My Netflix Pix: Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares (UK)

My Netflix Pix: Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares (UK)

Worth It
Sep 13, 2011

Last month I started a new feature called, disinfection My Netflix Pix. If you don’t have Netflix, prostate wake up, it’s 2011. Then go online and save yourself gobs of money by signing up with this amazing entertainment service. Then, check out September’s selection for My Netflix Pix.

Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares (UK edition) is just one of several shows featuring the notorious chef Gordon Ramsay. Like most people, I’ve known of him, but I’ve actually never seen any of his shows. I saw commercials for Hell’s Kitchen and it turned me right off. It looks like Survivor in the kitchen. No thanks. There’s way too many of those shows out there. Same ol’ cliché lighting, cheezy music, false dramatic build up; it all puts a bad taste in my mouth. But then I saw that Netflix Canada recently released all 5 seasons of Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares from the UK. The premise seemed more genuine and interesting — Chef Ramsay is brought in to a failing fine-dining restaurant to figure out and solve the problem(s) in one week’s time. Now this is REAL reality television. The owners are real restauranteurs with real amateur staff and real moody chefs. And their problems are seriously serious. If they “win”, they get to keep their livelihood. If they “lose”, they literally lose their restaurant and everyone’s out of work. It’s the real deal.

From the first episode, I found this show to be truly engaging and addictive. The emotions that these real-life restaurant owners are experiencing become palpable to the viewer. It’s not like Hell’s Kitchen, where the cast is handpicked by a bunch of mischievous T.V. producers to ensure maximum fighting and drama. The situations are real and all they need to add is the cantankerous but brilliant Gordon Ramsay to come in to create great television. From a Michelin-starred, 40 yr. old establishment in the heart of Wales to a genuine Creole dive in lively Brighton, England, all the episodes feature compelling characters, who you want to see succeed. Of course, they, along with their staff, butt heads with Chef Ramsay and the drama is inevitable yet unforced. Add to that, amazing (and I do mean, amazing) culinary dishes from one of the world’s most popular chef’s and this show makes you hungry for more.

So, this week, if you’re not sure what to watch on Netflix, pull a seat up to the table and enjoy a feast of entertaining television with Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares.

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  1. Not anymore. It appears that Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares has just disappeared from Netflix. And any evidence that we watched in the past has disappeared as well. Creepy. Like 1984.

    • Yikes! That sucks. I suppose they have to remove programming based on licensing deals, etc… Oh well, as much of a shame as it is, they’re always adding great new content.

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