Gordon Ramsay’s New Adventures On ‘Gordon Ramsay: Uncharted’

Gordon Ramsay’s new show takes him out of the kitchen. Unlike Masterchef and Hell’s Kitchen where contestants encounter Ramsay on his home turf, Gordon Ramsay: Uncharted brings Ramsay out into the world. It’s not quite completely uncharted territory because he has local guides, but it’s uncharted for Ramsay. 

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Ramsay was on a Gordon Ramsay: Uncharted panel for the Television Critics Association, during which he described some of his most adventures on the show. Gordon Ramsay: Uncharted airs Sundays on National Geographic. 

Mountain climbing shut Gordon Ramsay up

Gordon Ramsay is notorious for swearing in his kitchen. His Fox shows have to bleep his language for prime time. Once Ramsay was hanging from a cliff, he got really quiet.

“First of all, I was still sh*tting myself, hanging from the tree upside down, let me tell you that,” Ramsay joked. “I may not have looked that nervous, but I certainly was.”

Although Ramsay kept his expletives inside, he also clarified the circumstances in which viewers usually hear him swear.

“When you’re up against it with sort of high-pressured environments in kitchens, then you need to get that little sort of point across urgently,” Ramsay said. “Out and about, on Gordon Ramsay: Uncharted, it’s not just being surrounded by incredible professionals. I’m not saying it’s easy with them, but they just made it so seamless for me to tap into their world and bed down, I think.”

Gordon Ramsay kayaked the Mekong River

In Loas, Mick O’Shea got Ramsay in a kayak. That was already a first for Ramsay. Then he took him out on Laos’s Mekong river.

“I’d never been in a kayak before,” Ramsay said. “Driving down the road before we hit that incredible river, the Mekong, Mick said, ‘How much kayaking have you done?’ I said, ‘Dude, look at the size of me. I capsize every time I sit in a kayak.’”

Ramsay embraced being out of his element.

“I want that vulnerability,” Ramsay said. “We have a map with a plan and we don’t rehearse this thing.  I think that’s the rawness of the program.”

Gordon Ramsay dove in Hawaiian waters

Another way to shut Gordon Ramsay up is to drop him in the water where he can’t talk. He also had to hold his breath to keep up with Kimi Werner.

“Kimi is incredible, over five minutes holding her breath underwater,” Ramsay marveled. “I was practicing in my bedroom the night before and I’d hold my breath for 90 seconds.  She got me to two and a half minutes within two hours of sort of spending that time in the water.”

The peace of being underwater with Kimi and the fish sunk in, pun intended, for Ramsay.

“All of a sudden, you’re uninterrupted,” Ramsay continued. “You’re down, the visibility’s 35, 40 meters. There’s fish in abundance and it was like being in the middle of Finding Nemo.  And then, every time I looked for Kimi, she was just there, on this beautiful ocean bed.”

Catch and release fishing was in Gordon Ramsay’s wheelhouse

Whether fishing with spears under the sea or with rods on dry land, fishing was one adventure Ramsay could relate to. Not only did he grow up fishing in Scotland, but he still takes his chefs on fishing trips. 

“Last week this time a week ago, I was in Reykjavik,” Ramsay said. “I take a group of young chefs every year up into the mountains and we scale these incredible glaciers and then hike all the way back down to the beginning of the river and catch the fresh salmon coming out of the Atlantic, days old, up into the river, all catch and release.”

Experiencing fish in the wild trains young chefs to appreciate them when they are food on their plate.

“It connects them with nature, that gives them a sense of purpose,” Ramsay said. “They become less wasteful, but they understand the environment, of how important it is to see these stuff grow in abundance.  So, that kind of little adventure in many ways I’ve tried to install in our children. You get them outside, you get them comfortable with the seasons, and having that energy outside of a home and going off that beaten track.”