Gordon Ramsay’s well-publicised big-screen debut has bombed at the British box office, taking a measly £121 over its opening weekend, which is coincidentally about the price of a meal in one of his London restaurants.
Love’s Kitchen, a romantic comedy that stars Dougray Scott as a chef who’s fallen on hard times, features Ramsay in a cameo role.
The film has been savaged by critics, with some reviewers predicting a deluge of demands for refunds from nonplussed punters. Though with cinema tickets costing about £10 a pop these days, there evidently can’t be too many people waiting to get their money back.
Love’s Kitchen is reported to have played on five screens over the weekend, taking an average of £24 at each venue.
Looking at the positives, however, the public’s decision to steer clear of Love’s Kitchen means that Ramsay will be spared the indignity of masses of people spotting his name misspelled as "Ramsey" in the film’s credits.
Radio Times reviewer David Parkinson was kinder to Love’s Kitchen than many critics, although even he acknowledged that its storyline “is as predictable as a greasy spoon menu”. The Mirror, on the other hand, claimed that it was so terrible it constitutes a veritable “masterclass in how not to make a film”.
Love’s Kitchen is far from the first film folly on the part of a British celebrity, however, and will go down in history alongside such notable home-grown turkeys as:
1. Shoreditch (2003)
EastEnder Shane Richie sank £500,000 of his own money into this deservedly obscure period crime drama that tanked at the box office, making just £2,272 over its opening weekend before disappearing into oblivion.
2. Pimp (2010)
An odd hybrid of faux-documentary and drama centred on Soho’s thriving sex industry was never likely to challenge Harry Potter at the box office, but the film earned just £205 in its opening weekend and is now best remembered as the film responsible for one of Mark Kermode's broadcasting tics.
3. Honest (2000)
A real collusion of celebrities here: Eurythmics guitarist Dave Stewart directed three members of All Saints in a comedy crime caper set in the 1960s. While it didn’t perform quite as badly as Love’s Kitchen, it still earned back only £111,309 of its £3 million budget, and that was after showing on 220 screens…