Features Ramsay swooping into a restaurant on the verge of collapse and spending a week in save mode. Then he comes back after a few months to see the results of his coaching. Will the restaurant survive?
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Features Ramsay swooping into a restaurant on the verge of collapse and spending a week in save mode. Then he comes back after a few months to see the results of his coaching. Will the restaurant survive?

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During filming of the pilot episode, the producers still hadn't decided what to call the series, and were considering various choices including "Kitchen S.O.S." and "Ramsay to the Rescue". During the filming of the follow-up visit to Bonaparte's, Gordon Ramsay exasperatedly commented that "This is a living fucking nightmare!" after finding the restaurant in an even worse state than when he first arrived, which gave the inspiration for the show's final title. See more »

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A cooking reality show (or in fact a reality show) that's WATCHABLE?
28 May 2016 | by (Valhalla) – See all my reviews

Usually I'm unbiased to as many genres of media as possible however reality TV Shows are probably the only ones that to me just say "Oh god no! Why watch this when there's so much better things on television", "it's obviously scripted" and other such things. Usually I can't stand shows like My Kitchen Rules, Masterchef, Come Dine With Me and... point is while I don't regularly watch them I can keep going with listing bad reality shows for really long... This on the other hand is probably the one I'd recommend.

The set-up has had inferior copies but I'll say it anyway. Gordon Ramsey looks around for restaurants that are failing and spends about a single week with them to turn their business around and correcting poor presentation, passion-less cooks, dirty storage, rude restaurant owners, bizarre design choices for the restaurant among many other things.

Okay, while I will say it's staged, sometimes very much so I'll say this is the first time I steered away from the thought of it being scripted the entire time and I'll say a large part of that is that it honestly DOESN'T feel scripted most of the time. I also think a large part of what makes this entertaining is Ramsay himself but here it serves him to be more entertaining than in Hell's Kitchen or something because here he's an adviser and it's actually pretty funny when a failing restaurant owner doesn't take advice and outright argues with Ramsay and understandable when he rants. I'd also say in Hell's Kitchen it's more of a boss acting terribly to his staff. I'm also going to say out of all the hosts for a reality show Ramsay is probably m,y favourite (I like him, so he wins by default).

I don't really know on what other merits to judge it. The lead is likable, the situations are entertaining even when it does feel scripted or planned and it is fun to watch. I wouldn't say this is for everyone but of all the cooking based reality shows, this and it's other counterpart also starring Ramsey are my favourites.


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