Gordon Ramsay to star in new Fox 'Kitchen Nightmares' series
By Christopher Rocchio, 01/03/2007
Fox is so happy with the work of Hell's Kitchen star Gordon Ramsay that it's ordering seconds. The network has announced that has ordered Kitchen Nightmares, a new reality series that will follow the sharp tongued and frequently angry British chef as he travels across America and helps restaurants in crisis.
Each Kitchen Nightmares episode will see Ramsay visit a different struggling American food establishment. After arriving at the restaurant in crisis, Ramsay will motivate the owners and bully the kitchen's brigade in an attempt to reverse the fortunes of each struggling restaurant in just one week. Whether he'll save them from their current nightmare or just create a new one will depend on how the establishment's lazy cooks and moody wait staff respond.
Similar to Fox's popular Hell's Kitchen reality series, Kitchen Nightmares will be an American adaptation of Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares, Ramsay's existing hit U.K. reality series. The series, which mixes Ramsay's fiery passion with a softer nurturing side, made its British premiere in April 2004 and has since won a British Academy of Film and Television Arts award for Best Feature at the British Academy Television Awards in 2005 as well as the 2006 International Emmy for best non-scripted entertainment.
Kitchen Nightmares will begin production in February and is being produced by Granada America, based on a format by Optomen Television. Arthur Smith, Pat Llewellyn, Kent Weed, Gerry McKean and Curt Northrup will serve as the show's executive producers.