Can the Brits save food TV?

What to eat. What not to eat.
Jan. 5 2005 4:16 PM

Bloody Hell's Kitchen

The foul-mouthed British chef who could save food TV.

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The really bad news about Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares is that there are only four episodes. Ramsay is slated to turn up on Fox in a new series where he offers chef boot camp to nonprofessionals. But that concept doesn't sound nearly as fun, or as revealing. After all, Nightmares is unique among reality shows in its economic realism. There is something refreshing about a show that doesn't promise a ticket to ride (a surgical makeover, a million dollars, Richard Branson's job) but instead offers restaurant owners the hope—if they seriously reform their establishments—that they might, just might, break even for the next few months.