Kitchen Nightmares is pretty much fake and Gordon Ramsay is full of farm-to-table baloney (at least it better be farm-to-table because we are sending this back if it wasn’t stripped right off the bone 20 minutes ago).
For the better part of a decade, the name "Gordon Ramsay" would have had your average line cook cowering in fear – unless, of course, your average line cook actually worked with Ramsay in real life. As it turns out, the terrifying TV chef who made a career out of mercilessly screaming at kitchen staff is a regular ol' nice guy and a living testament to how Kitchen Nightmares is faked.
Kitchen Nightmares behind the scenes is a pretty different show – a show where incompetent servers are hired by the production team and Ramsay definitely isn't yelling his head off until someone screams "action." The world was a tipped off to his nice guy attitude when he started doling out deadpan food reviews on Twitter. He clearly takes his massively exaggerated public persona with a grain of salt (in a smart 280 characters or fewer).
Since Kitchen Nightmares ended in 2014, Gordon's let up on the cursing a little bit (he works with kids now on MasterChef Junior) and former contestants have spoken out on the truth about Kitchen Nightmares. For better or worse, Kitchen Nightmares proved to be the perfect slice of reality TV – highly exaggerated, full of drama and, in some cases, flat-out fake. Here's everything you don't know.
Gordon Ramsay Is Actually A Super-Sensitive, Nice Guy
Ramsay's Hot Temper Is Hammed Up For TV Ratings
The Producers Hire Actors To Play Kitchen Staff
Sometimes, The Food Isn't Even Actually Gross
Producers Tell Restaurant Owners To Argue With Ramsay
Restaurant Owners Barely Interact With Ramsay