Wednesday, 30 November 2016

Has Gordon Ramsay Ever Liked The Food on Kitchen Nightmares?

We've all enjoyed watching Gordon Ramsay bravely sampling the food on Kitchen Nightmares, he's loved some dishes but mostly he's hated the food he's been served, he's prayed to the food poisoning God's to survive, he's spat the food out and even vomited on occasion. I'm always asked whether Gordon has ever liked any of the food he samples on Kitchen Nightmares so for your reading pleasure is a summary of Gordon's opinions on the food, with some of his famous zingers! It's not often that Gordon likes the food but there are some dishes he has liked and even loved! 

The Mixing Bowl - Liked the crab cakes -  Gordon orders the "award winning" Maryland crab cakes, a zuchini pancake and seared Atlantic salmon. The crab cakes were unexpectedly fresh, good but not award winning and the zuchini pancakes were stodgy, bland and thick - like a "mouthful of glue". The seared salmon was bland and the sauce was heavy, soggy and vinegary with "garlic everywhere". Note: Contrary to what Mike said, there was in fact garlic on the string beans and no shallots, at all.

Handlebar - Liked the chowder - Gordon orders the soup of the day, New England clam chowder, the seafood crepe and the filet mignon fondue. The chowder was "nicely seasoned, very tasty and perfect for a winter's day". The seafood crepes are rubbery, the scallops were firm, the prawns overcooked and the crab meat is plastic, imitation crab meat - Gordon brands it a "seafood crap". The filet fondue was rancid, pointless and a joke. Note: Throwing salt over your left shoulder will not protect you from food poisoning, it will make a grown woman sob however. 

Bazzini - Liked the dessert - Gordon doesn't order from a menu, he allows Paul to choose his best dishes for him. He is served a number of dishes. The fettuccine is cold and bland and the chicken Milanese is like an elephants foot, it is hard, dry and a mess. The risotto is stuck to the plate and doesn't even move, it tastes of mush and is absolutely disgusting. The almond crusted tilapia is served with a boob of rice and the tilapia is greasy and bland. Gordon orders a slice of two of Sharyn's desserts, the cheesecake and carrot cake. Gordon loves the desserts, he brands the carrot cake delicious and even asks for the recipe.

Sante Le Brea - Gordon did not like the food, Tubs enjoyed the turkey patty - Gordon orders the turkey patty melt, Moga Dufu and blackened salmon. The turkey patty melt does not look healthy, it's dry and disgusting but Tubs the dog loved the turkey patty, even having seconds. The moga dufu is a joke, the rice is cooked to hell and overall, it's shocking. The blackened salmon is very blackened, disgusting and dry, it taste's too fishy as if not properly stored. 

Peter's - Did not like the food - Gordon orders the crab cake and lobster ravioli. The crab cake has a terrible looking salad with rotten bits and the crab cake itself is cold in the middle, "gross" and isn't fresh crab. The lobster ravioli is covered in parsley and the lobster is "baby food inside gunk". Note: Gordon's comments on the over garnishing of parsley causes a nuclear fallout in the kitchen before he had even set down his fork.

Dillon's - Did not like the food - Gordon orders the assorted vegetable appetisers , lamb biriani and beef bhuna from the Indian menu and the salmon nicoise from the american menu. The vegetable appetiser looks like a "dehydrated turd" and he discovers there is meat inside. The dry beef bhuna turns out to be lamb and the lamb biriani is garnished with a rotten tomato rose. The salmon nicoise looks like a doormat and he refuses to eat it, insisting the manager eats it. He tells the owner to tell the chef "in a very nice way that his food is sh*t". Note: Dillon's meals come with a dirty plate and winged dining companions.

Seascape - Did not like the food - Gordon orders the crab cakes, pesto lobster ravioli and Atlantic salmon, blackened. The crab cakes have "parsley everywhere", fall apart, taste frozen and "they've got it wrong on the menu, it's not a crab cake, it's a crap cake. Because I feel if I eat any more I'll be crapping for the next 105 years." The pesto lobster ravioli is soggy with a strange taste inside. The Cajun salmon is served with pesto which has separated and curdled and "looks like an oil slick". The salmon itself is solid and dry. Note: Gordon's "whisper" to the server of "there's a really bad smell in here" and her ever so casual response of "it's sewage". RUN FOR THE DOOR GORDON!

The Olde Stone Mill - Did not like the food -  Gordon orders the crab cake, shrimp, chopped salad, risotto and tilapia en papillote. The crab cake tastes really strange with a sour mayonnaise taste, the shrimp is a first (no elaboration) and the chopped salad looks like it's been squashed in an ice cream cone and laughs when the funnel is bought out, he begs the cameraman to "please don't make me eat any more of this sh*t". The tilapia looks like someone's had "a sh*t in the bag and stuck it in the oven"/"it had come out of a babies diaper" and the taste is pretty gross whereas the risotto sticks to the top of your mouth. Gordon concludes that his 8 year old daughter could cook better. Note: Waitress Jean likes blonde men and don't chew gum when serving Gordon, he disapproves. 

Sebastian's - Did not like the foodGordon orders calamari, New York strip and he lets Sebastian choose a pizza for him. The calamari are frozen and lead to Gordon asking the waitress for a sick bag. The House Special "Popeye Pizza" has a soggy base and he questions the freshness of the dough, later confirmed by Sebastian as flash frozen. The New York Strip "looks like a can of dog food, what an embarrassment to a New York strip steak". Note: Nobel Prize in literature for anyone who can understand Sebastian's menu. 

Finn McCool's - Did not like the foodGordon orders the spring roll, salmon and a shepherds pie. The spring roll is bizarre looking and Gordon says the customers who like them must be drunk. The salmon has a balsamic reduction drizzle, "the sign of an insecure Chef" and is horrible and doesn't taste of salmon at all. The shepherds pie is "a big ball of grease", is disgusting and Gordon rushes to the toilet and we hear retching, potential vomit situation.  Note: It is unclear whether Brian put balsamic vinegar on the shepherds pie, although his mischievous grin suggests he may have...

Lela's - Did not like the food - Gordon orders a bowl of the soup of the day, chicken nachos and rack of lamb with a chocolate mint sauce, he tries to order shrimp nachos, shrimp cocktail and salmon but they don't have it. The soup tasted like it was canned and questions why a chef can't make something as simple as a tomato soup. The nachos weren't made fresh in the morning, they were made yesterday. Gordon asks where the lamb is before refusing to eat it after discovering it it frozen. He asks for a fresh dessert but an argument breaks out when the brownies have all been eaten. Note: Chivas is a whiskey brand, not to be confused with chives. Diamonds on my Fish failed to chart on the Billboard 100. 

Campania - Did not like the food -
Gordon orders the tortellini soup, ravioli and the pistachio and cranberry coated breast of chicken. The soup was bland, tasteless with bought in tortellini. There is too much garlic in the sauce for the ravioli and the chicken "looks like a bison's tongue" and is dry and overcooked. 

The Secret Garden - Did not like the food -  Gordon orders the strawberry and garlic shrimp salad and steak.  The shrimp salad is disgusting, the prawns are stone cold and undercooked. The steak was "tough as old boots" and the carrots raw, "fine if you're a rabbit" and the shoe string potatoes were a deep fat fried mess on top.

Giuseppi's - Did not like the food - Gordon orders the eggplant rollantini, potato skins and octopus salad. The octopus is like rubber and "a mouthful of hubba bubba." The potato skins had hideous, plastic cheese on them. The eggplant rollantini was bland, milky, spongy and piping hot, as if microwaved. 

Trobiano's - Did not like the food - Gordon orders the early bird special, the eggplant tower, the chicken wrapped shrimp and the "2 for 1" salmon with spaghetti. The egg plant tower is ghastly, stone cold and tasteless. The chicken wrapped shrimp confuses Gordon and the shrimp is rock hard. The salmon is "dry and absolutely hideous". 

Black Pearl - Did not like the food - Gordon orders a bowl of chowder, mussels Bangkok, mac and cheese lobster and all three lobster rolls (Maine, Connecticut, New York City). The chowder is watery, the mussels Bangkok will burn your mouth off and the lobster mac and cheese is chewy and rich.  The Connecticut roll is horrible, soaking wet and like eating a wet diaper, the Maine is not seasoned and bland and he doesn't even taste the New York City roll. 

J Willy's - Did not like the food - Gordon orders the loaded potato pizza, famous ribs and the pulled pork cheese boat. The pizza is the strangest pizza Gordon has ever seen, even stranger is that it is filled with ranch dressing aka wallpaper paste. The ribs are coated in a generic sauce that destroys the flavour and have not been trimmed, Gordon gets a mouthful of fat, grease and cartilage. The pulled pork sandwich is covered in an processed "glue" cheese, it's ghastly, sweet, tastes of nothing and "pulled straight outta the bin". Note: Saving a holy man from a terrible pulled pork sandwich does not guarantee entry to Heaven. 

Hannah and Mason's - Did not like the food - Gordon orders the baked onion soup,  quiche and lamb lollipops. The onion soup is zero out of ten for presentation, greasy and caked with cheese and bread. The soup is tasteless and tastes like "the dregs from the dishwasher." The lamb is undercooked, cold in the middle and hideous and the sauce is extremely sweet like a caramel. The quiche has collapsed as if it's been left out of the fridge and the salad is old. 

Jack's Waterfront - Did not like the food - Gordon orders the krab omelette, honey pecan salmon and fish and chips. The omelette was rubber and tasteless and was going straight in the trash. The fish and chips was rubbery, Gordon says "it's almost like you've got a breaded condom in your mouth." The honey pecan salmon was absolutely disgusting and overly sweet, Gordon brands it one of the worst salmon dishes he has ever eaten.

Sabatiello's - Did not like the food - Gordon orders the wedding soup (soup of the day), lasagne and the New York Strip. The soup was hideous, bland, a mish mash of vegetables boiled to death with grey, anaemic meatballs. He says he'd rather get divorced and then discovers it is yesterday's soup. The lasagne looks like it's been dropped, tastes hideous, synthetic and is not home made. The steak is tough, not seasoned and greasy. He brands the food as poor overall. 

Fiesta Sunrise - Did not like the food - Gordon orders the combination number 1 and fajitas. The burrito looks like "someone has been sick on my plate" with dry chicken that tastes like it's been cooked weeks ago. The rice looks old as if it's leftover from Christmas and older than Gordon. 

Cafe 36 - Did not like the food - Gordon orders the wild mushroom risotto, duck, orange and strawberry salad and the crepe of the day, a salmon crepe. The risotto is mush, salty and it disintegrates in your mouth. The duck salad is a bizarre combination that doesn't work. and the salmon crepe is the "crap of the day", it's mushy, hideous and absolutely shocking. 

Hot Potato Cafe - Did not like the food - Gordon orders the hot potato soup, spud skins and shepherds pie. The hot potato soup was thick,  looks a mess, tastes like lumps of glue, bland and was an embarrassment.  The spud skins are frozen from 3 weeks ago and taste dreadful. The shepherds pie was a huge portion with two thirds of potato and the minced lamb is greasy. 

Flamangos - Did not like the food - Gordon orders the ahi tuna,  flaming tiki platter and the filet mignon. The tuna is extremely hot and an embarrassment to tuna. The platter is spat out by Gordon after he gets the meat stuck on the decorative centre piece. The flaming filet Mignon is served table side by Bill, which shocks Gordon. The steak is chewy, the toughest he has ever tasted in his life. 

Mojito - Did not like the food - Gordon orders the chicken classic soup and the tilpia marinara . The soup comes out quickly and is cold, Gordon sends the soup back. The beans are extremely salty, even Chef Marcello winces upon tasting them. The tilapia is raw and is sent back to the kitchen. 

Lido Di Manhattan - Did not like the food - Gordon orders the baked eggplant roll, the spicy ahi tower and the tortellini pasta salad. The eggplant roll is spat out by Gordon, the eggplant is raw and piled in grease. The spicy ahi tower is compressed as if made two days ago, the tuna doesn't taste fresh - it's grainy, furry, tastes frozen and is gross. The chicken tortellini salad tastes like rubber, is hideous and is also stone cold. 

Le Bistro - Did not like the food - Gordon asks Andy to show off his food instead of him ordering from the menu. Gordon is served Duck Rillette, which is sent back after Gordon bites into cartilage and a bone and the lamb curry roll is rubbery. 

Casa Roma - Did not like the food - Gordon orders the stuffed mushrooms, Monte Crisco sandwich and a medium Casa Roma Deluxe pizza and waits an hour for his food. The stuffed mushrooms are soggy, tasteless, taste frozen and very watery.  The Monte Crisco sandwich has powdered sugar on top and is dripping in fat. The Deluxe pizza has so thick dough that it is raw in the middle. 

Mama Rita's - Did not like the food - Gordon orders the tamales, chimichangas and burrito. The tamale is like a soaking wet newspaper and dry, no surprise as it is prepared in bulk and then steamed to order. The Chimichangas are dry again, he brands them Chimi-chuck-it-in-the-bin. The steak burrito is disgusting and looks like a diaper, it is like eating wet cardboard. He insists the server tastes the burrito and he is seen repeatedly spitting into the bin in disgust. 

Anna Vincenzo'sDid not like the food - Gordon orders the Salmon DiVino salad, Snapper Anna and a Favorito Del Nonna pizza . The salad looks like a f-ed up version of a science lab, the salmon is dry and over cooked and it tastes like cardboard. The Snapper Anna looks like a dogs dinner and tastes of mush. Gordon asks Michael to taste and he says it tastes soggy and needs to be baked a little longer. The pizza is soggy in the middle, bland and dreadful. 

FlemingDid not like the food - Gordon is presented with a complimentary Cru D'ete plate and orders Gravlax, Frikadelle and the Grandfather Duck . The Cured Salmon Gravlax is hideous, overdone and tastes like fly paper, there is a fly on the plate. The Frikadelle is mushy, bland, disintegrates but easy on the dentures. The Grandfather Duck looks like it was roasted a couple of days ago,  isn't moist and the worst of the dishes. 

Sushi KoDid not like the food - Gordon orders the miso, Sushi Pizza, Green Tower and Salmon Sashimi. The miso soup doesn't taste fresh, isn't warm and very salty. The green tower comes with a grey hair and he refuses to eat it and the sashimi tastes frozen and chewy. The sushi pizza is rancid and Gordon spits it out branding it an insult to pizza and sushi. 

Spanish Pavilion Did not like the food -  Gordon orders the lobster bisque, paella marinara and garlic chicken. The lobster bisque looks disgusting, tastes very creamy and like the lobster was dead before it was cooked. The garlic chicken is swimming in oil and the chicken tastes dry and dreadful and the paella is badly seasoned and overcooked. 

Classic American - Did not like the food - Gordon orders the Fried Calamari Caesar Salad, the Bomb Burger and Mac & Cheese. The Mac & Cheese is gross and a mouthful of goo, it tastes pre made. The Fried Calamari is soft and chewy and tastes frozen. The bomb burger is unseasoned and the meat chewy. 

PJ's Steakhouse - Did not like the food - Gordon orders the crab cakes, shrimp and garlic ravioli and the filet mignon. The crab cakes looks like someone has spat on the plate and like a piece of art, it is disgusting and rancid, served with a piece of plastic. The filet mignon was tough and served with raw onions. The ravioli looks like the biggest pile of s*** ever to be served in Queens and is disgusting and tart.

Grasshopper Also - Did not like the food - Gordon orders the french onion soup, shepherds pie and fisherman's platter. The french onion soup is dreadful like sliced onions in dish water.The shepherds pie has gravy on the top and is actually a cottage pie as made with beef, it has cold congealed gravy that is like glue. The fisherman's platter is soft, bland and rubbery. 

Davide - Did not like the  food - Gordon orders the eggplant involtini di melanzane, table side Caesar salad, lobster ravioli and rack of lamb. The Caesar salad takes 8 minutes, the salad has just been washed so the dressing runs off the salad. The eggplant is soggy, spongy and under cooked, it was cooked 3 weeks ago. The ravioli is filled with goo, nasty and is store bought. The rack of lamb has a burnt crust, the garlic is bitter and Gordon can't taste the lamb. 

Down City - Did not like the food - Gordon orders room service from the hotel next doot which unknown to him was done by the restaurant. He ordered the soup and crab cakes, the soup was stone cold and grainy and the crab cakes were mush and cold in the middle. In the restaurant he orders calamari, 3 way nachos and meatloaf - the calamari is soaking wet, chewy and is spat out quickly and the nachos are a mess, more like a funeral in your mouth than a party. The meatloaf isn't even hot and is a chunk of solid stodge. 

Cafe Tavolini - Did not like the food - Gordon orders meatball salad, stuffed clams and salmon, the meatball salad is a mess, soggy and gross and the stuffed clams have no clams only breadcrumbs. The salmon is under cooked and stone cold in the middle, the rice is an insipid gloop. 

Kingston Cafe - Did not like the food - Gordon orders the Jamaican patties and jerk chicken . The patties are soggy as the pastry is raw and the sauce is gross. The jerk chicken has the same sauce and he asks for it to be taken away, the chicken is cold and overcooked bland rice. 

La Frite - Did not like the food - Gordon orders the La Frite Salad, seafood crepe and Quiche Lorraine. The salad is a large portion but the sauce is acidic and overpowering, the seafood crepe is hideous, hot in the middle and stone cold on the sides, the quiche is microwaved and he doesn't even taste it. 

Capri Did not like the food - Gordon orders a meatball sandwich, pizza and chicken scarpiello. The meatball sandwich has bought in meatballs that has been microwaved, the pizza has so many toppings on it, it is gunk and the chicken smells as it is old. 

Work in progress. 

See also: The Worst Kitchens on Kitchen Nightmares & 

Your Favourite Kitchen Nightmares Moments


  1. Great list! I recall him liking Momma Cherri's Soul Food Shack.

    1. I think that's not on here because that's the UK version. Which I think is better without all the stupid background music that fox adds to the US version.

  2. What I want to know is -- how are the establishments found (or do they find Ramsay??) and who pays for the incredible make-overs in hotels and restaurants?? I cannot find the answers to these questions anywhere!

    1. as i figured out while watching KN is that the owners of the restaurants send videos asking for help and I guess Gordon and/or his team choose which ones they'd like to help. As for the make-overs I don't know. I always thought that the production paid for these things because I think most of the owners wouldn't be able to afford them.

    2. When he names a supplier, like he does for new plates / cutlery, computer software, the supplier picks up the cost as a product placement. Otherwise the show pays for it.

    3. They are found by audition (if you watch the end, they sometimes say 'if your restaurant has turned into a kitchen nightmare, contact us on ___'), Gordon would not be the one picking the places he goes to, it is based 100% on the sale-ability of the restaurant's 'nightmare'. They probably have marketing people who will look at the owner's temperament (I would assume background checks are mandatory, you don't want to send Gordon Ramsay and a camera crew into a business where the owner did ten years for violent assault), the state of the kitchen, the reviews (they don't visit many places where the service is terrible, eg. 'waiter was rude but the food was good'), and they would have to take into some account the size of the restaurant as they would have at least two cameras, a sound guy, Gordon and staff.

      makeovers are funded by the show or the company supplying the items. A lot of the makeovers aren't too crazy expensive (paint and new chairs, a lot of the tables are covered with tablecloths rather than being replaced), 'local art' is something they feature a lot of, and that's often donated by the artists themselves because of the business boom that happens during the filming, after the filming, and after the airing of the episode. When he fixes up a kitchen, it's usually product placement, and it would have also been super easy to get the plate replacements for that one hoarder guy, because Gordon literally shattered all his plates and gave him the placed brand, which implies that the brand is better than ANY assortment of plates that the guy had.

  3. Yes that one I remember too. He loved everything she made and showed it was lack of organisation and marketing that was her problem, not the food.

  4. Monte Cristo sandwiches are supposed to have a light dusting of powered sugar (aka icing sugar) on top.

  5. With the money he makes off the show I would imagine production covers the tab


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