Gordon Ramsay closes down Kitchen Nightmares

Gordon Ramsay is giving Kitchen Nightmares, the TV show that made him an international star, the chop.

The Channel 4 series – which sees the chef visit failing restaurants and helping them turn their businesses around – has run for 10 years and featured 123 restaurants.

Gordon announced the end of the show on Twitter.

He said: “As filming comes to a close on the latest series of Kitchen Nightmares I’ve decided to stop making the show.

“I’m currently filming four new episodes, Costa Del Nightmares, for Channel 4 which will be my last. I’ve had a phenomenal 10 years making 123 episodes, 12 seasons, shot across two 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.

“Starting in 2004 this was the show that really propelled my TV career and I’m very grateful for the amazing team behind the series and for the support from the viewers for almost over a decade! From the first episode which aired in April 2004 with over five million viewers we’re now 12 seasons later and it’s been an amazing journey.

“In 2007 we took the show to America on Fox and they’ve just finished airing series seven this summer. 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.”

Recalling some of his favourite moments, he added: “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.

“I’d like to thank you all for being so supportive. I’m glad I’ve been able to entertain and hopefully help a few people along the way. It’s sad to say goodbye to Kitchen Nightmares, but I’ll be continuing with my other shows. It’s been memorable! Thank you for watching.”

The 47-year-old Michelin-starred chef first appeared on TV in a fly-on-the-kitchen-wall documentary about restaurant kitchens in 1998. His fierce temper and foul language caught the attention of TV bosses and he signed up to Channel 4 in 2004.

But with his Channel 4 contract due to end, Gordon is expected to move over to ITV to front a show by next year.