Kitchen Nightmares Participant Suicides – Implicating Gordon Ramsay’s Show Is Wrong
This week it emerges that a restaurant owner/chef Joseph Cerniglia, 39, who had been on Gordon Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares has been found in the Hudson River deceased.
The owner of an Italian eatery called Campania, was seen by viewers in the 2007 episode of Kitchen Nightmare had allegedly committed suicide.
Gordon Ramsay has come in for some criticism from various media outlets about his style on the show, which slightly questions whether he could have contributed to his death.
The SMH writes:
When the chef sighed, Ramsay said: “Are you getting upset now?”
Cerniglia said that he was “getting real upset”, to which Ramsay replied: “Thank —- for that. Hopefully I’ll get through to you now.”
Later Cerniglia told the programme: “I’m financially in trouble. The debt of the restaurant alone is overwhelming. My personal debt – wife, kids, mortgage – that’s a lot of debt.”
Ramsay asked Cerniglia: “Why did you become a chef-owner if you haven’t a clue how to run a business? Your business is about to swim down the ——- Hudson.”
Mr Cerniglia’s mother, Pat, told the programme: “I worry about Joe. I worry about his stress levels.”
His wife, Melissa, said the couple had “put everything on the line for a dream”, adding: “If this business fails, we will lose everything.”
The also write:
The restaurant survived after Ramsay suggested changes to its menu and layout in the 2007 series.
Customers said it had recently been doing well and was usually busy.
And also mentioned that he was the second Kitchen Nightmares participant to commit suicide.
Trying to create a link between the cause of the suicide and Gordon is spurious. He appeared on the show 3 years ago, and if you look at the YouTube footage on the SMH site, he did not seem too scarred by the experience.
Also by casting these aspersions it does no favours for people who suffer from a mental illness or suffering from depression. Mental illness is much more complex then that.