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Ramsay Cookalong (LIve?)

dave_c Dec 14, 2009 04:25 AM

While watching "The Simpsons", a commericial for Chef Ramsay's "Cookalong Live" was aired, http://www.fox.com/cookalong/

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

  1. Withnail42 Dec 19, 2009 04:43 PM

    Was this a one time special or are there more of these in the works?

    1. paris221966 Dec 19, 2009 03:37 PM

      It was okay. I like Hell's Kitchen MUCH better. I like the mean, foul-mouthed Ramsay. He's more funnier that way.

      1. dawnthomas Dec 19, 2009 07:22 AM

        I am glad to hear that others thought this was...well let's just say...that Gordon certainly wasn't out to teach anyone how to cook. It's amazing just how many comments I have read from people that loved the show...it's sort of shocking. At one point I was wondering if he was thinking to himself WTF - this is like being in the circus!

        We actually recreated the dishes (which were very good in theory). Fox had the recipes on their site, but there is some vital missing info and also the recipes are not consistent with the show. Here is the link to the http://blog.rouxbe.com/gordon-ramsay-... Gordon Ramsay Cookalong Live Recipes for anyone that is interested.

         
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          gloriousfood Dec 19, 2009 05:32 AM

          What a hot mess. It's a shame that a chef with such talent needs to resort to this gimmicky premise.

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            Evilbanana11 Dec 16, 2009 06:33 PM

            WOW what a terrible show.
            1) He should have one celebrity guest only.
            2) Eliminate the stupid cheering audience.
            3) Eliminate the home cooks via satellite.
            4) Concentrate more on cooking/cooking tips and less on jokes and irrelevant chit chat.

            All his american shows have been total disappointments imho. No more integrity just over the top drama circus freak shows for ratings. I'm a HUGE fan of his brit shows and am sad that he thinks so little of his north american brethren as to put forth such brain hemorrhage inducing drivel for us to watch.

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              Longhorn13 Dec 16, 2009 09:27 AM

              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.

              1. Withnail42 Dec 14, 2009 10:22 AM

                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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                  ferret Dec 14, 2009 11:51 AM

                  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.

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                  blackoak Dec 14, 2009 09:51 AM

                  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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                    LindaWhit Dec 16, 2009 07:52 AM

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

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                      ferret Dec 16, 2009 08:06 AM

                      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.

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                        LindaWhit Dec 16, 2009 08:27 AM

                        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. ArizonaDave Dec 14, 2009 09:36 AM

                    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)

                    AzD

                    1. LindaWhit Dec 14, 2009 06:34 AM

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

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                        LindaWhit Dec 16, 2009 05:18 AM

                        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.: http://www.channel4.com/food/on-tv/co... 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.

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                          ferret Dec 16, 2009 06:28 AM

                          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.

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                            LindaWhit Dec 16, 2009 07:21 AM

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

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                            dave_c Dec 16, 2009 07:41 AM

                            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
                              LindaWhit Dec 16, 2009 07:48 AM

                              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
                                dave_c Dec 16, 2009 03:32 PM

                                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!

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