by Thinus Ferreira
A third season of the cooking travelogue series, Gordon Ramsay: Uncharted, has started on National Geographic (DStv 181 / StarSat 220) on Wednesdays at 21:00 with the chef and traveller visiting countries and places ranging from Portugal, Croatia and Mexico to Texas, Maine, Puerto Rico and Iceland.
"During these unprecedented times, Uncharted provides an exciting escape to explore the world safely from home, and inspiration to try new flavours and cooking techniques from the food experts I meet along my journey," said Gordon Ramsay in a statement.
"The world is a massive place, full of diversity and history, and we are just starting to dig into the boldest flavours the planet has to offer."
Viewers will see Gordon Ramsay herd cattle on horseback with the help of a helicopter and hunts for venomous rattlesnake in the backcountry of Texas.
He also braves giant waves for fresh barnacles that cling to the rocky Portuguese coastline and struggles to keep up with a team of lobster fisherwomen off the coast of Maine's choppy waters. He also fights for oxygen while freediving for local molluscs in Croatia and rappels down a treacherous waterfall and kayaks through raging rapids deep in America's Smoky Mountains.
In the show produced by Studio Ramsay with Gordon Ramsay, Lisa Edwards, Jon Kroll and Tom Willis as executive producers, Gordon Ramsay once again partakes in culinary customs and learn more about various delicacies and fresh flavours unique to each region.
Every ingredient harvested in Gordon Ramsay: Unchartered serves as the inspiration for a new dish with the people who inspires him to create a recipe from scratch intended to represent the heart of that culture.
Every episode concludes with Ramsay challenging himself during a final big cookout with a local food legend by his side, as they prepare a meal together for the locals he met during his journey.
Here are the episode synopses:
Gordon Ramsay journeys to the wilds of south-central Texas and meets some tough, gritty characters to learn what it means to be from the Lone Star State.
He herds cattle with the help of a helicopter, hunts for venomous rattlesnake in the backcountry and goes on a night hunt for invasive and ferocious feral hogs. He joins up with the James Beard Award-winning chef Justin Yu and a group of locals.
Gordon Ramsay explores the rugged landscape of Portugal, where the simple way of life is evident in the country's incredible cuisine.
Gordon chases black pigs across a farm to feed them, braves giant pounding waves for barnacles that cling to the rocky coastline and the open seas to fish for iconic sardines. He tries to beat local chef, Kiko Martins, in an epic feast for the mayor of Nazaré.
Gordon Ramsay learns why Maine in the United States is called the lobster capital of the world. Along the rugged coastline, he struggles to keep up with a team of lobster fisherwomen, dives for clams, harvests oysters, forages in freezing waters and tests his lumberjack skills.
Can he earn the status of a tough Mainer as he tests his culinary skills against local legend chef Melissa Kelly, a two-time James Beard award-winner?
Gordon Ramsay travels to the untouched peninsula of Istria, Croatia, for ingredients that rival the best of Italy in world-class quality. He free dives for local molluscs, risks his pride fishing for rare cuttlefish and chases after goats for cheese and donkeys for milk.
He learns the secrets to finding exquisite truffles and making exceptional olive oil before testing his newly found skills against local chef David Skoko.
Gordon Ramsay explores the enchanted island of Puerto Rico, from the bright blue sea to the lush mountains of the interior. Along the way, he learns about Hurricane Maria’s recent devastating toll on the island and how food shortages have prompted locals to push for food independence.
On this adventure, Gordon goes spearfishing, takes a helicopter ride to an organic coffee plantation, and rappels down a waterfall for delicious river prawns. Throughout his journey, he is hosted by laid back surfer-chef José Enrique, who turns up the gas at the final cook.
Gordon Ramsay heads to the land of fire and ice during the Icelandic summer to learn secret cooking techniques utilising the volcanic landscape.
He fishes in a glacial river for wild salmon and cooks bread in geothermally heated soil before heading north to the sparsely populated Westfjords. After sampling fermented shark and diving for scallops in the freezing fjords, he joins Iceland's first Michelin-rated chef, Ragnar Eiríksson, for a feast in a rainstorm.
Gordon Ramsay is pushed to his limits in America's Smoky Mountains. In his quest to unearth the region's culinary secrets, Gordon must rappel down a treacherous waterfall, kayak through raging rapids, and trek deep into the forest, attempting to find the most delicious ingredients in this magnificent mountain range.
His culinary rival at the big cook is chef William Dissen, named one of America's "Most Sustainable Chefs", who knows these mountains, rivers and forests like the back of his hand.
Gordon Ramsay discovers the culinary secrets of the country's legendary Oaxaca region, where mole reigns supreme.
In addition to learning to make the storied chocolate- and chili-infused sauce, Gordon must rappel down a cliff in search of delicious butter worms, harvest the honey sacs from burrowing ants and fend off angry wasps in search of their coveted larva.
In his effort to measure up to acclaimed Mexico City chef Gabriela Cámara, he also engages in the punishing physical process of harvesting agave plants to make mescal.