Get your earplugs ready — Gordon Ramsay, the brash, foul-mouthed celebrity chef is heading to Longview next month.
Fox studios confirmed Tuesday that Ramsay will film an episode of “Hotel Hell” at the historic Monticello Hotel June 7-11. The network is remaining mum on many details, but Fox officials are taking reservations for both the hotel and restaurant during the filming.
Ramsay will visit the Monticello as part of the show’s second season. He’s on a mission “to fix some of America’s most horrendous hotels, troubled inns and struggling resorts, many of which are on the brink of closure,” according to a Fox press release.
Ramsay, and the show, were invited to the hotel by owner Philip Lovingfoss and manager Ginger Allred. They’re huge fans of the show and said in March that they felt being on the show would be a great way to boost the hotel, which celebrates its 90th anniversary in July.
The hotel, which once was the city’s social hub but which has struggled in recent years, includes apartments and commercial office space, three luxury hotel suites, a restaurant, cocktail lounge, banquet facilities and an adjacent 20-room motel.
Lovingfoss and Allred couldn’t be reached Tuesday, but in March Allred said she was “99 percent certain” they’d be chosen based on initial talks with producers. She joked they already were preparing for Ramsay’s profanity-laced rebukes.
“I’m sure I’m going to get reamed on, but the bottom line is he’s going to give us valuable pointers,” Allred said. “And the end of the show is always good.”
“Am I preparing myself?” Lovingfoss asked with a chuckle. “I’m sure there will be some swearing, but it’s all in fun, I’m sure.”
Allred said the Monticello is the “jewel of the city” and just needs some outside perspective and expertise to make it shine once more.