Hell’s belle

Monday, March 23, 2009 by

Claudia Winkleman has been named as the new host of Hell’s Kitchen.

The series, which returns to ITV1 next month, will once more feature Marco Pierre White (whose debut US show, The Chopping Block, is currently airing in the States) putting a group of celebrities through their paces as he attempts to turn them into chefs in just two weeks.

Claudia says: “I’ve always been a huge fan of Hell’s Kitchen so I’m thrilled to be joining the team. I’m hoping for some tips from Marco as I get confused when making toast.”


6 Responses to “Hell’s belle”

  1. Steve Williams on March 23rd, 2009 1:13 pm

    Oh, why is this show coming back, it’s not a hit. There was only one good series and that was about five years ago. Although Winkers might liven it up a bit.

    I saw trailers for The Chopping Block while I was in the US the other week. Apparently the contestants have to run restaurants throughout the series aiming to be the most successful – a new and wholly original format!

  2. Rob Williams on March 23rd, 2009 2:12 pm

    Well done ITV… Can’t come up with any new programmes, just fill up two weeks of airtime with dross. All so it can get a good write up from trendy magazines and so the general public can shrug their shoulders when it should only be on ITV3 at the least… Nice one Michael Grade!

  3. Jack Kibble-White on March 23rd, 2009 10:16 pm

    I get the impression ITV have decided Marco Pierre White is a genuine TV talent, but from what I’ve seen of him on the last Hell’s Kitchen, plus that forgettable series he did after that about fishing or whatever, he’s absolutely wooden as fuck. What’s more he’s a pompous dick – remember all that stuff with him sacking Lee Ryan after Ryan took offense at Pierre White’s use of the term “pikey”?

  4. Nick H on March 23rd, 2009 10:29 pm

    Being surrounded a food might encourage Claudia Winkleman to eat some for a change…

  5. Richie JH on March 26th, 2009 8:28 pm

    Claudia W was positively weird on the Red Nose Day coverage!

  6. MacJules on April 2nd, 2009 12:50 pm

    The Chopping Block was pulled from the US schedules last week, after just three eps. I hope that knocks some stuffing (food pun! love it) out of MPW.