The celebrity chef visited Amy’s Baking Company in Scottsdale, Arizona, and had very few kind things to say about the dishes he tried (and repeatedly returned).
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The purpose of the show is for Ramsey to provide criticism, and subsequently help the restaurant owners turn their business around in hopes of achieving success. But after Ramsey witnessed Sammy threatening and swearing at customers, and telling Ramsey, “I am the gangster, not you”, the award-winning chef walked out of the restaurant for the first time in show history.
After the episode aired on May 10, Sammy and Amy posted multiple posts on their Facebook page, threatening reviewers and potential (or existing) customers: “To all of the Yelpers and Reddits: Bring it on and 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.”
These are just a few examples of the multiple rants that were posted.
All of the posts – many of which went viral with thousands of shares via social media – were deleted, and the Bouzaglos claimed they had been hacked and were not responsible for the offensive messages.
Now, just as people were starting to forget about the couple, it has been reported that they may be deported back to Israel… and not for making unsavory food.
Although Sammy’s lawyer refused to comment, it is presumed that the immigration court proceedings are related to the jail time he previously completed for drug distribution and extortion prior to arriving in the United States 13 years ago. His wife, Amy, also spent a year in prison for using someone else’s Social Security number to apply for a $15,000 bank loan.
Last week, Amy’s Baking Company had a grand re-opening, after temporarily closing due to the horrible backlash following "Kitchen Nightmares" and their "hacking" incident.
The Israeli couple originally called Ramsey in to combat years of unfavorable online reviews and aid in turning their image around. It's probably safe to assume that plan failed.
Reprinted with permission from Shalom Life