Amy's Baking Company: Overcooked Reality and the Decline of Western Civility

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When the Amy's Baking Company episode of Kitchen Nightmares, one that Fox felt warranted (and rightly so) its season finale, finally aired on Friday, May 10, incredulous viewers watched the host of the show do something he hadn't done in the series' more than 80 episodes: He walked away.

Ramsay, known to be a bit of a shouter himself, had met his match in Samy and Amy, whose motivation for being on the show seemed to be, as they told Ramsay, was exposing the dining public to his opinion -- not those of the "online bullies" -- when it came to the quality their food.

Maddeningly controlling, unwilling to accept criticism (constructive or otherwise), and living in what seemed an impenetrable fortress of denial, the Bouzaglos were Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares nightmare, his disastrous failure.

And it was on this episode that the force a few in the Valley knew as "Crazy Amy" in 2010 was unleashed in full, not only for Gordon Ramsay to witness, but for all of America, as well. In front of a national TV audience, she berated customers and staff, argued with Ramsay, vehemently rejected criticism, and fired a young female food runner on the spot for asking a question.

"There's no point in talking to you," Amy told Ramsay at one point during show. And for a rare moment, he was speechless.

But the antics of Crazy Amy weren't the show's only highlights. Equally, if not more cringe-worthy was the revelation that Samy took tips made by the servers, a disclosure that ultimately incited viewers more than the store-bought ravioli Samy told chef Ramsay was made fresh. Real One Percenter shit, for sure.

"I think you're too far gone," a defeated-looking Ramsay tells the couple before walking out the door at the episode's denouement.

And then the Internet exploded.

It's hard not to speculate where the Bouzaglos, Amy's Baking Company, and the rest of the universe would be now if the show had ended differently -- if, as in the series' previous episodes, the storm clouds had parted and produced a triple rainbow of introspection, atonement, and new beginnings.

In our imaginary episode, the show ends much differently: There is a final dinner service where happy customers, their mouths full of food, shake their heads in disbelief at its deliciousness exclaiming, "Thish is wonnerful!" Katy Cipriani, the food runner who Amy fired, is tearfully asked forgiveness and offered her job back. And Amy earnestly looks into the camera and says, "Thanks to Chef Ramsay, we're ready to make some serious changes -- starting with us." She coyly smiles and adds, "Meow, meow!"

The music fades out, the credits roll, and our hearts, now successfully warmed, can go on to beat for another day.

But, once in a while, reality TV actually turns out to be real. Or does it?

In January 2012, the Valley food community cried foul when another reality show, Food Network's Mystery Diners, came to town, paying visits to restaurants such as Big Earl's Greasy Eats in Cave Creek, Murphy's in Glendale, and Caffe Boa in Tempe. The show, which features "undercover operatives" conducting surveillance and investigating "problem" employees at the supposed request of restaurant owners, has come under attack by many people who claim the show is fake and uses tactics such as paid actors and enlisting the help of owners who, for whatever reason, seem to think it's a good idea to have their restaurants featured in such a light.

When Dwayne Allen, owner of The Breadfruit in Phoenix, was contacted by the Food Network to participate in Mystery Diners, he became suspicious almost immediately.

"Let's say you have a bartender who has a soft spot for pretty women," Allen says the Food Network representative explained to him in a phone call. "We'll bring in the pretty women, and we'll set up the cameras so you can bust him."

"But we don't have a bartender with a soft spot for women," Allen replied. He then declined to participate in the show.

And then there's ABC's much different portrayal on another, albeit much different reality show. In February of this year, two months after the disastrous first night of taping Kitchen Nightmares and three months before its airdate, Amy's Baking Company was featured on Check Please! Arizona, PBS' popular restaurant-review series on which Arizonans share their dining experiences with host Robert McGrath, a James Beard Award-winning chef.

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nojailforyou1
nojailforyou1

And now, the latest news from Crazy Amy's.  According to "The Daily News" today,  "Samy, a Moroccan-born Israeli immigrant, may have his residency status revoked."

Quick, pick up the phone and call Sheriff Arpaio!  Just think of all the headlines and interviews he will get out of arresting this illegal.  Oh wait, Samy's not Mexican.  Nevermind Joe, to you it won't count.

http://www.nydailynews.com/life-style/eats/amy-baking-company-reopens-co-owner-faces-deportation-article-1.1352051#ixzz2U7tE8tOs

dodo125025
dodo125025

"Decline of Western Civility...."  completely far from the truth, she, they are just crazy!

Momo
Momo

Welcome to Amy's BUSTED Baking Company - where the owners steal their servers tips, fire people for asking a simple question, both of the owners are criminals, one is being deported, every word from their mouths is a lie, no "real" baking actually takes place on the premises, the fresh food advertised is actually frozen and/or prepackaged, every photo they have posted depicting "their" food items were stolen from other websites, and even the most famous chef on the planet said there was no hope for them. If you can see past all of this, it is a great place!

aceyamapola
aceyamapola

everything else hardly matters? i think you'd be on firmer ground if you had actually eaten there.

it does matter, and this is why. ramsay can cook, even if he has parlayed it into bullying and superb reality television. he does prey on crazyass restaurant owners -- he was better when the show concentrated on improving british restaurants, which he actually did. owners were just clueless, not monsters of depravity.

about 10 seconds was devoted to amy's desserts, which ramsay said "looked" wonderful. if she's actually baking and not defrosting them, she deserves a real review. whether or not anybody wants to eat them, in what is obviously a hellhole for employees purveying uncooked pizza and costco ravioli, is due to the bouzaglos being willing to game ramsay, who was game to game them. ramsay won.

it matters, because it's about scorpions fighting in a bottle. not the pizza. ramsay is still pretending that it's about the pizza. and so are you.

rightwingrick
rightwingrick

Any business the size of Amy's Baking Company that admittedly runs through 100 employees in that short a time frame is doing something very, very wrong.  Period.  No question.  Undeniable.  Period.

fatjackal
fatjackal

Laura: There is a difference between jail and prison.

Jail is reserved for misdemeanor crimes with terms of imprisonment of less than one-year. Prison is for felonies, which are crimes that are punishable with imprisonment for more than one-year.

Amy is a felon and served time in prison, not jail.

t.oferr
t.oferr

The picture is getting clearer by the hour.

He is a criminal and a self confessed gangster.

She is a criminal and did time in the big house.

We patronizing their establishment so they in turn can con the staff out of their tips and pocket the cash.

The End.

marcy
marcy

I hope Jarrett Maupin is suitably chagrined at pimping for those two clowns. 


marcy
marcy

From the news report it appears that Samy's immigration issues involve allegations of his lying on his immigration paperwork, ie failing to disclose his issues with the law in Europe.  

ie he lied


t.oferr
t.oferr

Editor,

Check the latest news report about my Hebraic brother and his appearance in US immigartion court.

He is allegedly a personna non grata in 2 european countries.

The video shows Sammy tells the reporter to go F_ _K himself while giving him the "international salute."

Oy vay what a mumzer and animal.

marcy
marcy

Samy showed his ghetto upbringing by dropping the F-bomb on a Channel 12 report when asked about crimes committed in Europe.  Samy gave him the international up-you-ass salute multiple times.

The sooner the US sends him packing the better.

marcy
marcy

Very nice video describing Samy's deportation hearing and allegations that he was involved in drug distribution, threats and extortion.  He is alleged to be banned from France and Germany.  It took the government 5 years from the time Amy pled guilty to her crimes before they finally locked her up, Samy's been fighting deportation for two years according to the news report.  Justice isn't swift if you have a good lawyer and some money.



Brian C Inman
Brian C Inman

One things is consistent; every Amy I know is crazy.

Travis Potts
Travis Potts

Where might we find a copy of Special Ed's magazine? He's a top journalist ya know.

Phoenix New Times
Phoenix New Times

I'm seeing them. They haven't been marked as spam by us. Sometimes Facebook will automatically mark something as spam if you have a bunch of capitalization etc.

Brian Dunkle
Brian Dunkle

Added value. At Amy's Baking Company you get dinner and a show.

fireserphent
fireserphent

Very, very well-written and human. People should be nicer to Amy. She's a human being and deserves love just like the rest of us, even if she isn't very nice herself. Great job Laura.

Edward Anthony Green
Edward Anthony Green

I never reported you Joe....I'm not a douche bag, I believe in the first Amendment, and support your right to comment on anything I post. Sorry if someone reported on you, thats just not my style.....

Albert Wayne
Albert Wayne

Poor Eddie is an attention starved troll!

Joe Kennedy
Joe Kennedy

Ed reported my posts as spam. I'm guessing he has no debate skills or is just a pussy. One of the two.

Joe Kennedy
Joe Kennedy

Why are my posts coming up as spam on this page?

Edward Anthony Green
Edward Anthony Green

Let me guess, Joe is a California Transplant, Liberal, voted for Obama, smokes "medical marijuana" for back-pain & migraines.....and believes in UFO's! LMFAO!

Phoenix New Times
Phoenix New Times

Edward, we're happy we could put a smile on your face, or is that ... oh, shoot.

Joe Kennedy
Joe Kennedy

That was a good comeback... until you added the asinine laughter, now it's just a lame ass comment.

Joe Kennedy
Joe Kennedy

Well there ya have it. An Arpaio ass clown. Now it all makes sense. Next you're going to say Arpaio does his job so leave him alone.

Edward Anthony Green
Edward Anthony Green

Nah, I like to comment New Times.....I'll keep you in my FB feed, so that I can Troll your sorry "Liberal Asses!" Besides, as long as you folks keep writing BULLSHIT about AZ, Sheriff Joe, etc., I'll keep on giving you a dose of your own CRAP! Enjoy the pain! :)

Joe Kennedy
Joe Kennedy

The memo from the TeaTards? Nope missed that one.

Phoenix New Times
Phoenix New Times

Our updates "pop up" in your news feed because you've liked our Facebook page. Feel free to unlike us if you don't want to see our news updates, Edward.

Edward Anthony Green
Edward Anthony Green

Joe anyone that sides with the "New Times" is a Liberal, didn't you get the memo?

Joe Kennedy
Joe Kennedy

Wow Ed what makes you assume everyone is a Liberal?

Edward Anthony Green
Edward Anthony Green

OMG! I opened up a whole can of LIberaltard WORMS!!!! SJHTF!!! BUHAHAHAHAHA!

Michael McNamara
Michael McNamara

You want positivity, but you call them "parasites" and "ass clowns." That's rich.

Edward Anthony Green
Edward Anthony Green

Hey Brenda, STFU....it pops up in my Facebook News Feeds....besides was I talking to you? ya nosey troll! ...mind your own business!

Joe Kennedy
Joe Kennedy

Edward you must not read the New Times on a regular basis because I've seen many positive stories in it. If you hate their journalism with such passion... Why post? Sort of asinine really.

justinkatz
justinkatz

@aceyamapola you may have missed when Amy admitted that her desserts are purchased as well on facebook (then removed the post a little while later).  You may have missed this too: on the show, Ramsey ate some of her desserts while sitting down and talking with them - where Amy gleefully lied to his face and said she made them.

jeffj7
jeffj7

@rightwingrick ....yeah its called Withholding wages  a Department Of Labor big time no-no as an employer.  You end up paying back wages, with interest, fines and taxes.....Good times

marcy
marcy

@fireserphent 

Nobody needs to be nice to a delusional bitch or her over-the-hill sugar daddy thug

valleynative
valleynative topcommenter

@fireserphent  Yes, she's human, but realistically, how nice people should be expected to be to her is tightly related to how nice she is to others.   When her self-image as having a god-given gift to cook is challenged in any way, she becomes irrationally abusive of others.

She needs therapy.  Possibly medication.  She's not going to get a lot of sympathy unless she changes.


aceyamapola
aceyamapola

@justinkatz @aceyamapola 

hi justin i did miss that. so they're fake to the bone. impressive.

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