Joseph Cerniglia, a 39-year-old chef and restaurant owner, was found floating in the Hudson River on Friday after he took his life by jumping off the George Washington Bridge. His New Jersey restaurant, Campagnia, was featured on an episode of Gordon Ramsay’s “Kitchen Nightmares” back in 2007.I totally remember watching the episode and feeling bad for the married father of three—who was also really hot by the way—when he talked about the staggering debt he was in with the restaurant. Ironically, Gordon Ramsay said to him, “Your business is about to f**king swim down the Hudson.” Seems like a very unfortunate word choice in retrospect.
The locals say the business was thriving after Ramsay’s overhaul in 2007, but still something must have been not quite right. I loved “Kitchen Nightmares” because I felt like it gave hope to down-and-out restaurateurs. Maybe not so much? So very tragic. And strangely enough, Cerniglia wasn’t the first person on a Gordon Ramsay reality show to take their own life. “Hell’s Kitchen” contestant Rachel Brown shot herself in 2007. I call for no more Gordon Ramsay reality cooking shows with “hell” or “nightmares” in the title. [NY Post]