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Drama . Reality-TV

A Italian restaurant in Woodland Park has problems including a head chef that has no idea what he's doing and a team of staff with low morale.

Episode Title: Mangia Mangia Pt. 1
Airs: 2014-04-25 at 09:00 pm
  • Aaron Barnhart

    Since CBS doesn’t want us to see "Kid Nation" in advance, I guess I’ll just have to declare Kitchen Nightmares the best new reality show of the fall.

    Kansas City Star Full Review
  • Doug Elfman

    As usual, he's demanding, brutal and fearless. He repeatedly insults egotistical managers and chefs and yells, "Just smell that for me!" And they do.

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
  • Alynda Wheat

    Mary Poppins it ain't--which is fine because the snooty broad couldn't begin to handle this. [21 Sep 2007, p.74]

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Phil Gallo

    Kitchen Nightmares is shockingly good storytelling and hilarious. This may be the most compelling show of the new season

    Variety Full Review
  • Randy Cordova

    He is just as blustery and foul-mouthed here as he is on "Hell's Kitchen." But he is also oddly endearing, mainly because he genuinely seems invested in the fate of each restaurant.

    Arizona Republic Full Review
  • David Hinckley

    This show is more entertaining than most unscripted series, but that praise doesn't raise the heat high enough.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Robert Lloyd

    It is loud and manipulative and ugly to behold, but it isn't dull.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Ginia Bellafante

    The subtext of Kitchen Nightmares is that ordinary middle-class business owners need brash and brilliant moguls to save them from a sad reliance on their own mediocrity. It is an ugly message that Mr. Ramsay makes undeniably hypnotic.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Ray Richmond

    Kitchen Nightmares pushes all of the proper emotional buttons to draw we viewers in. But we're never for a moment able to suspend the notion that we, the audience, are being played.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Mike Duffy

    If you like watching culinary train wrecks, this is your show.

    Detroit Free Press Full Review
  • Maureen Ryan

    Leave it to Fox to take something the Brits did pretty well and muck it up.

    Chicago Tribune Full Review
  • Glenn Garvin

    The show's boorishness is exceeded only by its dissimulation; not one frame of this thing--from the diners who seem not to notice that their table is surrounded by camera crews to the melodramatically villainous managers--is remotely believable.

    Miami Herald Full Review

  • british man

  • bleeped dialogue

  • recap segment

  • constructive criticism

  • swearing

  • losing one's temper

  • narration

  • advice

  • celebrity chef

  • shouting

  • scotsman

  • incompetence

  • two word title

  • reference to gordon ramsay

  • lifestyle

  • based on british tv series

  • non fiction

  • failing business

  • briton abroad

  • confrontation

  • food

  • restaurant owner

  • restaurant

  • chef

  • kitchen

  • re launch

  • restaurant customer

  • restaurant manager

  • restaurant kitchen

  • restaurant business

  • yelling