Terry Miller, the winner of Hell’s Kitchen back in 2005, has been forced to close down the Newcastle restaurant he bought with the £250,000 prize money due to the effects of the credit crunch.
Miller’s daughter Julie Hardy told the BBC the Geordie restaurant, Rockafella, had been suffering as a result of the worsening economic climate, and the decision was made to jump ship before it went bust.
“It is such a shame that it has come to an end, but these are hard times for the restaurant industry,” she said.
The family have now decided to concentrate their efforts on an existing catering business instead.
Miller shot to fame in the 2005 series of Hell’s Kitchen after impressing then mentor Gary Rhodes with his signature Rockafella dish of king prawns and instant mashed potato. He is now a ‘much sought after’ personality for live cooking demonstrations on his home region.