Colin Fassnidge announced as host of Kitchen Nightmares Australia

Two years after saying goodbye to My Kitchen Rules, Colin Fassnidge is set to make his return to Channel Seven as host of the brand new series, Kitchen Nightmares Australia.

The celebrity chef will be stepping into the shoes of Gordon Ramsay, who hosted 14 seasons of the popular reality TV show in both the UK and the US.

Colin Fassnidge.
Colin Fassnidge has been announced as the host of Kitchen Nightmares Australia. Photo: Supplied/Channel Seven

Each week Colin will help a struggling local restaurant through tough love and practical insight in the hopes of turning the business around.

While Gordon was known for his brutal attitude and fiery meltdowns on the Emmy-award winning program, Colin has promised to be “firm but fair”.

“If you are after a show screaming and shouting in people’s faces, that is not what I want to do,” he told The Daily Telegraph.

“I am a lot older now. Maybe 10 years ago I was like that but not now. I don’t think anyone wants to see me go in at this time with the hospitality industry on its knees and be screaming and shouting at people.”


In a statement from Channel Seven, the Irish-born restaurateur added that he “can’t wait to help out a bunch of businesses with plenty of advice and a healthy dose of honesty”.

Seven’s Director of Network Programming, Angus Ross, also said: “We are very excited that Colin will host the series. He is an amazing chef, with a great track record and very strong opinions, and we know he will make a huge difference to the restaurants that will feature in the show.

Kitchen Nightmares is a powerful mix of advice, tension, conflict and great entertainment. It offers a fascinating look at the ins and outs of the restaurant business, revealing the secrets to success for running a profitable restaurant.

“By turns exciting, moving, surprising and inspiring, Kitchen Nightmares will prove that even the most disastrous situation can be turned around with a bit of imagination, some tough advice and a lot of hard work.”

Gordon Ramsay on Kitchen Nightmares.
Gordon Ramsay hosted 14 seasons of Kitchen Nightmares in both the UK and the US. Photo: Facebook/ramsaykitchennightmares

With the show set to premiere later this year, casting for restaurants is currently underway for filming to commence in April.

“You will receive expert advice to revive your restaurant dreams, renew your passion and reinvigorate your menu,” the casting call reads.

“So, if your business is struggling, your staff’s appetite for success has faded or your food has lost its flavour… APPLY NOW! With our help, we could turn your restaurant into the hottest spot in town!”

The announcement comes shortly after Channel Seven revealed that they would be reviving My Kitchen Rules in 2022, with Manu Feildel returning to the judging panel.

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