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TV Show visits Bridgnorth Restaurant

The Restaurant Inspector is a new Channel 5 reality makeover show on struggling British restaurants. Host Fernando Peire, the director of London’s Ivy restaurant, goes undercover to sample the venues, food and service before revealing his identity and offering advice. Each restaurant has asked for his help, but will they find his drastic changes palatable?

For Fernando Peire, the director of London’s world-famous Ivy, owning a restaurant is not just about delivering good food; “eating should be a spiritual experience as well as a culinary one.”

Last week Fernando struggled with an Italian Restaurant ‘Alexandra’s in Ramsgate, and this week he tackles Bambers of Bridgnorth, owned by larger than life Chef Matt Poulton, whose pedigree covers work with John Burton Race at L’ortelan, Reading before being bought by Alan Murchison, and work in other top venues in London and the South West.

Matt commented today “We filmed this episode last October, and the film crew were with us for a few weeks on and off, so we will have to see how the editing comes across, but I have to say it was an experience”

Fernando is a graduate of Manchester University with a degree in French Studies, and spent a year working for the French government before deciding on a career in the restaurant industry. He joined The Ivy in 1990 as Senior Maitre d’.

In 1999, Fernando left the company to re-launch Soho’s Quo Vadis, later undertaking consultancy work with clients including Morton’s Club, The Halcyon Hotel and Villa Nova in Barbados.

In March 2007, Fernando returned to The Ivy as Director, also overseeing the opening of The Club at The Ivy in September the following year. In 2010 Fernando was pivotal to organising The Ivy’s 20th Anniversary Celebrations, which included the performance of specially commissioned play Heavenly Ivy, written by award-winning writer Sir Ronald Harwood.

Fernando has advised many of London’s most exclusive establishments, but can his high standards and legendary attention to detail work in local restaurants?

The show will be aired Monday 13th June 9pm Channel 5. More on Bambers Restaurant

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