No. of seasons
First episode date
14 September 2010
Country of origin
No. of episodes
Final episode date
9 November 2010
60 minutes (episodes 1–7) 130 minutes (episodes 8–9)
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Ramsay's Best Restaurant is a television programme featuring British celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay broadcast on Channel 4. During the series restaurants from all over Britain competed in order to win the "Ramsay's Best Restaurant" title. The initial 16 restaurants were selected by Ramsay from a pool of some 12,000 entries submitted by Channel 4 viewers.
In the first stage of the competition, eight pairs of restaurants representing the same type of cuisine were pitted against each other, with winners progressing to semi-finals, and then the final. Although originally announced as a 12-part series, the series had nine episodes aired between September and November 2010.
It was announced in the grand final broadcast on 9 November that the competition was won by Casamia, a Michelin-starred Italian restaurant based in Bristol, with Prashad, an Indian Gujarati vegetarian restaurant from Bradford, finishing as runner-up.
In the elimination round, two restaurants are chosen from each category of cuisine and subjected to three tests:
In the quarter-finals, each team is evaluated by an undercover diner on the quality of their food and service; Ramsay eliminates four restaurants from the eight semifinalists after reviewing the undercover diner's findings.
In the semi-finals, Ramsay, Angela Hartnett, and Simon Davis stop by unexpectedly at each restaurant to enjoy a meal (in some cases, with a 90-minute time limit), evaluating each restaurant on service and food quality. He also recruits a second party of people to dine at the restaurant at the same time, to see if the service and food provided is the same for all customers. Each restaurant is then given restaurant space in North London, £2000, and a guided tour of Ramsay's favourite markets for fresh ingredients. They are tasked with decorating and operating a temporary "pop-up" restaurant for an evening, where guests pay what they feel the meal was worth. Ramsay eliminates two of the four semi-finalists on the experience and food of the pop-up restaurants.
In the finals, the two remaining restaurants cooked in Petrus, Ramsay's central London restaurant, for a variety of guests that include chefs and staff from previously-eliminated restaurants. They are tasked with producing a full three-course meal that demonstrates their passion for cooking while Angela Hartnett, Simon Davis, and Sarah Durdin-Robertson supervise them from the chef's table in the kitchen. Through sampling of the dishes from each course and consultation with his guests and the chef's table, Ramsay selects the winning restaurant.
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An American version of the show was produced in the United States under the name Best New Restaurant premiered on cable network Bravo from 21 January until 1 April 2015. The host was Tom Colicchio.