Gordon Ramsay serves up Kitchen Nightmares at Fox after ten-year absence

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A decade after he walked away from Kitchen Nightmares, Gordon Ramsay is bringing the hit culinary show back to Fox.

The channel announced its fall schedule non-release on Monday morning.

Surprisingly it included an all-new season of the show, which abruptly ended nine years ago at Ramsay’s behest when he decided it was time to “call it a day”.

The show first aired in the UK in 2004, and was also broadcast in the US – proving a hit.

An American version was brought to Fox in 2007 and ran for seven seasons and nearly 100 episodes between 2007 and 2014.

The format sees Ramsay spend a week with the owners of failing restaurants across America.

He analyses their menu and business model and attempts to help them revive their eatery by giving them tough love and home truths.

Announcing that he wouldn’t be making any more episodes ten years ago, Ramsay took to his website.

“I’ve had a phenomenal 10 years making 123 episodes, 12 seasons, shot across 2 continents, watched by tens of millions of people and sold to over 150 countries.

“It’s been a blast but it’s time to call it a day,” he wrote.

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“During this time, I’ve visited over 100 restaurants, meeting and trying to help or in some cases failing to help, some of the most weird and wonderful people.

“Of course, Amy’s Baking Company is a standout along with Bonaparte’s but there were good times too; the lovely sisters at La Galleria and Momma Cherri’s to name but two.”

He signed off: “It’s been memorable! Thank you for watching.”

The show was originally produced by ITV Studios America in association with Optomen and A Smith & Co. But it seems Ramsay will be far more hands-on this time around.

The new series will be produced by his own Studio Ramsay which he operates as a joint venture with Fox.

Ramsay followed Kitchen Nightmares with Gordon Ramsay’s 24 Hours To Hell and Back, which ran for three seasons on the network.

The return of the show means that he will have a lot of programmes on the Fox menu.

Hell’s Kitchen, MasterChef and MasterChef Jr. are all long-running hits for the channel and the fledgling Next Level Chef was recently renewed for seasons three and four,

Unfortunately, Next Level Chef did not prove as popular with UK audiences.

A series was commissioned late last year by ITV, but poor ratings meant that it didn’t get renewed.

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