TV chef Gordon Ramsay and retail guru Mary Portas will take over a hotel and train a group of unemployed youngsters to run it in Channel Four’s newest series, Hotel Britannia.
Gordon and Mary will be joined by other celebrity mentors who will help train and support the hotel’s young workers as they take part in daily events designed to test their emerging skills while also raising money for charity.
Members of the public will be able to book stays in the hotel or visit the spa and restaurant.
Jay Hunt, Channel Four’s chief creative officer said: “If Channel Four were to run a hotel, it would probably be the best hotel in the world and that’s exactly what Hotel Britannia will aim to be as our biggest talent put themselves on the line to help kick-start careers for young people in the service industry.”
Hotel Britannia is one of two new Channel 4 shows on the subject of youth unemployment, which Mr Hunt called “one of the biggest issues affecting our audience”.
A second series, The Intern, is billed as the ‘interview from hell’ and promises to put young participants through intensive week-long placements with British employers that will test their suitability for their chosen professions.