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Throwback Thursday: Kitchen Nightmares (2007-2014)

Change is never easy. Sometimes, we have to get knocked down before we can realize that it is necessary if we are to thrive.

Kitchen Nightmares aired between 2007 and 2014. This reality show followed celebrity Chef Gordon Ramsay as he helps failing restaurants become successful. As with Restaurant: Impossible and Bar Rescue, his first introduction never goes well. He then works with the owners and the staff to improve the restaurant while his team does a complete makeover on the building itself. By the end of the episode, it looks like all of the issues have been sorted out and there is nothing but blue skies ahead.

Like all reality television, I have to question if what I m seeing is legit or has been manipulated to keep eyeballs on the screen. But, I will say that Ramsay is a compelling person to watch. He does genuinely care about the people he helps, even when he seems to be at his whits end.

Do I recommend it? Yes.


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Flashback Friday-Bar Rescue (2011-Present)

On the surface, working for yourself and opening your own business seems like the perfect antidote to the drudge of the 9-5 corporate world. But the reality is different than the image of the surface. Most businesses close within ten years of opening their doors.

The television show Bar Rescue (2011-Present) aims to change that. Based on the UK show of the same name, the premise of the show is to help the owners of failing bars keep their doors open. Hosted by Jon Taffer, owners turn to Taffer and his team to discover why their bar is failing and provide help to keep it open. The resolution often includes the firing of staff, changes of policy and alteration of the menu.

Though Bar Rescue is a reality show, it’s interesting. As a viewer, you root for the bar owner, hoping that they will heed Taffer’s advice and do everything they can to keep their establishment open. But, as the old saying goes, G-d helps those who helps themselves.

I recommend it.

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