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.

Throwback Thursday: Restaurant: Impossible (2011-2016)

The statistics when it comes to the success of small businesses is startling. In the US, most small businesses fail within ten years of opening their doors.

Robert Irvine was trying to change those odds, one restaurant at a time.

Restaurant: Impossible aired on the Food Network from 2011-2016. The premise of the show was to Irvine had two days to help a failing restaurant not only survive, but thrive. The drama comes from the either the owners or the staff, who for any number of reasons, are resisting the changes that Irvine is suggesting.

Restaurant: Impossible is one of those shows that I enjoyed. Robert Irvine reminds me of the tough teacher in school. They were not tough on you because they could be, they were tough on you because they wanted you to succeed.  Irvine was tough on the restaurant owners and staff not because he can be, but because he wants them to succeed.

I recommend it.

 

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