By Valerie Milano
Beverly Hills, CA (The Hollywood Times) 8/24/19 – National Geographic Channels took the stage at the iconic Beverly Hilton this month, to discuss their new series Gordon Ramsay: Uncharted for the summer 2019 TCA press tour.
Present were producer Jon Kroll, Hawaiian free diver and spear fisher Kimi Werner, Ramsay, New Zealand chef Monique Fiso, and local cultural guide and adventurist Mick O’Shea.
Ramsay travels around the world, trekking to remote areas and learning about local cultures and cuisines. While the idea seems slightly derivative of Anthony Bourdain’s seminal “Parts Unknown” series, Ramsay brings a signature ferocity to the new series.
Ramsay said that while some of his “adventures” were anything but savory, there wasn’t any experience he’d simply throw out. “It wasn’t about what I didn’t want to (do,) he said. “Everything I hadn’t done before, I wanted to do.”
It’s that adventurous spirits, perhaps coupled with a sharp tongue and a charmingly impatient nature, that has made Ramsay a global star. Unsurprisingly, it works here, too. And it highlights some interesting things.
“Resourceful,” said Ramsay. “I think that was the most important thing. In an ever-changing world, and food evolving the way it is, resourcefulness, I think, and getting back to that kind of rawness.”
In this instance, Ramsay is in a sort of role reversal, and one that’s fun to watch. Letting go of his “teacher” role wasn’t so much a downside as a challenge. And one he accepted well, allowing himself to become vulnerable to the whole process.
“You’re a really good student,” said Kimi Werner of Ramsay. “And I think that’s what makes the show so special is I think we’re so used to seeing you being this, you know, teacher, this dominating teacher, and for the first time, we got to see what you’re like as a student. And I think any good student wants to try what’s unfamiliar, because if not, are you really learning?”
“And I do think you came into it feeling kind of intimidated and with a lot of questions of sharks and what not. But I think you just were able to harness that sense of fear and use it for something more productive than panic and channel it into relaxation, into responding to the environment. And the more that you immersed yourself in that world, the better you got so quickly.”
Among the things Ramsay learned, was apparently what not to put on the menu.
“Well, I won’t be putting guinea pig on the menu in Vegas, that’s for sure,” he laughed. You have to look beyond that furry, cuddly pet thing, because this is a means to an end and a way of not just surviving, but an incredible protein.”
The bottom line is that, if you’ve ever wanted to see Gordon Ramsay hanging from a tree, helpless in a way you’ve never seen him…”Gordon Ramsay: Uncharted” is just the thing. If you want to learn about foods and nutrition in the remotest corners of the planet…still “Gordon Ramsay: Uncharted” is currently your best bet. If you want to see the clear inspiration for the series, refer to Bourdain’s “Parts Unknown.” But don’t, by any means, close yourself off to new experiences. Gordon Ramsay certainly wouldn’t.