Gordon Ramsay Show Contestant Joseph Cerniglia Commits Suicide

September 28, 2010 |  by  |  Breaking News, Entertainment
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After appearing on Gordon Ramsay’s reality cooking competition Kitchen Nightmares, former contestant Joseph Cerniglia has committed suicide in New York’s Hudson River.

On Friday, Cerniglia’s body was found under the George Washington Bridge which connects Upper Manhattan to New Jersey. He jumped to his death and died from blunt force trauma and drowning. The New York Medical Examiner’s office has confirmed that the death was indeed a suicide.

The 39-year-old Cerniglia, a father of three, was the owner of an Italian restaurant called Campania in Fair Lawn, New Jersey, and he appeared on the abrasive British restaurateur’s program in 2007. On air, he said he was close to bankruptcy filings and Gordon Ramsay warned him that his restaurant was in deep trouble.

Your restaurant is about to f***ing swim down the Hudson. Why did you become a chef-owner if you haven’t a clue how to run a business?

Ouch. Ramsay also reeled into him for his poor service and bad food.

Strangely enough, Joseph Cerniglia is the second contestant who has taken his own life after appearing on one of Gordon Ramsay’s foul-mouthed and often abusive reality cooking shows. After appearing on Hell’s Kitchen in 2006, Rachel Brown, 41, shot herself in Texas.

So the question is: Does Ramsay berate contestants until they do something rash or do his shows pick contestants that have bigger problems to worry about? Either way, two tragedies have taken place here. Maybe it’s time for Mr. Ramsay to tone it down a bit.


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  1. So so sad.

  2. You should really do your research before posting such slanderous remarks. If you had taken the time to watch the episode you referenced, you would find that your perspective is COMPLETELY off.


    Ramsay and Cerniglia had a clear respect for one another and the statement that Ramsay made, which he’s now being castigated for, has been taken completely out of context.

  3. Yeah, you’re right, after reading that post I truly see that Gordon Ramsey is just misunderstood. What a poor guy. I can see how that direct, spiteful quote was just really to say “Hey, I totally respect you. Let’s do lunch.”

  4. I think TV is TV. In real life, I’m sure Gordon is a cool guy, but being a cool guy isn’t what works for ratings. Nowhere did I say Gordon had anything to do with the suicide–just pointed out that two people in the world who committed suicide happened to be on his show.

  5. I don’t think Ramsay is at fault in any way. In fact, that quote mentioned in this article is exactly right. While Ramsay said it in a harsh way, it couldn’t have been news to Joseph Cerniglia – I mean, he probably agreed to go on the show as a last attempt to save his restaurant in the first place. Just bad luck for Ramsay, if you ask me.

  6. I agree with Diane. This show was all said and done once Cernigilia committed suicide. It’s just an observation that two contestants from Gordon Ramsay’s show killed themselves, but not a link to Ramsay himself being to blame.

  7. I think Gordon Ramsay cries in his bed at night.

  8. Maybe this will teach him to be more compassionate for people on his show. Two down… how many more contestants will suffer from Gordon Ramsay’s abuse?

  9. This is insane. Cernigilia was on the show 3 YEARS AGO.


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