Ramsay is known for presenting TV programmes about competitive cookery and food, such as the British series Hell’s Kitchen, The F Word, Ramsay’s Best Restaurant, and Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares, along with the American versions of Hell’s Kitchen, Kitchen Nightmares, and Master chef.
Gordon Ramsay thinks it is time Britains prisoners paid their way. There are 88,000 prisoners in the UK and it costs the taxpayer £38,000 to keep each of them locked up for a year.
Gordon has given himself six months to set up a successful food business behind bars. His aim: to get prisoners cooking food on the inside, to sell on the outside, attempting to get prisoners working and paying something back into the system. But training up a group of prisoners won’t be easy…
The Dirty Dozen
Gordon arrives at Brixton Prison in south London, a category B Victorian jail packed with drug dealers, burglars, muggers and thieves, some very unsavoury characters. First Gordon needs to pick 12 men for his Bad Boys Brigade business, but none of them can even scramble an egg. After baking some cupcakes with the prisoners, Gordon discovers some of them are handy with icing and glitter.
But as the Brigade start arguing among themselves, Gordon sets them a challenge, to cook dinner for the whole prison. Prisoners are very particular about their food. If the Bad Boys Brigade mess up, there could be trouble.
Gordon must trust the prisoners with sharp knives if they are to be able to cook on the inside to sell on the outside. He develops a lemon curd treacle tart for production, and for the first time Bad Boys Bakery bread and cakes are flogged to the general public in a pop-up shop.