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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hes scottish and british i suppose you could say hes a british scotsman born in glasgow and if you listen to his mum in his programmes you will realise hes scottish just thought id clear that up
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The guy was a lazy moron, he should have been fired.
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gordon rocks! he doesnt have to fake it but even if something was staged , they signed up for the show so the owners were sinking in failure n e way so why not up the ratings? i love watching his shows but i wouldnt put myself in front of him with a hot pocket.
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Please!! Yes tv can fake, we all know. The manager looked like he was lost. Was he faking?? He is angry that it all landed on his shoulders. Yes Gordon gets in peoples face too much - he'd could make me cry but these restaurants are horrific & need to be closed, cleaned, etc... If it means firing someone, so be it. OWNERS need to be responsible & run a tight ship & keep it up. People's stomachs & lives depend on it! Jeez!! I actually feel more inclined to eat somewhere that Gordon has "fixed". Kudos to him!!
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I'd tend to believe that his legal department made sure he didn't do anything that could cost them a lawsuit, but you never know. The laws in America are different from Britain and it seems easier to win these kind of suits here. Anyway, I'm hoping he wins here, I love his shows and can't wait to see Kitchen Nightmares here.
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1. He has been sued before and was exonerated.
2. He is showing people and restaurants at their worst.
3. Undoubtedly people have been fired over what has happened on the show.
4. He has maintained a three Michelin star restaurant since 1997 (one of only three chefs in England to achieve this)
5. Why would he need to fake anything on this show? Have any of you eaten out before? There are terrible restaurants everywhere. Not to mention the failure rate for new restaurants.
6. I am sure that these owners want his help without the dressing down that comes with it for their stupidity.

With all this in mind, I am with Gordon on this one.

Mike
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I believe a lawsuit or threat of one happened in the UK version. However, this woman (who eventually went out of business) had a cook who could not even cook an omelet! And the kitchen was horrid--dirty. No way that was faked--that grunge had been there for a long time of bad health practices. Ramsey tried to help the inept cook get his act together, but when he visited a couple of months later, it was back to square one. Ramsey doesn't have to waste his time on restaurants that have no problems--there are plenty that do. Most have to do with a too ambitious menu or bad business practices. Many owners on the show have never worked in, much less managed, a restaurant before they decide to start one. My guess is they realize all their warts are about to be exposed on national TV and panic.

BTW, the cook on that episode LIED to another employer by omitting his working at Bonaparte's Restaurant and was later fired when they found out.

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Maybe this Hyde joker can get that judge out of DC who sued the dry cleaner for $54 million (for a pair of pants) to represent him. After all, losers like these two ought to stick together.
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Gordon Ramsay was born in Glasgow. He does though have a very southern accent from living and working in the south of England for quite some time.

Now, I am looking forward to watching an episode from the US version of this show. So far what I've seen come out of his, and any other brit on US television, is just a lot of anger. It seems it is the only way television execs wish to portray brits in the US. Either that or as criminals in crappy Hollywood flicks. Stereotypes, don't we just love them... Check out the British versions of his shows! Big difference!
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Ramsay is British, not Scottish. Just listen to his accent. I've heard all kinds of accents, and his is clearly British.
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I'm sure some of it is staged and faked (it is TV afterall) but the manager obviously wasn't doing a good job in the first place otherwise the TV crew wouldn't have been in his restaurant!! Go Gordon, I think he is great to watch when he rants and raves!!
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I will bet that the restaurant guy is just pissed about Ramsay swearing at him, or telling him what he's doing wrong. If you watch his shows, he doesn't pull any punches. And he's pissed off a few chefs I'm sure along the way. Of course, now bringing the show to the US, where people sue dry cleaners 56 million dollars for PANTS!
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I like these shows, but I hope they get him for alot of money if that is true, there is creating drama which is phony and fake and planting stuff. Either way at least we don't have to hear stupid actors on reality TV.
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Hi I am new here.I love Gordon's show,but I would never put myself in the position to be treated that way.If others do that is their option and I will gladly watch it.I have worked as a cook and enjoyed my job for the most part.Would never let someone treat me that way.
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All reality shows are fake. Documentaries are the shows that are real.
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They don't fake Rality Television? Ha ha what a laugh!
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Uhhh, you signed up for a show called Kitchen Nightmares. There has to be something wrong with your restaurant to even be selected!
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Not surprised at this at all as Ramsay is a total you know what!
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I'm sure that Hyde has nothing on Ramsey. The guy only wants his 15 minutes of fame & money to recover from his failing restaurant.
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Ramsay is the man!
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I can so believe he faked it- I hope Gordon loses a ton in this lawsuit.
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I LOVE IT SO MUCH....
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I LOVE IT SO MUCH....
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I watched his first show once, and never again. The man had no business dealing with the public whatsoever. And he certainly shouldn't be on TV. Let him stay in his own kitchen at home. I for one have no need to see him belittling people and being rude.
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Who can tell the difference?
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Ramsey is the man, reality tv is fake its all good
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Yeah... If this guy is hoping to get anything out of it, he's an idiot because not ONLY is stuff faked, but that's what we watch these shows for.

The only reason Hell's Kitchen and the like have appeal, is because the REALITY is something that requires an ACTUAL talent, instead of a competition of who can be the biggest a-hole.
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I'm not surprised.
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These shows are all a waste of time and brain cells anyways. I'll never watch one of these "reality" shows. I prefer the Discovery Channel. Mythbusters and Deadliest Catch are the type of reality programing that I enjoy.
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"It is a reality show and as far as I know [faking it is] not something they do." Uh, yeah. That's the biggest crock of BS I've ever heard. "Reality" TV is more fake than scripted TV.
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I think Godhood is right, you always hear about reality shows distorting things. It's not new. It's all about ratings.
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This is nothing new, most reality series distort the truth by faking scenes and even by the way they edit the show. The managers is going to have to prove it, which is very tough to do.
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Geez, i hope Ramsey doesn't find filth in US restuarants like he did in UK. But, i'm still going to watch it.
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the manager was fired and now is trying to get some money out of it...
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i always thought some of the stuff that happens in hell's kitchen was fake
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poor Gordon...
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