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With the launch of Hotel Hell, his fourth series on Fox, Ramsay reaffirms his monopoly on the network’s summer schedule.
Hell’s Kitchen remains the network’s highest-rated program during the off months, and the third season of MasterChef recently fielded 57,000 applicants — including one finalist who surprised Ramsay himself. “There’s a blind woman, and she plates like an angel,” says the 45-year-old marathon runner and married father of four.
His brand, which moves into hospitality with Hotel Hell, includes two series on BBC America, a new documentary in the U.K. that is likely headed for a stateside deal, 18 books and new restaurants in Los Angeles and Las Vegas that employ contestants from his shows. Ramsay may even trek to China, where Shine Group recently sold the Australian format of MasterChef: “The producers told me, ‘We potentially have an audience of 500 million,’” he says.