A BRITISH restaurateur has revealed how Gordon Ramsay cracked the whip during a whistlestop visit to her restaurant in Fuengirola.
Pat Diaz, from London, has told the Olive Press how in just four short days, the Scottish superchef literally turned her little-known diner Jack’s Chicken Shack on its head.
“He came in a lot and he certainly made a difference,” she revealed, after the crew had finished filming for a new series of Ramsay’s TV show Kitchen Nightmares. His first move was to get rid of clutter.
“My husband is a hoarder and he ordered us to clear the storeroom of rubbish. Literally put it all out on the street and made us sort it into three piles, ‘keep’, ‘charity’ and ‘rubbish’,” explained Diaz, 68, who has run restaurants on the coast with husband Jack, 72, for 27 years.
“He does shout and he does thump things and he does swear a lot,” she laughed. “But he is lovely. A very hard, but very nice man, who worries about people.”
The couple had been amazed when they were chosen for the TV show.
“We all got a letter through the door asking if we wanted to appear on the show,” she continued. “As we had recently changed the name, from Mayfair, and my son John is taking over we thought why not,” continued Diaz.
Ramsay clearly had a good time while filming in Spain for a week, both in Andalucia and up in Alicante.
“He was very impressed with the food and said that he was happy to see that Spanish chefs were getting away from ‘molecular’ cuisine and getting back to more traditional dishes,” said Marbella-based businessman Pancho Campo, who has been working with him on the show.
The wine expert was on hand to help choose wine for the restaurants.
Gordon has long been a fan of all things Spanish and Instagramed ‘Love Spain’ with a photo of the departure board at the airport as he flew out to Malaga.
The Michelin-starred chef, who overhauls menus, decor and even the staff on the expletive-ridden Channel 4 show, previously filmed an episode at Nerja’s La Parra de Burriana in 2007.
Gordon – worth an estimated £70million – helped owner Davy, who was about €100,000 in debt, turn the struggling business around. But on a return visit in 2012 he found that the restaurant had closed.