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Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares: Complete UK Series 1

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The star chef saves failing restaurants from culinary hell

Go behind the scenes at struggling restaurants with Gordon Ramsay, Britain’s most celebrated gourmet. One of the world’s top chefs (with 12 Michelin stars to his name) and three-time winner of a Catey award (the British hospitality industry’s highest honor), Ramsay knows restaurants top to bottom. And he needs every bit of his expertise to rescue these real-life culinary and commercial disasters in just one week.

Foul-tasting food, chaotic kitchens, misguided menus -- Ramsay confronts them all, along with incompetent cooks, boneheaded servers, and painfully obstinate owners. He handles staffers with his profanity-filled, in-your-face style that suffers no fools and spares no egos. Also includes four episodes of Kitchen Nightmares Revisited, in which Ramsay returns to these restaurants on the brink to see whether his shock treatment worked. After just a few episodes of this International Emmy®-winning reality series, you’ll never dine out quite the same again.

DVD FEATURES INCLUDE production notes and biography of Gordon Ramsay.

Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares shares the same sense of tension as cooking contest shows, Iron Chef or Top Chef, but somehow this series beats them all, if you’re looking for something more than a straight view of the chopping block. Whereas the aforementioned programs portray a chef’s extreme duress from the chef’s point of view, Gordon Ramsay offers the best of both worlds by offering an outsider’s business perspective while tying his apron on a few minutes per episode to teach his audience how to cook. The premise of the show is simple: a master chef studded with Michelin stars visits struggling restaurants to business consult and jump start their menus. Scenes alternate between his meetings with the restaurant owners, Ramsay teaching the kitchen members how to cook decent food, and Ramsay in his hotel, venting about his clients’ low competency levels. Started in Britain in 2004 and picked up by Fox television in 2007, this first season of Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares takes place in small town England and Wales. As such, one will learn more than ever thought possible about lamb shank, mushy peas, haddock, Yorkshire puddings, and other hearty foods indicative of that culture. The series opens with a nightmarish glimpse into a filthy kitchen at Bonapartes Restaurant in Silsden, England. Ramsay tries to slap the lazy chef into shape, with sad results. Episode two, "The Glass House," is slightly less disturbing on a hygienic level but exemplifies how structural problems amongst employees can drag a business into the mud. "The Walnut Tree Inn," set in Llandewi Skirrid, South Wales, and "Moore Place," set on a golf course in Esher, England, focus on how tradition can choke out customers who crave new, innovative menus. These two episodes feel especially indicative of the British Isles, as the restaurateurs struggle with how to maintain their reputation while rejuvenating notions of how people want to eat. In "Moore Place," for example, Ramsay recommends Americanizing the menu, to break from the local pub competition. It’s a brilliant business strategy, and it works. Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares also works because of follow-up episodes titled Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares Revisited, in which he tests how long-lasting his suggestions are. If one is interested in not only a straight cooking show, but also in the many facets of running a restaurant, this program is highly educational and fun to watch. --Trinie Dalton

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Product Details

  • Actors: Gordon Ramsay
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated:
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  • Studio: Acorn Media
  • DVD Release Date: March 3, 2009
  • Run Time: 387 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001JXPC0U
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #71,484 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares: Complete UK Series 1" on IMDb

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By Rodney L. Hayes on January 19, 2009
Format: DVD
A great show & the reason I came to love Gordon Ramsay in the first place (from the airings of these episodes on BBC America). These episodes are uncensored, so be prepared to hear F-Bombs droping throughout the shows.

But be warned: If you were lucky enough to pick up "Kitchen Nightmares: Vol. 1", then you already have all the episodes on this release. Volume 1 actually has all the episodes from Series 1 & 2. Volume 2 has all the episodes from Series 3 & 4. Volumes 1 & 2 were a Canadian release & were sold thru Amazon for a short time (Amazon is where I got mine). Sadly, it looks like they are no longer available thru Amazon.

If you don't have Volume 1, then by all means order this Series 1 DVD. If you do have Volume 1, then you are just buying the same episodes that you already have.
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I was always aware of Gordon Ramsay but never watched any of his shows till recently. I have become hooked on the US version of KITCHEN NIGHTMARES. So hooked that I just had to purchase both of the British series that are available. I am so glad I did and cannot praise it enough. Here I am reviewing the complete series one of RAMSAY'S KITCHEN NIGHTMARES. What Ramsay does here is exactly the same as he does in the US version. Restaurants in trouble have contacted him seeking his expertise and help. He goes to them, investigates in depth what problems exist and helps them to see the problems and implement changes that will hopefully stick.

Here is some news. If you enjoy the US version the British version is better in every way. With British television very little is censored and you see and hear everything and it is much more real. You also see how the producers sensationalize the US version which is of course how US television is done. But it is not necessary. By being uncensored you get to see more of the real Gordon Ramsay. He is very tough and very honest while at the same time being very compassionate. The restaurants and their problems speak for themselves. No sensationalizing is necessary. Just make sure you notice how many bleeps there are in the US version for the language is totally unedited here and there is much f----, etc. So be prepared. But what you get is a world class chef showing us the problems that exist in many restaurants. He does an amazing job at this as well as discovering the true positive entity that exists within each restaurant.

Some say each episode is the same. This is in no way true. The premise of the show is that he goes to restaurants and does what he does but each restaurant is a different unique experience.
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Finally, in all it's uncensored glory, the first series of the UK "Kitchen Nightmares" has arrived! The first four original episodes and Gordon's revisits are:

1. Bonaparte's
2. The Glass House
3. The Walnut Tree
4. Moore Place

Bonaparte's is notoriously known to KN watchers as the restaurant whose owner, Sue Ray tried unsuccessfully to sue GR. Also, the young head chef Tim not only served Gordon a rancid scallop, but didn't even know how to make an omlette. The Glass House features one of Gordon's least favorite (and bad risotto making) chefs, Richard. The man seriously had a risotto with pomegranate on the menu. The Walnut Tree, whose owner basically refused to take Gordon's advice is a classic example of a restaurant desperately holding on to past glory. Moore Place was the big purple monster where the deep fryer and microwaves worked longer hours than the kitchen brigade.

It's a great show, with none of the overblown music and 'impending doom' narration of the US version. Bring on Series 2, 3, 4 & 5!
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Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares UK is far superior to it's American counterpart.
In this version Gordon Ramsay acts as the narrator of the show and he spends a great deal of time teaching, cooking, and showing different marketing techniques that could help your restaurant. The style is similar to that of a documentary rather than the reality TV show seen on American televisions.
Although the language is far more coarse in the British version, the actual content is less offensive and volatile.
For the American viewers you will be delighted in the information found in each episode as well as Ramsay's excellent narration. He is a bit fond of the phrase "hemorrhaging cash" as well as taking off his shirt in order to put on his chef's coat each episode, but those oddities eventually turned into a source of affection for me towards the show.
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I caught this one night on tv and was hooked! I love to cook and be in the kitchen, so this was a good fit. Its interesting to get an inside view of some fancy (and some not so) restaurants and see how things work...and well don't.

Ramsay is hard on these people and its good, you can tell he has a love for food and quality! All in all the show is pretty quick paced, with some pretty rough times for these restaurant owners and employees. I will caution you though some of the episodes will make you never wanna eat out again :(

I will be purchasing this on DVD as soon as it releases!
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