‘Kitchen Nightmares’ Chef Kills Himself

by | September 28, 2010 at 11:36 AM | Hell's Kitchen, TV News

Gordon Ramsay and Joseph Cerniglia in a 2007 Episode of 'Kitchen Nightmares' (Photo: Fox/DailyMail)

Gordon Ramsay and Joseph Cerniglia in a 2007 Episode of 'Kitchen Nightmares' (Photo: Fox/DailyMail)


TRENTON, N.J. – A New Jersey chef once featured on Gordon Ramsay’s ‘Kitchen Nightmares‘ show has jumped to his death from the George Washington Bridge.

New York City police say the body of 39-year-old Joseph Cerniglia was found floating in the Hudson River on Friday.

Cerniglia owned Campania in Fair Lawn, N.J.

In 2007, the debt-ridden restaurant was featured on Ramsay’s show. On the show, he described “overwhelming” personal debt and estimated he owed purveyors about $80,000.

Cerniglia is the former executive chef for the New York-based Gallagher’s Steakhouse chain.

He is the second former contestant on a Ramsay television show to commit suicide. The other was a former competitor on his ‘Hell’s Kitchen‘ chef competition.

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