Ill-tempered celebrity chef and psychotic restauranteur trigger mechanism Gordon Ramsay has a new show coming out on the National Geographic channel. It’s called
I Can Rip Off Anthony Bourdain Now That He’s Dead Gordon Ramsay: Uncharted, and the show’s concept reads way condescending, so Gordo is staying on brand. He will journey around the world and stop in to cook against local chefs, with both competitors using the local ingredients. This sounds like a sneaky Trojan Horse for colonialization, but let’s trust National Geographic not to go that route.
Per Eater, here’s the show’s synopsis:
In each episode of Uncharted, according to a press release, the celebrity chef will take in the traditional foodways, attempt to go about “discovering the undiscovered,” and finally engage in a kitchen competition against the locals, “pitting his own interpretations of regional dishes against the tried-and-true classics.”
If this sounds a little like Gordon Ramsay: Great White Cooking Hope to you, you’re not alone. NatGeo received complaints about their iffy-sounding show. They had to release a statement (you can read it below). The channel wants to assure everyone that the show hasn’t even been shot yet, and it’s going to be educational for Gordon and the audience, as opposed to teetering on the razor’s edge of Gordon basically chefsplaining cooking to the dumb natives of each region he visits ala’ “You’re doing it wrong, M’Batu!”
Well, it’s not like he can go with his usual shrieking, because English isn’t universal. What’s the point of berating someone if they have no idea what you’re saying?
“We are disappointed that the announcement of our upcoming series with Gordon Ramsay was taken out of context. With National Geographic’s storied history of exploration, our plan with this series is to celebrate and learn about local cultures around the world. In partnering with Ramsay — a well-known adventure enthusiast — we are going to fully immerse viewers and give them a glimpse into surprising and unexpected cultures and local flavors. We have not gone into production on the series yet, so this perspective is premature. We’re looking forward to working with Ramsay, who’s been making food and travel documentaries for well over a decade, to share the series when it premieres sometime next year.”
The show will begin shooting in the fall and premiere on NatGeo sometime next year. It’s set to air in over 171 countries. Hopefully, Gordon travels to Wakanda so Nakia, Shuri, Okoye, and Queen Ramonda can teach HIM about Wakandan cuisine and then slap him around a bit.