"Kitchen Nightmares", in which Ramsay parachutes into failing restaurants for a week in a bid to fix them, has been a success in Britain and is due to debut in the United States in September on the Fox network.
But according to a lawsuit filed in US District Court in Manhattan, not all of those targeted by Ramsay walked away from the experience happy.
Martin Hyde, the former general manager of Dillons, an Indian restaurant in Manhattan's theatre district, is asking a judge to block airing of the show, saying exaggerations about the restaurant's conditions will destroy its reputation and the good name of the people who worked there.
Hyde said he was blamed for the way the kitchen was run even though as general manager he had no control over the kitchen.
Dillons' owner, Muhammad Islam, declined to comment on the lawsuit but said the restaurant had improved since Ramsay's visit. A representative for Ramsay said that he has not yet reviewed the lawsuit.