The venue for tonight's first programme is La Lanterna in Letchworth, Hertfordshire. Twenty-eight-year-old owner and head chef Alex offers modern Italian cuisine, a taste of Little Italy in... See full summary »

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The venue for tonight's first programme is La Lanterna in Letchworth, Hertfordshire. Twenty-eight-year-old owner and head chef Alex offers modern Italian cuisine, a taste of Little Italy in England's first garden city, and the restaurant is run by his best mate maitre d' Gavin, helped by his ex-air hostess girlfriend Emily. But Alex has no customers, cookers that don't work and an expensive menu that's about as authentically Italian as a spag bol. He re-mortgaged his house to buy the business, it's losing £1,000 a week, he hasn't slept for months but still runs round town in a flash car (number plate: A1CHEF) that's worth more than the restaurant. Running out of money, inspiration and energy, Alex is on the verge of losing everything. Gordon rolls up his sleeves and sets to work on the encrusted kitchen cookers and hapless front-of-house staff. Can a strict diet of brutal honesty, radical food surgery and undiluted energy turn things round, or is it only a matter of time before the ... Written by Anonymous

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24 May 2005 (UK)  »

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La Lanterna finally succumbed and closed in 2006. See more »

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Gordon Ramsay: Everybody knows I have a lot of respect for TV chef Antony Worrall Thompson.
[in a voiceover as he talks to Antony on a cellphone, trying to sell the car with the pricey plate 1A 6HEF]
Chef Antony Worrall Thompson: Ummm, not really my cup of tea, Gordon.
Gordon Ramsay: Not your cup of tea? I didn't think it would be, you know that? And we know you're not in need of a penis extension.
Chef Antony Worrall Thompson: Not quite.
Gordon Ramsay: Exactly that.
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O Sole Mio
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Written by Eduardo Di Capua and Giovanni Capurro
Performed by Luciano Pavarotti
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