Katy Cipriano

May 15, 2013

Former waitress Katy Cipriano from Amy's Baking Company; ft. on Kitchen Nightmares

This whole thing is getting a lot of publicity now that the episode has aired, and I know many people have a lot of unanswered questions to ask, so go ahead and ask!

Oh man! If you're legit, thanks for doing this. As the bot said, please provide some proof for us.
As to your "former" status; did you rage-quit in frustration, or were you fired for some petty and arbitrary reason?
I realize now that this is the waitress who appeared in the show, I retract my question.

i don't know how to provide 'proof'! i posted it on my twitter but that's about it.

Oh man! If you're legit, thanks for doing this. As the bot said, please provide some proof for us.
As to your "former" status; did you rage-quit in frustration, or were you fired for some petty and arbitrary reason?
I realize now that this is the waitress who appeared in the show, I retract my question.

the only reason she had against me for firing me was my attitude when she was giving me the appetizer. which, they did not show the events leading up to that scene as to 'why' i asked if she was sure. so to answer, i quit in frustration.

What were the events that made you ask why she was sure? Just out of curiosity.

she had messed up a certain table's appetizer dish 3 or 4 times IN A ROW. and it made me look like an idiot because i was their server and the table was getting increasingly agitated. so when she told me to deliver the appetizer yet again, i asked "are you sure?" - not meaning to sound bratty or mean or anything.

How long ago was this episode shot? Was a lot of staged or do they really act like this?

the episode was shot in december so quite a while ago and none of amy or samy's actions were staged. people may have purposely sent back their food or falsely complained for a chance to be on tv, but that's about it. everything else was 100% real.

For the love of god Katy, please tell the internet how we can contact Miranda. She must have twitter/facebook/email/Skype


i have her cell phone but that's it. i do not know her last name and dont feel its right to publicly give it out anyway!

Was it a relief to get off there? Have you worked in any other restaurants after that?

i was working at another restaurant during the same time as Amy's, and i am still employed there currently

Have any customers at your other job noticed who you are? You'll probably make some dope ass tips for being "the girl that worked for those crazy people"

haha just tonight i got noticed three times! kind of trippy!

How long did you work there? How much did you make/hr, if you don't mind me asking. Did Samy/Amy have any redeeming qualities?

i didn't even last a month! may like 3 or 3 1/2 weeks. and i think i got paid 8 an hour i believe. and Samy can actually be pretty genuine. he referred to miranda and i as being "like his own daughters". though it was kind of creepy! haha

So what you're telling us is that he called you both cats...


You "think" you got paid 8 an hour? how do you not know what your pay was? o.O

Not tryin to be mean, just curious!

it was 6 months ago!

Wait, $8 an hour?! Holy shit. What's minimum wage there? Where I live that's about a dollar or 2 less than minimum...

minimum here is 7.65 i think! so even lower!

what's your favorite dish at Amy's Baking Company?

what's your least favorite dish at Amy's Baking Company?

they never let me try their food and i never felt like paying for it out of my own pocket so i have actually never tasted anything from there

Where did you eat lunch (or other meal relevant to your hours)?

i wouldnt eat or i would eat something on my way home or at home

I see you still work in a restaurant, is it common in the industry to not feed the waiting staff?

I mean, "what do you recommend me" must be a frequently asked question.

the restaurant i work at now feeds me daily and lets me try just about all of their dishes. that way, i feel i am able to better connect to my customers when talking about the food. not sure why Amy's didn't let me try their food [without paying.]

How long were your shifts? I hope you weren't starving the whole time you were working :(

maybe like 5 or 6 hours, it varied on the day

0. Sorry you had to deal with those two. How much money do you think you lost in tips there?

miranda would know more than i would. but i would say a decent amount

maybe if you posted Miranda's contact details, we could ask her ourselves?

For real though, tell her to do an AMA

i will let her know!

Was it legal for them to keep all your tips? And did they tell you they did that before you were hired?

i have no idea if it is legal or not, so if someone could tell me the answer to that, that'd be great! and sammy did say, upon hiring me, that i would be paid hourly but that he pays extremely well. personally i don't count $8/hr as extremely well though...

It's not even that. The fact that customers thought the waitresses were getting the tips was the most deceiving part of it all. I doubt many would leave a tip if they knew it was going to the owner.

i agree! especially since some people would leave juicy tips even though the food was bad or took too long because of how well the waitresses accompanied them.

You should look into the legal side of things then. Those pricks deserve it.

i wish i had someone to help me! and i think i signed a contract for the show prohibiting me from certain legal actions.

Did you ever keep any cash tips? I would have kept the cash ones. Screw them.

no. still have never gotten a single tip from working there

I think that if you make minimum wage (7.25 or higher) then I don't think you qualify for tips, and maybe that is how your boss got away with stealing your tips. And the scumbags knew that they could scam money off you by doing it that way. If you waited on 20 tables a day with 10 tip each table you'll make 200 meanwhile with that 8 hour salary you make only 64 in an 8 hour workday.


That is not entirely correct Katy. The owner was charging tips on the check. People were giving you tips on their credit cards. Those tips were yours and they are recoverable likely with additional damages. The owners will tell you otherwise because you are young and (respectfully) naive - as were we all once.

Please contact a lawyer as I suggested above

ahhhh seee i never even knew that!!!!!

Start dialing for a lawyer Katy - see my post above please.

i will definitely talk to my dad about it tonight!

The facebook page says that they pay wait staff 8-14 dollars an hour, which is "almost two times the average hourly wait staff salary". Lolwut.

i was being paid 8 so i have no clue who the hell was getting 14 an hour haha

Law Grad here (taking bar in July). You can file a federal wage & hour claim. A local attorney would probably do it pro bono because of the inherent publicity with it.

Also, chances are that Samy isn't reporting the tips as income for the restaurant...so...there is probably much more to it.

but it is such a complicated processs!! and i don't think my parents are interested that much

what about the one that Gordon handed you personally? Were they crazy enough to demand that one from you after he left?

that was miranda and no but amy did get fairly upset afterwards

Hi Katy ... your interviews look as if they were shot after the production left the restaurant. Were you interviewed on greenscreen?

Also, Gordon looked like was following after to make sure you were okay. Did he say anything to you afterwards?

my interview was done after yes and haha he didn't say anything really to me, other than asking if i needed a cab ride home. -__-

What was your experience like prior to the show were they just as bad? can you tell us more stories?

what was your worst experience with them?

did gordon ramsay say anything to you afterwards? or once you left that was it?

i think the show just brought out Amy's inner demonic soul. and i never really had the chance to talk to gordon after i left.

So was she usually normal?

define normal

How has your life changed over the last few days? Is your phone ringing off the hook and do you have any upcoming interviews?

i don't think anyone really knows my full name or who i am haha but i have definitely gotten a lot of facebook/twitter action lately.

Sweetpea, You posted your phone number on your twitter. I feel for you right now. At least it is finally entertaining here in Arizona for once.

You were awesome btw

that was an old tweet from weeks back and that is not my number hahaha that is my friend's number


please stop stalking me

I'd ask a question, but your title had too much attitude in it. So rude. Why don't you just leave.


Were there rumors about that place that you knew of before you started? Why did you apply in the first place? (Genuinely curious! I worked for people like them in high school-- God complex and all-- I hope you do well and work at much better places in the future!)

well im new to scottsdale this year and decided to go job hunting one day around where I lived and somehow ended up with getting two jobs! one at Amy's and one at another restaurant. i did not see a reason to say no to their request for the job offer because, hey it's money! and also they seemed very polite during my interview. and I had no clue of their reputation until i googled her to read the infamous blogs.

Fascinating. Did they give you any lowdown prior to Ramsey's visit to the restaurant? Coaching, what to say, etc.?

just to do my job and not look into the cameras basically

How did you get the job there? How were they when you first met them?

i applied just like anyone else and they were relatively nice and presentable when i first met them

When you started working there, how soon did you learn that you forfeit your tips? Did you consider this to be reasonable?

i honestly didnt see it as a big problem because i got paid hourly at least. and this was my first job working in this type of restaurant so i was kind of clueless, persay

just in case you aren't aware (and 600 people haven't told you already), even if you are paid above normal minimum wage, it's illegal for them to take your tips like that... Just sayin...

but i didn't even work there a full month!! i don't see the need to prosecute against them because it's not like i can make much money in tips back, at this point, and lawsuits are such a hassle you know?

Have you considered getting them busted for the money they stole from you and others?

yes but i don't know how or what to do!! and my parents arent the most helpful

Did you submit your social security number to them? if so are you worried about there past?

i don't remember if they did and they don't scare me nonetheless. assholes.

No question, just wanted to say you're fucking hot.

i look weird as nuts in that episode though i'm not sure where my eye brows went!

Did Amy or Samy ever see an episode of the show before? How could they not have anticipated what was about to happen?

honestly i have no idea why they wanted to be on the show. maybe they thought theyd get great publicity from it??? ....

Was what happened on the show the craziest thing you've ever seen them do? Either way, stories!

by far yes! they cut it off short but the first night, after samy brutally yelled at and laid his hands on that one customer, the cops did end up being called and everyone had to leave the restaurant and the producers had to pay for everyone's meals. crazzzyyy

The producers had to pay? Why?

becasue all of the custoers were escorted out during the middle of their dinners.

Why didn't Sammy get arrested for putting his hands on that guy? That was totally out of line. Hes lucky he didn't get beat up.

i think the producers settled everything down when the police came

You're telling me the actual police showed up and they cut that footage? That's like tv gold. I wonder why!

probably because that's almost just tooo much drama and not the main focus of the show

Did you participate in any of the "hating" on their Facebook page?

i liked like 3 funny comments but that's about it.

For Katy if you haven't seen it

oh my gosh thats HILARIOUS!!!

What do your parents think about you being on the show???

honestly i don't think they are that interested!

I think Amy is Bipolar. (As many of you have pointed out - here's the likely problem she has)

How often would she blow up? How often did you just completely cringe at her actions?

Thanks for doing this.

it was an everyday thing with her pretty much. and i don't fully remember but i will say she had less honorable/good actions than compared to her delusional ones.

Are you really a viper?

i don't see any traits about me that could justify me being one, no

was the kitchen always that clean or did they go all out getting everything prepped when they knew they had gotten the show?

for as chaotic and mismanaged as that place seemed, I can't imagine the kitchen and storage is kept that orderly.

gordon even said it was the CLEANEST kitchen he has ever seen! and it's true! i remember talking to samy when picking up my paycheck and he noted how "food can taste differently from me to you, but everything


did it get cut off? it is supposed to end with "but everything is always clean". something along those lines anyhow

Do you know if miranda still works there?

was she ever treated as bad as you?

she quit i think like 2 or 3 days after i did. and yes she was

Any idea how much Gordon tipped her at the end of that first meeting?

twenty dollars

How accurate was the way that Amy was reacting on the show?

Is she always like that, and that bad?

Are there really THAT many people that like this place, like she claims?

i didnt work there that long to justify a statement for this but i do think the show brought out the worse in them. and no it is never packed. i went there 2 weeks ago to the Pita Jungle next door and they had only 3 small patio tables while Pita Jungle was packed, inside and outside. and all tables seen on the show were people who had requested to eat there BECAUSE of the show

Pita Jungle must love them right? Seems like anyone with the slightest complaint gets told to go there instead.

What's your favorite Pita Jungle offering?

ill eat anything from there i love that place!

So far the only thing I've taken from this show is that I really want to try Pita Jungle. They don't have them where I live, and they sound really good.

you should definitely go there when you have the chance

Was the kitchen as clean as it was shown on the show or did they clean it up like the day before he got there?

it was always spotless. same with the dining room. we cleaned a lot.

Seems like it's a good way to pass the time when there's never any customers.

and thats exactly what we did!

Have any of the wait staff ever gotten physical with Amy or Sami? It's hard to imagine going through over 100 staff with those attitudes, and not getting clocked.

i actually don't know! i wouldnt be surprised if samy may have tried to start something though.

Was what happened at the start of the episode the worst thing that you ever saw happen there or was there worse?

Edit - for everyone sending me messages about what happened on the show PLEASE watch it. It is beyond hilarious/cringeworthy/rage inducing. I have written a small description of what happened below but it simply refers to the first 5 minutes BEFORE Gordon even showed up. Link to first part - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G6LY7TJ16pg

that was definitely the worse. even the producers were flabbergasted

Were the desserts store bought? I feel like they were. They looked to...perfect for homemade.

people keep asking me this and i have no clue! im lead to believe that they were yes, but im not certain.

Thanks for the response! Jesus I feel like I was just acknowledged by a celebrity.

hahaha how sweet thank you

Are you afraid Amy and/or Samy may try to take some sort of legal action against you as a result of your speaking out?

if they do then that just shows how low they are going. prosecuting a teenager.

You're 18 years old - you're a legal adult now in the state of Arizona. ALSO anything you say here , right now could be/probably will be brought up in any legal action that you bring against the Bakery or vice versa - FYI !

i don't feel that anything i am saying is incriminating.

It was tragic to watch what you and the other employees endured. Glad you escaped that horrible place.

So my question is Have people been reaching out to you with better job offers?

this happened almost 6 months ago so no! and i had another job at the same time, whom im still working for today. and they're great

So I have to ask: were you really being sassy when you asked "are you sure?" If you were, I don't blame you in the least.

my intentions were good. i may have portrayed myself as being sassy but i did not mean to come off as that.

Fuck, I've sassed my chefs waaaay worse than that. Then they get pissed off at me and an hour later we're doing shots of jager and hugging it out in the walk in. That's how it's supposed to work.


If you had asked her "2B or not 2B?" she would have fired you for being too witty.

i probably would have gotten a smack across the face, too

How old are you?

i was 17 in the episode and now im 18

Did the owners ever threaten harm to any of the customers or the staff? When the customers were walking out because they never received there food it looked like Sammy went after them and was pushing on them. I am surprised with that being on camera that no legal action has occurred from that indecent.

honestly i just dont get how or why they still have a business.

Was Sammy really a playboy in Vegas?

samy? you mean amy?

On the show they said Samy was a playboy, like a big player in Vegas, with all the ladies, you know?

thats a little too hard to believe.

On a regular day, how many people complained about the food? Were you guys instructed to just throw away food that was sent to the back? And lastly, three words in the form of a question: "Are you sure?"

  1. well just imagine if you got mediocre food. just because you werent completely satisfied, doesnt mean you go complain to the managers and demand a refund or money back. most people just let it slide, i feel like. except, on this show, no one let it slide, i guess.

  2. yes.

  3. she messed up a table's order numerous times in a row so when she told me to deliver the dish to that table AGAIN, i simply just asked her if she was sure. didn't mean for her to get so offended!


youtube it my friend

A little personal, but how much did they really pay you?

8 per hour

Isn't that just around minimum in Arizona? Also, I find it hard to believe that anyone was with the company to make up to 14/hour as they claim.

i think they just said that to make themselves look, seem, or feel better.


i have already posted it on my twitter and a picture of me holding up a reddit paper thing

Without going into too much detail about your new job (don't want to compromise you), what do your current bosses/employers think about Amy's Baking Company and about the episode on Kitchen Nightmares?

they have a lot of sympathy for me as they didn't even really know how bad i was treated.

they have a lot of sympathy for me as they didn't even really know how bad i was treated.

If you don't mind me asking, how many other jobs have you had (not including babysitting, dog walking, reffing girls soccer etc etc).

i have had three. one at a dental office, another at a meat and deli shop, and then at the current restaurant i am at. --not counting amy's.

Is it really a surprise when Gordon arrives like they make it seem sometimes, or did you guys know well in advance that he was going to be there? Also, how did you survive there for more than a day or two with those owners??!

it's kind of a dead giveaway that he is coming when there are camera men everywhere. but we didn't know the exact time of his arrival no! and i feel/felt that everyone has less-than-swell bosses in their lifetime. you just have to suck it up and be professional

It really seems like you learned a lot from this experience Katie. I'm very impressed!

thank you!

Do you still talk to any of the waitresses like Miranda? Also, do you regret working at Amy's or does this give a new light on what to look for in job hunting?

yes i do and i do not regret it. it was a good experience, in a sense, and has broadened my horizon in several aspects!

I'm so glad your doing this. It gives me a chance to compliment your cute little face. K~Bye 8)

haha thank you

How long did you work there before you knew something was wrong? Did the employees talk about how the job sucked? (making that assumption)

the other waitress and i casually talked about our disliking towards the restaurant i guess. but not much. mostly just stayed quiet. and honestly not until the show is when everything blew up

Other than the two douchebags...I mean owners, what was the longest and shortest someone's been employed thast you've witnessed?

that i have witnessed, me. or miranda. haha

Was there anything good about working there?

the customers were nice

Im not one to give much criticism, but Fuck ABC

god bless you


it was my senior photo haha nothing special

How much of the Ramsay show production was "staged", "scripted", "written", if any?

none. that i know of.

Would you consider taking legal action against Amy's Baking Company for theft of tips? It's currently against the law in Arizona to withhold tips from the person who initially received them. Meaning you can sue the shit out of crazy ol' cat lady and her shite restaurant, and then get to listen to her defense in court. It'd be hilarious to see her reaction to the judges decision, which would likely be in your favor.

i am definitely not opposed to taking legal action.

Is Gordon the MAN?

he's definitely super chill!!


yes for identity fraud!!!!!!! crazy woman

I'm relatively close to the place, I almost want to go there and send back food just to see what would happen.

i am tempted to go there too and see how they react haha

actually I think we go to the same high school, or you went to mine. anyways yeah they just seem batshit crazy...

where do you go?

Desert Vista

oh yeah i went there last year for a bit!

I have around 20 friends who also want to do this lets set up a date! Lol

count me in!

Tukee represent!


Did the restaurant have regulars?

i'm sure they do. not sure who though


omg i have already posted proof of this!!!

In your experience, did any employees ever make an attempt or talk about forming a union and/or going on strike?

yes there were talks about such actions taking place about the whole "tip" scandal but nothing ever happened

Seems like everyone who worked there was like "Ah fuck it I'll just quit. They aren't worth the trouble."


How come the other girl that said she has worked at restaurants before, did not call the better business bureau or you. Are they even part of the better business bureau?

what is the better business bureau?

I was really confused about the whole POS system thing with Samy being the only person to use it. Were you never allowed to enter in your own orders?? I don't see the reasoning behind that.. I'm a cook and never have seen that done at any restaurant.

Edit: Got it, it's to cover up their shady money laundering. Was looking at it from the standpoint of how inefficient it would be, especially if the restaurant was jammin'.

nope me nor miranda could touch it. the most we could do was take orders. and i never even got to do that.

Do you worry things you say here can be used in a defamation suit?

do you think? i dont feel that i am being unjustly, im just being honest

I'm not a lawyer and I'm not giving you legal advice. Generally speaking, a person can give an opinion about something without it being considered defamation. When what is said is more factual in nature, then a person can be liable if it's false.

again i don't think what im saying could land me in a lawsuit! i am not defaming them or lashing out against them! i am just telling my side and viewpoint of things.


ugh. i posted it on my twitter along with a photo. i am real!

How do you feel watching the show back now?

How was the relationship between Amy and Samy? were they happy together or what? (if you feel like you can answer?)

Are you glad they're getting this attention (do you think they deserve it?) and dug their grave pretty deep?

How are you today?

watching the show made me pretty upset watching it the first go around. but now i find it relatively humorous

Hi Katy! Thanks for doing this - some friends and I had a viewing party last night after watching all of this unfold yesterday. Just wanted to say I've worked for a crazy restaurant owner before (not to the same extent as you), and know what it's like. I give you props for being able to walk away when things got crazy, no one deserves to be treated like that when they're just trying to do their job. I'm glad you've found employment elsewhere.

Since leaving though, have you heard stories of other former employees? If they've gone through hundreds of them, they must have some sort of reputation. If it's what they claim, they were hiring and firing someone almost every other day. That has to be an HR nightmare.

i havent heard of anything about that place since i worked there. so i have no idea what it's been like for them!

Did either of those two nuts ever threaten you with physical violence?

absolutely not

Is Amy's Baking Co a money laundering operation?

i don't know with certainty

Did you ever pocket your tips? Just once? Please tell me you did.


Is the restaurant still open?

they are closed all through next week and apparently then they're going to have a "grand opening" of the restaurant

For anybody more curious about the re-opening, their FB says:

Other Side of Amy’s Baking Company Controversy in Scottsdale To Soon Be Told

SCOTTSDALE, AZ. MAY 15, 2013 -- Amy’s Baking Company will host a Grand Re-Opening on Tuesday night, May 21, following unflattering portrayals on national television.

Customers will be able to decide who is correct: a famous celebrity chef or the marketplace that has supported the small, locally-owned business for six years.

When re-opened, a portion of proceeds will benefit a charity organized to bring awareness to cyber bullying.

Seating is limited. Reservations may be made by emailing [redacted]

Diners will also have the opportunity to meet, and judge for themselves the character of owners Amy and Samy Bouzaglo, who have devoted their lives to and earn their living from their small restaurant. The Bouzaglos have been married for 10 years, after Sammy emigrated from Israel.

The owners will likely be holding a press conference before the Grand Re-Opening and answer falsehoods depicted on a reality television show, including assertions that the restaurant confiscates tips from servers.

In fact, wait staff is paid $8-$14 per hour, two and half to nearly five times the standard hourly wage for servers.

Questions will also be answered about what happened to their Facebook page.

Amy’s Baking Company was recently featured on the hit PBS show “Check Please” and has received A+ reports from CBS 5 for kitchen preparedness.

“We are very upset by what has taken place, apologize about the acrimony that has ensued but now must fight back to save our business. We hope and believe much good can result from what has transpired. We ask the public to keep an open mind as we begin to tell our side of the story,” Samy Bouzaglo said.

For more details, please contact Michael Saucier.


will someone make a reservation and takee me???!!!

Go home, Katy.

i am home

Have you watched the episode and did it give you any satisfaction to hear how Gordon Ramsey spoke to Amy and Samy and how he stood up for the wait staff?

of course i watched it! and i am greatly appreciative for Gordon standing up for us and the past/future staff at Amy's.

What was it like when you found out you were getting knee deep into a whole lot of crazy?

AKA what was your first reaction to finding out you had a batshit crazy boss?

(excuse the language)

i tried to just avoid getting on her their bad side and just do my job! obviously i didn't do too well of a job at that, though.

Did you go home the night you found out, sit down, think for a second, then realize "What the hell!"? I would have.

hahaha i was thinking more along the lines, "damn did i really just cry on national tv"

Katy did you go to Xavier?


Are you on the list of people Amy is going to sue now, because of this AMA?

i don't think there is anything for her to sue me for. i am in no way defaming her, just stating facts and my own personal viewpoint and opinion.

Have you talked to a lawyer or anything yet?


Did you sue? You should've for the tips and for the shitty way they treated you.

no i have not sued and don't plan on it. too much of a hassle!

How long had that other girl who worked in the kitchen been there? Did she also have issues with Amy and Samy? We didn't really see much of her in the show.

she worked there just a little longer than me. maybe a month and a half? and she didn't have as much trouble with the couple as i did, i guess.

Thanks for answering. Also, did Samy contact you after you quit? It seemed like he didn't want you to go, and I think I saw somewhere that you said he could be quite nice.

i met with him to get my pay check and he told me he wanted me to keep my shirt because i always had a job there. (lol) but nope nothing after that!

I don't want to sound like a white-knight Defender of Chivalry, but I felt really bad for you when you got fired. Don't get me wrong, being fired sucks, but I think it was the fact that Amy did it so cruelly, probably specifically in a way to hurt your feelings on national TV that let the entire country see you cry.

I mean, that was just fucking low.

i know i remember being upset for a few days after the whole thing, but now that i look back and reflect on it, it just shows how ugly, mean, and spiteful she truly is.

Do you still keep in touch with Miranda?


What ended up happening to the two men who supposedly had the police called on them during the first part of the episode? (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G6LY7TJ16pg for reference sake)

i don't remember. i remember them giving their side of the story to the police and stuff, but i think everything was just dropped!

Guys, uh, on their Facebook post announcing their Grand Re-Opening they say:

Seating is limited. Reservations may be made by emailing sjones[at]rosemoserallynpr.com.

Rose... mose... rally? NPR? To the Google!

...Why would anyone email someone at a PR firm to make restaurant reservations?

Edit: I guess it's not going to be a normal night. Still really weird.

no clue but get me a reservation i wanna make a guest appearance

What type of restaurant is ABC? Italian? the menu had a lot of "variety". also what's the pricing on the food like?

it's mostly french and italian. and it's pretty pricey. pricey for my sake, that is

How long has that place been in business?

several years

Do you think there going to go down the gutter with in the next year?

it depends. maybe all of this negative publicity will have the reverse effect and get them a ton of business because everyone is so curious now! but i hoping they do finally close down asap

If you could give one piece of advice to the owners at Amy's Baking Company what would it be?

that's a tough one! hmmm maybe to learn and abide by the meaning of professionalism

Do you know if any former employees have tried to sabotage/damage the restaurant after they left? It seems like people who have left there would have a lot of justifiable animosity.

i'd hope not. even in this scenario you should never let your emotions get the best of you

Just came on this wonderful thread to say that Amy couldn't make a pizza to save her life. I know I don't know what food is supposed to taste like according to them, but I work at a pizza shop and I make a lot of pizza everyday. After seeing the crusts on those pies and how she prepared them, I have deduced that this spoiled white bitch has no place in a kitchen.

she has never even been to culinary school or anything, just putting it out there.

Was the events on the show in any way overdramatized?

some customers may have exaggerated a bit in an attempt to be on tv, but other than that, nope! not at all

Thank you so much for doing this! I have a question: Were any of you coached on kitchen nightmares or is it a "what you see is what you get" type deal?

what you see is what you get. in no way were we told what to do or how to act in front of the camera, other than to act normal!

Did anybody ever actually enjoy their food?

it's biased to say otherwise. im sure "someone" liked her store bought food, hehe.

They didn't say this explicitly in the episode but there's no way Amy made those desserts right? They're store bought aren't they?

so many people keep asking this and my personal opinion is that they are not made from her. because how could they be so good but the entrees be so bland? but i don't know for sure

What went through your head when you were fired during the taping? Were you embarrassed to have that on TV, or was it already such a clusterfuck that you knew it was for the best?

i was pissed afterwards that i cried on national tv, yes, and that they caught it all! aahhh but i was glad to at least quit with dignity and in front of all of the staff and producers

Are you going to stop by for their "Grand Reopening" on Tuesday?

i kind of want too but i feel like they would kick me out!

To step away from the show drama a bit:

I finally picked up the new Kid Cudi album, what did you think of Indicud?

one of my favorite artists

Did you know that this was the first time that Gordon ever gave up?

nope! i didn't even know who he was really when this all took place. nor did i ever see the show before

What religion is Amy?


Who's a bigger dick, Samy or Gordon Ramsey when he's hosting Hell's Kitchen?

i don't follow gordon's shows so i can't say

Do you believe them saying their FB account got hacked?

...do you?

How do you feel about your AMA being much more popular than PSY's?

some old man came up to me today and filmed me on his phone and said the exact same thing. trippy

When was the episode filmed?

december 2012

Do you feel like you wanted to kill her ever? Just end it?

that is disgusting

Did Kitchen Nightmares pay you anything for being on the show? Did you have to sign anything prior to them filming?

nope not a dime! and i was underage so i had to sign a bunch of release forms and stuff. haha but i didn't really read them so i don't know what it all was for exactly!

Does the recent shitstorm on their Facebook page bring you to reddit?

twitter did! tweet tweet

Could you please contact Miranda and see if she would come do an AMA here with us? I would love to hear from her as well.

Thanks for the AMA!

i've talked to her she does not want to come forward

Before the show how busy was an average night?

not dead-slow but not occupied enough to keep the staff continuously busy. if that helps give you an idea

What I didn't get, among several other things, is she told you to leave and that you were fired and then said to look at her when she was talking and not run away? Make up your mind, crazy cat bitch!

i am still hung up on that too!

Does Christine still work there? How is she holding up?

i don't know actually! she might! i know that her and amy got along pretty well. though she could never do any of the cooking- just prep work. ----and she is the one who has been to culinary school, not any...

just finished watching it after seeing this thread, it is awful how they treated you guys! But at least you know that they are going to go out. I mean did Amy and Samy really think that they could go on a national show to get advice from an amazing chef, TAKE NONE OF THE ADVICE OR EVEN LISTEN, and manage to keep their business open?

Wouldn't be surprised if people never went their again just because of how they treat customers, much less any food issues.

i'm sure their business will plummet now because of it all

Why did you apply there? Had you not heard anything bad about it before?

nope i am new to scottsdale and none of my friends had even heard of it at the time. so i had no idea

Why didn't you bitch slap Amy and go all crazy on her? I would have lol.

i don't really have an answer for that. it just never came to my mind to do or say anything that could, dare i say, fuck me over later on

This is a theory that I have about Amy's skills in the kitchen. I've noticed on Yelp (going VERY far back in the reviews) that the only dishes that got good ratings were the desserts. Even Chef Ramsey liked the slice of cake at the beginning of the episode. Had the restaurant not gotten so much negative publicity, do you think that the business could have survived if it gave up on full on meal service and went just sold desserts?

i mean theres a possibility. but they'd still be the same crazy amy and samy.

What about the cash tips? Did they take those as well?

any and all tips

I don't get it. With such awful reviews and food, HOW were there customers in the restaurant? BOTH NIGHTS?! It's not like this is some random joint in NYC where people are passing by all the time!

all customers present during the filmmaking had made prior reservations with fox to eat there and be [possibly] featured on the show. it's not like they were just random casual customers!



Did you see the new post they made ?

They hired a PR firm!

"locally-owned business for six years" - I thought they only opened two years ago ?

"The owners will likely be holding a press conference before the Grand Re-Opening and answer falsehoods depicted on a reality television show, including assertions that the restaurant confiscates tips from servers. " - So, they might claim they never took your tips, 'eh?



don't quote me on this, but i thiinkkk when amy was in prison for however long, samy actually still continued to pay rent and keep the restaurant there. maybe not open, but there.

Can you hook me up with Miranda? Is this place still in business? Did you guys (the staff) have an idea that the food was bad? The owners dont seem like the type of people to give employees free food. And did you ever feel bad for the people that got sub-par food but didnt say anything?

yes though it is closed for the time being. and i never got to taste the food so i have no formed opinion on the food. and of course but it wasn't in my hands to fix it

This interview was transcribed from an "ask me anything" question and answer session with Katy Cipriano conducted on Reddit on 2013-05-15. The Reddit AMA can be found here.