Amy’s Baking Company Episode V: The Psycho Employee Contract


By now, this photo has probably been scorched into your memory thanks to the never-ending train wreck that is Amy’s Baking Company. Unsurprisingly, Amy and Samy Bouzaglo — the infamous couple behind the Kitchen Nightmares fiasco — are back in the media spotlight, this time for allegedly requiring employees to sign a legally binding contract featuring a plethora of unreasonable terms

The document was obtained by RadarOnline and includes a non-complete clause stating that employees “shall not work for any competitor within a 50 mile radius of ABC within one year of termination or voluntary resignation.” The contract further outlines that any hint of attitude will get you canned (no poisonous little vipers here!) and failing to show up to work on holidays will earn you a $250 penalty.

While we doubt the legality and ability for Amy’s Baking Co. to actually enforce these “rules,” the desperate publicity stunt/glorious hotmess is amusing at best. You can check out the full, 20-term contract here. Read our personal picks of the litter and comments (italicized) below:

  • No Cell Phones allowed while working. Wot! No Snapchat?!!
  • No purses or bags are allowed inside ABC, (exceptions may be made) however upon leaving a designated employee of ABC has the legal right and consent to inspect any and all packages that you may have brought with you. TSA up in this b*tch!
  • No visiting or unnecessary talking is allowed during your work shift. This causes distractions and results in loss of product. Any may result in possible harm to you, or to others. Sorry, mom!
  • Holidays and Weekends are Mandatory, by signing this contract you are accepting that you will be required to work all Holidays, and Weekends. Due to the nature of our Industry this is a necessity and any No-Show will be monetarily penalized with a fee of $250.00. Santa does not approve.
  • The recipes and techniques that have been developed by Amy at ABC are exclusive and shall remain confidential. Any removal of recipes will be considered theft. Because everybody’s dying to know what goes into their signature frozen ravioli.
  • The wait staff understands that any and all “tips” are property of the “house.” By signing this contract, you agree that you willingly accept a payment of $8.00 to $12.00 per hour to ensure that you will receive some type of payment. Due to the volatile nature of any retail business we are unable to predict when we will have buissness.By signing this contact you agree that you are willfully accepting a payment of $___ per hour instead of tips. If the contract is up to date (which Eater points out it might not be), this particular term contradicts Samy’s previous statement that worker’s earn $5 an hour + tip.
  • It takes a great deal of time, energy and patience on the part of Samy & Amy (the owners) to train and teach our employees. We are investing in you as a new employee, and we are paying you to teach you. By signing this contract you are hereby accepting that you will be employed exclusively by ABC Amy’s Baking Co. LLC. And shall not work for any competitor within a 50 mile radius of ABC within one year of temination or voluntary Resignation, without prior authorization from ABC. Amy’s Baking Co LLC. Nor shall you be allowed to open your own business of the same type, within the above mentioned radius. Don’t even think about opening an Amy’s Baking Company Part Deux.

H/T Eater


Reality TV Show On the Horizon for Amy’s Baking Company


In true Hollyland fashion, Amy and Samy Bouzaglo of Amy’s Baking Company may get the chance to prolong the drama with their very own reality TV show. Radar Online reports that the “off-the-wall and loud-mouthed couple is currently entertaining several offers from production companies for their own show,” with companies like Cineflix vying for the chance to “develop a show around their restaurant and their bad behavior.”

So, kids, what did we learn today? Mostly that telling Gordon Ramsay to f*ck off, stealing waitresses’ tips, serving faux-fresh ravioli, physically threatening customers, and embarrassing yourself on national television will usually land you your own reality TV show. Oh, ‘Murrica.

Unsurprisingly, sources told Radar Online that the couple is “all for it,” given the bad press they received following their re-opening.

H/T + PicThx HuffPo


Amy’s Baking Company Kicks Out Another ‘Hater’ Who Found Flies in Her Drink


Despite the moderate success of last week’s “Grand Re-Opening,” Amy’s Baking Company has managed to scare off another batch of “haters.”

This past Friday, a reporter from the Phoenix Business Journal visited the restaurant with a few friends, only to be kicked out by infamous co-owner Samy Bouzaglo. Yikes, is this #9 on ways to ruin your restaurant?

Reporter Hayley Ringle reports that she and her friends “went in with an open mind,” hoping to get a firsthand account of Amy’s Baking Company and its dubious owners. However, after finding fruit flies in not one, but three different cocktails, she and her friends were kicked out of the restaurant by Samy after complaining about their drinks. On the bright side, at least he offered to pay for all of their untouched cocktails before showing them the door.

You can check out pictures of their sad vodka martinis here. Ringle also notes that the staff was “inexperienced” and “slow,” while the restaurant itself was empty. In the end, she and her party ended up at nearby Pita Jungle — a “super busy and very friendly” alternative to those still hungry after being unceremoniously kicked out of Amy’s Baking Company.

H/T + PicThx EaterPhoenix Business Journal