Gordon Ramsay is back in the kitchen and on the war path for a reboot of Kitchen Nightmares. Ten years after the original series concluded, one of Ramsay’s most iconic series is making a comeback on Fox, with the chef dishing out helpings of his now-iconic tough-love attitude to restaurants in peril. David de Angelis, the show’s executive producer, has shared his thoughts on the reboot as he discussed the behind-the-scenes processes of Kitchen Nightmares and why the show chose to return when it did.
David de Angelis Talks ‘Kitchen Nightmares’ and Gordon Ramsay
First premiering in 2007, Kitchen Nightmares is a reality TV show that follows chef Gordon Ramsay as he visits struggling restaurants across America and whips them back into shape. The series, which originally ran for seven seasons, rose to popularity thanks to Ramsay’s infamous tough-love, no-holds-barred attitude when it came to restaurant owners and workers who needed to shape up. Ramsay’s methods got results, and more importantly, they were seen as a breath of fresh air for audiences. Now, nearly a decade after it was last on air, Kitchen Nightmares is coming back to Fox.
When asked about the upcoming reboot, executive producer David de Angelis promised Deadline that the new series would have “everything that [audiences] loved” about the original Kitchen Nightmares, namely “out of control owners, egotistical chefs, terrible food, lazy staff…and Gordon, that is.”
As he walked through the show’s selection process and how Ramsay selected which restaurants he would help, de Angelis explained that a large part behind why Kitchen Nightmares is making a comeback now, of all times, is because restaurants need the help now more than ever.
Restaurants have never had a harder time than they had over the last couple of years. Gordon and his restaurants were not immune to that, either. So, for Gordon, I think he thought this was the best time to bring the show back to see if he can’t help some of those restaurants that have made it through the pandemic and made it through all the changes in the restaurant industry over the last couple of years and really reach out to those people and see if he can give a lifeline and get them back on track.David de Angelis, Executive Producer
Later on in the same interview, David de Angelis went on to discuss the show itself and what the new season of Kitchen Nightmares has in store. According to de Angelis, the first episode of the new season is “quintessential Kitchen Nightmares with a family at war and a restaurant in chaos”, while the second episode follows a family of restaurant owners that are out of their depth. Other episodes will explore a restaurant run down by the pandemic and restaurant owners struggling with their mental health while running a business, among other exciting news.
Gordon Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares returns to Fox on September 25 at 8 pm ET/PT.