Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares is a television programme featuring British celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay. The BAFTA and Emmy Award-winning programme debuted on Channel 4 in 2004. In each episode, Ramsay visits a failing restaurant and acts as a troubleshooter to help improve the establishment in just one week. Ramsay revisits the restaurant a few months later to see how business has fared in his absence. Episodes from series one and two have been re-edited with additional new material as Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares Revisited; they featured Ramsay checking up on restaurants a year or more after he attended to them. In October 2009 Ramsay announced that after his four-year contract expired in 2011 he would not continue with Kitchen Nightmares and would instead work on his other shows.
In the second hour of Ramsay's Great British Nightmare special Gordon visits The Runaway Girl. The kitchen does no preparation work before service, as Justin has had Richie pre-cook all the meals in advance to prevent wastage. Richie launches a heated tirade about Justin's inability to listen to criticism, threatening to resign if the restaurant does not immediately improve. Gordon employs a mystery diner to assess the service and despite Justin claiming to recognize their purpose, botches the service. After helping Justin and Richie make amends, he refurbishes the restaurant and renames it Silversmiths, bans live music and, realizing that they have no chance of competing against local Spanish restaurants, changes the focus to modern British cuisine. Before Gordon’s revisit, he sends another mystery diner to the restaurant, who gives a positive assessment of the service. Justin has stuck to the changes, and Richie has found a new passion for food.
In the first hour of Ramsay's Great British Nightmare special Gordon visits The Dovecote where Mick is a former trucker and burger van operator who has opened a bistro with his wife and adopted daughter, Michelle. Mick, however, has very little cooking ability, using orange squash to make a sauce and microwaving unrefrigerated, vacuum-sealed pre-cooked lamb shanks. Mick is adamant that the problems in the kitchen are not his fault and his stubbornness causes a rift with his wife and daughter. Gordon takes the business matters out of Mick's hands, kicking him out of the kitchen. His daughter, Michelle, is placed in charge of the kitchen. She rises to the challenge and while Mick is not convinced over replacing his microwave food, the reopening is a success. Months later, the restaurant is making profit. Ramsay sends Michelle for further culinary training and she impresses him with freshly cooked food. The restaurant was renamed Martins' Bistro during production.