ITV announced yesterday (Monday January 20) that multi-Michelin starred chef Gordon Ramsay is set to return to the channel to front a daytime cookery series.
He will also present a primetime documentary series, and guest-host a late night entertainment series.
The new programmes in the pipeline mark the superstar cook’s return to ITV, where he first launched the globally successful and multi-award nominated show ‘Hell’s Kitchen’.
Studio Ramsay will produce ‘Culinary Genius’: a new daytime cookery due to air later this year. Described as ‘an entirely original format mixing food with game show and cooking elements’, the competition will run for 20 episodes over four weeks.
In each 60-minute episode, nine amateur cooks will compete across a range of challenges in the hope of taking home a cash prize, and the title of Culinary Genius.
The series will feature a different guest professional chef each week, with Gordon appearing in the first week. The host will be confirmed in due course.
Studio Ramsay is now looking for contestants to take part. To apply, email for an application form or go to www.itv.com/beontv
The last date for applications is 23:59 on February 28 and the audition/casting stage will take place in March.
Gordon will also present a hard-hitting documentary series, which will begin filming this year, to be produced by Studio Ramsay.
In addition, Gordon will appear on a brand new week-night entertainment series, ‘The Nightly Show’ as a guest host for one week.
The 30-minute show will air five nights a week at 10pm for an eight week run.
Each week will feature a different big name host. Comedian, actor, author, and TV presenter David Walliams will be in the hot seat for the launch week, followed by Gordon. More high profile names will be announced soon.
Commenting on his return to ITV, Gordon said: “We’re reaching audiences on every level with this one, and I’m really excited to work on three completely different formats with ITV.”
ITV’s director of television Kevin Lygo added: “Gordon is not only a world class chef, but a world class TV presenter. It’s a great thing to have him back where it all started, with some brand new shows. He’s an irrepressible talent and we’re really looking forward to his return to ITV in 2017.”