Gordon Ramsay will host a travel and culinary show on National Geographic that will see the celebrity chef explore “uncharted” territory.
“Gordon Ramsay: Uncharted” is expected to premiere on National Geographic next year.
Each episode will start with “exploration and adventure with local food heroes,” according to a National Geographic. Then, Ramsay will track down “high-octane traditions, pastimes and customs that are specific to the region.” Finally, he will engage in a culinary battle, “pitting his own interpretations of regional dishes against the tried-and-true classics.”
While the network has not yet released a list of destinations for the show, the press release says that Ramsay will “harvest fresh nests in Malaysian Borneo” and “hunt tarantulas in Cambodia.” It’s unclear if uncharted destinations will include Ramsay’s favorite little-known city Rock in the U.K.
Announcement of the new series caused backlash on social media, which prompted National Geographic to release a statement ahead of the show’s production.
“We are disappointed that the announcement of our upcoming series with Gordon Ramsay was taken out of context,” a spokesperson for National Geographic told Eater. “With National Geographic’s storied history of exploration, our plan with this series is to celebrate and learn about local cultures around the world. In partnering with Ramsay — a well-known adventure enthusiast — we are going to fully immerse viewers and give them a glimpse into surprising and unexpected cultures and local flavors. We have not gone into production on the series yet, so this perspective is premature.”
Production on the show is scheduled to begin this fall. It will broadcast some time next year.