REVIEW: Gordon Ramsay: Uncharted returns for a bigger, bolder, tastier Texan adventure
Celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay is famous for his Michelin Star-winning food, his formidable television presence and liberal use of expletives. This Wednesday on National Geographic at 9pm, he’s back for a new series of cooking expedition series Gordon Ramsay: Uncharted, which shows the chef out of his element like you’ve never seen him before.
Gordon Ramsay: Uncharted is part travelogue, part survival series and part cooking show. It celebrates the landscape, history and culture of the places it visits, while also offering up spectacular culinary experiences. Season three picks up in Texas, where Gordon makes a bet with James Beard Award-winning chef Justin Yu that one of them can cook a meal to impress the locals.
The first episode sees Gordon embark on a several adventures to source local ingredients, including herding cows while riding an uncooperative horse, tackling an angry rattlesnake and hunting down feral hogs in the black of night. He’s taught to forage in the forest like a local and even grind down blue corn to make an authentic tortilla. It’s not quite the controlled, authoritative presence that we’ve become accustomed to from Gordon – and that’s really entertaining. Those who want the trademark bleeping, worry not, there’s still a lot of that.
Through food, Gordon creates a wonderful tribute to Texas, posing the question of what it means to be Texan. The episode celebrates the use of local ingredients while highlighting techniques and flavours that might be new to the audience. It also celebrates the hardy nature of Texans, who pride themselves on being “bigger, bolder and tougher” – just like their flavours. They’re also not afraid to let their opinions be known, making them the perfect judges for the ultimate cooking showdown in the Lone Star State.
There’s much more to come from the series, which is fully global with visits to Portugal, Croatia, Mexico, Puerto Rico and Iceland also on the itinerary. If the passion with which the show has explored Texan cuisine is anything to go by, it’s going to be a thrilling and mouth-watering adventure.