ITV was one of the first outlets to outline Gordon Ramsay’s new projects, which include a primetime documentary series, a daytime cookery series and his role as host on the network’s upcoming late-night entertainment series, “The Nightly Show”. The new projects will be a return to form for Ramsay, who first launched “Hell’s Kitchen” on ITV.
Studio Ramsay will produce the new daytime cookery series, which is slated for 2017. “Culinary Genius” will be an original format series, mixing food with gameshow and cooking elements. The competition will run for four weeks on ITV, and each episode will see nine amateur cooks competing across a range of challenges in the hope of taking home a cash prize, and the title of Culinary Genius. Featuring a different guest professional chef each week, with Gordon Ramsay appearing in the first week of shows, the series will air in 2017. Other hosts will be confirmed at a later date. Culinary Genius was commissioned by ITV’s Head of Daytime, Helen Warner.
Ramsay will also present a primetime documentary series, which will begin filming this year, and will also be produced by Studio Ramsay. The documentary series has been commissioned by ITV’s Head of Factual Entertainment, Sue Murphy. Both the documentary series and Culinary Genius will be distributed by All3media International.
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 run for eight weeks, and feature a different host each week. David Walliams will be in the hot seat for the launch week with more high profile names alongside Ramsay and Walliams to be announced in the near future. The Nightly Show will be produced for ITV by Second Act Productions and the commissioner is ITV’s Head of Comedy Entertainment Peter Davey.
Gordon Ramsay said: “We’re reaching audiences on every level with this one, and I’m really excited to work on three completely different formats with ITV.”
ITV’s Director of Television Kevin Lygo said: “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.”
Studio Ramsay’s first production, a live food variety show called “The F Word,” will premiere this year on Fox. Should the new shows and special gain momentum, it will be interesting to see if FOX plans on bringing them across the pond to U.S. viewers.
One of Ramsay’s latest cookbooks ‘Gordon Ramsay Bread Street Kitchen: Delicious Recipes for Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner to Cook at Home,’ stood at the top of the charts for quite some time. The book, along with the many others Ramsay has created, is available on sites like Amazon.com.