foul-mouthed Gordon Ramsay is upstaged by the ordinary staff

This series of The Savoy (ITV) is following the hotel’s reopening after lockdown. Gordon Ramsay, who previously ran the Savoy Grill, opened a new venue, the River Restaurant. He doesn’t cook in it (although he wears white chef shirts on opening night), but he is the owner. “This is perhaps one of the most exclusive addresses, but also one of the damn most expensive rents. So, yeah, I want it to be damn right,” he said with his usual charm.

Ahead of the VIP opening, Ramsay sat down to a testers’ menu of lobster and was dissatisfied to find that the very large plates didn’t leave much room on the very small table. That seems to me to be the one who bought the plates and the tables, but Ramsay gave everyone both barrels anyway. “Those are cops—. This is a clusterf—. Clusterf—-. I want to fucking shoot myself. I have a feeling Kitchen Nightmares has landed in the bloody Savoy.”

Do viewers still taste this stuff? The broadcasters seem to think so. But it was a blessed relief to spend time with the hotel’s more gracious staff, including its beautifully dressed general manager, Franck Arnold, and its suave restaurant manager, Thierry Tomasin. The star of the show, however, is Sean Davoren, “Guest Experience Manager,” who rushes around and serves as the hotel’s biggest cheerleader.

This episode illustrated the limitations of applying a fly-on-the-wall format to a hotel like this. We saw Sean and his subordinate Michael buzz around the Royal Suite that a family – along with 60 other rooms – had booked for a wedding reception. This equates to a deal worth £250,000, we were told. However, these super-rich guests clearly didn’t want to be involved in the TV show, so we never caught a glimpse of them. Instead, we had to settle for scenes of Sean and Michael tiptoeing around outside.

And the guests willing to be filmed were either ordinary people celebrating anniversaries the producers had no interest in, or a pair of OTT fashionistas who were clearly delighted to be on TV with their Chihuahuas dressed . Oh, and Christopher Biggins was down at the Savoy Grill entertaining Strictly’s Shirley Ballas with stories about eating kangaroo testicles on I’m a Celebrity. But the staff treated them all like VIPs, which is exactly what a five star hotel should do.

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