A look at what happened to Amy’s Baking Company after their disastrous appearance on Kitchen Nightmares.
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It has been over six years since the now-infamous episode of Gordon Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares aired, in which he visited Amy’s Baking Company. The episode was so chaotic and the owners, Amy and Samy, were so unapologetically rude that it quickly became one of the most talked-about episodes in the show’s history. Some people even went so far as to call it the “worst restaurant in America.”
So what happened to Amy’s Baking Company after that fateful episode aired? Let’s take a look.
Amy’s Baking Company was a bakery featured on the 6th episode of the 6th season of the American reality television series Kitchen Nightmares. On the show, the owner of the bakery, Amy, was shown to be belligerent, uncooperative, and unwilling to change. After the episode aired, social media erupted with negative reviews and the bakery became the subject of multiple internet memes. Amy’s Baking Company eventually closed its doors for good in 2015.
The Original Post
In May of 2013, the now-infamous Amy’s Baking Company in Scottsdale, Arizona made headlines for all the wrong reasons. A now-deleted Reddit post by user “eggman913” detailed a very strange encounter with the owners of the restaurant, Samy and Amy Bouzaglo.
According to the original post, eggman913 and a friend had visited Amy’s Baking Company for dinner and were unimpressed with the food and service. They were also charged an extra $6 for chicken that they had not ordered. When they complained to the owner about the food and the charges, they were berated and then refused a refund.
The rest of the story gets even stranger. According to eggman913, the owners of Amy’s Baking Company then posted on Reddit pretending to be customers in order to defend their restaurant. They also allegedly called the police on eggman913 and his friend and made false accusations against them.
The whole story quickly spiraled out of control, with Amy’s Baking Company becoming a national laughing stock. The owners appeared on an episode of Gordon Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares, which only made things worse. In the end,Amy’s Baking Company closed its doors for good in September of 2014.
As a result of their appearance on Kitchen Nightmares, Amy’s Baking Company received a torrent of negative reviews on Yelp and other sites. They responded to many of these by creating fake positive reviews and attacking their critics. This backfired badly, and only served to intensify the negative reaction. The situation was further inflamed when a video of an angry confrontation between Sarhan and customers was widely circulated online.
As a result of the publicity, Amy’s Baking Company was forced to close its doors in May 2014.
The negative reaction to Amy’s Baking Company’s appearance on Kitchen Nightmares was swift and intense. Social media lit up with angry customers and former employees sharing stories of alleged mistreatment, and the restaurant’s Yelp and Facebook pages were inundated with negative reviews. Things got so bad that Gordon Ramsay actually had to step in and ask people to stop attacking the restaurant.
But the damage was done. Just a few days after the episode aired, Amy’s Baking Company announced that it would be closing its doors for good.
Where Are They Now?
Amy’s Baking Company was a bakery featured on the 6th season of Gordon Ramsey’s show “Kitchen Nightmares”. The episode aired on May 10, 2013, and since then, the bakery has been in the news for all the wrong reasons. From fighting with customers to refusing to take advice from Gordon Ramsey, Amy’s Baking Company quickly became a national laughing stock. So, what happened to them after the show aired?
After the episode aired, the public outcry was immediate and intense. Social media lit up with negative reviews and commentary, Amy’s Yelp page was bombarded with one-star reviews, and the bakery’s Facebook page was taken down (presumably by Amy herself). The Ownership Verified account on Yelp posted this message: “Please know that we read all of your reviews and we hear you loud and clear.”
The next day, Samy issued an apology on the bakery’s Facebook page (which has since been taken down): “I would like to apologize to Gordon Ramsay, Mat Elias, Ben Walanka, everyone at Kitchen Nightmares for Choosing our business to be on the show…For my wife’s words I also apologize profusely….”
The couple appeared on The View the following Monday to defend themselves, but only ended up digging themselves into a deeper hole. After watching a clip from the show in which Amy threw a plate of food at one of their customers, Barbara Walters said she thought Amy needed anger management. At this point, Amy got visibly angry and began yelling at Walters. Samy tried to step in, but only made things worse by saying that his wife was “bi-polar.”
It was clear that the couple was in way over their heads, and they eventually closed their doors for good. According to an interview with The Arizona Republic, they sold their house and moved out of state shortly after the show aired. As for Gordon Ramsay? He tweeted this shortly after the episode aired: “I feel sorry for Samy and Amy Bouzaglo! #Genuinely.”
In the aftermath of the episode, the Bakings were inundated with negative reviews and criticism online, with many people calling for a boycott of the restaurant. They quickly became the most-hated restaurant in America, and their Yelp page was filled with one-star reviews.
The couple tried to defend themselves online, but only made things worse. They claimed that they had been edited unfairly, and that they had never actually yelled at any of their employees (despite multiple instances of them doing so on camera). They also claimed that Gordon Ramsay was a “liar” and a “pompous ass,” and that he had staged some of the scenes in the episode.
Unsurprisingly, Amy’s Baking Company did not fare well in the months following the airing of their episode. In May 2014, just two months after it aired, they announced that they would be closing their doors for good.
In May 2014, the season finale of Kitchen Nightmares aired, revealing that Gordon Ramsey was unable to help Amy and Samy improve their bakery. After the episode aired, the couple was met with intense public scrutiny. In response to the negative feedback, they took to social media to defend themselves, which only made things worse.
The online backlash was so severe that Amy’s Baking Company had to shut down. The couple has since divorced and neither one is currently involved in the food industry.