NJ Chef Featured On ‘Kitchen Nightmares’ Found Dead
First Published: September 28, 2010 1:14 PM EDT Credit: Getty Images
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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