Everyone loves TV crossovers right? It was totally hilarious and not at all a massive let down when The Simpsons and Family Guy did it, same goes for Brooklyn Nine-Nine and New Girl.
Probably serves me right for watching those programmes. Bob’s Burgers and Archer, on the other hand, pretty decent imho.
So what does this tell us? If you want to make a crossover successful, get a chef involved, obvs! Which leads me neatly on to the topic of this article.
As one famous chef struggles against the rising tide of people not really enjoying his chain of restaurants any more, the hungry public are calling on another, angrier, celebrity chef to get involved in the only way he knows how – with a TV show to turn it around.
Earlier this year, it was revealed Jamie Oliver’s string of restaurants, Jamie’s Italian, was on the verge of bankruptcy. The chef had to put £13 million of his own money into the business to keep it from going bust.
When asked if he would do this again, he said, as per the Telegraph:
I haven’t got any more [money]. I tried to do the right thing, I’ve never been paid by the restaurant group, I’ve always reinvested. My living was always the other side. So I could have just gone ‘do you know what? Let it go.’
And while Jamie Oliver is far from going bust personally, he said he couldn’t keep ploughing money into the restaurant chain.
There’s a point where I can’t put the other side of the business at risk as well and the people who work there. The upside is I am now fully in control of the restaurant business. It’s fully owned by me. We’re getting on top of it and we’ve learned lots of lessons.
However, as anyone who’s ever watched daytime TV will know, if you want to turn a failing restaurant around, you must do so through the school of hard knocks, aka Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares.
It’s a show that manages to be entirely predictable and formulaic, yet surprise and engross viewers every time it’s on.
And no matter his level of anger, no matter how much he rages throughout the episode, the restaurants come out the other side thanks to Gordon Ramsay and his team. His means may be unconventional, but boy does he get results.
So, naturally, a Kitchen Nightmares scenario with Jamie’s Italian may just be the celebrity chef crossover we never knew we needed.
Taking to Twitter, one person wrote:
Petition to get Gordon Ramsay in for an episode of Kitchen Nightmares to try and save [Jamie Oliver’s restaurants].
Petition to get Gordon Ramsay in for an episode of Kitchen Nightmares to try and save it. https://t.co/7jcEN8ClaI
— Jordan Coombe (@Jordan_Coombe) October 29, 2018
Others have also been keen to see the pair face off:
all i need is for gordan ramsay to shout at jamie oliver, put him in his place and teach him how to cook
— liam☁️ (@ariana_wbu) October 29, 2018
Could you imagine a tv show where all the famous British chefs battle it out in various cooking competitions. Gordon Ramsay VS Jamie Oliver VS Heston Blumenthal oftt would be amazinnnn
— Jenna🏹♡ (@JennaCorrigall) October 13, 2018
Gordon Ramsay to fight Jamie Oliver
— 💘 abbi 💘 (@abbixstannard) September 25, 2018
When's the Jamie Oliver and Gordon Ramsay boxing match gonna happen?
— George (@George_Tweetz) October 30, 2018
It might not the most intense matchup, but if it meant we could witness Gordon Ramsay whack two pieces of bread on either side of Jamie Oliver’s head and scream ‘you’re an idiot sandwich’ at the top of his lungs, I am all in.
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Charlie Cocksedge is a journalist at UNILAD. He graduated from the University of Manchester with an MA in Creative Writing, where he learnt how to write in the third person, before getting his NCTJ. His work has also appeared in such places as The Guardian, PN Review and the bin.