Gordon Ramsay's Great Escape

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Kari Croop, Common Sense Media
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Chef spews expletives on globe-trotting taste test.

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Positive Messages

The show plays up the "otherness" of foreign cuisine and often spotlights particularly unappetizing fare for the sake of the cameras. But, overall, the message is about being open to trying new things.

Positive Role Models & Representations

In spite of his tendency to use the F-bomb, the host explores other cuisines and cultures in a respectful way. He also incorporates culinary lessons learned into his own cooking.


Some images are disturbing, but not violent: for example, a still-beating snake heart served in a shot glass.


Unbleeped swearing includes "f--k" and "s--t."

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Social drinking to accompany meals, etc.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that the host of this culinary travelogue uses unbleeped language (including "f--k" and "s--t"). You'll also see mildly disturbing images of exotic foods (including a still-beating snake heart served in a shot glass) and some social drinking.

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What's the story?

Celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay packs his knives for a culinary trip around the world in GORDON RAMSAY'S GREAT ESCAPE, a combination cooking show/reality series/travelogue that documents every exotic bite. After sampling local cuisine with an assortment of native guides, Ramsay puts what he's learned to the test by cooking a multi-course meal for a room full of discerning diners. Each season is set in a different region, be it India or Southeast Asia.

Is it any good?

In spite of its promotional promise of a "gastronomic adventure," Ramsay's Great Escape isn't really taking you anywhere you haven't been before. At least, not if you're an avid viewer of programs like Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations or Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern, which essentially do the exact same thing.

The differential ingredient here, of course, is Ramsay himself, who brings his own brand of cocky kitchen skills to the party. But your enjoyment of Ramsay's Great Escape will depend largely on how much you like him to begin with. There's good news, though, if you find his brash style unappetizing: He largely trades it in for a respectful willingness to learn.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about food from other cultures and how it's portrayed on TV. Are the dishes featured on the show truly representative of mainstream culture, or have they been hand-picked for their gross-out factor?

  • How does Gordon Ramsay measure up as a celebrity role model? How does his persona on this program compare with the way he's portrayed on other shows (including Gordon Ramsay's F Word and Hell's Kitchen)?

  • Does your family have its own set of special dishes and food traditions? Do you think people outside your family would think your food was strange or even gross?

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For kids who love exotic fare

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