When Gordon Ramsay and his production crew descended on Ellicott City in late February, the exact nature of the celebrity chef’s appearance was shrouded in secrecy until the final day of filming on Feb. 28. That’s when Ramsay revealed they had been filming a special episode of “24 Hours to Hell and Back” that will air on FOX on May 12.
This week, FOX unveiled the trailer for the two-hour episode, billed as “24 Hours to Hell and Back: Save Our Town,” in commercials and online.
“Two times in three years, this thriving community was devastated. Now one man will try to save it,” a voice-over says while footage from Ramsay’s visit to the historic Main Street area of Ellicott City flashes on the screen.
Two catastrophic floods hit Main Street in July 2016 and May 2018, killing three people and causing severe damage. Several businesses in historic district are still rebuilding, and several more either closed for good or moved to different locations.
“With help from the National Guard, baseball legends and football stars, Gordon will bring back everything from restaurants to barbershops,” the voice-over in the trailer continues, while images of the National Guard, former Orioles star Cal Ripken Jr., Ravens mascot Poe and Howard County Executive Calvin Ball are shown.
Sgt. Eddison “Eddie” A. Hermond, a 39-year-old National Guardsman and Air Force veteran, was one of those killed during the May 2018 flood while trying to rescue a woman in need on Main Street.
The episode will feature the renovations of three downtown businesses: Little Market Cafe; Jaxon Edwin, a barbershop, coffee bar and game room; and the new Phoenix Brewing Co., the merger of Phoenix Emporium and Ellicott Mills Brewing Company, now called Phoenix Upper Main.
The upgrades also include exterior renovations to the Shoemaker Country home goods store, done by celebrity interior designer Nate Berkus.
“This whole sort of team descended upon that gorgeous little town. I understood ... no one’s looking for a pity party — let’s get that right. They were just desperately struggling to bounce back the way they should’ve done, but who can on the back of two critical, serious adversities. It’s bloody hard,” Ramsay said about filming the episode during a Feb. 28 interview.
“24 Hours to Hell and Back: Save Our Town” will air at 8 p.m. May 12 on FOX.
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Baltimore Sun Media reporter Ana Faguy contributed to this article.