Gordon Ramsay Strikes ITV Deal for Two Shows, Will Guest Host Late-Night Series
"I’m really excited to work on three completely different formats with ITV," says the chef and TV personality about a documentary and a cooking series from his Studio Ramsay and an upcoming late-night show.
U.K. TV giant ITV said Monday that chef and TV star Gordon Ramsay will return to its flagship network to front a new primetime documentary series, to appear on the first week of a daytime cooking show and to guest host upcoming late-night entertainment series The Nightly Show.
The chef's own Studio Ramsay will produce the new 20-episode hourlong daytime cookery series Culinary Genius, which is due later in the year, and the documentary show.
"The new programs in the pipeline mark the superstar chef's return back to where he first launched the globally successful and multi-award nominated Hell's Kitchen," ITV said.
ITV called Culinary Genius "an entirely original format mixing food with compelling game show and cooking elements." It will feature a different guest chef each week, with Ramsay appearing in the first week, with a host yet to be confirmed. Added ITV: "The high-octane, large-scale competition will run for four weeks on ITV, and each episode will see nine keen amateur cooks competing across a range of challenges in the hope of taking home a cash prize and the title of Culinary Genius."
Ramsay will also present the still-unnamed primetime documentary series, which will begin filming this year. Both the documentary series and Culinary Genius will be distributed by All3media International, a unit of Discovery Communications and Liberty Global's All3Media.
Ramsay will first be back on ITV as guest host for one week of The Nightly Show, ITV’s new week-night entertainment series. The 30-minute daily show will air at 10 p.m. over five nights a week for an eight-week run, featuring a different big-name host each week. Second Act Productions is producing it.
Said Ramsay: "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."