NJ Chef Featured On 'Kitchen Nightmares' Found Dead

Chef Gordon Ramsay looks on as he prepares the food for the opening party in his maze Restaurant at the new One&Only Cape Town resort on April 2, 2009 in Cape Town, South Africa Chef Gordon Ramsay looks on as he prepares the food for the opening party in his maze Restaurant at the new One&Only Cape Town resort on April 2, 2009 in Cape Town, South Africa

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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