OWNERS of an embattled Fuengirola restaurant would ‘be in prison in the UK’, claimed Gordon Ramsay in the first of a new restaurant series based in Spain.
Expats Jack and Pat Diaz were told they were ‘lucky to not have killed anyone’ at their restaurant Mayfair, which has now changed its name to Jack’s Chicken Shack.
In a trademark foul-mouthed tirade in Ramsay’s Costa del Nightmares, he slammed its hygiene standards as being the worst he had ever seen.
In particular the slammed four-day-old cooked pasta, rotten chicken and calamari ‘more rubbery than a cock-ring’.
But five months down the line the restaurant is in better condition than ever, insists son John Diaz, who has now taken over the running of the eaterie.
“We’ve got the TV show playing on a big screen every day, and people are always coming in asking for photos,” he told the Olive Press.
“The customers seem happy and 95% of the feedback is positive and we are sometimes catering for 70 clients at a time easily.
“Gordon actually said that our show was the most entertaining of the lot, it really was great fun,” added John, a former car salesman described by Ramsay as ‘one ball short of a full sack’.
To save the failing restaurant – losing €30,000 a year – Ramsay ordered a mass clear-out and demoted owner Jack to the position of waiter.
He then told John to sell his cars, write an IOU to his dad for the €40,000 he owes him and ‘prepare for the biggest summer of their lives’.
But the change was far from easy – with Ramsay admitting he had been waking at 4:30am every morning worried for them.
“I’m panicking for the first time in my life, I’m very, very worried for them,” he said.
But in a bold move he changes the name to Jack’s Chicken Shack and creates a simple fried chicken menu aimed at ‘tourists and expats’.
In one hilarious scene, he has Jack and John running around Fuengirola in promotional chicken costumes.
The show ends with Jack’s Chicken Shack making €1,500 a week, thanks to a new chef at the helm, and it appears to be going from strength to strength.
An episode airing next week on October 7 sees Ramsay run the rule over La Granada Divino in Gaucin.