The F Word, Channel 4

by | Oct 27, 2005 | All, Reviews

What to say if you liked it

Gordon Ramsay gets a chance to convey his passion for food rather than simply swear at people for f**king up a risotto.

What to say if you disliked it

A total ego trip for Ramsay. If you want to see a decent food magazine where the grub comes first, watch out for the reruns of Full-On Food coming up on UKTV Food.

What was good about it?

• Martine McCutcheon revealing her chavvy credentials when she admitted she owns no saucepans, has paper plates so she can throw them away and has only ever cooked one dish – scrambled egg in a microwave.

• Gordon refusing to allow Martine to have her rack of lamb well done. “You’ll have it pink,” he insisted.

• Food critic Giles Coren’s report on buying a doner kebab while stone-cold sober

• The rack of lamb with a herby green crust looked lovely

• Trainee Matthew living to regret it when he tried to be cheeky to Ramsay

• Al Murray winning the competition against Gordon to make the best bread and butter pudding

What was bad about it?

• The opening titles, which made Ramsay seem like a rock superstar rather than a man who can fry a scallop

• Food critic Giles Coren claiming his meal was huge when it wasn’t. It was only huge if you hang out in pretentious restaurants where you have to peer at the plate to find the food. We also felt Giles was trying a little too hard to be a bit eccentric

• Not enough swearing and, due to the pre-watershed slot, any oaths were bleeped out. We’d have preferred it if they’d bleeped out words such as “drizzled” instead

• Gordon’s sexism. “Ladies, I like to see you with a bone in your mouth.”

• The really boring variations on the “that was delicious” theme when the “customers” in Gordon’s fake restaurant gave their verdicts.

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