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Gordon Ramsay to be thrown to the sharks

30 November 2010 3:59 AM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Ramsay's Shark Bait will see chef investigating environmental impact of fishing as well as swimming with a bull shark

He gave us the F Word – lots of them – and had a bellyful of Kitchen Nightmares. Now Channel 4 has a new wheeze for resident chef Gordon Ramsay – throwing him to the sharks.

Ramsay's latest Channel 4 series, Ramsay's Best Restaurant, did not perform as well as his previous efforts so Ramsay's Shark Bait could be just the ratings tonic he requires.

The chef goes swimming with a bull shark – among the most likely sharks to attack humans – in what Channel 4 says is his "scariest challenge to date".

It is part of the broadcaster's latest season of food programmes in what has become an annual January event featuring Ramsay, Jamie Oliver, Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, Heston Blumenthal and new recruit, chef and eco-friendly restaurateur Arthur Potts Dawson.

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- John Plunkett

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Jay Hunt faces dilemma over renewal of Gordon Ramsay's Channel 4 deal

17 November 2010 3:28 AM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Ramsay's contract runs until mid-2011 and new chief creative officer will have to decide if he still has ratings golden touch

The question of whether to renew Gordon Ramsay's exclusive deal with Channel 4 will be one of the biggest decisions awaiting Jay Hunt when she joins as chief creative officer on 5 January.

Ramsay's four-year contract runs until the middle of 2011 and with disappointing figures for his latest Channel 4 series by his impressive standards and lurid media coverage of his personal life and business dealings, Hunt will have to decide if he still has the ratings golden touch.

The unflattering headlines reached a crescendo last week with Ramsay's open letter to his mother-in-law in the pages of the London Evening Standard, in which he revealed he had paid a private detective to investigate his father-in-law and ousted business manager, Chris Hutcheson.

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Gordon Ramsay: the culinary hot ticket is beginning to cool down

23 October 2010 4:06 PM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Family dissension, declining restaurant ratings, and a lack of enthusiasm for his latest television offerings add up to trouble for the celebrity chef

Gordon Ramsay has been no stranger to bad news in the last couple of years. His restaurant empire has faltered; he has been accused of torrid sexual wrongdoings; former proteges have turned against him.

Through it all, the two central relationships in his life have appeared to stand firm: that to his wife, Tana, and to his father-in-law and business partner, Chris Hutcheson. Last week, however, the second of these was shown to be less resilient than was thought when it was announced that Hutcheson had left his position as CEO of Gordon Ramsay Holdings Ltd.

It isn't yet clear what caused the rupture (all we know is that it followed a blazing row) but the implications for Ramsay cannot be anything other than extremely worrying. More »

- William Skidelsky

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