Ahead of tonight’s fifth season premiere of Fox’s Kitchen Nightmares

Ahead of tonight’s fifth season premiere of Fox’s Kitchen Nightmares

Ahead of tonight's fifth season premiere of Fox's Kitchen Nightmares in the States, Arthur Smith, CEO of A. Smith & Co., talks to realscreen about the challenges of his show.

Calling from the set of season 12 of Fox's Hell's Kitchen, Arthur Smith says that despite Kitchen Nightmares keeping the same format - where chef Gordon Ramsay visits struggling restaurants and whips them into shape - each restaurant produces a completely new experience for the show.

This season will kick off with a two-part episode, which the show has only done once before. "What happened at this Boston restaurant is so interesting and compelling that we had to do it in two-parts," says Smith. "It's these two women who opened an Italian restaurant literally half a block from their parents' restaurant."

Aside from Boston, the series will also visit new cities, including Tennessee, Arizona, and Seattle. Despite being on its fifth season, Smith admits that producing the show isn't easy.

"It's one of the most difficult shows I've ever worked on," he says. "We do our research on the neighborhoods, on the business, what's working in the community, but when you get there, there's a number of other things you get surprised by," he admits. "You can have a plan, but so many times Gordon looks at me and he goes, 'We were going to go in this direction, [but] we're going to have to completely change course.' And we do."

As for Hell's Kitchen, the culinary competition series that sees Ramsay challenge budding chefs, Smith and his team have just entered post-production on season 11 and are currently shooting season 12.