Gordon Ramsay Has Choice Words For Criticism That His Show Is Like Anthony Bourdain’s
Gordon Ramsay is not pleased with recent critics saying his upcoming NatGeo show, Uncharted, is ripping off from Anthony Bourdain’s show.
In the show, Gordon travels the world exploring foreign food cultures. Critics have slammed the show — without yet having seen it — as treading on Bourdain’s Parts Unknown. And they’ve been harsh.
“World to Gordon Ramsay: You are no Anthony Bourdain,” headlined The Washington Post, who declared the idea a “colonial mess” and others accused him of cultural appropriation. Fellow chef and TV personality Eddie Huang wrote, “The last thing the food world needs right now is Gordon Ramsay going to foreign countries showing ‘locals he can cook their cuisines better than they can.’”
That’s when Gordon snapped off:
“God, the feeble warriors that sit in their dungeons and spout negativity without understanding what we’re doing,” he said to Entertainment Weekly. “I’ve been doing assertive, combustial shows since 2006 since I started The F Word — whether it’s diving for giant crab or hanging off a 500-meter cliff chasing puffins. So I’ve been on that level of exploration and understand those cultures. I’m a chef that needs to get motivated by understanding different cultures. I helicoptered into Nagaland 50 kilometers from the Burmese border in Northern India and cooked at a wedding. And in order to get accepted into the wedding, I had to buy a f—ing buffalo. That was 12 years ago.”
He continued, “Tony Bourdain was a great mate of mine. We were on the red carpet together last year at the Emmys. I think he’d be happy and impressed at [Uncharted‘s] level of jeopardy and jumping into these [places] — Brazil, Peru, Alaska — and sourcing incredible ingredients and then highlighting some of the best [culinary] talent that hasn’t been noticed yet. It’s a dream come true. Judge [Uncharted] when you see it. The research going into [the show] is extraordinary. We’re [airing in] half a billion homes, 177 countries, in 43 different languages. And I can’t wait to make all those bitter, twisted, little, boring truckers who aren’t busy enough in their lives eat their words.”