Woah, someone needs to calm down and get off Facebook. Amy's Baking Company, which made headlines thanks to a recent Kitchen Nightmares episode where Gordon Ramsay walked out on the team, has gone to Facebook to react to the media backlash, Eater notes, and the results aren't pretty.
The husband-and-wife team of Amy and Samy Bouzaglo, who proved too delusional to have Ramsay save their Scottsdale, Ariz., restaurant, are freaking out on Facebook over Reddit and Yelp comments, posting status updates in all caps calling online reviewers all sorts of names. Sample posts include "I AM WONDER WOMAN. I AM A GREAT CHEF, A GREAT WIFE, AND A GREAT MOM TO MY KIDS. AND WE WILL BE PARENTS TO A HUMAN KID, ONE DAY TO. WE WILL SHOW ALL OF YOU," as well as "You are all little punks. Nothing. you are all nothing. We are laughing at you. All of you, just fools. We have God on our side, you just have your sites."
It would all seem like a parody, unless you actually watched the two episodes posted on YouTube. Samy has also written that he is noting the names of posters, promising that, "We will be pursuing action against you legaly [sic], and against reddit and yelp, for this plot you have come together on. you are all just punks."
The show revealed that not only did Amy's Baking Company owners use frozen raviolis instead of fresh-made ones, but also took waitresses' tips and had busboys wash their car. Right after the show aired, the owners responded with a statement on Facebook, saying, "We do not, nor have we ever stolen or taken any of our servers ,waitresses, or waiters tips at Amy’s Baking Company. We pay our staff members anywhere between $8.00 to $14.00 per hour to ensure that at the end of the week regardless of it being busy or not, that they go home with money and a well paid paycheck. As do many other restaurants. They are aware of this when they are hired." And while that seemed like a normal post, it all just went downhill from there.
Head on over to their Facebook to see the fuss (young eyes be warned of curse words).
Scottsdale 'Kitchen Nightmares' restaurant to close
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) - A Scottsdale restaurant that gained reality TV notoriety after an appearance on "Kitchen Nightmares" will soon close its doors.
Co-owner Amy Bouzaglo says she and husband Samy Bouzaglo are in final negotiations to sell the property.
But they are keeping the Amy&aposs Baking Company name.
Bouzaglo says she plans to focus on making desserts for a Phoenix-area restaurant group as well as online instructional cooking videos.
The couple drew outrage and ridicule on social media after being featured on a May 2013 episode of chef Gordon Ramsay&aposs "Kitchen Nightmares.
In the segment, they were seen yelling at unsatisfied customers and pocketing employees&apos tips.
Bouzaglo says the decision to sell has nothing to do with lingering publicity from the show.
She says they also had issues with the building&aposs former landlord.
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Amy's Baking Co. Makes Employees Sign a Crazy Contract
America's favorite restaurateurs Samy and Amy Bouzaglo of Amy's Baking Company — whose infamous appearance on Gordon Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares resulted in a notorious Facebook freakout, hacking claims, deportation threats, and general shitshowiness — are at it again. The duo behind the Scottsdale, Arizona restaurant are now allegedly making employees sign a legally binding work contract, complete with "possible monetary penalties" for any breach in the employment agreement.
RadarOnline has an exclusive look at a document purporting to originate from Amy's Baking Company. The four-page document includes a non-compete clause ("[you] shall not work for any competitor within a 50 mile radius of ABC within one year of termination or voluntary resignation"). There's a $250 penalty for not showing up to work on holidays and weekends (which is mandatory). There is a rule against "unnecessary talking." If you break something or burn food "due to direct negligence," expense "will be taken from your pay check at ABC's cost." Also you cannot have "any type of attitude."
Signatories of the 20-item "mutual agreement" agree to the following ([sic] to everything, where applicable):
1). No Cell Phones allowed while working.
2). No outside Food or Beverages may be brought inside ABC.
3). If you fail to show up for your scheduled shift we may penalize you monetarily.
4). When you show up for work you must be dressed appropriately, and properly covered. And you must be ready to work with your hair pulled back, and hands washed by no later than 5minutes before your scheduled shift begins.
5). Any type of attitude will result in immediate termination.
6). You must leave the premise immediately after your scheduled shift, and no family or friends may come to see you while working.
7). You must remain in your designated working area.
8). No purses or bags are allowed inside ABC, (exceptions may be made) however upon leaving a designated employee of ABC has the legal right and consent to inspect any and all packages that you may have brought with you.
9). At no point is any food or any type of open beverage allowed in the kitchen. This is a direct Health Code Violation.
10). ABC has multiple security cameras and any type of theft will be punished by the fullest extent of the Law.
11). No visiting or unnecessary talking is allowed during your work shift. This causes distractions and results in loss of product. Any may result in possible harm to you, or to others.
12). Workers must keep their hair pulled back in a bun and no facial hair is allowed (unless for religious beliefs).
13). Any product such as food or plates that are broken or burned due to direct negligence will be taken from your pay check at ABC's cost.
14). Respect and distance must be given to all fellow employees. No harassment or bulling of any type will be tolerated and will be cause for immediate termination. If such an event happens you must report the incident immediately to Samy or Amy Bouzaglo.
15) You must treat the equipment and all property of ABC with respect .Equipment should be cleaned and maintained nightly as part of your scheduled shifts responsibilities.
16) Holidays and Weekends are Mandatory, by signing this contract you are accepting that you will be required to work all Holidays, and Weekends. Due to the nature of our Industry this is a necessity and any No-Show will be monetarily penalized with a fee of $250.00.
17) The recipes and techniques that have been developed by Amy at ABC are exclusive and shall remain confidential. Any removal of recipes will be considered theft.
18) You must possess a current Maricopa County Food Handlers Card.
19) The wait staff understands that any and all "tips" are property of the "house." By signing this contract, you agree that you willingly accept a payment of $8.00 to $12.00 per hour to ensure that you will receive some type of payment. Due to the volatile nature of any retail business we are unable to predict when we will have buissness.By signing this contact you agree that you are willfully accepting a payment of Amy's Baking Company Reacts to Social Media Post-Gordon Ramsay Walkout - Recipes,[nobr][H1toH2]
The Past Lives of Paula Deen
Back in the days of 2013 Food Network mega star Paula Deen could not remember what century she was working in. A former employee, Lisa Jackson, who had managed Deen's restaurant, Uncle Bubba's Seafood and Oyster House, sued both Deen and her brother, Earl "Bubba" Hiers. The siblings were accused of being both discriminating on the basis or race and sex in the workplace.
The accusation specifically stated that Deen had wanted to throw her brother a wedding in the "Southern plantation style." What did that mean exactly? It meant black men dressed in bowties and jackets acting as waiters. But when Deen was talking about using black men in bowties, she did not use the term, "black men."
Non-Chefs Named Gordon Ramsay Discuss Chef Gordon Ramsay
The only person more professionally obnoxious than Gordon Ramsay might be Amy Bouzaglo , the namesake co-owner of Amy’s Baking Company in Scottsdale, Arizona. The walking tornadoes collided last year on an episode of Kitchen Nightmares that provided such spectacular fireworks that Ramsay was scheduled to revisit Amy’s Baking Company this Friday for the season seven premiere. A brief summary: Amy and her husband Samy didn't really gel with Ramsay, to put it mildly. A social media firestorm resulted, and the Bouzaglos continued to make things worse . and worse . and worse .
However, a Fox spokesperson confirmed today that the premiere has been pushed back to an undetermined date due to a "schedule change." It might, we hear, be a little more than that. AZCentral.com recently caught up with Amy and her husband, Samy. Amy was tight-lipped, but direct: "We can say that they have begun to realize that they have underestimated my husband and I , and our unwillingness to allow them to exploit us is becoming very clear," she said. Samy was more blunt: "The biggest bully is Gordon Ramsay," he said. "He is just a clown." Like we said, fireworks.
Even though Amy and Samy appear to be a handful, it's hardly any surprise that Ramsay was involved, too. Wherever he goes, drama follows. Earlier this month, he admitted to crying when his eponymous restaurant at the London hotel in Manhattan—which he keeps his name on but no longer runs—lost both of its Michelin stars. He recently, and unsuccessfully, tried to smuggle a bottle of Dom Pérignon through customs at the Doha International Airport in Qatar, even though he had to close his first restaurant there, Maze, because Qatar’s alcohol ban was hurting sales. Then there was the GoPro fiasco : Ramsay had his 13-year-old son secretly install a GoPro camera in his 15-year-old daughter’s room, so the chef could monitor her and her boyfriend behind closed doors.
And yet he remains insanely popular. He will do something as mundane as post a Facebook photo of himself cooking bacon and nearly 100,000 people will “like” it. Of those, 2,500 or so with presumably nothing better to do will feel compelled to comment on it, including oodles of women who frequently use words like “sexy” (to describe Ramsay) and “yummy” (also to describe Ramsay).
With as many fans as critics, it’s hard to find an unbiased and original opinion of the chef. So, to get a fresh and unique perspective, Bon Appétit decided to call the only men truly up for the job: every Gordon Ramsay we could get a hold of . As we wait for Amy's Baking Company vs. Gordon Ramsay II, here's how they feel about the chef with whom they share a name.
Gordon Ramsay, the retired banker from southern Florida: “His mercurial attitude and frenzied behavior are simply a mask for his lack of confidence in his own ability. I am delighted my behavior does not mimic his.”
Gordon Ramsay, the telecommunications worker from Ontario: “No, I’ve never had anyone give me a hard time because I have the same name as the curmudgeonly chef. I’ve eaten at his Savoy Grill in London, and the food was top-notch. I don’t watch his show, though. He’s on Fox, right? Other than football, I don’t watch Fox, as long as I can avoid it.”
Gordon Ramsay, the industrialist from North Carolina: Editor’s note: Mr. Ramsay was out walking the dog when we called, so we chatted with his wife instead. “My friend at church watches Jeff Gordon —I mean Gordon Ramsay’s Kitchen [Nightmares] —and she called to ask if I had seen Gordon on television. I said no, and then I called my husband to see if he had been on TV. He told me that was Jeff Gordon—I mean Gordon Ramsay, the chef. I didn’t even know there was such a person.”
Gordon Ramsay, the high school English teacher from Arizona: “I once met him in London when he was filming a show on the street. He was very pleasant and personable. We talked about football—we both have football injuries. Later on, my wife and I were checking into a hotel and the hostess asked about my name. I told her I had met the chef Gordon Ramsay, and she said what a coincidence. I told her the real coincidence was that my wife’s maiden name was Jamie Oliver . I was pulling her leg, but she believed me.”
Gordon Ramsay, the aircraft salesman from Connecticut: “His TV show, MasterChef, contacted me to go on there to spoof him. I went through casting, but I had no interest in becoming a professional chef or being browbeaten. He is a spectacularly talented guy, and sometimes that comes across as being mean or overly demanding, but I think he’s just really that passionate. Whenever people hear my name and ask me, 'Like Gordon Ramsay the chef?' I say, 'Yeah, but I’m nicer.'”
The Epicurious Blog
If you caught the season finale of Kitchen Nightmares, you witnessed the on-air meltdown of the owners of Amy&aposs Baking Company in Scottsdale, Ariz., a place that specializes in pizza and baked goods (though it inexplicably describes itself as a French restaurant on its Facebook page).
If you didn&apost, go watch it now if you can. I even broke my unofficial self-imposed ban on watching food-based reality shows that don&apost feature Tanya Steel to see this one.
Caught up now? Because since the show was broadcast, it&aposs gotten weirder.
Since the episode aired, the owners of ABC stayed true to character and, instead of addressing the concerns brought up, took to the offensive on their Facebook page and on Reddit threads, blasting critics with paranoid rants that suggested they were being targeted by a conspiracy involving Yelp, Reddit and the bloggerati.
"I AM NOT STUPID ALL OF YOU ARE. YOU JUST DO NOT KNOW GOOD FOOD. IT IS NOT UNCOMMON TO RESELL THINGS WALMART DOES NOT MAKE THEIR ELECTRONICS OR TOYS SO LAY OFF. "
"This is Samy. I am keeping note of all names here. We will be pursuing action against you legaly, and against reddit and yelp, for this plot you have come together on. you are all just punks."
"TO REDDIT. I FORBID YOU FROM SPREADING YOUR HATE ON THAT SITE. THIS IS MY FACEBOOK, AND I AM NOW ALLOWING YOU TO USE MY COMPANY ON YOUR HATE FILLED PAGE."
"WE WILL START A GENERATION OF TRUTHFULLNESS AND WE WILL FIGHT TO BRING PLACES LIKE, YELP AND REDDIT, AND HORRIBLE PEOPLE LIKE GORDON TO THE LIGHT I AM GODS CHILD."
"PISS OFF ALL OF YOU. F*** REDDITS, F*** YELP AND F***ALL OF YOU."
As anyone who knows how the Web works could&aposve predicted, the owners&apos unhinged responses have earned opprobrium and ridicule from all around the Internet and made their PR boo-boo into a full-fledged disaster. Redditors began speculating wildly about how the place managed to stay afloat this long. One smart-ass began a White House petition to have Amy committed, while locals began flocking to the temporarily closed restaurant as a perverse tourist destination. Others dug up histories that the owners probably would&aposve rather kept hidden -- i.e., that one has a criminal record and served time for stealing someone else&aposs Social Security Number to try to get a bank loan. Keen-eyed readers began a game of finding out where the owners had gotten the stock photos of food that they were passing off as genuine photos of their house-made food on the Facebook page. As for that waitress who was unfairly forced out for asking a simple question? She went to Reddit to share her side of the story in a Q&A. And the nastiness only reminded Arizonans that Amy Bouzaglo was the source of similar schadenfreude two years ago, when she went on a rampage against a guy who gave her a one-star review on Yelp for serving undercooked pizza, as seen in this clip from a local station:
All in all, Amy&aposs Baking Company has become a textbook example of how not to run a business&aposs social-media campaign.
So on Tuesday night, after realizing that they were throwing gas onto the fire, the owners went on their Facebook page and pulled the old "it wasn&apost really us talking" routine and deleted the nutty comments they&aposd put up.
"Obviously our Facebook, YELP, Twitter and Website have been hacked. We are working with the local authorities as well as the FBI computer crimes unit to ensure this does not happen again. We did not post these horrible things. Thank you Amy &Samy"
That&aposs right, according to the owners, the FBI is on the case. (In the now-redacted posts, they&aposd also threatened to call the Scottsdale Police on those who left critical comments.)
Frankly, if they want to survive this, the best thing they can do is, like Chick-fil-A before them, lay low for a few months, quietly make improvements to the menu and service, and then reintroduce themselves in a low-key and expletive-free manner. But instead, they&aposve hired a PR company and announced a grand re-opening on Tuesday, which seems like hardly enough time for them to address the serious problems they&aposve got. (You can make reservations by e-mailing [email protected])
Have you watched the episode? Should Ramsay have stayed? What outraged you the most?
Kitchen Nightmares Restaurant Freaks Out on Facebook
On last Friday night's episode of Kitchen Nightmares, shouty chef Gordon Ramsay quit after the delusional owners of the Scottsdale restaurant Amy's Baking Company proved to be beyond saving. After receiving a social media spanking — see, for example, the deluge of one-star rankings on Yelp or the thread on Reddit's /r/cringepics — yesterday Amy and Samy Bouzaglo, the husband and wife team behind the restaurant, fought back on their Facebook account.
Often in all-caps, the owners go after "the Yelpers and Reddits [sic]" and their "WITCH HUNT," calling them "trash," "pathetic," and "OPRESSORS [sic]." As for selling pre-made frozen raviolis that Ramsay 86'd, they rationalize: "IT IS NOT UNCOMMON TO RESELL THINGS WALMART DOES NOT MAKE THEIR ELECTRONICS OR TOYS SO LAY OFF. "
They're also threatening legal action "for this plot you have come together on." They don't seem to realize that they could just lock down their Facebook page and prevent people from writing on their wall. They write, "THIS IS MY FACEBOOK, AND I AM NOT ALLOWING YOU TO USE MY COMPANY ON YOUR HATE FILLED PAGE." It's all so very extreme that it seems almost like a parody fake account. Kitchen Nightmares might be full of total fakery, but this is just too beyond a staged stunt. Also, this is their official Facebook page, and a great example of how not to respond to haters.
Here are all their Facebook posts, archived for posterity:
I AM NOT STUPID ALL OF YOU ARE. YOU JUST DO NOT KNOW GOOD FOOD. IT IS NOT UNCOMMON TO RESELL THINGS WALMART DOES NOT MAKE THEIR ELECTRONICS OR TOYS SO LAY OFF. 16 hours ago:
WE DO NOT NEED THIS. YOU STUPID PEOPLE. AMERICA IS ABOUT RESSLING, IT IS NOT A BIG DEAL. THE CAKES WE OFFER ARE EXPENSIVE BECAUSE WE HAVE TO REPACKAGE AND SHIP. DO NOT BLAME US BECAUSE YOU CAN NOT AFFORD QUALITY. THE YELPERS, AND NOW THE REDDITS, NEED TO BACK OFF. YOURE NOT RIGHT JUST BECAUSE OF SOME TV SHOW. 16 hours ago:
To all of the Yelpers and Reddits: Bring it on. you are just pussies. come to arizona. you are weaker than my wife, and weaker than me. come to my business. say it to my face. man to man. my wife is a jewel in the desert. you are just trash. reddits and yelpers just working together to bring us down. pathetic. 15 hours ago:
TO REDDIT. I FORBID YOU FROM SPREADING YOUR HATE ON THAT SITE. THIS IS MY FACEBOOK, AND I AM NOT ALLOWING YOU TO USE MY COMPANY ON YOUR HATE FILLED PAGE. 15 hours ago:
This is Samy. I am keeping note of all names here. We will be pursuing action against you legaly, and against reddit and yelp, for this plot you have come together on. you are all just punks. 15 hours ago:
WE ARE NOT FREAKING OUT. WE DO NOT CARE ABOUT A "WITCH HUNT" I AM NOT A WITCH. I AM GODS CHILD. PISS OFF ALL OF YOU. FUCK REDDITS, FUCK YELP AND FUCK ALL OF YOU. BRING IT. WE WILL FIGHT BACK. 14 hours ago:YOU DONT KNOW US!! WE WILL THRIVE! WE WILL OVERCOME! WE ARE STARTING OUR FAMILY, AND WE WILL TEACH OUR CHILD EXACTLY WHAT >>GOD
13 hours ago:
I AM WONDER WOMAN. I AM A GREAT CHEF, A GREAT WIFE, AND A GREAT MOM TO MY KIDS. AND WE WILL BE PARENTS TO A HUMAN KID, ONE DAY TO. WE WILL SHOW ALL OF YOU.
Also, almost every single photo of food they've uploaded to their Facebook account are from other sources. It's become a sport for people to reverse-image search and discover the originals. Like this one from Design Sponge, this one from Kraft, or this one from Apartment Therapy.
Oh and if you want to watch the whole episode, here is an unauthorized upload: part one and part two.
What Happened Next at Barefoot Bobs?
In the following days, the restaurant had been doing better with the consultant on board and they were hopeful to survive the winter.
They reverted to their old menu as they felt the new menu was too upscale for the locals.
They also revealed they were bringing the decor back to the "tiki" feel and hosted a Kitchen Fantasy viewing party on the night the episode was aired.
Post filming reviews look mixed, mainly 1/2 star negative reviews on Yelp with negative comments on service and poor quality food.
Reviews on Trip Advisor were more positive with compliments to the food.
Barefoot Bobs closed in December 2016. The phone line was disconnected and it was reported as closed on Yelp etc.
It appears that they closed suddenly as the closure was not announced on social media before the pages were quickly shut down.
HK Too opened in it's location and currently Yelp reviews are mixed with an average 2.5 rating.
Barefoot Bobs was aired on December 97 2012, the episode was filmed in May 2012 and is Kitchen Nightmares season 6 episode 5.
Series / Kitchen Nightmares
A cooking-themed Reality Show in which chef Gordon Ramsay visits struggling restaurants and attempts to turn them around. Began as Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares on Channel 4 before FOX adapted the series for American audiences.
The show shot up to near-viral levels of popularity after it featured Amy's Baking Company. Tropes specific to that episode should go here.
At the end of the 2013-2014 television season, Gordon Ramsay announced that he decided to end the show so that he could focus on other projects, although he has not ruled out the possibility of returning to it at some point in the future. Since then he has filmed one new season for the UK version of the show, and a sequel called Hotel Hell, focusing on hotels instead of restaurants.
In 2018, Ramsay launched a new show, 24 Hours To Hell and Back. The format is basically the same idea in Kitchen Nightmares, but with Ramsay first eating at the restaurant in disguise and with a countdown clock of just 24 hours to renovate the restaurant, as well as a few other new touches added in to try to distinguish the show from Kitchen Nightmares.
Amy's Baking Company owner has a new cookbook
The last time we heard from Amy's Baking Company in Scottsdale was in September, when Samy Bouzaglo was holding a long, silver item and yelling at a man outside the restaurant he owns with his wife, Amy.
It's been a quiet, uneventful winter. But spring – a time for renewal – is upon us, and so is Amy's cookbook, "Baking With Amy."
The self-published book "leads baking warrior wannabes on an educational culinary adventure," and includes "touching memories" from Amy, according to the description on the back cover. Intended to teach novices the basics, the book features recipes such as Sweet Tart Lemon Meringue and Pina Colada Cake. It retails for $30, or $40 for hardcover, and is sold at amysbakingco.com.
The Bouzaglos stirred up a social-media storm after the May 10, 2013, airing of a "Kitchen Nightmares" episode showed them yelling expletives at customers, taking tips left for servers and brushing off criticism from host Gordon Ramsay, who, for the first time in the show's history, walked away from the restaurant before making any changes.
Watch the video: What Happened to Amys Baking Company? - How Gordon Ramsay Became a Meme (October 2021).