Gordon Ramsay to produce restaurant-based drama series for US TV

The Inferno will focus on an Italian super-chef turning around the fortunes of a failing New York eatery

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Gordon Ramsay is producing a new restaurant-based drama series called The Inferno for US TV network NBC, RadioTimes.com can confirm.

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A spokesperson for Optomen Television, co-owners of Ramsay’s production company One Potato Two Potato, confirmed the chef’s involvement but stressed that the project is currently in its very earliest stages.

Ramsay has teamed up with Ted producer Scott Stuber to oversee The Inferno, which is being pitched as a dark, operatic drama set in New York.

Created by Dawson’s Creek writer Liz Garcia and actor Josh Harto, the series will focus on a pair of restaurateurs who, faced with bankruptcy, take the decision to hire a fiery, larger-than-life Italian chef.

His arrival has the effect of turning their restaurant into the talk of New York and giving them every success they ever dreamed of – but at a terrible cost, according to Deadline.

While the concept of a fiery super-chef arriving out of the blue to turn a restaurant’s fortunes around sounds rather like Gordon Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares TV show, it is understood that Ramsay isn’t the inspiration for the fictitious cook in the series, though he is expected to contribute story ideas to the project based on his experiences.

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Michael Meyer, the director of the Primetime Emmy award-winning series Smash, has been signed up to helm The Inferno, and the series will be a co-production between Universal TV and Stuber’s Bluegrass Television.