Gordon Ramsay's restaurant renovation show 24 Hours to Hell and Back returned last month and last night's episode was an extra special treat. Gordon typically goes undercover in the beginning of the show to surprise the restaurant owners, and this time his disguise made him nearly unrecognizable.
This episode centered around a Richmond, VA, restaurant called Southern Kitchen. The place is a family-owned business, and although they restaurant is located at a busy intersection, they were struggling to get customers to come in, which is why Gordon got involved.
At the start of each episode, Gordon goes undercover as a patron at each restaurant he helps renovate, and surprises not only the staff but also the other customers announcing why he's there. Usually the disguises are pretty low-key, but for Southern Kitchen he dressed as a member of a ladies book club—wig, outfit, and all.
The photos are pretty outrageous and definitely a more playful side than we typically see of Gordon on, say, Hell's Kitchen. The bit didn't last long though, as he announced to all of Southern Kitchen who he actually was and why he was there.
In the show, Gordon totally revamps struggling restaurants with their interior design, quality of service, and recipes. Southern Kitchen's website lists the many soul food-inspired menu items. It includes things like catfish bites, fried okra, collared greens, and chicken and waffles. This episode was shot back in November 2019, and according to some Yelp reviews from after the shoot wrapped, South Kitchen's service has been improved: "I very rarely give out 5 stars unless it is really deserving. But this place exceeded my expectations!" one reviewer wrote.
You can watch 24 Hours to Hell and Back on FOX—new episodes premiere on Tuesday nights at 9 p.m. EST.
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