It’s the show everyone has been talking about this week and last night Grazia were right there at the front line of the Hotel GB-action!
First, allow us to bring you up to speed. A hotel in Bermondsey, London, has been taken over by Channel 4 every night this week and turned into Hotel GB. Run by Mary Portas and Gordon Ramsey, they have taken on unemployed members of the public, giving them the chance to gain experience in the hotel industry. Two staffers will be given real jobs at the hotel at the end of the week.
The staff are assigned to different sections – reception, housekeeping, bar, restaurant, gym and spa – and cameras watch their every move, Big Brother style!
With Mary and Gordon managing front desk and restaurant, the sections are sub-managed by celebrities too: Gok Wan runs the bar with his signature Goktails (see what he did there? Clever!) How Clean Is Your House?’s Kim Wooburn takes on housekeeping duties, Location Location Location’s Phil Spencer is Maître d’, Dragon’s Den Hilary Devey manages the gift shop, Katie Piper the spa and Dr Christian Jesson the gym.
Guests are asked to leave comments about each experience and are filmed at the hotel the whole way! Selected portions are shown on telly. They’ve even had some celebrity guests. Jackie Collins rocked up to Gok’s bar on Monday to sample a specially made cocktail and TV Producer and I'm a Celebrity... alumni David Gest arrived on Tuesday.
To the surprise of Kim, David told her a member of his family was her ‘biggest fan’ and asked whether she’d sign an autograph. Naturally, Kim was more than happy to oblige, though didn’t know his family relation was, in fact, his pet-python named Baby Anais.
The show left that bit out, but we saw the look of polite horror on Kim’s face and it was priceless!
In Gok’s bar we supped ‘Wan For The Road’ gin and grapefruit cocktails with a sharp-suited Ollie Locke, of Made in Chelsea fame. And downstairs in Gordon’s restaurant, our table had a ringside view the kitchen and was in full ear shot of Mr Ramsey’s raging rants to his frazzled chefs (‘SERVICE, SERVICE! YOU CALL THAT A CAESER SALAD?! DO IT AGAIN!”)
We even witnessed Gordon hand two guests a bowl of iceburg lettuce when they requested a vegan menu. Oo-er. That’s not very good customer service, Gordon! His main dish, steak and fries, was top notch though and fully worth the £35 meal charge and extra tip. Every penny made by Hotel GB goes to various charities through The Princes Trust.
What capers will team Hotel GB be up to tonight? Who knows. Tune in at 9pm to find out.