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Gordon Ramsay to help struggling Costa chefs

Celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay is looking for struggling UK expat restaurant owners in Spain's Costa del Sol to take part in his latest series of Kitchen Nightmares.

Gordon Ramsay to help struggling Costa chefs
It's not the first the potty-mouthed food connoisseur has worked in Spain. Photo: Stephane de Sakutin/AFP

The Michelin-starred cook will offer up his expert advice to British bar and restaurant owners whose businesses have been hard hit by Spain's economic downturn.

"He will visit ­restaurants on the Costa del Sol to try to help them," a source for the Channel 4 TV show said.

"The Spanish economy has crashed and people have no money to spend so a lot of ­restaurants are really struggling. Gordon will be helping expats try to get customers back through their doors."

Expat restaurateurs in Spain's Costa del Sol are welcome to contact Ramsay's production team via [email protected] or by calling +44(0)203 227 5867.

It's not the first time the potty-mouthed food connoisseur has worked in Spain.

In 2007, Ramsay filmed an episode of Kitchen Nightmares at Nerja's La Parra de Burriana, where he helped expat Laurence Davy to get his business back afloat.

Unfortunately for both of them, Davy's £80,000 debt proved too high to turn things around, which meant Ramsay found the restaurant shut on a surprise return visit in 2012.

The star chef was also embroiled in an intellectual property rights scandal after a budget restaurant on the Canary island of Tenerife falsely used his brand name to attract customers.

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Spanish bar bill goes viral after waitress turns tables on ‘annoying’ customer

It’s the sort of thing one might expect from Manuel, the hapless Catalan waiter in Fawlty Towers.

Spanish bar bill goes viral after waitress turns tables on 'annoying' customer
The waitress charged extra for being annoying. Photo: Taberna Equzki / Twitter

But in this case, it’s a waitress in the Basque Country who has gained notoriety after slapping a customer with an extra charge for being bothersome.

Using the most typical of Spanish swear words – cojones (meaning testicles) – the phrase ‘tocar los cojones’ – literally means “touching the testicles” and is used to describe behaviour that is persistently annoying.

After a round of drinks at Taberna Eguzki, which comprised of four glasses of verdejo, a crianza, a Viña Real and a glass of champagne, all for a very reasonable €12.50, the customer was presented with a bill with an extra €10 added: “Por tocar los cojones”.

 

 

 

The bar/restaurant in the Basque coastal town of Bermeo in the Vizcaya province, shared the joke on social media and it soon went viral.

It turns out the addition  to the bill was a joke thought up by waitress  Anka on her boss, Fernando, who spends every Thursday afternoon in the establishment drinking with a group of friends while playing the Spanish card game Mus.

“Yes, he paid the extra!” confirmed Anka to Publico newspaper. “It was the most well-spent money of his life”.

READ ALSO: Eight of the most outrageous rude expressions to learn in Spanish

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