The Restaurant Inspector

About Fernando

For Fernando Peire, the director of London's world-famous Ivy, owning a restaurant is about more than just delivering good food.

Fernando Peire is The Restaurant Inspector

For Fernando Peire, the director of London's world-famous Ivy, owning a restaurant is not just about delivering good food; eating should be a spiritual experience as well as a culinary one.

A graduate of Manchester University with a degree in French Studies, Fernando spent a year working for the French government before deciding on a career in the restaurant industry. He joined The Ivy in 1990 as Senior Maitre d’.

In 1999, Fernando left the company to re-launch Soho's Quo Vadis, later undertaking consultancy work with clients including Morton’s Club, The Halcyon Hotel and Villa Nova in Barbados.

In March 2007, Fernando returned to The Ivy as Director, also overseeing the opening of The Club at The Ivy in September the following year. In 2010 Fernando was pivotal to organising The Ivy’s 20th Anniversary Celebrations, which included the performance of specially commissioned play Heavenly Ivy, written by award-winning writer Sir Ronald Harwood.

Fernando has advised many of London’s most exclusive establishments, but can his high standards and legendary attention to detail work in local restaurants?

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  • Carlos F Paula

    6 months ago

    Carlos F Paula

    I became a Fernando's fan !!! Greetings from Brazil.

  • Anabel

    7 months ago


    I like Fernando's shows very much! Greetings from Uruguay

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  • Chris Barrett

    over 1 year ago

    Chris Barrett

    Alain Blond . is very opinionated and has an obvious problem with pride. If you took the time to read Fernando's biography you would be stupid to ignore any advice he opinioned. He has built up some resteraunt a, completely revamp others, and completely revamped most! He knows what he is talking about but because he does you have the rudeness to say he's up himself. Gee whizz your ignorant. Didn't do much with your life huh? I tiered at 52 but then I'm probably up myself for saying so.

  • Anne

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  • Kay Johnson

    almost 2 years ago

    Kay Johnson

    Classy, gentle, wry. Love it and him. Please keep coming

  • Mohit banga

    almost 2 years ago

    Mohit banga

    Just the way he sees his restaurants is exactly the way I see this show ..... Dying a slow death .. I am a big fan of Restaurant impossible and Kitchen Nightmare..

  • Alain Blond

    almost 2 years ago

    Alain Blond

    I've just watched the latest eppisode. That's the last time I'm going to be watching this rubbish. You've basically got a Maitre d' who's so far up his own ass that he thinks he should tell other people how to run their own businesses. Just because Mr Piere has an opinion on something, does not mean that he's correct. It's painful to watch someone try to be something because the television cameras are there. Poor poor show channel 5. You could have done much better than this.

  • lin

    almost 2 years ago


    i love this show. i think it the best by far.

  • Zoe

    almost 2 years ago


    Are you planning another series? I know a restaurant in the High Peak, it's a bit dated but great food, unfortunately it's lacking in customers, what are we doing wrong? We would love to have your help and experience. Please help!

  • Maria C. Ma

    almost 2 years ago

    Maria C. Ma

    ABSOLUTELY love the show... A very charismatic host, Mr. Fernando.. LOVELY... KEEP up the good work...

  • Toff Miah

    almost 2 years ago

    Toff Miah

    i think it's a great programme specialy if the presenter do not swear and gets the massage across. Keep up the good work Mr Fernando..

  • Graeme Wilson

    almost 2 years ago

    Graeme Wilson

    You've ruined the greatest curry house in the world. You Sir, are a disgrace.

  • L Santana

    2 years ago

    L Santana

    They were filming at my Husbands restaurant last October, with the serise due to air in Jan. Last we heard it was then going to be aired at the end of March. Still waiting though.

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  • Marie Gomez

    over 2 years ago

    Marie Gomez

    I quite liked this programme and I am disappointed that it has stopped showing. Can someone say why and if it will return?

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  • Bill

    almost 3 years ago


    The Inspector tells us that Horeaus is a totally unsuitable name for a "fish" restaurant. Then he takes us to one of his "fish" restaurants called---------Sheekeys!!!

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  • Liz

    almost 3 years ago


    I enjoy the way Fernando advises with diplomacy, knowledge, kindness and intelligence. I suppose that is the key to all things in life!

  • Rosie Danvers (Wetters)

    almost 3 years ago

    Rosie Danvers (Wetters)

    Fernando, I am totally hooked on your show, it's utterly brilliant! You're such a natural at this! Your sense of humour makes it hugely entertaining while your vast knowledge of the business makes it a real education. It's fascinating and funny at the same time. Can't wait for the next one. Good luck!

  • F Box

    almost 3 years ago

    F Box

    I Really Love the program, But On the program where the 'Vineyard' was revamped in particular. There was NO phone number displayed, (It was removed! ) I often see places to eat while driving past, and take the phone numbers down to ring for a table if they look good.. How can customers book a table ? -- Because I for one dont want to trudge through phonebooks to look it up... Best Wishes -

  • Pat Holroyd

    almost 3 years ago

    Pat Holroyd

    Why has Channel 5's 'Moderator' removed each of my postings? presumably because I wrote them in French? Oh dear! see some of you in early July,then!

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  • Paul

    almost 3 years ago


    Watched it last nite! Very similar to "Kitchen Nightmares" but without the expletives! He seems quite fair.

  • fleur redstone

    almost 3 years ago

    fleur redstone

    Just watched the 'The Restaurant Inspector'. Excellent format, and Fernando your presenting of this programme is most refreshing and well balanced. Shall definitely be watching this show again!

  • Fred Brown

    almost 3 years ago

    Fred Brown

    If you like Kitchen Nightmares you'll love this show. Similar but refreshingly different

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  • Meira Lloyd Owen

    almost 3 years ago

    Meira Lloyd Owen

    really enjoyed the first programme, however very very upset at the comment about the HEALTH of the young chef by the inspector and the food producer on tonights show, HOW DARE THEY, presume he's in bad health just due to his size, are they doctors with cat scans as eyes, put me right off the show :{

  • Lee

    almost 3 years ago


    Indeed congratulations, you have certainly made a difference to that restaurant. Just look at all the reviews...

  • Jane Price

    almost 3 years ago

    Jane Price

    Congratulations Fernando on a great show. I also remember you from Latymer where we were in the same year.I hope you received your invite to the 1971 Joiners reunion & will be able to join us at Latymer on 9th July.

  • Jacquie Grice, Turner of Latymer days.

    almost 3 years ago

    Jacquie Grice, Turner of Latymer days.

    Jacquie Grice/Turner. Brilliant PR natural performer. Even Maria gave him a hug at the end! we must come to The Ivy to see Fernando in person again, long time since we ate in Quo Vadis. Pat Holroyd also would like to reiterate my congratulations.

  • Eduardo

    almost 3 years ago


    I watched yesterday Restaurant Inspector!! Excellent !! I need a consultant like him to help my business.

  • Ursula roncken

    almost 3 years ago

    Ursula roncken

    Just watched for the first time. Great great show. Fernando seems like such a lovely man.

  • Elaine Watt

    almost 3 years ago

    Elaine Watt

    Go Fernando! I worked with him in the early days of The Ivy, lovely man.

  • nextyxp

    almost 3 years ago


    calling the union flag "the English flag" put me right of this, was enjoying it till then, think you also need some education!

  • Christine Cray

    almost 3 years ago

    Christine Cray

    Good Luck Fernando. Looking forward to this. x

  • Matthew Steeples

    almost 3 years ago

    Matthew Steeples

    So am I. Fernando is a fantastic host. I've written a little piece on the show at

  • Justin Benn

    almost 3 years ago

    Justin Benn

    Looking forward to this!