Did someone order not one but THREE Gordon Ramsays? Here’s the Hell’s Kitchen host, Gordon Ramsay, plus Masterchef Junior‘s Gordon Ramsay, welcoming the new presenter of The F Word — also Gordon Ramsay — to American TV. Confused? Feast your eyes on this illuminating trailer:
Of course, Ramsay is no newbie to U.S. TV, having presented the two long-running series mentioned above, not to mention BBC America’s Kitchen Nightmares. Now the curmudgeonly Brit is back in full-force, with his new LIVE cooking competition show The F Word (don’t get any cheeky ideas — the “F” stands for “food”), based on his U.K. hit of the same name, which sees foodie teams fight it out in culinary style.
You can see this Gordon Ramsay in action on Wednesday nights over at Fox, beginning this week, May 31.
We’re not sure why but food shows seem to be a magnet for colorful hosts. Here are a few of our favorites, who’ve introduced us to some go the most dazzling dishes we’ve had the pleasure to drool over.
1. Ishai Golan / Street Food Around the World
Chef Ishai Golan takes us all over the globe, introducing us to street food from cities like Istanbul, Paris and Vienna. With just 24 hours in each metropolis, he has a lot to pack in. We particularly enjoyed the Istanbul episode, where Golan makes time for a deep tissue massage between chowing sessions. The scene gives you an idea of his personality and his ability to immerse himself in a new culture. Post-massage, he indulges in a Turkish breakfast fit for a sultan. Later, he makes his way onto the streets where he grabs a balik ekmek (a fish sandwich). The tasting continues on through the day, which you can watch here. He’s not afraid to let his enthusiasm for food shine out, as we see in the above snap which shows him getting up close and personal with a display of bread. Hungry for more? Here’s a peek at the trailer for Street Food Around the World:
2. Sue Perkins and Giles Coren / The Supersizers Go…
In this “time traveling” food series, Sue Perkins — a writer, broadcaster and comedian — plays good cop to restaurant critic co-host Giles Coren‘s bad cop. The pair, who are friends in real life, don age-appropriate costumes to munch their way through history, visiting fun foodie times like the swinging seventies, the Edwardian era and the Elizabethan period (see above). If we didn’t know better, we’d think this was a historical drama, but, nope, these two are just committed to their craft: the comedic exploration of food from the past. In the Elizabethan episode the fare looks divine. But when they dig in, it’s revealed to be either flavorless or overdosed with spice. Oh, and our hosts discover that breakfast is served with ale because the water wasn’t clean enough to drink. You can see their reactions in the below clip:
3. Guy Fieri / Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives
Yes, Guy Fieri has wacky hair, but that’s not the only feature that landed him on this list. The American restaurateur is busting at the seams with energy. And it’s a good thing because this show (as you probably gathered from the title) requires him to travel across the country to sample fare from the best diners, drive-ins, and dives. We see him chow enthusiastically on low-profile eats, from freshly caught fish in Florida, to killer Cuban cooking. He happily hits any and all no-frills hot spots, including food trucks, as seen here:
4. Anthony Bourdain / Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown
Anthony Bourdain, a TV host, mainstay in the culinary world and popular author, may seem cool and collected, and he is, but he also has his fiery moments as he travels the world for his show Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown. Like when he set his sights on competing with his friend and fellow chef, Eric Ripert. When the pair made their way to Sichuan, China, Bourdain thought it’d be fun to test Ripert’s ability to take the heat in the kitchen — both from the stove and Sichuan spice — so he became a sort of a test dummy as the episode progressed…
5. Tom Colicchio / Top Chef
Tom Collichio is the head judge of Top Chef and likes to help contestants, often in the form of gentle prodding, like, “Are you sure you want to use that ingredient?” But, when he’s at the judges’ table at the end of the night, the gloves come off, though he has such a good poker face, you never know what you’re going to get. In Top Chef season 14 he asked one of the contestants, Brooke Williamson (who went on to win the title of Top Chef), about her dish. She answered, defending her decisions, and Collichio, replied, “I’m glad you stood up for your dish.” But, that’s not always the case. Sometimes a contestant will lay into him, and he’s not all that happy and will definitely argue his case. Here’s a little taste of the showdown with season eight contestant Elia Aboumrad:
6. Alton Brown / Cutthroat Kitchen
Cutthroat Kitchen, hosted by Alton Brown, falls (loosely) into the same category of Top Chef. It’s a competition show made up of skilled chefs, but the rules are somewhat different. Here, competitors have to prep and cook food in extreme conditions, and sabotage is always on the table. Brown seems to really enjoy himself, unapologetically hovering over contestants’ shoulders as they cook. With episode names like, “Gluttons for Punishment,” “Chain of Tools,” and “Crabs of Steel,” at least the contestants know what they’re letting themselves in for. Check out some of the show’s most entertaining sabotages below:
7. Bobby Flay / Throwdown! with Bobby Flay
He may look like the boy next door and come across as super sensible, but, there’s a but. Bobby Flay travels around the country with his show Throwdown! with Bobby Flay challenging other chefs to cook-offs. Can you imagine if these kind of shenanigans went on in any other field? Imagine if professors traveled to rival schools challenging faculty members to teach-offs. That might just be deemed unprofessional — or at least a little odd. But the restaurant biz is a hugely competitive industry and chefs have no problem taking the bait and throwing down with Bobby Flay. There are so many great throwdowns to choose from, so we’ll go with one where the challenge was to create an Anglophenia-centric dish. Yep, fish and chips:
If you want to throwdown with Bobby Flay, you can over at Amazon.
8. Lloyd Grossman / Masterchef
And, finally, going back to the beginning, there was the original British Masterchef with host Lloyd Grossman. It’s not exactly what he’s doing in the series that makes him stand out as a host, but it’s how he’s going about it, specifically, how he’s delivering his commentary. If you’re scratching your head a bit, you can see what we mean with the below:
And, it’s not just us who picked up on his distinct delivery:
Grossman’s episodes may not be available online, but his Masterchef books are.
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