Gordon Ramsay spent part of January 2020 in Australia. Part of his visit was to co-host the first week of MasterChef Australia alongside new judges Melissa Leong, Andy Allen and Jock Zonfrillo.
But it has just been revealed he also filmed another series during his visit. Gordon Ramsay laced his boots, grabbed his knives and buckled up as he visited Tasmania as part of the second season of Gordon Ramsay: Uncharted, premiering July 7 at 7.30pm on National Geographic.
The multi-Michelin-star chef and Ironman athlete continues his adventure across the globe in his relentless pursuit of culinary inspiration. The series will air globally in 172 countries and 43 languages. Season two follows Ramsay as he embarks on more exhilarating adventures, exploring world cultures through food.
“We are exploring seven new regions this season, each with vastly different culinary customs and history,” said Ramsay. “We get the opportunity to learn from the locals and hear their stories, and that gives us a much deeper experience and understanding of the world around us.”
Ramsay feasts his way through Tasmania plus also visits South Africa, Indonesia, Louisiana, Norway, India and Guyana, venturing even more off grid and off recipe to explore global cuisines. He journeys deep into the landscape of each place he visits, scaling mountains, battling 3-metre waves, braving frigid temperatures and bushwhacking his way through the backcountry to forage for some of the finest ingredients in the world.
From swimming in great white shark-infested waters to participating in a traditional bull run, Ramsay risks life and limb in his biggest and boldest missions yet in order to achieve edible excellence.
Under the guidance of local experts and food legends he meets along the way, Ramsay partakes in culinary customs and learn about delicious delicacies and fresh flavours unique to each region.
Every ingredient he harvests, dish he tastes and person he meets will inspire him to create a recipe from scratch, intended to represent the heart of that culture. Each episode concludes with Ramsay challenging himself during a final big cookout with a local food legend by his side, as they prepare a meal together for locals he met during his journey.
Some of the adventures — culinary and otherwise — that Ramsay experiences this season include:
• Risking life and limb by participating in a traditional bull race in a remote West Sumatran rice paddy field
• Braving Tasmania’s stormy waters to hose-dive among the rocks for giant spiny lobsters
• Leaping from a helicopter into high waves to harvest mussels along the South African coast
• Exploring a bat-infested Indonesian cave system in search of giant prawns
• Racing a four-wheeler through Louisiana’s dangerously muddy back roads to forage for fresh greens and hunt for bullfrogs and crawfish
• Plunging into Norway’s frigid waters to uncover the bounty of ingredients found within the fjords
• Battling strong surf to catch fish using traditional techniques in South India — that is, with a 90-kilogram net out at sea
Ramsay in Tasmania
The Gordon Ramsay: Uncharted episode in Tasmania screens on July 7 at 7:30pm AEST.
Chef Ramsay explores isolated Tasmania and uncovers the purity of the island, diving into shark-infested waters for giant saltwater spiny lobsters; avoiding venomous snakes in the bush while foraging for local herbs; and soaring in a seaplane to the rugged interior to fly-fish for trout and extract one-of-a-kind honey, all before facing off against culinary nomad Analiese Gregory to prepare an epic feast.
Gordon Ramsay: Uncharted is produced by Studio Ramsay for National Geographic. For Studio Ramsay, executive producers are Gordon Ramsay, Lisa Edwards and Jon Kroll. For National Geographic, executive producer is Betsy Forhan, vice president of production is Kevin Tao Mohs and executive vice president of National Geographic unscripted entertainment is Geoff Daniels.
Top Photo: Analiese Gregory with Gordon Ramsay in Tasmania in January