Gordon Ramsay serves up record profits as TV work earns him £2.2m as he prepares to front new quiz show

GORDON Ramsay’s telly firm is toasting record profits – whilst other chefs suffer record slumps due to the pandemic.

And he’s about to become a game show host for the first time after landing a deal to host a series for the BBC called Bank Balance.

His Humble Pie Productions is the firm behind Studio Ramsay and it has got £2.4 million in cash in the bank.

Plus, the firm is waiting to be paid for £3.4 million of work carried out last year.

With costs and bills taken off that gives the firm a bottom line of £2.2 m – up from £1.3 m in 2018.

Books filed to Companies House this week said the firm has a staff of eight.

The firm makes ITV fly-on-the-wall documentary The Savoy about life at the top London hotel where Gordon has a restaurant.

His production company’s list of hits also includes ITV’s Gordon, Gino and Fred: American Roadtrip, Uncharted for the National Geographic Channel and Matilda And The Ramsay Bunch for the BBC.

And for a new show which is about to be made, his team is making strict background checks on applicants applying for his new blockbuster series.

The new “high-stakes” BBC game show is called Bank Balance.

It will be filmed in December and will feature two people playing together to win a big cash prize.

And adhere to strict Covid-19 rules they must be from the same household and be able to prove it with a bank statement or bill.

Gordon’s team will also carry out official checks with the government’s Disclosure and Barring Service to see if would-be players have a serious rap sheet.

Potential contestants are told: “Studio Ramsay will be carrying out suitable background checks if you are shortlisted in the selection process. This will include Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS checks) and online checks.”

A telly source added: “It’s probably not going to be an issue if someone has a conviction for shoplifting but the last thing the show needs is a convicted sex offender scooping the top prize.”

The potty-mouthed chef – who once swore 243 times during one TV show – is taking on a new challenge as he fronts a game show that has nothing to do with food.

 Gordon said: “This is going to be truly epic. It is such an intense game with so much jeopardy to win big and lose even bigger, where the difference between failure and success.”

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