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August 10, 2012 at 3:20 PM

Gordon Ramsay looking for Seattle “Kitchen Nightmares”

Know a restaurant that’s “in need of help,” as the casting team politely puts it?

Gordon Ramsay’s “Kitchen Nightmares” show is heading to Seattle for the first time, and accepting submissions (or nominations, if you have a place in mind) for struggling eateries that can use Ramsay’s tough love turn-around.

The show’s supervising casting producer, Kristin Curtin, says participating restaurants must be independents or family-owned, at least 35 seats, offer full-service dining with wait staff and have been open at least one year.

Is it worth facing the notoriously short-tempered chef to gamble on a business rebound? Promo materials for the show say that while Ramsay is “still prone to the explosive outbursts and spectacular confrontations familiar to fans,” he “reveals a sensitive and nurturing side” on the show. Hopefully it makes a difference. Even after the relatively kindly Robert Irvine works his makeover magic in the competing Restaurant Impossible show, as this recent NY Times article showed, the results don’t always stick.

Send your nominations (or applications) to kitchennightmares@theconlincompany.com, or call 310-313-9100. Who should be on the list?

Photo: AP file

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