NEW YORK (JTA) — An unsavory appearance on Gordon Ramsay’s “Kitchen Nightmares” turned out to be a PR nightmare for Samy Bouzaglo, the owner of Amy’s Baking Company in Scottsdale, Ariz. But the Morocco-born Israeli appears to have bigger problems than sassing a reality show host and becoming entertainingly unhinged on Facebook (and then blaming the crazy posts on hackers).
Bouzaglo, who runs Amy’s with his wife, Amy, could be facing deportation — to Israel.
He was in U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement proceedings recently, but his lawyer wouldn’t comment on the case, telling the media it had nothing to do with the show. David Asser, a Scottsdale attorney, told the website azcentral last week that the case began two years ago.
Bouzaglo it seems served jail time before his arrival in the United States 13 years ago. And Amy, formerly known as Amanda Bossingham, had spent a year in prison for using another person’s Social Security number to apply for a $15,000 bank loan.
Amy’s had its “grand reopening” last week, post-”Kitchen Nightmares,” but it looks like the Bouzaglos’ time may have been better spent doing some market research: Tel Aviv could probably use another restaurant, albeit apparently subpar.
CAPTION: Samy and Amy Bouzaglo, owners of Amy’s Baking Company in Scottsdale, Ariz., had their problems on “Kitchen Nightmares” and afterward. (Facebook)