Gordon Ramsay hangs up his apron for 'Kitchen Nightmares'

British chef Gordon Ramsay puts an end to

British chef Gordon Ramsay puts an end to "Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares" after 10 years. (AFP PHOTO / FILES / STEPHANE DE SAKUTIN)

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On Monday, the hot-tempered British chef has made an announcement on his official website: he is putting an end to his TV show.

Ten years, 123 restaurants, 99 cities and 10,197 swear words. Since 2004, the chef, who has received two Michelin stars, has not been idle. An international success, Ramsay's "Kitchen Nightmares" on the UK's Channel 4 has been released in no less than 150 countries and adapted in about 30 others.

If he admits that this was the show that really propelled his TV career, Gordon Ramsay has nonetheless decided to stop making it. "I'm currently filming 4 new episodes, Costa Del Nightmares, for Channel 4 which will be my last," he writes on his website. "I've had a phenomenal 10 years making 123 episodes, 12 seasons, shot across 2 continents, watched by tens of millions of people and sold to over 150 countries. It's been a blast but it's time to call it a day."

But the chef is not stopping television for good. He is notably one of the jury members for "US Masterchef" and he continues to train young cooks in the UK and US versions of "Hell's Kitchen."


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