Fired manager sues, says Gordon Ramsay faked scenes on US Kitchen Nightmares

A New York City restaurant manager who was fired as a result of Gordon Ramsay’s advice during production on the new US Kitchen Nightmares says that scenes were faked and that he was let go or quit because of Ramsay.

“Martin R. Hyde, a former general manager at Dillons, an Indian-American restaurant in midtown Manhattan” sued Tuesday, and wants “millions of dollars in damages and a court order to stop the show from airing,” the AP reports. The FOX version of the UK show will air this fall.

The lawsuit claims Ramsay “staged events, falsely claiming meat was spoiled, using a defective chair to imply that Dillons’ furniture was shoddy and even hiring actors to pose as customers to make the restaurant look busy at the end of the week.” Hyde also says Ramsay “humiliated him” and “forced him to quit his job to avoid further abuse,” according to the AP.

However, Reuters account of the lawsuit says that Hyde didn’t quit, but “was fired on the show at Ramsey’s behest.” He is now “saying exaggerations about the restaurant’s conditions will destroy its reputation and the good name of the people who worked there.”

FOX had no comment; Ramsay’s spokesperson told the AP only, “It is a reality show and as far as I know it’s [faking scenes] not something they do.”

Incidentally, Ramsay won a libel suit in the UK almost one year ago to the day after someone there claimed that the UK version of Kitchen Nightmares was faked. Libel is much easier to prove in Great Britain than it is in the US, however.

Lawsuit: Celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay faked reality show [AP]
Chef Ramsay sued by restaurant manager over show [Reuters]

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