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Gordon Ramsay is Every Cockroaches Kitchen Nightmare

I watched a repeat of Gordon Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares USA recently and saw the usual disgusting, dirty, mouldy, manky food in a kitchen where the chef’s don’t care and the family/owners are at loggerheads. But I digress…

42_german_cockroach_thumbThis week it was the cockroaches that made me feel physically sick. Instead of preparing and practising a new and tasty menu (each week the process is the same, it’s just a different venue/family/cuisine) they had to: “call the Exterminators in”.  And in drove a J. C. Ehrlich van (a Rentokil acquisition made in the US in 2006). Well, I knew it was J. C. Ehrlich because I recognised the livery – the actual company logo was pixelated out.

Now, was the logo hidden because:

a) J. C. Ehrlich/Rentokil didn’t want to be recognised on prime time television – unlikely
b) the general public’s attitude towards pest control is not always positive – possibly
c) the programme didn’t want to favour one pest control company over another – probably

11_dsc_6411At least the restaurant owner (eventually) realised that he had a serious pest control problem and needed to call in the experts. Not all places do. Some struggle on thinking they can resolve serious pest infestations on a DIY basis, when simply calling a professional pest control company will do the trick to sort out, in this case, their cockroach control.

The technician sprayed the cracks and crevices low down in the kitchen. Standard practice is to leave the area for a minimum of 2 hours, if possible a bit longer, although in the programme they left it overnight and returned the following day. I am presuming they cleaned the kitchen again to make sure all food prep surfaces were insecticide free – but that wasn’t shown. No doubt that would have made for boring television!!

It still never ceases to amaze me how the subject of pest control impacts me at home as well as at work. In life BR (before Rentokil), the closest I ever got to a cockroach was on holiday one summer in Ayia Napa. One found its way into the bathroom and freaked us all out. It was absolutely enormous! Reception gave me a can of DIY bug spray and said “Try using this”. We didn’t – seeing as the instructions weren’t in English so we didn’t know what was in it, how much should be used or how long the room should be ventilated for (ever practical, me). It eventually got evicted via the open window – which we then kept closed when we weren’t in the apartment. It didn’t come back thank goodness.

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  1. Jarek
    Posted June 2, 2009 at 2:20 pm | Permalink

    Whenever I watch Gordon’s Kitchen Nightmares, I wonder how many times I managed to spend tens or hundreds of pounds in such places not knowing what’s crawling “behind the scenes”.

    Now before going out, I try to check some basic information on the hygiene of the place I want to visit on the Scores On The Doors website – although the list is far from being complete I feel it is a very useful tool –

  2. Brigitta
    Posted June 9, 2009 at 3:30 pm | Permalink

    I can’t bring myself to watch that programme simply because i do not want to see how many filthy kitchens there are potentially in operation in restaurants around the world – not just the US! I am really cautious about what i eat in restaurants anyway. If i watched his programme i would never eat out!But anyway, this recently discovered “Scores on the Doors” campaign does help to re-assure me somewhat!Check it out!

  3. Danusia
    Posted August 25, 2009 at 2:17 pm | Permalink

    Got sent this weblink the other day about Gordon Ramsay getting in trouble at some of his own restaurants for mouse poo in the kitchen. Oh, the irony.

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