This month, National Geographic (DStv 181 Starsat 220) is serving up a sizzling Summer, as award-winning chefs put their skills to the test in two brand-new culinary series: GORDON RAMSAY: UNCHARTED SHOWDOWN and WORLD OF FLAVOUR WITH BIG MOE CASON.
First, sharpen your knives for three high-stakes culinary battles as multi-Michelin star chef and Ironman athlete Gordon Ramsay faces off against those closest to him, with daughter Tilly Ramsay challenging him in the finale episode to win the locals’ favour. The new three-part series Gordon Ramsay: Uncharted Showdown, premieres on Wednesdays at 21:00 from 9 November.
The Uncharted Showdown gets personal as Gordon goes up against UK star chefs Paul Ainsworth and Matt Waldron, who got their starts in Ramsay kitchens before opening their own restaurants. With Paul and Matt working on their home turf, Gordon must dig deep in the final cooks to prevent his students from becoming the masters. While in Costa Rica, Gordon faces his biggest challenge yet: going head-to-head with his daughter Tilly, the multi-BAFTA Award-nominated CBBC cooking show star and cookbook author, in an epic culinary showdown.
Then, fire up the grill and learn alongside an award-winning barbecue master in the all-new four-part unscripted series World Of Flavour With Big Moe Cason, premiering onWednesdays at 21:00 from 30 November. Follow Champion Pitmaster Big Moe Cason as he leaves his culinary comforts behind and embarks on an epic journey to seek out the most mouth-watering dishes cooked over an open flame.
Also a U.S. Navy veteran, Big Moe spans the globe to connect with new cultures and serve up meals to make the locals proud. He dives for fresh conch in the Bahamas, roasts ‘gator in Louisiana, connects with his roots in South Carolina and braves piranha-infested waters in Colombia. Along the way, Moe explores the many connections between American barbecue and cultures around the world.
Both Ramsay and Big Moe will need to rely on their mastery of their craft as they learn new skills and push themselves to their limits to create dishes that speak to the history, traditions, and spirit of the locations they visit. They meet with stewards of fantastic flavours, walk in their boots, learn the impact these dishes have on community bonds, and discover that no matter how difficult the struggles are to reach these locations and learn new techniques, some things in life are worth the extra effort.
Gordon Ramsay: Uncharted Showdown is produced by Studio Ramsay Global for National Geographic. For Studio Ramsay Global, executive producers are Gordon Ramsay, Lisa Edwards, Tom Willis, and Jon Kroll. For National Geographic, Betsy Forhan is executive producer, Kevin Mohs is vice president, Production, and Alan Eyres is senior vice president, Production and Development.
World Of Flavour With Big Moe Cason is produced by Hit + Run for National Geographic. For Hit + Run, executive producers are Rob Shaftel and Elizabeth Ashe and co-executive producers are Matt Koed and Noah Korn. For National Geographic, Sean David Johnson is executive producer, Bengt Anderson is vice president, Production, and Alan Eyres is senior vice president, Production and Development.
Episodes of Gordon Ramsay: Uncharted Showdown include the following:
England’s Jurassic Coast
Gordon explores England’s rugged Jurassic Coast and discovers culinary secrets buried in his own back garden. He leaps off cliffs for seaweed, milks a water buffalo in order to make mozzarella, and kayaks through choppy seas to pull massive lobsters from the water. With his former protégé, Paul Ainsworth, serving as both guide and challenger, Gordon will have to dig deep in the final cook to prevent the student from becoming the master.
Gordon explores the rugged, beautiful country of Wales, from the mountains of Snowdonia to the storm-crashed cliffs of the west coast. On this epic journey, Gordon flies through the countryside suspended from a helicopter, fishes from a teacup-sized boat, discovers local cheese aged in a mine and harvests seaweed directly from the ocean before facing off against former employee Matt Waldron in a heated cook off.
Ramsay vs. Ramsay
Gordon Ramsay sends his daughter Tilly and three of her friends on a mission to unlock the secrets of Costa Rican cuisine. The intrepid teens brave snakes and bullet ants while foraging in the jungle, head out into stormy seas for fresh seafood, and discover the secrets of sacred chocolate with the indigenous BriBri people. At the end of the week, Tilly takes all that she’s learned and squares off against her dad in a tropical cook off.
Episodes of World Of Flavour With Big Moe Cason include the following:
South Carolina Soul
Big Moe journeys to Charleston, South Carolina to explore the cuisine and its unique connections to Black history and culture. With the help of some local chefs, he learns a new way to make sausage, hunts for oysters, and tries to keep all his fingers while crabbing. But, can his newfound knowledge help him create an authentic low country dish good enough to win over the locals at a big-time food festival?
Cowboys and ‘Cue in Colombia
Big Moe travels all the way to Colombia to discover one of the world’s oldest methods of cooking meat over an open fire. Along the way, he visits a street vendor to snack on insects, braves piranha and crocodile infested waters. And, while at a natural preserve called El Encanto de Guanapalo, he seeks knowledge from a group of traditional Colombian cowboys.
Gumbo, Gator, and Grillin’
Big Moe journeys deep into the Louisiana bayou to discover the soulful flavours of Creole and Cajun food. He hunts gators, uses a bow to catch redfish, welds his own grill, and learns from the best chefs and farmers how to make authentic gumbo and boudin sausage. Can he use his new culinary skills – with a Big Moe twist – to win over the hearts of both Creole and Cajun guests at a local boucherie?
Big Moe explores the culinary world of the Bahamas with Chef Simeon Hall, including diving for conch, sourcing some local cedar wood, chasing crabs on land, and welding his own BBQ from a tire rim and a stool. After learning some of the Bahamian techniques and recipes, Moe cooks up a BBQ feast to share with friends.