Chef Ramsay in hot legal water

Fiery Scottish celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay, of Hell's Kitchen fame, is getting grilled by a former Manhattan restaurant manager. Martin R. Hyde, who used to run the Indian-American eatery Dillons in New York City, is suing the foul-mouthed cook for fraud, reports the Associated Press.

Dillons was featured in the new reality show Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares, which sees Ramsay take control of a floundering restaurant and turn it into a success in a week.

However, Hyde claims that Ramsay and the production team faked scenes, forced Hyde to quit, and hired extras to fill seats and make Dillons look like a success at the conclusion of the week. The lawsuit also says that Ramsay incorrectly claimed meat was spoiled and that a defective chair was planted to show the establishment's shoddy furniture.

Hyde is seeking monetary compensation and is asking that the show not be aired. Representatives for Ramsay say they have not yet reviewed the lawsuit and told the AP, "It is a reality show and as far as I know [faking it is] not something they do."

The chef previously won a libel suit against a British newspaper, which also claimed Ramsay fixed his show.

Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares is scheduled to debut in the US this fall on Fox. Ramsay has tasted success on reality TV before, with the surprise hit Hell's Kitchen--which sees Ramsay flambé, berate, and eliminate aspiring chefs--last year. Both Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares and Hell's Kitchen are yet more reality imports from the UK.

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