It’s tough being a restaurateur, so thank goodness there’s a new inspector in town.
A new reality makeover show on struggling British restaurants. Fernando Peire, the director of London's Michelin-starred Ivy restaurant, goes undercover to sample the venue, food and service before revealing his identity and offering advice. Each restaurant has asked for his help, but will they find his drastic changes palatable?
Alexandra’s is a family-run, medium-sized restaurant right on the seafront in Ramsgate, Kent. The Valeris have been running the restaurant for twenty years but business has been steadily going downhill in spite of them working seven days a week. The family blame the economic climate but Fernando identifies other factors that would appear to be the cause of the restaurant’s declining fortunes. He offers his advice and assistance but Front of House Maria is less than receptive to his helping hand.
Air Date – June 06 2011
Matt Poulton is a young and talented chef with a dream of becoming an independent restaurateur in a town with few good places to eat. But his revival of a once-successful local eaterie has not had the start that Matt had hoped for: the restaurant is on the brink of bankruptcy. In a last-ditch attempt to revive the restaurant’s dismal sales, Matt calls in The Restaurant Inspector and discovers that the service and décor are his main problems.
Air Date – June 13 2011
With it’s city centre location opposite Northampton's popular Royal and Derngate theatre and a reputation for serving good food, The Vineyard should be doing better. Mother and daughter Amy and Tina have a rude awakening when The Restaurant Inspector tells them what he thinks of their management. Owner Amy has invested her life savings in the The Vineyard and Fernando's focuses on developing her management skills in order that she might save the business from falling victim to competition from better-funded and more professionally run chain restaurants in the city.
Air Date – June 20 2011
Cypriot owner Mark and his girlfriend Christina have opened a restaurant on a busy road in the heartland of rural Somerset. On an undercover visit, The Restaurant Inspector is not impressed with the menu and it's offering of pizzas and over-priced Greek food but sees potential in the restaurant's excellent, roadside location. However, Fernando has his work cut out as he attempts to convince the proud couple that it may be time to explore new culinary avenues and to re-train its over-enthusiastic staff.
Air Date – June 27 2011
Christine Horeau’s dream was to establish an upmarket fish and seafood restaurant in the front room of the house she shares with husband and co-host Claude. The couple’s fish and chip shop next door has a huge following and people come from far and wide for the varied fried fish on offer and their excellent hand-cut chips. But despite the lack of local competition, the restaurant has few customers and Christine is at a loss as to how to keep the business afloat. The Restaurant Inspector’s visit highlights the restaurant's crippling identity crisis and Fernando encourages Christine to take a huge leap of faith.
Air Date – July 4 2011
Mamma Rosa has a picturesque riverside location in a vast, industrial building that once housed part of the Liberty Print Works. Owners Isabela and Gregorio are struggling to make ends meet as fewer and fewer customers dine at their restaurant. The Restaurant Inspector’s visit highlights the restaurant’s many failings but Fernando’s words of advice are not what headstrong Gregorio wants to hear. To assist him with a daunting task, Fernando calls in help from the local business community as well as one of London’s top chefs.
Air Date – July 11 2011