After 10 years and more than 120 episodes of Kitchen Nightmares, brash reality TV chef Gordon Ramsay has decided to cease production on the restaurant renovation series. "It's been a blast but it's time to call it a day," the Scottish-born Ramsay, who traveled the U.K. and U.S. rehabbing struggling restaurants during 12 seasons of the show, wrote in a post on his personal website Monday, June 23.
First premiering in the U.K. on Channel 4 in 2004, Ramsay brought Kitchen Nightmares to FOX in 2007. A companion series to Ramsay's other FOX staples, Hell's Kitchen, MasterChef and Hotel Hell, Kitchen Nightmares focused on Ramsay's efforts to renovate struggling eateries—and properly train their chefs—nationwide.
Fans of the series will no doubt recall the buzzed-about 2013 episode of Kitchen Nightmares that brought Ramsay to Amy's Baking Company in Scottsdale, Ariz. On the episode, Ramsay attempted to dole out tough love to co-owners Amy and Samy Bouzaglo, only to walk off set and declare the duo's eatery "too far gone."
"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," Ramsay wrote on his blog, referencing Amy's Baking Company. "I'm glad I've been able to entertain and hopefully help a few people along the way."
Ramsay will continue to film four final episodes of Costa Del Nightmares for U.K.'s Channel 4.
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