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Old 05-22-13, 01:18 AM   #126
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Re: The One and Only KITCHEN NIGHTMARES / HELL'S KITCHEN Thread

Amy's Baking Company co-owner faces deportation

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The co-owner of Amy’s Baking Company — a Scottsdale restaurant that has been the center of controversy ever since appearing on the culinary reality TV show “Kitchen Nightmares” 11 days ago — is facing deportation.

Salomon “Samy” Bouzaglo, who owns Amy’s Baking Company along with his wife, Amy, is involved in a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement case to revoke his residency status, his lawyer said Tuesday. Scottsdale immigration lawyer David Asser said the case against his client started two years ago and was the subject of a removal hearing Monday.

Asser, speaking just hours before the Bouzaglos reopened their embattled restaurant, said he could not comment on the case. He also said Samy’s immigration case has nothing to do with the television show. In fact, Asser said, he has not even watched the episode that has earned his client celebrity status.

“I didn’t know they were going to go on (the show),” he said.


Amy’s closed in the wake of the “Kitchen Nightmares” episode, which aired on Fox on May 10 and showed the owners yelling and pushing customers, taking servers’ tips and firing one waitress on the spot, calling her a “poisonous, little viper.” People across the country took to Yelp, Facebook, Reddit and other websites to express their disgust with the Bouzaglos‘ actions after the show.

The Bouzaglos hope to turn around their business with a weeklong grand reopening that began uneventfully Tuesday. The restaurateurs said that they had more than 1,500 reservations for Amy’s this week and announced plans to donate 10 percent of the grand-opening proceeds to the Megan Meier Foundation, which raises awareness of cyberbullying.

On Tuesday, Amy’s opened to a thin crowd and began serving those holding reservations at 5 p.m., using security guards to prevent gawkers, media and others without reservations from entering. The restaurant had a sign saying its patio was closed for security reasons. The reopening appeared to be running without incident for the first wave of diners. Some onlookers showed up hoping to snag a reservation, but most were turned away. The nearby Pita Jungle restaurant appeared to be drawing more business than Amy’s.


Laurie Ferrere Vermillion, a Scottsdale blogger, was among the handful of people turned away in the restaurant’s first hour because she had no reservation. Vermillion had hoped to dine at the restaurant Tuesday despite discouraging reviews from her friends.

“My friends who have been (to Amy’s) said, ‘Don’t waste your money,’” said Vermillion, who has seen every episode of “Kitchen Nightmares” and was shocked by the show featuring the Scottsdale restaurant.

Leon Lucero, 19, said he was curious about Amy’s and was hoping to get a reservation at the restaurant Tuesday night.

“Maybe this is a new start for them, a new beginning,” said Lucero, a music major at Glendale Community College who said he expects food at the restaurant to have improved.

Annie Dutoit, 42, who was at a nearby coffee shop, said she had dined at Amy’s with her family five or six times in the past 18 months and generally had good experiences.

She said she was surprised at the way Amy and Samy were portrayed on “Kitchen Nightmares.”

“I don’t know if the editing was done to show horrible things,” Dutoit said.


A native of Switzerland, she said she has dined all over the world and considered Amy’s a decent restaurant. Amy did special orders for her children, making crepes for them, Dutoit said.

She said she was surprised to hear on the show that the servers did not get their tips and would not want to support a restaurant that did that.

“I would go back, but I want to know what the truth is” about Amy’s, said Dutoit, adding that she is not sure what to believe about what was shown on a reality TV show.

Tuesday’s reopening capped a tumultuous week for the owners of Amy’s.

The couple was supposed to hold a press conference Tuesday at the restaurant to give their side of the story about what happened on the “Kitchen Nightmares,” suggesting the broadcast was not an accurate depiction of their restaurant. The press conference was abruptly canceled on Monday.

A Scottsdale public-relations firm headed by Jason Rose explained in a news release that a law firm representing the producers of “Kitchen Nightmares” warned the Bouzaglos against making disparaging remarks about the show or its star, celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay. Rose's firm announced on Monday that it no longer would be representing the Bouzaglos.

On Tuesday, Samy and Amy talked about their past records and indicated Samy had served time in prison before immigrating to the United States 13 years ago. Reached by phone as they drove to their restaurant Tuesday morning, Amy and Samy each tried to talk over the other -- interrupting, yelling and even cursing one another as the conversation continued.


“We both made mistakes in the past. We have done our time,” Amy said. “We can’t comment. We know God is with us.”

Samy said he could not talk about any past records but added he has not had any problems since immigrating to the U.S.

“The FBI knows all about me.... The IRS knows,” he said.

Samy said issues surrounding his immigration status were “a sensitive subject” that he did not want to talk about Tuesday.

But he indicated that he wanted people to know that he had nothing to hide.

“I want people to know about me,” he said. “But not today, not tomorrow. I have nothing to hide.”

Asser, the lawyer, said Samy is an Israeli citizen and was born in Morocco.

Amy, 40, and Samy, 63, live in Gold Canyon. Before coming to Arizona, they lived in Las Vegas. Amy also lived in Colorado and California.

Records show Amy has served time in federal prison and has a history of liens and judgments.

In 2003, Amy Bouzaglo pleaded guilty to misuse of a Social Security number when she applied for a $15,000 bank loan. At the time, her name was Amanda Bossingham. She spent about a year in prison beginning in 2008.

Records show that prior to her conviction, Amy faced four judgments in Colorado in 1998 and 1999 totaling about $14,000. She was also sued in Arizona in 2000 for $3,229. The judgments appear to have arisen from unpaid debts that were turned over to collection agencies.

She married Samy in 2004. Records show he is from Los Angeles, where he lived upon arriving in the United States. Records indicate he has no criminal convictions or civil judgments in the United States.

“I am perfectly clean,” he said.
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Old 05-22-13, 07:14 AM   #127
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Evan Meadow - are you attending the Grand re-opening tomorrow?
No I did not. I'll have to see if i can find out what happened. I'll be in the shopping center later today for a haircut so I'll check with my friend to get some info. Not to mention we've got a comic convention starting on Thurs so that's where all my time and effort has been in prep.
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Old 05-22-13, 07:16 AM   #128
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So it sounds like the press conference was cancelled after the lawyers for Kitchen Nightmares contacted them and reminded them of their non-disclosure agreement and $100,000 fine.

The PR firm they hired pulled a Gordon Ramsey and quit on them too.
LOL what in the world could they non disclose? Everyone and their mother who actually aren't affiliated with the show have confirmed this was as real as it got.

Ramsey and FOX should be trying to take as much publicity from this themselves as possible. She needs to try out for Masterchef!
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Old 05-22-13, 09:22 AM   #129
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Holy jeebus is she tried to audition it might be the best TV...ever.
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Old 05-22-13, 12:04 PM   #130
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Sammy's International Record includes:

• Involvement with drug distribution, threats and extortion.

• He's banned from entering France and Germany.
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Old 05-22-13, 12:57 PM   #131
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Sammy's International Record includes:

Involvement with drug distribution, threats and extortion.

He's banned from entering France and Germany.
I'm sure it is all just a terrible misunderstanding.

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Old 05-22-13, 05:45 PM   #132
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LOL what in the world could they non disclose? Everyone and their mother who actually aren't affiliated with the show have confirmed this was as real as it got.
It probably deflects a "spin" that makes it look like Kitchen Nightmares distorts what happened. Even if Kitchen Nightmares showed a truthful portrayal, Amy's could attempt to put a spin on it and say that they were incorrectly represented. To get on the show, the NDA is probably very blanketed and thorough.
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Old 05-25-13, 08:16 AM   #133
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Ramsey and FOX should be trying to take as much publicity from this themselves as possible. She needs to try out for Masterchef!
OMG, I can see it now:

She comes out to show Gordon, Graham and Joe what she can cook, and pulls a Sara Lee pre-made pie from under her cart and throws it in the oven. She takes it out, puts a glob of Cool Whip on it with some berries in a smiley face, and calls it her own creation,"Amy's Hot Pie". All three judges proceed to surround her and beat her to death with rolling pins and meat tenderizer mallets.
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Old 05-27-13, 03:16 PM   #134
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Sammy's International Record includes:

Involvement with drug distribution, threats and extortion.

He's banned from entering France and Germany.
Hmm. This would seem to support the theory that ABC is a money laundering front.
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I'm sure it is all just a terrible misunderstanding.

Or all their haters and online reviewers lying about them.
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There are reports that these two are THIS close to getting their own reality show.
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Kitchen Nightmares returns February 28 with the episode: Amy’s Baking Company, Part Two

Should be epic.
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Old 02-22-14, 12:41 PM   #138
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Amy's Baking Co. in Scottsdale was supposed to be featured in this season's "Kitchen Nightmares" premiere on Fox, the episode has been delayed.

We’ll have to wait longer to see the notoriously defiant owners of Amy’s Baking Co., Samy and Amy Bouzaglo, back on our TVs.

We learned today that the “Kitchen Nightmares” reality show with celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay is not premiering Feb. 28, as was previously announced, according to a Fox spokesperson who did not want to be named.

The premiere will be held until later in the season due to a scheduling change, the spokesperson said.
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Old 02-22-14, 03:37 PM   #139
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Why would he go back and give more publicity to those nasty kunts? Ratings!
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Anyone know when this- Master Chef or Hell's Kitchen is coming back?
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I saw a commercial for HK the other day so it should be back soon. No idea on MC.
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I think Hell's Kitchen starts Thursday (3/13).
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The day is here... Kitchen Nightmares returns tonight at 8pm with 2 episodes including the return to Amy's Baking Company. This should be great!
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I saw the infamous ABC show either last week or two weeks ago. Wow, they were as bad as everyone said. I could not believe they are still in business. I guess they were on Dr Phil yesterday but only found out today. I will be watching tonight, though.
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Can.not.wait.
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I was in Scottsdale literally just a week ago and forgot all about this place. I would definitely have stopped by.
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I can't believe these trash people are still afloat... That being said, I will be watching.
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Pretty obvious a half hour in that both of them are still overwhelmingly batshit crazy, delusional and in denial. They can think all they want that their food is the best, but it's not what they think, it's the CUSTOMERS who pay their bills whose opinion matters. You can't continually treat both your customers and hired help like shit and not expect a maelstrom of negative feedback. The best thing that can happen to that establishment is a fire.
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I'm betting that a lot of people will complain that at least 45 minutes of the episode were showing clips of the original episode, outtakes, and Ramsey commenting on it. Not to mention, he didn't actually show up at Amy's for the follow up.

But really, these clowns don't need any more current publicity, and it's good that the only updated footage we saw was the brief interview with the Fox reporter.
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