The F Word - Series One
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Sharp-tongued, culinary maestro Chef Gordon Ramsay brings his brand of nightmarish coaching to young - and sometimes brash - amateur chefs all competing for a job in his kitchen. In this new series, Ramsay shows his protégés the hard reality of working in a kitchen by taking over a restaurant and inviting 60 specially-selected diners who will use their wallets to vote for which chef will win - and if they don t like the food, they don t pay!
Not confined to the kitchen, Ramsay also travels all over the world in pursuit of the freshest straight-out-of-the-sea or off-the-pasture ingredients and demonstrates how you can prepare the most authentic gourmet dishes in the world... right on your own stove.
Always energetic and quick to denounce bad food and incompetence, Chef Gordon Ramsay whips up portions of discipline that will give you a pretty good idea of why they call this show "The f Word".
Episode highlights include celebrity guest diners Joan Collins, Jonathan Ross, Richard Wilson, Sharon Osbourne and many more...
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The F Word (which is Food, not that other four letter f word he likes) is a variety show set in The F Word restaurant. Every week he invites a brigade of amateur cooks to serve 50 people each weekend, then rates them based on how many customers pay at the end of the day.
Throughout the cooking service there are segments that include: a run through of the recipes being cooked, a check-in with a British celebrity guest, making fun of celebrity chefs, alternative food sources (e.g. haggis, squirrel, horse milk), teaching busy people to cook, celebrity cooking challenge and other food related topics.
I especially like the honesty from a culinary point of view, particularly the segments about where our food comes from, something we Americans aren't always so keen to know about. In Season 1, Gordon takes the viewer through the experience of raising his own turkeys and then processing them for a meal in his kitchen. You get to meet his wife and four kids in the process too. Season 2 follows pigs and Season 3 follows sheep.
Being a program from the UK, they do show a lot more than most American shows (e.g. during the butchering process), but if you're willing to learn a bit more about your food and would like to see more of the real Gordon Ramsay, give this series a chance. If you're not sure, find someone who has BBCA and you can catch the occasional re-run or new Season 3 episodes (Winter 2009).
BTW, I ate at Restaurant Gordon Ramsay on Royal Hospital Road (his three Michelin Star flagship in London) in October. It was most excellent, though the weak dollar was a bit of a bummer.
In this particular series, Gordon (together with his children) raise turkeys and garden veggies. At the same time, he starts his controversial Get Women Back Into the Kitchen campaign with several celebrity guests (including Joan Collins, infamous in Ramsay's backstory as she was kicked out of one of his restaurants together with a warring food critic). He's got an excellent recurring segment in which he shows you how to prepare the very meals being served in the show's restaurant.
The only thing that I disliked about the DVD itself was the editing of Gordon's other favorite 'f' word. Anyone familiar with Ramsay, his shows or his personality would know before purchasing any of his DVDs that this word is an integral part of his lexicon. The edits are annoying and unnecessary, in my opinion.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Don't know what happened to this show; it was kinda boring after
MasterChef and Hell's Kitchen -- but did like the "learning experience"
Sad to see it... Read more
I love Hotel Hell, Hell's Kitchen, Kitchen Nightmares, etc, but this show just didn't really 'do' it for me. Read morePublished on February 25, 2013 by Michelle (Michy) Devon
Amazon says the show is loading, it says the show is playing, but all I see is a blank screen. Have tried this on other shows (Ramsey's Christmas Special, among others) but this... Read morePublished on December 6, 2012 by Amazon Customer
You get an all around experience of how culinary creations are made. I use these same techniques when cooking for myself. It's very informative and very entertaining.Published on August 19, 2012 by SpaxyDaxy
The show is excellent. You learn about cooking and on-time delivery parameters, but all of the sudden i had to pay the season. It was FREE a few days ago. What a Shame.Published on July 20, 2012 by GAZ RIVERA
I received the F Word in really good time. I love this show, it should be shown in the states. The quality was great!Published on June 14, 2010 by Denise M. Rodriguez
Because of the passion put into his food I would recommend this book to anyone with that same passion...Published on January 2, 2010 by John W. Davis