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.