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Another 'Kitchen Nightmares' contestant commits suicide




A New Jersey restaurant owner once told by Gordon Ramsay on Kitchen Nightmares that his business was "about to f---ing swim down the Hudson" was found dead in the very same river after jumping off New York's George Washington Bridge, the New York Post reports.

Joseph Cerniglia, 39, was owner of Campania in Fair Lawn, N.J., but had complained on Ramsay's show in 2007 that his restaurant was all but doomed.

"I'm financially in trouble -- the debt of the restaurant alone is overwhelming. My personal debt -- wife, kids mortgage -- that's a lot of debt," Cerniglia said on the show. "I owe my purveyors about $80,000 right now in cold, hard cash ... I can't see us going on another year."

Evelina Grzynaka, who worked at the tanning salon next door to Campania, said Joseph was grateful to Gordon: "(Cerniglia) said Ramsey was intense but that he turned out to be a nice guy, that in the end, he helped him out."

Despite customers saying Campania now seemed popular and was often full of patrons, Cerniglia was seen by a motorist standing on the bridge around 1 p.m. Friday. The body was found in the river later that day.

This is the second restaurateur featured on Kitchen Nightmares to commit suicide. Rachel Brown of Dallas was on the show in 2006, then shot herself a year later. Don't blame Ramsay, though -- this probably has more to do with the mental state of people who want to be on reality shows.

CORRECTION: Brown was a contestant on Hell's Kitchen, not Kitchen Nightmares. Still, Gordon hosted that, too.

[Photo: Gordon and Joseph going over the menu at Campania. Fox]


[Last modified: Wednesday, September 29, 2010 1:34pm]


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