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More Than 80 Percent Of Restaurants On Gordon Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares Have Closed

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More Than 80 Percent Of Restaurants On Gordon Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares Have Closed

More than 80 percent of restaurants on Gordon Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares are now permanently closed.

Of the 105 restaurants visited by celeb chef Ramsay across the UK, US, France and Spain (Costa del Nightmares), a maximum of 19 are still open - and many of them now have new owners and a new name.

More than 80 percent of restaurants on Gordon Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares are now closed. Credit: Optomen/FOX
More than 80 percent of restaurants on Gordon Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares are now closed. Credit: Optomen/FOX

When I say 'a maximum' of 19, I mean a few have been difficult to verify, given the current pandemic and a lack of online presence in some cases. As such, we've given the benefit of the doubt to restaurants that have shown some sign of life not too long ago and haven't explicitly closed.

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Even then, that's a survival rate of about 18 percent.

That might seem surprisingly low, given that the vast majority of episodes end with the restaurant seemingly transformed, with flashforward clips often confirming that the eatery is now heading in the right direction.

However, it is worth remembering that the very premise of the show is built on the fact that these restaurants are in dire straits, often drowning in financial hardship, staff conflict and stomach-turning hygiene standards.

On top of that, much of the show was filmed a long time ago, with the first episode broadcast way back in 2004. It's no mean feat for any restaurant to stay alive and kicking year after year, let alone restaurants that leave raw meat to rot behind the dessert counter.

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Studio Ramsay declined to comment when approached by LADbible.

He is faced with a huge challenge every episode. Credit: Optomen/FOX
He is faced with a huge challenge every episode. Credit: Optomen/FOX

You can currently find the Michelin star-winning chef operating in unfamiliar territory as a gameshow host.

His new show Bank Balance began airing on the BBC last week and it immediately drew comparisons to The Million Pound Drop.

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The show follows contestants as they attempt to answer various questions in order to place different sized stacks of gold bars on a balance board. It's high-pressured stuff, as the contestants could end up walking away with £100,000 ($140,000).

You can catch it after the watershed on BBC One - because no matter what the format, the man has got to be given the freedom to be himself/swear a lot.

Speaking to the BBC, he said: "I didn't go up there all cocksure about becoming a phenomenal game show host, I wanted to be me.

"And I think, on the back of that level of support from the BBC, and not [putting me] in a straitjacket, I needed room to breathe. And so there's something pretty dynamic about being given a show at 9pm."

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Topics: Food, TV and Film, Gordon Ramsay

Jake Massey
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