the erratic owners of the bakery formerly known as Amy’s Baking Company? AZ Central did some digging on the Scottsdale, Arizona, couple and found that the two have been keeping it relatively low-key. They currently reside in a “posh condominium” in Westwood, California, although real estate records show they still own a home in Arizona. Amy has started up a new baking business called Amy’s Sweet Magic. You can check out the Instagram here, and also buy T-shirts with some of the more famous slogans from their episode on the show. From the website: “Amy can create specialty desserts and cakes for your wedding or your next private or corporate affair that will result in an epic event. If you can dream it, Amy can bring it to life.”
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Kitchen Nightmares Where Are They Now

For most of the business owners on Kitchen Nightmares, Ramsay tries to do the impossible: he tries to turn them into successes. Sure, a very small percent of them can rise to that level. But it’s likely they already had the ability and just needed a kick in the butt to send them in the right direction. But for the majority (at least 60 percent for sure) of those Ramsay provides advice to, they’re beyond help. They shouldn’t be running a business in the first place. And no amount of yelling, F-bombing and shirt changing is going to change that fact.
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Kitchen Nightmares Where Are They Now

Unsurprisingly, the failure rate is highest for restaurants that were featured on the show longest ago; all but two of the restaurants on the first two seasons of the American “Kitchen Nightmares” are now closed. And just six of the 21 restaurants featured on the British version, which ended in 2009, remain open. Of those six survivors, just three are still owned by the same people who owned them when Ramsay stormed through their kitchens.
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Kitchen Nightmares Where Are They Now

If you’re struggling with your business and you have an evening to spare, watch a few old episodes of Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares (I highly recommend the U.K. version on Netflix if only because the settings are nicer and everything sounds better with a British accent). Take a close look at the people trying, and failing, to run their businesses. Can Ramsay ever save them? If he were working with you could he save your business? Or are you part of the 60 percent?

Kitchen Nightmares Where Are They Now

In a YouTube video published on Nov. 5, 2013, Samy is seen in his Scottsdale, Ariz. restaurant speaking with a group of female customers about the couple’s appearance on Kitchen Nightmares.

Kitchen Nightmares Where Are They Now

Most episodes of reality shows about rescuing troubled businesses — “Kitchen Nightmares,” “Bar Rescue,” “Tabatha Takes Over” — follow a story arc as reassuringly predictable as those in “Law & Order.” In the first act, the ornery expert comes into the business and finds a plethora of problems. In the second act, the expert tries to convince the business owner to change, but outside advice is resisted. And in the third act, the business owner finally sees the error of their ways, follows the host’s advice and finds tremendous success.
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Kitchen Nightmares Where Are They Now

The restaurant business is notoriously tough, so we shouldn’t be too surprised that some place that was open and struggling back in 2004, when the U.K. “Kitchen Nightmares” premiered, has since shuttered. But it does take some of the magic out of shows like this. Then again, perhaps we should have stopped believing in that type of magic long ago.
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Kitchen Nightmares Where Are They Now

Charles24 June 2016 at 03:32The food and beverage industry has always been pretty brutal. When I was bartending in the late 80's, many bars had to also start serving food as a major percentage of revenue due to DUI laws promoted by MADD. The first year failure rate for restaurant/bars after these laws took effect was around 80%. It's probably even worse now due to the economy and fewer dollars available for personal entertainment. It won't get any better until the average person has more disposable income. Also many of the older family restaurants in the series that have gone out of business might have been established towards the end of the boomer expansion period, when disposable incomes were higher. They're now victims of a long-term economic downswing. Frankly, the only profitable business model I can see for a first-time food business would be a food-truck. They're quite popular in my local area. ReplyDelete
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The food and beverage industry has always been pretty brutal. When I was bartending in the late 80's, many bars had to also start serving food as a major percentage of revenue due to DUI laws promoted by MADD. The first year failure rate for restaurant/bars after these laws took effect was around 80%. It's probably even worse now due to the economy and fewer dollars available for personal entertainment. It won't get any better until the average person has more disposable income. Also many of the older family restaurants in the series that have gone out of business might have been established towards the end of the boomer expansion period, when disposable incomes were higher. They're now victims of a long-term economic downswing. Frankly, the only profitable business model I can see for a first-time food business would be a food-truck. They're quite popular in my local area.
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Anonymous28 February 2015 at 12:34I think it's wonderful that so many kept open If people are arrogant and bull headed it won't matter what Mr.Ramsey does for them. I've known a few that had restaurant's and they couldn't handle money.They had wonderful reviews, etc. But all they worried about was showing off buying cars and spending money out of the register.This is what the wives told me.In other articles they weren't so kind and used no common sense in judging Ramsey. I think it's jealousy, they seem to enjoy trying to blame him.And bring him down.ReplyDelete
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I think it's wonderful that so many kept open If people are arrogant and bull headed it won't matter what Mr.Ramsey does for them. I've known a few that had restaurant's and they couldn't handle money.They had wonderful reviews, etc. But all they worried about was showing off buying cars and spending money out of the register.This is what the wives told me.In other articles they weren't so kind and used no common sense in judging Ramsey. I think it's jealousy, they seem to enjoy trying to blame him.And bring him down.
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Ian Turnbull24 July 2016 at 00:42Having visited many restuarants, it is no surprise to me that so many restuarants fail. People think they can cook, so they think they can open a restuarant. One restuarnat I visited after its Ramsay make over was Mama Cherrie's on the south coast. We tried the very meal that Ramsay came up with “Soul in a Bowl”, pretty good food, however the service was lousy, I had to go and find staff which were completely absent on the floor our table was on. We never got all we ordered so they didn't make what they could have done from our table. We would not have recommended anyone to go there.ReplyDelete
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Having visited many restuarants, it is no surprise to me that so many restuarants fail. People think they can cook, so they think they can open a restuarant. One restuarnat I visited after its Ramsay make over was Mama Cherrie's on the south coast. We tried the very meal that Ramsay came up with “Soul in a Bowl”, pretty good food, however the service was lousy, I had to go and find staff which were completely absent on the floor our table was on. We never got all we ordered so they didn't make what they could have done from our table. We would not have recommended anyone to go there.
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“We have proven to them that they were like, ‘Oh my God, those people have to be silenced’ because if our story gets out there, what they did to us and what we can prove, they are ruined. They are ruined.”
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The restaurant was purchased and reopened in 2009 with the same name, but with a greater emphasis on being a pub as opposed to being a restaurant. This venture failed as well, and it was put up for sale in 2011 (pictured above). In 2013 it was purchased and reopened with the same name as well. It now functions as a seafood restaurant, and remains open today.

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