For the first time ever, after almost one hundred episodes of “Kitchen Nightmares,” a reality television series in which chef Gordon Ramsay is invited by the owners to spend a week with a failing restaurant, Ramsay walked off the show.
The sparks began flying on the “Kitchen Nightmares” May 10 season-finale episode which featured Amy’s Baking Company in Scottsdale, Arizona,” owned by Samy and Amy Bouzaglo.
Ramsay claimed the owners were incapable of listening. In fact, the owners even admitted to having rifled through over 100 employees in a year’s time.
Emotions got so heated between the owners, customers and employees during filming, the police were actually called on the show’s set to intervene.
After the “Kitchen Nightmares” episode, which aired on May 10 and showed the owners yelling and pushing customers, and firing one waitress, Amy’s closed. Social media was ablaze with expressions of disgust with Samy and Amy’s actions.
After the fallout with Ramsay, whose own smug arrogance can be a separate, annoying and unwanted sideshow, Samy and Amy continued their battle with online critics on Facebook.
One comment reads: “You are little punks. Nothing. You are all nothing. We are laughing at you. All of you, just fools. We have God on our side, you just have your sites.
Samy and Amy have since claimed their Facebook, YELP, Twitter and Website have all been hacked.
On a recent radio talk show called Mornings With Monti on My103.8FM, Amy Bouzaglo claimed that a complaint regarding her restaurant lodged on Yelp, along with a three year badgering campaign against her restaurant by Yelpers, prompted Fox’s producers to contact her about doing an episode on “Kitchen Nightmares.”
But Amy claims she agreed to film the show because of the publicity, not because she considered her restaurant to be failing and in need of being rescued.
There was a scene in the episode where Samy admitted to taking servers’ tips, which inspired a petition on Change.org that collected 35,000 signatures to get Amy’s Baking Company to stop taking their servers’ tips.
On the radio show, Amy and Samy deny the claim, insisting they have no servers, only runners and busboys. Amy adds that they’ve received death threats over the tip issue, and have been in contact with local and federal authorities.
According to a May 17 letter from the law firm representing the producers of Fox’s “Kitchen Nightmares,” Samy and Amy may be involved in a contract breach.
“If you disparage the show, its host, or its producers, you will breach your obligations under Paragraph 10 of your Personal Release and Paragraph 14 of your Participant Agreement,” states the letter from the Los Angeles office of Davis Wright Tremaine LLP.
A breach would expose the Bouzaglos to damages of $100,000 each, according to the law firm. And according to a recent AZcentral report, Samy, the co-owner of Amy’s Baking Company is facing deportation.
Salomon “Samy” Bouzaglo, who owns Amy’s Baking Company along with his wife, Amy, is involved in a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement case to revoke his residency status.
Update 8/7 - You can now own your own little piece of Amy’s Baking Company…via tee-shirt.