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Gordon, Graham and Miracle Fruit

jcmods Jun 22, 2008 09:41 AM

This week's BBC America episode of Graham Norton had Gordon Ramsey as a guest, along with actress Juliette Binoche. Among other silly bits, Graham had them try the Miracle Fruit with Guiness and lemon wedges. Although it seemed to work for Graham and Juliette, Gordon wound up spitting out both. Wasn't sure if he did it just to be Gordon or if it really didn't have its effect on his palette. If it was the latter, could it be a genetic thing like cilantro where some people taste one thing and other people get a completely different reaction?

In any case, it was amusing to see Gordon sort of tamed by Juliette Binoche. I got the impression that he didn't want to offend her and was embarrassed when he let loose with a racy comment. Or maybe he thought his son might be watching.

  1. stellamystar Jun 25, 2008 08:30 PM

    I recorded this one. Looking forward to watching it.
    Interesting comment from Gordon about the organic food market..Binoche says "Organic is great, it tastes better, etc", He agrees but points out that on a high production restaurant level, it is still impractical. Which is interesting...inconsistency? price? accessibility? I'm not judging..but I am intrigued....

    And, I know little about the organic market..I do know that if someone had really large tomatoes on their salad and their dining partner had small tomatoes, they would be annoyed..especially in cookie cutter land these days...

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    1. re: stellamystar
      BarmyFotheringayPhipps Jun 25, 2008 09:44 PM

      He clarified a few seconds later that it was the consistency issue that made it difficult.

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      Fydeaux Jun 23, 2008 06:08 AM

      I'm glad I'm not the only one who caught this show. I havent laughed out loud so often in one hour in a long, long time. My own impression is that his reactions during the miracle fruit experiment were genuine, but it's just a guess.

      Ramsay turned up on Top Gear a short while back, and was equally laid back and genuinely funny. Maybe an appearance on Dr Who is next.

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      1. re: Fydeaux
        weezycom Jun 24, 2008 05:24 PM

        Interesting enough, Ramsey was the second-fastest celebrity driver on Top Gear this season -- beaten only by Simon Cowell.

        I'm going to have to try to find the Miracle Fruit clip somewhere. Sounds interesting.

      2. bookwormchef Jun 22, 2008 03:08 PM

        It did seem like the miracle fruit worked on everyone but Gordon. However, I thought Gordon was very charming and witty. It was nice to see him so laid back, compared to his persona on his shows.

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