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Dec 14, 2009 04:25 AM

Ramsay Cookalong (LIve?)

While watching "The Simpsons", a commericial for Chef Ramsay's "Cookalong Live" was aired,

From the 30 second spot... seems to have a lot of potential and it's all about cooking not drama.

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  1. While I won't do a "cookalong" I will probably watch to see how it goes. :-)

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    1. re: LindaWhit

      Well, I watched bits and pieces of it over the hour - *WAY* too frenetic; disliked the wall of monitors showing people cooking the same things; and most of the "celebrities" just seemed confused.

      I guess Ramsay did this on Channel 4 in the U.K for one season.: Not sure how it was received over there - I guess if it was only one season, not too well! LOL And it looks like the 3 dishes he made last night (Angel Hair Pasta with Chili and Shrimp, Steak Diane, and Tiramisu) have also been made on the U.K. version.

      1. re: LindaWhit

        TV "Seasons" in the UK are very different than they are here, so you can't really judge by that. They do a run of shows as a "Series" then do some more whenever they get around to it. There's little consistency to the number of episodes or timing. Take "Kitchen Nightmares" for example. The last Series ended in 2007 but they just started up the next one now.

        1. re: ferret

          Ahhh, thanks! Didn't realize that. That would be irritating. :-)

        2. re: LindaWhit

          I though the premise of the show was to teach newbies how to cook. Having novice cooks flambe! Wow!

          I agree... Ramsay was very frenetic and didn't really explain what he was doing.
          The celeb cookalongers were lost and a step behind.
          The wall of monitors were a waste as well as the remotes with Whoopi and the Marine wives.

          Also, Ramsay named the wrong ingredients...
          For example, the tiramisu he stated that you "sift the flour" into the marcapone. Flour?!?! What the heck? Fortunately, the recipe recap named the correct ingredient, icing sugar.

          This show has some potential, but the producers need to deFOX the show. Take out the monitors, the remotes, the "Who wants to be a Millionaire" stage and tone down the show.

          Ramsay seemed to be very flirty with LeAnn Rimes so I knew she was going to win the tiramisu tasting.

          1. re: dave_c

            LeAnn Rimes seemed to be the only one remotely competent from the little bit I saw. Alyson Hannigan was completely ferklempt, and Whoopi just seemed pissed off.

            As for deFOXing the show, not bloody likely. ;-) But taking out the remotes and monitors would be a start. But then again, the premise is that you cook along *with* Ramsay, so I guess the remotes would have to stay.

            1. re: LindaWhit

              As a Fox move, when LeAnn described her apple peeling accident and the three stitches she needed, I thought GR was going to kiss her boo-boo. lol!

      2. Looks like it could be good - the commercial I saw showed the more reserved "teacher/mentor" Ramsay can be, like F Word or KM UK.

        I'll watch (or at least DVR it)


        1. I have seen a couple of the U.K. episodes of Gordon Ramsay Cookalong Live - a novice cook like myself can pick up a thing or two. Also, depending on the cooking proficiency of the celebrity guest, they are fun to watch (the episodes I saw had Alan Carr and Chris Moyles attempting to cook along with the viewing audience).

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          1. re: blackoak

            Are the U.K. shows as crazy as the U.S. show was?

            1. re: LindaWhit

              Not that UK viewers are any more sophisticated than US viewers (take Benny Hill as an example) but the UK versions of all the imported reality shows seem a little more dignified. Ramsay's "F Word" is possibly the best of the bunch. It's an hour-long "magazine" format set in a 50-seat "restaurant." In each episode 4 non-chefs are shown how to prepare 3 dishes (starter, entree, dessert) and then have to prepare the dishes for 50 customers who then decide whether or not the dish is worth paying for by restaurant standards. Each group of 4 is ranked by how many of the 150 plates were paid for. In between Ramsay does a cook-off with a celebrity, there are correspondent reports on food trends and each series Ramsay raises animals at home for slaughter with his shockingly adorable kids. He says he doesn't want his kids to grow up not knowing where their food comes from.

              It's on regular rotation on BBC America.

              1. re: ferret

                By crazy, I meant as frantic with people not knowing what to do; not listening to Ramsay; Ramsay running around like a chicken with its head cut off.

                I've seen "The F Word" and like it but never remember when it's on to try and catch it more often. That would work for me.

          2. I'm curious to see it. He has made himself into such a foul mouthed cartoon character that one almost forgets that he is a very talented chef. I'll certainly DVR it.

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            1. re: Withnail42

              He's very entertaining in that setting (and a good teacher). If you've seen him at his best in the F Word (showing the cooking-averse how to prepare a meal from scratch) or revising a menu or concept on the Kitchen Nightmares series then that should give you an indication of what to expect.

            2. This show was a mess and I love watching all GR shows.

              1. It was supposed to be a holiday special. Nothing about the show made me think about preparing a Christmas dinner. This show easily could have aired in the Summer because the dishes and other content told me nothing about this being a holiday special.

              2. There was way too much going on. Celebrities in the studio, celebrities via phone, random people across the country who you never really focused on. Plus, some cheesy skits that barely tied into the show. The kid thing was kind of funny, but it didn't fit. The GR on the street was less funny (exception of the Jay Leno cameo and reference to "Jaywalking") but that too was forced. I didn't expect Fox to try and push a Gordon Ramsay Variety Hour.

              3. Technical issues, most important being his microphone going out in the first quarter of the show. Second and less important, I would have liked to see the "LIVE" graphic more often just to prove that it's a live show. That's a minor gripe from someone who used to work on live tv production.