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    "Where are they now?": The post-Hell's Kitchen discussion topic

    We do a lot of this talk all over the forum, so it kind of makes sense to have a dedicated topic.

    Where have the nutbars and sleazebuckets who have appeared on the show (heck, even WON the show) landed years later?
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    Re: "Where are they now?": The post-Hell's Kitchen discussion topic

    Here's one sad tale. The impetus for this article is someone from Kitchen Nightmares, but Season 2's Rachel Brown gets major mention (for reasons which will become very clear once you read the article):

    Rachel Brown, "Hell's Kitchen" Suicide: Was Reality TV to Blame? - Health Blog - CBS News

    (CBS) Suicide claims more than 34,000 Americans every year, and it looks as if two recent victims had one thing in common:

    Both were former contestants on a reality show notorious for dishing out tough love to aspiring chefs.

    Joseph Cerniglia, 39, of Pompton Lakes, N.J., apparently leaped to his death yesterday from the George Washington Bridge, the New York Post reported. The owner of a restaurant in suburban New York, Cerniglia had appeared in 2007 on "Kitchen Nightmares," a show that subjected struggling restaurateurs to harsh criticism from English foodie Gordon Ramsay.

    In 2007, 41-year-old Rachel Brown reportedly shot herself to death after appearing on "Hell's Kitchen," another show that featured Ramsay.

    Ramsay is famously tough on contestants.

    "Your business is about to f - - king swim down the Hudson," Ramsay told Cerniglia, the married father of three, according to the Daily Mail.

    Does that kind of talk drive people to kill themselves?

    Probably not, says the former president of the American Academy of Suicidology, Dr. Robert Yufit.

    "My guess is that both of these people had major problems before appearing on the show," Yufit told CBS News. "I would almost bet that the show itself should not be held responsible. I would say say that the show might have tripped off something else that was going on in their lives.

    Yufit, a Chicago-based clinical psychologist, said he wasn't acquainted with the particulars of the deaths. But, he said, the ways Cerniglia and Brown apparently killed themselves suggest that both were determined to die.

    "Shooting yourself and jumping off a bridge are extreme situations where death is almost a certainty," he said. That's not the case with pills and other, less violent forms of "self-harm, he said.

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    Really the only ones I've heard doing any success post show have been Rock and Heather we saw last season on the show as a sous chef.

    This is why I'm not a fan of reality TV - most of the time all that happens is you play a game for a longer period of time and disappear. Save "ANTM," and even here not often, there isn't lots of news on the contestants UNLESS they die - be it suicide or natural causes.

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    Re: "Where are they now?": The post-Hell's Kitchen discussion topic

    Danny, season five winner, worked only a FEW MONTHS at the restaurant in Atlantic City and then QUIT and moved back to Florida. I have no idea what happened to him after that.

    Krom, that article is at least somewhat better than the one posted at Daily Mail about Joe's (Kitchen Nightmares) suicide. The writer of the Daily Mail article focused solely on some of the negative things Gordon Ramsey said and completely neglected to mention the follow-up show where Gordon goes back to see how they are doing now. In that episode, Joe and his wife express complete satisfaction with the help Gordon provided for their restaurant, (Campania), joy that their meatballs were now officially the best of their city and even celebrated a day named for Joe on behalf of the city. Financially, they said the were doing well and were exceedingly grateful to Ramsey for all his help.
    Unfortunately, some writers will grasp at anything to "sell" a story, and obviously, Ramsey wasn't a factor as the Daily Mail attempted to implicate.
    Really sad story though, he was a husband and father of three boys.

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    Re: "Where are they now?": The post-Hell's Kitchen discussion topic

    Quote Originally Posted by spockwhat;4073542;
    Danny, season five winner, worked only a FEW MONTHS at the restaurant in Atlantic City and then QUIT and moved back to Florida. I have no idea what happened to him after that.

    Krom, that article is at least somewhat better than the one posted at Daily Mail about Joe's (Kitchen Nightmares) suicide. The writer of the Daily Mail article focused solely on some of the negative things Gordon Ramsey said and completely neglected to mention the follow-up show where Gordon goes back to see how they are doing now. In that episode, Joe and his wife express complete satisfaction with the help Gordon provided for their restaurant, (Campania), joy that their meatballs were now officially the best of their city and even celebrated a day named for Joe on behalf of the city. Financially, they said the were doing well and were exceedingly grateful to Ramsey for all his help.
    Unfortunately, some writers will grasp at anything to "sell" a story, and obviously, Ramsey wasn't a factor as the Daily Mail attempted to implicate.
    Really sad story though, he was a husband and father of three boys.

    I read article that said that Joe and his wife had been separated for sometime and were even probably having problems during the filming of the show. He supposedly was having relationship with his pastry chef at the time of his suicide. I also saw somewhere that he may have had drugs in hi ssystem at the time of his death. Plus, he was on the show 3 years ago. So, all this implication that being on Gordon's show somehow effected these people's suicides is ridiculous. These people came on the show in dire financial straights and with their own problems before ever meeting Gordon. Joe had problems currently in his life that had nothing to do with Gordon or his appearance on the show that led to his death.

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    Re: "Where are they now?": The post-Hell's Kitchen discussion topic

    Here's an update on a few contestants from the past...

    Hell's Kitchen' Stars: Where Are They Now? | Made Manual
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    Re: "Where are they now?": The post-Hell's Kitchen discussion topic

    Carolann, the first chef ever to be eliminated from of Hell's Kitchen, got a 3-episode role on the soap opera "As the World Turns".

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