Hot Potato Café to be on 'Kitchen Nightmares'

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The Inquirer reports a negative review from Philadelphia Weekly helped bring the popular Gordon Ramsay show Kitchen Nightmares to town to fix the Hot Potato Café:

There's actually plenty of drama, real and possibly, um, processed, at the Hot Potato, where, we're told, a bad review from Philadelphia Weekly had hurt the spud-centric restaurant's business and led the owners to call in Ramsay.

"I'm just so frustrated. Somebody's got to do something here. We're dying," says Claire, who's going to be made to feel worse before she feels better - especially after Ramsay discovers the place has been reheating 3-week-old potato skins straight from the freezer.

It's best, they say, not to see how the sausage gets made, and the same, it seems, goes for the shepherd's pie and potato soup, but those who think of Philadelphia as a pretty good restaurant town may cringe at the direction the spotlight's taking here.

Food critics who strive not to be recognized at the restaurants they're reviewing also may cringe at the decision by a Philadelphia Weekly writer to be filmed on a repeat visit, but his editors may be mollified by Ramsay's suggestion that it's "an influential newspaper . . . [that] closes restaurants, and makes them successful."

Read our original review.

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1. Anonymous said... on Jun 24, 2010 at 03:04PM

“Love the show.. Another great episode Good luck to the nice family 3 sisters and their niece ..”

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2. Paulie said... on Aug 27, 2012 at 02:55PM

“Have 2 say, seen the show 2 day, happy that u guys stuck 2 gether and it worked out 4 u. Also i think ur Chef is hot,!!lol, Hope everything works out for u, and 2 be successful, you have earned that, be safe, take care...... she is hot though,lol,x”

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