After dealing with pretentious owners, terrible food and poorly run restaurants, Gordon Ramsay uncovered our biggest fears of going out to eat. From moldy ingredients to reheating food that was make weeks before it came to the table, Kitchen Nightmares revealed the true horrors behind failing restaurants in America.
Lending his time and resources to these local restaurants he tried to turn around some of the biggest challenges he ever faced in the kitchen. But how many was he actually able to rescue from the brink of extinction?
In the 7 seasons, Ramsay visited 77 restaurants. Of those, 54 have closed, 21 are still open, 2 have moved and 2 were sold.
But what's to blame? Some people say it's poor owners and management that just didn't take the Michelin star restaurateur's advice. Others had financial issues, where debts just kept piling up and they had no choice but to close their doors.
It's no surprise that Ramsay visited some of the most terrible restaurants in America on the show, but his reactions when he tasted some of their signature dishes were priceless.
"Pinwheel? I feel like doing a cartwheel out of here"
"That looks like the inside of a diaper"
"If that's a lasagna, then I'm the pope"
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There were some unforgettable episodes where Ramsay couldn't help but lose his temper and scream profanities.
There aren't enough words for Amy's Baking Company out of Scottsdale, AZ.
This was the first restaurant that Gordon walked out on and the story went viral after that.
Amy and Sammy responded to people on Facebook by calling them names.
The restaurant officially closed on September 1, 2015, 3 years after the episode aired.
Continue to the next page to see how the other restaurants did.
From Season 1 and 2 none of the 21 restaurants he visited remain open today. In 2010, 3 of the 11 restaurants were able to stay in business including Le Bistro in South Florida.
Now voted Best Restaurant in North Borward in 2016, it scores 4 stars on Yelp based on 81 reviews.
With food stuck in the 80's when the show started, Gordon was able to introduce a new sign, new colors, a new menu and a relaunch which clearly helped this business.
In season 4, 5 of the 12 restaurants remain open, while in season 5, 6 of the 14 he visited are still operating. In season 6 and 7 Gordon visited 19 restaurants in total and there are 7 still open today.
With tempers flaring, it was obvious that some of these establishments were beyond repair, even for the Hell's Kitchen chef.