Future Food Stars is a show about Gordon Ramsay and Gordon Ramsay alone

In 2018, Channel 4 aired a show with the catchy title Gordon Ramsays 24 hours to hell and back (rolls off the tongue!) The series was basically an extreme sports update of Ramsay’s kitchen nightmare – the transatlantic giant hit where Britain’s reddest chef tried to turn failing food companies into one week – whereby his restaurant transformations, renovations and all, took place within a day. The countdown, of course, stretched over the action on a clock the size of a billboard, which was run in every time, presumably at enormous cost and effort.

At the beginning of each episode, Ramsay wanted to taste the food at the restaurant before he started moving in and would inevitably pretend to vomit while inspecting their pantry. And so: a team of makeup artists would supply Gordon Ramsay with cinema-quality dentures in a process that took hours so he could order subpar calamari without discovery.

I mention this firstly because it’s one of my favorite things I’ve ever seen on TV, and secondly because it gives a bit of context to the opening of Ramsay’s new TV venture, a Apprentice-meetings-Master chef style show on BBC One called Gordon Ramsay’s future food starsin which he has pledged £ 150,000 of his own money to kickstart the business of the food entrepreneur coming out victorious from his set of challenges.

Photo: Studio Ramsay / BBC

Basically the show, whose first episode begins with Ramsay jumping out of a helicopter and ending with him grilling the participants in dark rooms like a mix of Mastermind and Interview with the vampire, seems to be the ultimate Ramsay vehicle: a rat king of all his past TV work, entangled in an incredible hour of television. This is a man who holds crowds – and they’ll all scream “f *** ing hell” when you cook a steak too much.

First and foremost here, Ramsay is the reality competition host we saw in Hell’s kitchenand we get a candy of Kitchen nightmares also, about halfway through when he tastes the participants’ food (the 12 participants are tasked with starting street food businesses in Cornwall, but to be honest it does not matter because this is a show about Gordon Ramsay and nothing else).

Twenty-seven minutes inside, he declares something “raw,” and it feels like a beloved comedy character delivering a long-awaited slogan. Two minutes later, he spits some chicken out on the ground.

Photo: Studio Ramsay / BBC

Elsewhere in the episode is Ramsay the Daredevil, who crossed the Mediterranean with Gino D’Acampo and Fred Sirieix in the ITV series Gordon, Gino and Fred: Road Trip, a very specific fever dream for guys in their 50s who can physically not stop talking about barbecue oil techniques. In the beginning, to “test” his participants’ “character” (that is, for no reason at all), he literally gets them to answer the question “If Gordon Ramsay told you that, would you then jump off a cliff?”

While the hopefuls take the 40-foot leap into open water (one of them, the restaurateur Amit, cleverly announces that he will only jump if Ramsay allows him to cook for him – you must respect the presence of this mind from a person , standing on a cliff edge) Ramsay is equipped with full diving gear and lures them impatiently down. The overall effect is great: you get the feeling that he personally has really started diving into rocks, the way fathers develop very deep niche interests in camping or fishing and end up with equipment worth hundreds of pounds after a dark night in the soul on the Internet.

Later, there is also documentary Gordon – previously best shown in the incredible Gordon Ramsay on cocaineagain for ITV (where a guy arrested for driving under the influence was put in the back seat of a police car where Ramsay was following the patrol police and then realized who he was sitting next to. “I would not meet you in those circumstances , ”He said to the chef) – raising his head under a shiny, talkative segment with street food business owners The Taco Boys.

We also get Paxman Gordon, who asks the members of the losing team why they messed up, and even though there was no showing of his most straightforward persona – Chef Gordon – I’m sure he’s showing up soon enough.

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If there is a problem with The food stars of the futurewhich I just found was pretty compelling when the BBC competition broadcasts go (there were a few minutes of footage with the contestants arguing that sucked me in just as deliciously as an episode of Real Housewives), it is that it is trying to do too many things and the tonal shifts can be a little weird.

But in all the ways that count, the ridiculous, father-enthusiasm ambition is also its greatest strength. After all, when you give Gordon Ramsay the full weight of the BBC and tell him to do what he wants with it, the answer will always be this: absolutely everything, including but not limited to making his entrance by to fly in on a helicopter and absolutely jumps out of it.

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