Gordon Ramsay visits some of Europe's holiday hotspots, meeting Brits abroad struggling with restaurants in crisis.
Michelin-starred chef Gordon Ramsay is back with his trademark mix of tough talking and inspirational leadership.
Irrepressible and irresistible, Gordon has a well-earned reputation for offering a radical approach to fixing failing restaurants, taking viewers to the heart of the harsh reality of running a business, forging cast-iron recipes for success and offering the owners the chance of redemption, even in the most unpromising situations.
This time around, Gordon explores new territory by visiting some of Europe's holiday hotspots and meeting Brits abroad struggling with restaurants in crisis.
At first, it's off to Fuengirola on the Costa del Sol, and Mayfair – a restaurant in a prime location on the busy seafront that should be raking it in, but is almost empty. Next up is Capbreton, a popular coastal town in south-west France, where Tim and Debbie are struggling with their three-year-old restaurant, Le Deck. In the white-washed mountain village of Gaucin, half an hour from the Costa del Sol, a brand new upmarket restaurant is already heading for disaster. And finally, Gordon visits a family-run restaurant on the Costa Blanca that's losing 3,000 euros a week.
Whether it's lazy chefs, filthy kitchens or crackpot business ideas, Gordon wastes no time in cutting to the chase.
As part of a puffin-hunting segment for his F Word series in 2008, Gordon scaled the face of a perilous 85-metre cliff on Iceland's Westman Islands, lost his footing and plunged into the icy waters below. Weighed down by hefty hiking gear, he remained submerged for 45 seconds and left the TV crew fearing him dead.
Gordon clocked up a whopping 115 F-word outbursts during a 40-minute episode of Great British Nightmare in 2009.
Gordon Ramsay OBE, a title bestowed upon him in 2006, is a pretty big fella. He stands over 1.88m (6ft 2in) tall and fills size 15 shoes, which he has to have custom-made.
Gordon has a black belt in karate and keeps fit with kick-boxing, his current sport of choice.
The Beckhams are close friends of the Ramsay family. Gordon has a framed LA Galaxy shirt from David hanging in his games room, which bears the scrawl: “To the best f***ing chef in the world, love David”.
Despite his craggy face serving him well (he was voted ‘Britain's Sexiest Male Celebrity Chef’ in a 2008 survey), in March 2010, Gordon fessed up to having a bit of cosmetic enhancement to up his dishy credentials after advice from music mogul Simon Cowell.
In the early 80s he was a triallist with Glasgow Rangers, but knee and back injuries prevented him from being signed or making either the reserve or first team.
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