Struggling restaurant businesses are being invited to participate in a new Hotel Inspector-style Channel 5 series presented by Alex Polizzi.
The as yet unnamed series will involve Polizzi drawing on her extensive hospitality experience to hand out advice to restaurants not reaching their full potential.
From staffing to menus, Polizzi and her team want to transform restaurants into successful and profitable ventures, whether the problem is people not coming through the door, a business is on the brink of going under, a concept hasn't worked, or a business is just not reaping rewards.
Polizzi's grandfather was Lord Forte, who built up international conglomerate the Forte Group, while her uncle, Sir Rocco Forte, heads the 13-strong Rocco Forte Hotels. Her mother, Olga Polizzi, designs interiors for Rocco Forte Hotels as well as owning the Tresanton in Cornwall and the Endsleigh in Devon.
Polizzi trained at the Mandarin Oriental in Hong Kong and went on to work for Marco Pierre White, Rocco Forte Hotels, and formerly managed the Endsleigh on behalf of her mother. In 2008, she replaced Ruth Watson as the presenter of the Channel 5 series The Hotel Inspector.
Dan Adamson, head of programmes at Twofour Broadcast, said: "Many people have a dream of opening their own restaurant but in such a tough sector and with customer's expectations rising it can become a very difficult business to get right. In this new series we are looking for restaurateurs who need a helping hand. Whatever the issue, Alex as ever will bring her critical eye, honed after 20 years in the hospitality industry. She'll also be calling on industry expertise to try and give all the businesses the best chance. If you have a real need and you're willing to work with us then we'd love to hear from you."
Filming begins in September. For more information contact Twofour Broadcast at email@example.com
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