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Gordon Ramsay's Most Nightmarish Kitchen Nightmares

Updated May 8, 2020 4.4k votes 1.3k voters 44.0k views20 items

List RulesVote up the worst, most unbelievable restaurants on Kitchen Nightmares.

Gordon Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares is a strange beast in the realm of reality TV shows. On one hand, it is a grand, seven-season thesis on how human laziness is more dangerous than outright malice. In every episode, some dynamic of several people saying "not my problem" builds into a massive, life-endangering, business-destroying, family-ruining mess. Worst of all, after Ramsay leaves and the credits roll, over 60 percent of the restaurants go right back to being terrible at everything and close down.

Kitchen Nightmares is also a convincing argument for why Gordon Ramsay needs to be canonized as a modern saint. The level of patience he shows in the face of insane restaurateurs, violent chefs, and vomit-inducing food seems divinely inspired at times. So in honor of the strange case study of humanity that is Kitchen Nightmares, let's rank the worst people on Kitchen Nightmares! After you've binged these episodes, make sure to check out shows like Kitchen Nightmares. Vote up the worst restaurants on Kitchen Nightmares that you would never even consider eating at.

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    897
    60

    Amy's Baking Company: Run by Two Lunatics

    Season 6, Episode 15 (2013)

  • 2
    411
    53

    Dillon's: Serving Rotten, Rat Dropping-Covered Food

    Season 1, Episode 2 (2007)

  • 3
    216
    32

    Fiesta Sunrise: Green, Slimy Chicken

    Season 2, Episode 9 (2008)

  • 4
    206
    34

    The Secret Garden: Literally Made Gordon Throw Up

    Season 1, Episode 10 (2007)

  • 5
    184
    33

    Burger Kitchen: Run by a Thieving Conspiracy Theorist

    Season 5, Episodes 5 and 6 (2011)

  • 6
    166
    34

    Chappy's: The Angriest Chef

    Season 6, Episode 14 (2013)

  • 7
    141
    22

    Seascape: A Kitchen Caked in Filth

    Season 1, Episode 4 (2007)

  • 8
    306
    112

    Casa Roma: In Which Gordon Throws Up Twice

    Season 3, Episode 7 (2010)

  • 9
    139
    30

    Nino's Italian Restaurant: The Delusional Owner

    Season 6, Episode 9 (2013)

  • 10
    193
    63

    Spanish Pavilion: Dead, Reeking Lobsters

    Season 4, Episode 1 (2011)

  • 11
    124
    22

    Finn McCool's: Rotten Meat and a Thuggish Chef

    Season 1, Episode 7 (2007)

  • 12
    94
    15

    Lela's: Why We Don't Have Hot Refrigerators

    Season 1, Episode 8 (2007)

  • 13
    114
    36

    Pantaleone's: The Greasiest Pizza

    Season 7, Episode 2 (2014)

  • 14
    89
    21

    Peter's: Guidos Picking Fights

    Season 1, Episode 1 (2007)

  • 15
    115
    44

    The Black Pearl: Extreme Argumentation

    Season 2, Episode 4 (2008)

  • 16
    78
    20

    La Galleria 33: A Succession of Problems

    Season 6, Episodes 1 and 2 (2012)

  • 17
    63
    14

    Fenwick Arms: Filling Potholes with Gravy

    UK Series 4, Episode 2 (2006)

  • 18
    51
    15

    La Parra De Burriana: The Food Looks Like It Tastes

    UK Series 3, Episode 5 (2006)

  • 19
    82
    45

    Sushi-Ko: Sushi Pizza

    Season 3, Episode 11 (2010)

  • 20
    39
    21

    The Mixing Bowl Eatery: Curse of the Headcase Manager

    Seaon 1, Episode 3 (2007)