‘Masterchef’s’ Gordon Ramsay is Adding Yet Another Cooking Show To His Packed Profile
Is it possible that Masterchef Gordon Ramsay is launching another television show? The answer is a resounding “yes!” This culinary production has a new twist for Ramsay, where he’s literally going global.
Airing on National Geographic
According to People, Gordon Ramsay: Unchartered will premiere on the National Geographic channel on July 21. The program showcases the culinary king traveling the world, giving viewers a virtual tour of global cuisine. Ramsay will meet “local food legends around the globe to learn about the cultures, dishes and flavors unique to each location,” as reported by People.
The Business Wire press release that announced the show reports that each episode of will include three key ingredients: discovering a culture’s culinary secrets through exploration and adventure with local food heroes; tracking down adventurous traditions and customs that are specific to the region; and lastly, offering a competitive element putting Ramsay against the locals to square off creating regional dishes. National Geographic is also releasing a 90-plus page digital magazine to give readers an in-depth look at each episode, as noted by People.
“It was an extraordinary expedition to bring Uncharted to life,” Ramsay said in the press release. “And this magazine gives us the opportunity to take each episode a step further, exploring the incredible people, cultures and experiences from my journeys, along with ideas of how to re-create at home some amazing dishes from around the word.” Ramsay is also clearly enjoying the international journey the program has put him on. “My passion for adventure has made me not only a better chef but also a fearless apprentice of all cultures, which makes it so exciting for me to work with National Geographic, who’ve been taking exploration to the limit for their entire storied history,” he said.
Destinations for the summer series include Peru, Laos, Morocco, Hawaii, Alaska and New Zealand.
Too close to ‘Parts Unknown?’
When National Geographic announced the launch of Unchartered last year in July, many fans of the late chef Anthony Bourdain thought the premise of the show sounded too similar to Bourdain’s CNN program, Parts Unknown, where he traveled the world exploring little-known cultures and local cuisine. Bourdain’s sudden death by suicide in June 2018 shocked the culinary world and his base of fans, some taking to Twitter to express their aversion to the idea of Unchartered..
“I liked it the first time when Anthony Bourdain did it,” another post read.
National Geographic is hoping the dust has settled a bit in the last year, and plans for Unchartered to offer a completely different kind of show than Bourdain’s.
Ramsay’s many shows
The infamous chef who is notorious for his foul language and abrasive manner has an entire portfolio of television programs that he hosts. Ramsay is currently heading the tenth season of Fox Network’s Masterchef, and just ended another season of Masterchef Junior. Other shows led by Ramsay include Hell’s Kitchen, Hotel Hell, The F Word, and Kitchen Nightmares. And those are just his shows in the U.S.!
Even with that list of programming, Uncharted sounds like, well, unchartered territory for Ramsay, where he says he’s “learned more in the last week than I have in the last ten years.”