Gordon Ramsay has announced that he will front a show in which he travels the world and learns about food in different regions, culminating in a competition where he competes with local chefs to make versions of local dishes.
It is the last part to which people have shown their objection, accusing Ramsay of ‘colonising food’ and being culturally insensitive. Eddie Huang, restaurateur and author of Fresh off the Boat, took to Twitter to express his disappointment.
“Having already demoralised countless culinary professionals with his expletive-laden verbal outbursts on series such as ‘Hell’s Kitchen’, ‘Kitchen Nightmares’ and ‘24 Hours to Hell & Back’, Ramsay now wants to parachute into foreign food cultures and show the locals he can cook their cuisines better than they can.”
The show has drawn comparisons with Anthony Bourdain’s ‘Parts Unknown’ and ‘No Reservations’. Bourdain was renowned for being inquisitive and respectful of other food cultures.