Thursday, November 1, 2007

Kitchen Nightmares: Dillons Revisited

Posted By on Thu, Nov 1, 2007 at 2:10 PM

Alas, FOX left us hanging once again this week. If you watched Kitchen Nightmares last night, you saw a repeat of the disaster at Dillons. According to Reuters, it appears Martin "dunderhead" Hyde tried to sue our favorite expletive-spewing chef over that episode:

Ramsey [sic] filmed "Kitchen Nightmares" at Dillons in April and Hyde, who was fired on the show at Ramsey's [sic] behest, says the chef lied about finding rotten meat, hired actors to patronize the restaurant so it would appear Dillons had grown more popular since Ramsay's intervention and unfairly targeted Hyde to capture a confrontation on tape.

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Oh, give it up! Martin's just pissed that his own reputation has become just as tarnished as the restaurant's kitchen was when he managed it. The silence of Dillons' owner tells a much different story.

Dillons' owner, Muhammad Islam, declined to comment on the lawsuit but said the restaurant had improved since Ramsay's visit.

On October 3, the Gothamist reported that "a judge dismissed the case, sent it to arbitration and allowed it to air." And I'm glad he did, because it might be my favorite episode yet. Entertainment Weekly sent a reporter to Dillons a week after the show first aired and said the restaurant appeared spotless and busy. Unfortunately, they didn't archive the snippet on EW's website.

After reading about the inspection, I've reconsidered my rash decision to never eat at Dillons. I'd at least try a few items off its menu -- but if there were any signs of flies or roaches, I'd be outta there faster than you can say: "Gordon Ramsay rules!"

I hope someone from St. Louis applies to be on next season's show. Does anyone have any suggestions of restaurants in town that need some Ramsay-style love?

-Jeanette Kozlowski

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