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Gordon Ramsay plans another Fox food program

by Allison Waldman, posted Jan 29th 2009 5:05PM
G RamI love British chef Gordon Ramsay. I love watching him on TV, whether it's his Fox shows -- Hell's Kitchen or Kitchen Nightmares -- or the ones that have turned up on BBC America like Ramsay's Boiling Point and the most recent show, The F Word. The F stands for food, by the way. Much as I love him, though, I don't think I want him as a teacher.

Well, that's what he's going to be doing next. The Simon Cowell of cooking is plotting something new for the network. Ramsay's doing a special cooking show for Fox in the Julia Child tradition, teaching how to do what he does. The idea is for Gordon to create a three-course dinner while giving home viewers instructions about how to do it with him.

Across the pond, as they say, Ramsay did a show like this called Gordon Ramsay: Cookalong Live, which is what this might be. That program, however, included Gordon working with a celebrity guest. Presumably he was nice to the star, turning on the charm and not calling anyone a donkey and a dumb ass.

So far, Fox is saying its version is strictly Gordon talking to the camera with cut away shots of some viewers following his instructions and making the meal with him. I guess Gordon could have a monitor set up to see what they're doing and yell at them as if they were beside him. You know, call them stupid sows when they use put sugar in the soup instead of salt (that happened once on Top Chef during restaurant wars!). Won't that be special?

Ramsay is quoted as saying that he's frustrated by most cooking shows because there's so little actual cooking done because so many steps are prepped in advance. That's sort of true, but if he's ever seen Food Network's Tyler's Ultimate, he would know that Tyler Florence cooks a three-course meal from start to finish, including most of the chopping, grilling and plating on camera. And Rachael Ray's 30-Minute Meals episodes include her taking all the ingredients out of the fridge and cabinet as well as her prepping every bit of the meal in 30 minutes.

No date has been set for Ramsay's special, although spring is likely. If it does well, there could be more shows, but it's not conceived as a series. We'll see about that because right now Gordon's one of Fox's most sure-fire stars.

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Gordon on The F Word doesn't revolve upon his ability to swear creatively and berate reality show contestants. It's a great show. I'll certainly take a look at this new venture.

January 29 2009 at 10:50 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

im really loving this season so far. =] and speaking of using sugar instead of salt that just happened on the first episode of this season.

January 29 2009 at 9:46 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I'm totally down for more Ramsay, i wish there was 2 seasons of hells kitchen each year, one winter/spring and one summer/fall so i had more LOL

January 29 2009 at 6:27 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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