Gordon Behind Bars
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Gordon sets up a business behind bars, attempting to get prisoners working and paying something back into the system. But training up a group of prisoners won't be easy...
Series 1 Summary
Gordon Ramsay thinks it's time Britain's prisoners paid their way. There are 88,000 prisoners in the UK and it costs the taxpayer £38,000 to keep each of them locked up for a year.
Gordon's given himself six months to set up a successful food business behind bars. His aim: to get prisoners cooking food on the inside, to sell on the outside.
Gordon arrives at Brixton Prison in south London, a category B Victorian jail packed with drug dealers, burglars, muggers and thieves - some very unsavoury characters.
First Gordon needs to pick 12 men for his Bad Boys Brigade business, but none of them can even scramble an egg.
After baking some cupcakes with the prisoners, Gordon discovers some of them are handy with icing and glitter.
But as the Brigade start arguing among themselves, Gordon sets them a challenge - to cook dinner for the whole prison.
Prisoners are very particular about their food. If the Bad Boys Brigade mess up, there could be trouble.
Can the reprobates pull it off and become a dependable team for Gordon's business behind bars?
Gordon must trust the prisoners with sharp knives if they're to be able to cook on the inside to sell on the outside. He develops a lemon curd treacle tart for production, and for the first time Bad Boys Bakery bread and cakes are flogged to the general public in a pop-up shop.
One bad boy, Jerome, has been making it hard for Gordon by verbally abusing prison officers, and has been busted down to basic privileges.
The prison's stringent systems and routines start getting to Gordon
Serial offender Lawrence loses it in the kitchen and tries to attack another prisoner...
Can Gordon salvage the project?
Gordon's Bad Boy Bakery needs to make some real money, so they pitch a sweet treat snack to several major coffee shop chains. But will anyone be interested in a prison-made product?
The kitchen brigade is already two men down and facing the challenges from the prison system is beginning to take its toll on Gordon. He has a row with burglar Rene and his local gourmet lunch delivery service doesn't work out as planned.
Will his idea of an easy-to-manufacture lemon treacle slice turn things around?
Gordon persuades Caffe Nero to stock the Bad Boys Bakery's lemon curd treacle slice for a 'make or break' showcase week and asks Justice Secretary Ken Clarke for vital financial backing.
Gordon's served almost six months in Brixton Prison, but it will mean nothing if he doesn't leave a viable business behind to keep prisoners working and earning.
A combination of a branding guru and the prisoners themselves package the lemon curd treacle slice slice for the socially conscious consumer.
Gordon says goodbye to Anthony Kelly, one of his most trusted workers, who's released.
Another, ex-drug addict Paul Wyatt, is given a chance to work in one of Gordon's own restaurants, the Savoy.
And Gordon gets the political powers that be down to the Bad Boys Bakery for a spot of lunch.
Gordon Behind Bars synopsis
Gordon sets up a business behind bars, attempting to get prisoners working and paying something back into the system. But training up a group of prisoners won't be easy...Episode Guide >