Gordon Ramsey turns to expat restaurants
Everybody's favourite foul-mouthed chef will be turning his critical eye on British restaurants abroad for the next series of his hit tv show Kitchen Nightmares.
Gordon Ramsey will travel to British kitchens all over Europe in order to whip expat restaurateurs into shape with his trademark barbs and outspoken ways. Ramsey's Kitchen Nightmares has proved to be a hit with audiences on both sides of the Atlantic, tuning in to watch the acerbic chef turn around struggling establishments with a double serving of tough love.
According to the Telegraph, the BAFTA-winning series is now broadening its gaze and is on the look-out for British-run businesses abroad that could do with a pep talk from Ramsey.
Nicola Lloyd, producer of the show, told the newspaper: "The series will see Gordon travel to Europe's holiday hot spots to help Brit-owned restaurants, hotels and B&Bs that are struggling to make ends meet. "We'd love to hear from any owners, managers or head chefs who feel they could benefit from Gordon's help and advice."
Filming for the new series is set to take place during May and June with a broadcast date set for Channel 4 later in the year. Expats interested in featuring on the series are encouraged to contact the production team behind the series, One Potato Two Potato.
The newspaper reports that a decision has not yet been made on precise locations, but that producers are actively looking for restaurants, hotels and B&Bs in Spain, France, Greece and Cyprus.
With the recession plunging many establishments across Europe into turmoil, it is likely that many businesses will be keen to enlist the Michelin-starred chef to help them turn their fortunes around – particularly in Spain and the Costa del Sol, which has been so popular among relocating Brits.
Scotland-born Ramsey is himself something of an expat – splitting his time these days between South London and Los Angeles.
He received his first two Michelin stars within three years of becoming a chef at Aubergine in London and in 1998, by the age of just 31, he opened his first own-name restaurant. Since then, he has opened up a chain of restaurants all over the world including Italy and the US.