ITV has announced that Gordon Ramsay is to return to the channel with various projects.
Gordon Ramsay pictured for his ‘Kitchen Nightmares’ Channel 4 series.
The fiery chef and TV personality launched Hell’s Kitchen on ITV back in 2004, the format seeing celebrities and briefly joe public cooking and serving up food for sometimes-famous diners in a specially-built restaurant-kitchen. A professional chef oversaw their work while a public vote determined eliminations.
Ramsay’s subsequent exclusive contract with Channel 4 prohibited his appearing beyond the first series so Gary Rhodes & Jean-Christophe Novelli and Marco Pierre-White starred in following runs – the first two involved in a short-lived multi-kitchen adjustment to the show’s format for its second series. The show has had a successful run stateside with Ramsay, but ended in the UK after four series in 2009.
Gordon is now returning to ITV with a series for primetime, a series for daytime and as a host of its upcoming late night entertainment series, The Nightly Show.
“We’re reaching audiences on every level with this one, and I’m really excited to work on three completely different formats with ITV.” – Gordon Ramsay
Studio Ramsay is to produce both a twenty-part series, Culinary Genius, for ITV’s daytime schedule and a hard-hitting primetime documentary series with Ramsay. Culinary Genius is described as ‘an entirely original format mixing food with compelling gameshow and cooking elements’.
Ramsay will first be back on ITV in 2017, as guest host for one week of The Nightly Show, ITV’s brand new week-night entertainment series. The 30-minute daily entertainment show will air at 10pm, displacing ITV News at Ten, and the series will be stripped over five nights a week for an eight week run, featuring a different big name host each week.
“Gordon is not only a world class chef, but a world class TV presenter, it’s a great thing to have him back where it all started, with some brand new shows. He’s an irrepressible talent and we are really looking forward to his return to ITV in 2017.” – Kevin Lygo, ITV’s Director of Television