June 5, 2013 10:31:57 AM
Fox Broadcasting's prolific Chef Gordon Ramsay is raising his profile in the Golden Triangle for the second time in the past several weeks. Not only did Columbus cook Seonkyoung Longest make it into the top 40 of his Master Chef Season 4, which premiered May 22, before being eliminated, Ramsay himself is scheduled to be in Starkville June 12-16 to film "Hotel Hell" at the Hotel Chester.
Now shooting its second season, the reality series features the demanding chef visiting struggling hotels throughout the United States in an attempt to reverse their misfortunes.
A publicity release from Fox Broadcasting reads, "Last year's first season of 'Hotel Hell' was the biggest unscripted network hit of the summer. Now Gordon Ramsay is back for a second season, hitting the road to fix some of America's most horrendous hotels, troubled inns and struggling resorts ... One of his stops is the Hotel Chester in Starkville, Miss."
"We're eager for Mr. Gordon Ramsay to come to the Hotel Chester and give us his advice," said hotel general manager Sukie Mollendor Monday. Her husband, David, is the establishment's owner. As usual with advance television filming, participants, like the Mollendors, are restricted in what they can reveal before the show is expected to air this fall.
Located at 101 N. Jackson St. in downtown Starkville, the hotel encompasses The Library restaurant, serving a menu described by the manager as modern American and Japanese fusion, featuring steak, seafood and sushi. The Beer Garden is also open Thursdays through Saturdays for summer in the patio area.
The community has an opportunity to be in the mix. Anyone wishing to book a room or dinner during June 12-16, while the show is filming, must make reservations by emailing HotelShowChester@gmail.com.
Jan Swoope is the Lifestyles Editor for The Commercial Dispatch.