Gordon Ramsay: Uncharted And 10 Other Travel Shows To Stream While Staying Home For The Holidays

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In any normal year, we would all be traveling to either see our families or going off on some grand adventure to escape them during the holiday season. But with everything going on in the world, many of us are either going on shorter day trips with our immediate families or staying home entirely as we try to stay safe and well this holiday season. This doesn't mean we can't explore the world, however, as there are countless travel shows like Gordon Ramsay: Uncharted , Ewan McGregor 's Long Way Up , and cherished classics from the likes of Rick Steves and Samantha Brown to help us get over the travel bug.

So, as we sit around our houses looking for something to take our minds off the claustrophobia that is making us all a little crazy, there's never been a better time to turn to any number of those great travel shows to put a little adventure back into our lives. Grab your trusty pair of walking shoes, that backpack you bought for a European vacation in college, and a map because we're going on a journey into the world of travel shows.

Gordon Ramsay: Uncharted (Disney+)

To many, Gordon Ramsay will always be the irate British chef breaking down hapless restaurant and bar owners on Kitchen Nightmares , but the volatile and foul-mouthed television icon's latest show, Gordon Ramsay: Uncharted is something entirely different. In each of the National Geographic Channel show's two seasons (both are available on Disney+), Ramsay travels to a different section of the world where he explores the landscape, the people, their culture, and unsurprisingly, their food. As you watch Ramsay find himself playing the role of the student opposed to the teacher, you will see him in places like Peru, Alaska, Tasmania, and India as he treks the globe learning about the secrets of the world.

Stream it on Disney+ .

Down To Earth With Zac Efron (Netflix)

When the name Zac Efron comes up, you might think back to his days in the High School Musical movies or other film projects over the years that have showcased his ridiculous physique, but his Netflix travel series (which debuted it's first season in 2020) Down to Earth With Zac Efron is surprisingly one of the most genuine and sincere shows you'll watch this year. In each of the show's eight episodes, Efron and wellness expert Darin Olien (who is often the highlight) go to places like Iceland, Puerto Rico, Sardinia, and even Iquitos in the Amazon rain forest, where they learn about the culture as well as the healthy and sustainable habits of the local people.

Stream it on Netflix .

Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown (HBO Max)

It has been two years since the death of legendary chef and world traveler Anthony Bourdain , but the food and culture icon's impact still lives on in the various programs he produced throughout the later years of his life. Bourdain's final show, Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown , had a similar concept to No Reservations , a program which took the chef and author to new levels in the early 21st Century, but also dives into the strange and less taken paths on his culinary journey to the heart of the human experience. All 12 seasons of the CNN program are streaming on HBO Max, meaning you can enjoy the Season 6 episode in Charleston, South Carolina, where Bourdain and some of the city's best chefs share stories over the best Waffle House has to offer .

Also try Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations on Hulu .

Stream it on HBO Max .

Somebody Feed Phil (Netflix)

One of the most earnest travel shows you can stream right now is the Netflix docuseries Somebody Feed Phil , which follows Everybody Loves Raymond co-creator Phil Rosenthal as he sets out to eat as much food and meet as much people around the world. Now in its fourth season, the Netflix original is very similar to Rosenthal's 2015 PBS series I'll Have What's Phil Having with the only major difference being the name. So, if you were a fan of the short-lived travel series, then Somebody Feed Phil is right for you. With cities like Lisbon, Copenhagen, Chicago, and Rio De Janerio all getting episodes of their own, this beautifully written and shot series about a man's love of food and the world is a must watch.

Long Way Up (Apple TV+)

Unlike the previous four travel shows discussed here, Ewan McGregor's Long Way Up includes a single journey undertaken by the Scottish actor and his longtime friend Charley Boorman as they drive up the length of South and Central America on converted Harley Davidson electric motorcycles. Over the course of the 100 -day, 13,000-mile journey, the two explorers visit a number of UNICEF sites and programs in places like Bolivia, Peru, and Honduras and work with local residents on a number of different causes. The show is similar to 2004's Long Way Around and 2007's Long Way Down, which saw the pair go on epic journeys from London to New York and Scotland to South Africa, respectively. All three titles are currently streaming on Apple TV+ and are certainly worth the time.

Also try Long Way Round and Long Way Down on Apple TV+.

Stream it on Apple TV+ .

Samantha Brown's Places To Love (PBS)

As far as travel show presenters go, there are few names that carry as much weight as Samantha Brown. The former Travel Channel mainstay who hosted a number of award-winning and influential programs over the years moved over to PBS for the 2018 show Samantha Brown's Places To Love . Over the course of the show's three seasons (all are available on the PBS website with no registration required), Brown has taken viewers around the world to some of the most unique spots that are often off the beaten path. Whether Brown is exploring places like Cajun Country in southern Louisiana, Lake Geneva in Switzerland, or Budapest, Hungary, there is something charming and unexpected by this easy-to-watch series.

Stream it on PBS .

Rick Steves' Europe (Amazon)

If you want to experience old-fashioned yet timeless journeys through the heart of the European continent, there is no better tour guide than the legendary Rick Steves and no better show than Rick Steves' Europe . Since its debut in 2000, the informative and entertaining Steves has taken audiences to some of the most popular and remote areas of in nearly every country in Europe, and has this sense of childlike innocence about him. And even though the first six seasons aren't available to stream right now, Seasons 7 through 10 will surely help you learn more about the various cities, regions, and countries that are explored in great detail in each episode.

Stream it on Amazon .

Taste The Nation With Padma Lakshmi (Hulu)

Those looking for a different side of the United States should check out cookbook author and Top Chef host Padma Lakshmi for her Hulu original series Taste the Nation with Padma Lakshmi . Each of the first season's 10 episodes explore a unique region of the American landscape and follows Lakshmi as she dives into the people there fighting to preserve their culture and culinary traditions in a country that continues to be a melting pot. No corner of the United States is left untouched here, with places like El Paso, Milwaukee, South Carolina, and New Jersey all getting dedicated episodes touching on their inhabitants way of life.

Stream it on Hulu .

Conan Without Borders (Netflix, HBO Max)

Longtime late-night talk show host Conan O'Brien has done a little bit of everything over the course of his nearly 40-year career ( Saturday Night Live , The Simpsons , multiple talk shows), so it's only natural that he would eventually have a travel show of his own. But Conan Without Borders (which is streaming on Netflix and HBO Max) isn't your normal travel show. Sure, O'Brien goes to places like Korea, Cuba, Mexico, and Armenia over the course of 13 episodes, but during those travels, the former Tonight Show host brings his unique brand of comedy wherever he goes and finds himself in some insane situations in places like the DMZ on the border of South and North Korea or starring in a telenovela in Mexico City.

Travel Man (Hulu)

Richard Ayoade , who is probably best well remembered for his turn Maurice Moss on the British comedy series The IT Crowd , was the longtime host of the the Channel 4 travel documentary sereies Travel Man . Over the course of the show's first 10 seasons (seven of which are available on Hulu), Ayoade would spend 48 hours in various cities around the world and would explore each of them with a different celebrity. Whether he is spending two days in Florence with Rebel Wilson , 48 hours in Los Angeles with Lena Dunham , or a holiday in Hong Kong with Jon Hamm , this highly entertaining and informative program brings both the laughs and appreciation for the world around us.

Lost Cities With Albert Lin (Disney+)

And then there is the National Geographic Channel adventure travel program Lost Cities with Albert Lin , which follows the world renowned explorer as he uses state-of-the-art technology to scan various ruins around the world and builds recreations of the cities that once stood as the center of ancient civilizations. Part action-adventure and part history lesson, Lost Cities provides the best of both worlds and ends being one of the most inventive travel and archeological shows you can find. The first season of the show can be enjoyed in its entirety on Disney+ , meaning you'll be digging through sites like El Dorado and Stonehenge in no time.

That is just a sampling of all the great travel shows you can enjoy if you are spending the holidays locked in your house. If those titles don't hold you over and you're looking for something more adventurous, you can always seek out the wild Finnish travel show Madventures which is unfortunately not streaming anywhere at this time.

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Kasey Moore · @kasey__moore May 10th, 2018 - 4:57 am ET · Updated: September 17th, 2020, 6:14 am

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Gordon Ramsay is a prolific chef who has produced some fantastic cooking shows and competitions over the past decade and more. His bombastic style has made him instantly memeable and likable. He’s one of the best TV chefs around and has conquered both the United Kingdom and the United States. We’re going to be taking a look at his streaming library currently on Netflix. 

Here at What’s on Netflix, we’re looking at food titles on Netflix all week. We’ve already covered the best 25 cooking series and highlighted the best titles from the Netflix Original lineup but you’ll notice a distinct lack of Gordon Ramsay titles.

A few of his best shows include The F Word, Hells Kitchen and Kitchen Nightmares. Most of these shows have US and UK variants.

What ‘Gordon Ramsay’ Titles are on Netflix?

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Sadly, Gordon Ramsay’s cooking shows generally aren’t available on Netflix. There are a few exceptions. Below we’ve included which titles are on Netflix and those that aren’t plus alternative places to watch if you’re desperate to watch through a streaming service.

As that table makes perfectly clear Netflix is not the ideal home if you’re wanting to watch a Gordon Ramsay cooking show. In the United Kingdom, only Hells Kitchen UK is streaming but it only includes seasons 9 through to 11. All4 is the home of Gordon Ramsay in the UK and the streaming service is free although it’s ad-supported.

In the United States, Hulu is the home of all of the chefs cooking shows with most series going back to the first season meaning it holds a complete library. Hulu requires a subscription.

Why isn’t Gordon Ramsay’s US content on Netflix?

If you cast your mind back, Netflix in the United States used to have a lot of Fox content where most of Gordon’s content is aired. Fox ended their contract with Netflix last year and as a result, his shows including Kitchen Nightmares were taken away from Netflix.

  • Kitchen Nightmares (US) expired on Netflix US last July.

Bonus – Smurfs is on Netflix US

Now obviously, The Smurfs isn’t your typical cooking show but Gordon Ramsay does feature as one of the smurfs albeit very briefly.

Smurfs: The Lost Village is streaming on Netflix in the United States from 20th October 2017.

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Toyo hunches over his street food stove, cooking tuna with a blow torch, stopping to light his cigarette with it and produce a cheeky grin.

The Japanese chef, who owns a roadside stand in the city of Osaka, is one of many highlighted in the Netflix series “Street Food.” Over the course of 30 minutes, Toyo talks about his difficult upbringing and his tooth and nail fight to open the restaurant and keep it that way.

Being able to see stories like Toyo’s on screen is one of the beauties of food TV in the era in which we currently find ourselves. Shows are now travelling all around the world and, in the spirit of the late, great Anthony Bourdain, delving into local cultures and cuisines through the eyes and personal stories of those sweating behind the wok, forming the focaccia and hacking through dense forest to find that special ingredient.

What’s interesting, however, is the different approaches that this year’s shows take to the task of featuring cuisines from around the world.

On the one hand is Gordon Ramsay ’s method, showcased in his new Nat Geo series “Uncharted” premiering tonight, which combines learning from the locals, a decent dose of adventure and, in typical Ramsay fashion, a sprinkle of healthy competition.

The key ingredients to the shouty chef’s latest venture are the local experts and chefs who guide him, mentor him and challenge him at each destination.

In one episode set in Morocco, Ramsay is put to the task by Najat Kaanache, a feisty chef who was rejected from working at one of Ramsay’s restaurants when she was younger and is not afraid to let him hear about it.

“She busts his chops because he didn’t hire her,” says “Uncharted” executive producer and showrunner Jon Kroll. “And then Monique, the chef from New Zealand, is this badass machete-wielding Maori, so he can barely keep up with her, it’s a unique relationship he has with each chef.”

Each hour-long episode being set in one country gives Ramsay the time to get to know local people and begin to understand their cuisine. At the end of each episode, he is challenged by each mentor chef to a cook-off in which he prepares dishes using the ingredients he has learned about and climbed down waterfalls to collect. Nat Geo vice president of global scripted entertainment Geoff Daniels describes the series as “dirt under the nails exploration,” bookended with a “trial by fire.”

While this may seem like a manufactured end to the show, the intrigue in those moments often comes when the locals he presents his dishes to don’t hold back on what they think, which “brings out a side of Gordon that Americans haven’t seen.”

“He’s really a fish out of water, most people in these places have no idea who he is, and he faces some of the harshest critics he’s ever faced in these locals who don’t know he’s a celebrated chef with Michelin stars. They don’t hesitate to tell him when something is under cooked or under seasoned,” Kroll says.

Indeed in the episode set in Peru, one of Ramsay’s dishes could have done with a little more time in the oven and remains almost uneaten on the table. Viewers are used to seeing Ramsay refuse to eat and even spit out what’s presented to him on “Kitchen Nightmares,” so it feels like a welcome dose of his own medicine.

Other shows, like “Street Food,” lean entirely into telling the local stories, but without the presence of a celebrity chef host.

David Gelb, executive producer on “Street Food” and one of the Supper Club minds behind much of Netflix’s foodie content, reveals that the show was born out of working on “Chef’s Table” and wanting to move away from grandiose restaurants and Michelin-starred subjects.

“Their lives haven’t been laid out in thus biographical way before,” Gelb says of the chefs featured in the show. “We take great inspiration from the late Anthony Bourdain, a personal hero of mine and great influence on our show, and we loved how he would always go into cities wherever he was shooting and look for the real flavor, the real society here, avoiding any tourist traps. We were taking that cue from him and going even deeper into the lives of these characters.”

With shooting on the streets of major cities such as Bangkok, Delhi and Seoul came the extra challenge of cramped environments and members of the public going bustling around them; a far cry from the “controlled restaurants environments” of “Chef’s Table.”

“This show has  a bit more of a loose feel to it….We’re out on the streets, on the corners, in little stalls, in shared markets, and so we need to find ways to not interfere, not get in the way, while still delivering the kind of quality and beautiful aesthetic that people expect,” Gelb says.

Shooting abroad more or less “on the fly” is a problem that host Samin Nosrat and director Caroline Suh face on “Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat” as well.

Based on Nosrat’s cookbook which posits that the four titular elements are key to all good cooking, the series sees the Berkeley-based chef travel to Italy, Japan and Mexico to meet local chefs and experts to find out how they produce and use each element differently. Suh says they centered the show deliberately around home cooks and local producers to ensure that “cooking didn’t seem like an unattainable project that only world famous chefs could engage in.”

“Good food around the world is more similar than it is different,” explains Nosrat. “Originally I thought about it as a show where we go to many different countries per episode and then eventually, once we had a production deal and budgets and reality and timelines, that got whittled down to one country per episode.”

But Nosrat believes that, as with Ramsay’s show, keeping each episode to one destination helped her get to know the characters she meets and understand the cuisine better.

One important aspect of the series which Nosrat “thought about for a long time,” and which seemingly governs all three shows, is avoiding stepping on people’s toes.

“For me a lot of it comes down to being the daughter if immigrants who grew up in the States, so I show up and I want to ask questions and I don’t ever want to tread too heavily on someone else’s ground. I wouldn’t like it if someone come into my house and was like, let me show you what I know, how we do it from where I’m from,” she says. “We’ve traveled all this way to learn from these people, so it was really important for me to defer to them and let them show me, because one of the things I’ve learned as a writer is that when I’m interviewing people, the moment that I become silent, that I leave that extra little pause, that extra little minute is when they start to say the surprising them.”

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A Comprehensive List Of Every Gordon Ramsay TV Show

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Boiling Point

The first TV show Ramsay starred in was the British documentary series Boiling Point , from 1999. The five-episode show followed the chef as he opened his restaurant, Restaurant Gordon Ramsay. In 2000, the follow-up series Beyond Boiling Point documented his life after opening the restaurant.

Culinary Genius

Both the British cooking competition show and U.S. version aired in 2017.

Gordon Behind Bars

During the show's four-episode season, Ramsay teaches inmates at the UK's Brixton prison how to cook. The inmates eventually create a business called Bad Boys Bakery, selling lemon tarts.

Gordon, Gino and Fred: Road Trip

This British travel show follows Ramsay , Gino D'Acampo, and Fred Sirieix to destinations as they explore food and culture. There are four seasons, plus five specials. Some versions of the show have also aired in the U.S. under different names.

Gordon Ramsay On Cocaine

This two-part documentary series explores cocaine and its impact on the U.K. and particularly, the restaurant industry.

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Gordon Ramsay's 24 Hours To Hell and Back

Over three seasons, Ramsay travels across the U.S. in a semi-truck that doubles as a kitchen. He visits failing restaurants and helps revamp them.

Gordon Ramsay's Bank Balance

This British game show only lasted one season.

Gordon Ramsay's Future Food Stars

Competitors compete for prize money to fund their food business in this British reality show. There's also a U.S. version titled Gordon Ramsay's Food Stars .

Gordon Ramsay's Home Cooking

Each of the 20 episodes in this series centers on a theme with several recipes.

Gordon Ramsay's Ultimate Cookery Course

During this 20-episode British series, Ramsay teaches cooking skills through 100 core recipes.

Gordon Ramsay: Uncharted

This National Geographic series has aired for three seasons. In Uncharted , Ramsay travels to remote destinations around the world and explores the culture and cuisine. The spinoff, Gordon Ramsay: Uncharted Showdown , is a cooking competition where Ramsay faces off against his daughter, Tilly, and chefs Paul Ainsworth and Mark Waldron.

Gordon's Great Escape

Gordon's Great Escape aired in the U.K. for two seasons. It follows Ramsay as he explored the cuisine of India and Southeast Asia.

Hell's Kitchen

Ramsay is the creator of Hell's Kitchen , a cooking competition show, which aired in the U.K. from 2004 to 2009. He also hosts the U.S. version, which has been on airing since 2005 for 22 seasons and counting.

In Hotel GB, Ramsay joins several other stars to run a hotel and employ 14 young people. The series only aired for one season in 2012.

Ramsay's Hotel Hell aired for three seasons from 2012 to 2016. In the show, he visits failing hotels in an attempt to get them back on track.

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Kitchen Nightmares

Like Hell's Kitchen , the U.S. version of Kitchen Nightmares followed the premiere of its U.K. counterpart, Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares in 2004. In Kitchen Nightmares Ramsay spends a week with the owners of a failing restaurant. It aired in the U.S. from 2007 to 2014 before Ramsay ended the show . In 2023 Kitchen Nightmares was revived for its eighth season.

MasterChef USA

MasterChef premiered in the U.K. in 1990 and now it has versions all over the world, including the U.S. Ramsay has been a judge on MasterChef USA for all 13 of its seasons. He's also a judge on MasterChef Junior, where contestants ages eight to 13 compete.

Matilda and the Ramsay Bunch

This British show follows the Ramsay family during their summer holidays in places like Los Angeles, Italy, London, and Cornwall.

Next Level Chef

In this cooking competition show, three teams compete in different kitchens, each with varying levels of tools and appliances.

Ramsay's Best Restaurant

In this British show 16 restaurants competed to win the title "Ramsay's Best Restaurant." It aired in 2010 for one season.

Ramsay has played in several episodes of the annual British charity event called Soccer Aid.

The F Word aired in the U.K. from 2005 to 2010. The U.S. version aired for just one season in 2017.

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International borders are slowly opening up. Time to reawaken your traveler’s spirit!

Now that the global health crisis has subsided, which opens up many borders for international tourism to return, let's wake our traveler's spirit up and revisit what it feels like to hop on board and venture into exciting destinations around the world with these travel shows and documentaries on Netflix and Disney+ Hotstar.

Travel Shows and Documentaries on Netflix

Amazing Hotels: Life Beyond the Lobby (2018)

Amazing Hotels: Life Beyond the Lobby (2018)

Hosts Giles Coren and Monica Galetti check into a hotel in world-renowned locations but with a catch: they go on board as hotel staff to get an insider’s glimpse of the hotel industry in various countries like Singapore, Sweden and Kenya.

Dark Tourist (2018)

Dark Tourist (2018)

Journalist David Farrier braves it out to explore tourist-unfriendly locations and experiences that most of us would avoid. The most intriguing episodes have had Farrier taking part in an exorcism in Mexico, traversing a deserted island in Japan and dining with a “vampire” family in New Orleans.

Expedition happiness (2017)

Expedition Happiness (2017)

Filmmaker Felix Starck and his musician beau Selima Taibi—both free spirits—embark on a one-year expedition around the world aboard a revamped school bus and accompanied by their dog. This one’s a good watch with your significant other!

Twogether (2020)

Twogether (2020)

Lee Seung-gi of South Korea and Jasper Liu of Taiwan team up to discover what Asia has to offer. They shoot the show without a script, and rely instead on “missions” given by fans who help them journey through unfamiliar territory in Indonesia, Thailand, Nepal and many more countries in the region.

The World's Most Amazing Vacation Rentals (2021)

The World's Most Amazing Vacation Rentals (2021)

BFF trio—Jo Franco, Megan Batoon and Luis D. Ortiz—cruise all over the world with a mission to seek out only the best and most wonderful accommodations. So far, they’ve featured an over-water villa in Bali, a floating mansion in Miami, an ice cabin in Finland, a snake house in Mexico City, and a cosy but cheap bungalow in the Bahamas.

Splendid cinematography, useful tips and tricks and the inclusion of reasonably priced places make this show all-around entertaining. There’s no way the travel bug won’t bite after watching it.

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Expedition Everest (2020)

Expedition Everest (2020)

A team of scientists climbs 8,000 meters to the top of Mount Everest to find out more about the effects of global warming.

Gordon Ramsy: Uncharted (2019)

Gordon Ramsay: Uncharted (2019)

Notorious chef Gordon Ramsy sets out on journeys in search of elusive ingredients for his next scrumptious creation. Apart from learning a thing or two about cooking, you’ll find yourself rooting for Ramsay to succeed as he overcomes obstacles in locations such as Peru, Laos, Morocco, Hawaii, Alaska and New Zealand.

India from Above (2020)

India from Above (2020)

India is one of the destinations that has long fascinated many world voyagers. India from Above can help you come up with a thorough itinerary across this extraordinary country, as the team traverses India and captures its fascinating diverse cultures and people.

Inside North Korea (2019)

Inside North Korea (2019)

You’re probably intrigued as we are about the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea aka North Korea, and this insightful documentary may just satisfy your curiosity. The team ventured into the elusive nation and recorded various aspects, from its culture to its history, to how people from all walks of life make a living.

Lost Cities with Albert Lin (2020)

Lost Cities with Albert Lin (2020)

National Geographic explorer and scientist Albert Lin explores ancient archaeological sites across the globe using science and technology. In his quests, he unveils hidden secrets and exciting stories about El Dorado in Colombia, Petra in Jordan and Stonehenge in England.

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Travel shows are meant to take viewers to places they've never been before, without them even needing to leave the house.

Watching travel shows may not be the same as going to these unique locations in person, but they provide a virtual experience that can be quite enjoyable. Whether you're looking for adventure, cuisine, survival skills, culture, or history, these are the best travel shows to watch from the comfort of your own home.

<p>The late Anthony Bourdain had some of the most-watched travel shows on television. Bourdain was known for being one of the top chefs and travel writers and his shows would take viewers all around the world to see him try tons of new dishes.</p> <p><i>Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations</i> originally aired on the Travel Channel and featured episodes that included experiences such as sampling "the greatest cannolis" in Sicily or visiting a music recording session in Cambodia. The series received many accolades, including two Emmy Awards for Outstanding Cinematography For Nonfiction Programming.</p>

Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations Will Make Your Mouth Water

The late Anthony Bourdain had some of the most-watched travel shows on television. Bourdain was known for being one of the top chefs and travel writers and his shows would take viewers all around the world to see him try tons of new dishes.

Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations originally aired on the Travel Channel and featured episodes that included experiences such as sampling "the greatest cannolis" in Sicily or visiting a music recording session in Cambodia. The series received many accolades, including two Emmy Awards for Outstanding Cinematography For Nonfiction Programming.

<p>Not every travel show focuses on a singular host simply giving commentary on different parts of the world. <i>The Amazing Race, </i>on CBS, has several teams competing in difficult tasks around the globe in order to win the first-place prize of one million dollars.</p> <p>It combines travel with physical tasks which sets it apart from other reality TV series. It's a fan-favorite for featuring unique teams of two, such as circus clowns, hippies, beauty queens, or Harlem Globetrotters. </p>

What Makes The Amazing Race Worth Watching

Not every travel show focuses on a singular host simply giving commentary on different parts of the world. The Amazing Race, on CBS, has several teams competing in difficult tasks around the globe in order to win the first-place prize of one million dollars.

It combines travel with physical tasks which sets it apart from other reality TV series. It's a fan-favorite for featuring unique teams of two, such as circus clowns, hippies, beauty queens, or Harlem Globetrotters.

<p>Guy Fieri is one of the most memorable TV personalities of all time, with unique style, snazzy catchphrases, and his self-proclaimed title "the mayor of Flavortown." His food and travel show, <i>Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives</i>, quickly became a top series on the Food Network with Fieri traveling mainly around the United States and trying all kinds of specialty food.</p> <p>Not only does every restaurant featured get to share some history about how they got started, but also shows step-by-step recipes for their most popular menu items. Fieri is a watchable host because he's very personable and keeps a positive energy at all times.</p>

Take A Trip To Flavortown On Diners, Drive-ins And Dives

Guy Fieri is one of the most memorable TV personalities of all time, with unique style, snazzy catchphrases, and his self-proclaimed title "the mayor of Flavortown." His food and travel show, Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives , quickly became a top series on the Food Network with Fieri traveling mainly around the United States and trying all kinds of specialty food.

Not only does every restaurant featured get to share some history about how they got started, but also shows step-by-step recipes for their most popular menu items. Fieri is a watchable host because he's very personable and keeps a positive energy at all times.

<p>Late-night host Conan O'Brien stepped away from his soundstage in Los Angeles to go on an international travel spree in <i>Conan Without Borders</i>. O'Brien doesn't hold anything back as he stops in foreign countries such as Cuba, Australia, Israel, Japan, Mexico, Korea, Haiti, and more.</p> <p>When asked why he wanted to travel, he explained that he wanted to try "to make people laugh who didn't even speak English." Throughout the series he did some pretty outrageous things like going to a nude beach in Germany, starring in a K-Pop music video in Korea, and renting a fake family in Japan.</p>

Conan Without Borders Brings Comedy To The Typical Travel Series

Late-night host Conan O'Brien stepped away from his soundstage in Los Angeles to go on an international travel spree in Conan Without Borders . O'Brien doesn't hold anything back as he stops in foreign countries such as Cuba, Australia, Israel, Japan, Mexico, Korea, Haiti, and more.

When asked why he wanted to travel, he explained that he wanted to try "to make people laugh who didn't even speak English." Throughout the series he did some pretty outrageous things like going to a nude beach in Germany, starring in a K-Pop music video in Korea, and renting a fake family in Japan.

<p>This travel show is mainly for animal and wildlife lovers. David Attenborough narrates <i>Our Planet</i>, a documentary series that focuses on several animal habitats throughout the world including the Arctic, jungles, and deep sea. Viewers can get an up-close and high definition view of all kinds of animals in their natural habitats.</p> <p><i>Our Planet</i> was able to get some of the most dynamic shots in a wildlife show such as clear, aerial drone pans and extreme close-ups of some amazing microscopic organisms. It's now available to stream on Netflix.</p>

Why Our Planet Is A Visual Masterpiece

This travel show is mainly for animal and wildlife lovers. David Attenborough narrates Our Planet , a documentary series that focuses on several animal habitats throughout the world including the Arctic, jungles, and deep sea. Viewers can get an up-close and high definition view of all kinds of animals in their natural habitats.

Our Planet was able to get some of the most dynamic shots in a wildlife show such as clear, aerial drone pans and extreme close-ups of some amazing microscopic organisms. It's now available to stream on Netflix.

<p>The premise of Netflix's <i>The Kindness Diaries</i> is something that most likely hasn't been done on television before. After Leon Logothetis hops aboard his vintage yellow motorcycle and Volkswagen Beetle convertible, he is off on a special mission. He must travel around the world and only rely on the kindness of strangers for essentials such as food, shelter, and gas.</p> <p>Logothetis is not allowed to accept money from anyone or bring any of his own, but in return for the kindness he receives, he promises to give people money to follow their dreams. </p>

The Kindness Diaries Shows The Good In Humanity

The premise of Netflix's The Kindness Diaries is something that most likely hasn't been done on television before. After Leon Logothetis hops aboard his vintage yellow motorcycle and Volkswagen Beetle convertible, he is off on a special mission. He must travel around the world and only rely on the kindness of strangers for essentials such as food, shelter, and gas.

Logothetis is not allowed to accept money from anyone or bring any of his own, but in return for the kindness he receives, he promises to give people money to follow their dreams.

<p>The British documentary series <i>An Idiot Abroad</i> follows homebody Karl Pilkington as he sets out to visit some of the biggest landmarks in the world under the watchful eyes of Stephen Merchant and Ricky Gervais. When Pilkington arrives at each destination he is tasked with doing something outside his comfort zone and has no prior warning what the activity will be.</p> <p>Some of the things he's done on the show include bungee jumping in New Zealand, whale watching in Alaska, and going to dance at a samba school to be a part of the Carnival parade in Brazil.</p>

An Idiot Abroad Gets Karl Pilkington Out Of His Comfort Zone

The British documentary series An Idiot Abroad follows homebody Karl Pilkington as he sets out to visit some of the biggest landmarks in the world under the watchful eyes of Stephen Merchant and Ricky Gervais. When Pilkington arrives at each destination he is tasked with doing something outside his comfort zone and has no prior warning what the activity will be.

Some of the things he's done on the show include bungee jumping in New Zealand, whale watching in Alaska, and going to dance at a samba school to be a part of the Carnival parade in Brazil.

<p>Bear Grylls is known for being one of the top survivalists on television, with numerous shows showing off his adventure skills. In <i>Running Wild with Bear Grylls</i> he isn't alone for the survival missions anymore because he's taking famous celebrities with him.</p> <p>Viewers may recognize stars such as Kate Hudson (pictured), Channing Tatum, Brie Larson, and Zac Efron going way beyond their comfort levels to keep up with Grylls. He takes the celebs to survive in some of the world's most picturesque places, where they may hike through glaciers or skydive in the Catskill Mountains.</p>

Running Wild With Bear Grylls Brings The Star Power

Bear Grylls is known for being one of the top survivalists on television, with numerous shows showing off his adventure skills. In Running Wild with Bear Grylls he isn't alone for the survival missions anymore because he's taking famous celebrities with him.

Viewers may recognize stars such as Kate Hudson (pictured), Channing Tatum, Brie Larson, and Zac Efron going way beyond their comfort levels to keep up with Grylls. He takes the celebs to survive in some of the world's most picturesque places, where they may hike through glaciers or skydive in the Catskill Mountains.

<p>Europe has plenty of popular tourist destinations and hidden gems, which can make for a great trip. American travel writer Rick Steves created a show called <i>Rick Steves' Europe</i> on PBS that shows him guiding viewers through his favorite European cities.</p> <p>Over the almost 20 years that Steves spent hosting the show, he went to places such as Portugal, Edinburgh, Berlin, and Romania. Throughout each episode, Steves explains why people should visit and includes some interesting historical facts as well. He also has a travel website where he blogs about his many trips and includes helpful travel tips.</p>

Rick Steves' Europe Appeals To Baby Boomers

Europe has plenty of popular tourist destinations and hidden gems, which can make for a great trip. American travel writer Rick Steves created a show called Rick Steves' Europe on PBS that shows him guiding viewers through his favorite European cities.

Over the almost 20 years that Steves spent hosting the show, he went to places such as Portugal, Edinburgh, Berlin, and Romania. Throughout each episode, Steves explains why people should visit and includes some interesting historical facts as well. He also has a travel website where he blogs about his many trips and includes helpful travel tips.

<p>David Chang's <i>Ugly Delicious</i> is a Netflix travel and food series that shows Chang exploring the world’s most interesting cuisines with his celebrity friends. The show proves that even though the food may appear unusual it can be surprisingly delicious. </p> <p>Viewers who love Chang's demeanor and the way he presents food and culture should also check out his other Netflix series called <i>Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner</i> with guests including Seth Rogen and Chrissy Teigen.</p>

Join David Chang And His Celebrity Friends In Ugly Delicious

David Chang's Ugly Delicious is a Netflix travel and food series that shows Chang exploring the world’s most interesting cuisines with his celebrity friends. The show proves that even though the food may appear unusual it can be surprisingly delicious.

Viewers who love Chang's demeanor and the way he presents food and culture should also check out his other Netflix series called Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner with guests including Seth Rogen and Chrissy Teigen.

<p>Before Phil Rosenthal started making food and travel shows, he was the creator behind the beloved sitcom <i>Everybody Loves Raymond</i>. The successor to his first show, <i>I'll Have What Phil's Having,</i> is Netflix's <i>Somebody Feed Phil</i>. Each episode has Rosenthal traveling to various countries with his friends and sampling both the cuisine and culture.</p> <p>Since he has a background in comedic television he is able to provide his own humorous commentary to whatever new situation he finds himself in. Reviewers find <i>Somebody Feed Phil </i>very upbeat and positive and it keeps viewers engaged all the way through.</p>

Somebody Feed Phil Is Good For The Soul

Before Phil Rosenthal started making food and travel shows, he was the creator behind the beloved sitcom Everybody Loves Raymond . The successor to his first show, I'll Have What Phil's Having, is Netflix's Somebody Feed Phil . Each episode has Rosenthal traveling to various countries with his friends and sampling both the cuisine and culture.

Since he has a background in comedic television he is able to provide his own humorous commentary to whatever new situation he finds himself in. Reviewers find Somebody Feed Phil very upbeat and positive and it keeps viewers engaged all the way through.

<p>Some of today's top children's shows also teach about travel. <i>Carmen Sandiego</i> is an animated adventure show that centers around an expert thief who travels all over the world. The character first started as a set of educational video games in the 1980s and has expanded into an entire franchise of games, shows, movies, and more.</p> <p>Netflix's <i>Carmen Sandiego </i>is told from the titular character's perspective and incorporates educational elements about the famous cities she visits in each episode. It includes the voices of popular actors Gina Rodriguez, Finn Wolfhard, Liam O'Brien, and Mary Elizabeth McGlynn.</p>

Carmen Sandiego Is The Perfect Travel Show For Kids

Some of today's top children's shows also teach about travel. Carmen Sandiego is an animated adventure show that centers around an expert thief who travels all over the world. The character first started as a set of educational video games in the 1980s and has expanded into an entire franchise of games, shows, movies, and more.

Netflix's Carmen Sandiego is told from the titular character's perspective and incorporates educational elements about the famous cities she visits in each episode. It includes the voices of popular actors Gina Rodriguez, Finn Wolfhard, Liam O'Brien, and Mary Elizabeth McGlynn.

<p>There's a double meaning to the title of Netflix's <i>Restaurants on the Edge</i>. A group of experts (a restaurateur, designer, and chef) team up to remodel restaurants on the brink of closure, but the catch is that the locations of these restaurants are in some of the most stunning parts of the globe.</p> <p>While the show strives to help the failing restaurant owners, it also focuses on the scenery around the restaurant and the remodeled interiors, as opposed to the owners learning about what went wrong with their businesses.</p>

An Unlikely Trio In Restaurants On The Edge

There's a double meaning to the title of Netflix's Restaurants on the Edge . A group of experts (a restaurateur, designer, and chef) team up to remodel restaurants on the brink of closure, but the catch is that the locations of these restaurants are in some of the most stunning parts of the globe.

While the show strives to help the failing restaurant owners, it also focuses on the scenery around the restaurant and the remodeled interiors, as opposed to the owners learning about what went wrong with their businesses.

<p>In <i>Dark Tourist,</i> journalist David Farrier explores sites related to dark tourism, or areas where tragic events have occurred. This definitely isn't a family-friendly show, with episodes about the Manson Family, Jeffrey Dahmer, voodoo, and the Soviet Union's nuclear weapon test sites. He travels to almost every continent to get up close and personal with tons of taboo memorabilia.</p> <p>While many of the places he visits have been shown on television already, they haven't been depicted in such a dark way before. The only problem some viewers seem to have with the show is the host, because they thought he was too easily offended by almost everything.</p>

Dark Tourist Depicts Popular Travel Sites A Lot Differently

In Dark Tourist, journalist David Farrier explores sites related to dark tourism, or areas where tragic events have occurred. This definitely isn't a family-friendly show, with episodes about the Manson Family, Jeffrey Dahmer, voodoo, and the Soviet Union's nuclear weapon test sites. He travels to almost every continent to get up close and personal with tons of taboo memorabilia.

While many of the places he visits have been shown on television already, they haven't been depicted in such a dark way before. The only problem some viewers seem to have with the show is the host, because they thought he was too easily offended by almost everything.

<p>This father-and-son duo couldn't be more opposite. Jack Whitehall is a famous comedian who takes his curmudgeon father on trips around the world in Netflix's <i>Jack Whitehall: Travels with My Father</i>. As the two of them enter new countries Jack does everything he can to get his dad out of his comfort zone, which makes for some pretty entertaining content.</p> <p>Jack and his dad go to plenty of vibrant cities such as Bangkok, Chernobyl, and Compton, where viewers can watch their hilarious banter mixed with some unforgettable high jinks.</p>

Jack Whitehall: Travels With My Father Has Quite The Dynamic Duo

This father-and-son duo couldn't be more opposite. Jack Whitehall is a famous comedian who takes his curmudgeon father on trips around the world in Netflix's Jack Whitehall: Travels with My Father . As the two of them enter new countries Jack does everything he can to get his dad out of his comfort zone, which makes for some pretty entertaining content.

Jack and his dad go to plenty of vibrant cities such as Bangkok, Chernobyl, and Compton, where viewers can watch their hilarious banter mixed with some unforgettable high jinks.

<p>The name of chef and author Samin Nosrat's cooking show, <i>Salt Fat Acid Heat,</i> is based on what she thinks are the four elements of successful cooking. The Netflix series is broken up into four episodes that each focus on one of the components as Nosrat travels to Mexico, Japan, Italy, and California.</p> <p>It was praised by <i><a href="https://www.washingtonpost.com/" rel="noopener noreferrer">The Washington Post</a></i> for featuring a lot of female chefs, which is something rare to see in cooking shows. Before making the series, she wrote a cookbook that talks about the same four cooking components, so viewers can try out the recipes on their own.</p>

Salt Fat Acid Heat Proves Why Traveling Is Essential For A Good Meal

The name of chef and author Samin Nosrat's cooking show, Salt Fat Acid Heat, is based on what she thinks are the four elements of successful cooking. The Netflix series is broken up into four episodes that each focus on one of the components as Nosrat travels to Mexico, Japan, Italy, and California.

It was praised by The Washington Post for featuring a lot of female chefs, which is something rare to see in cooking shows. Before making the series, she wrote a cookbook that talks about the same four cooking components, so viewers can try out the recipes on their own.

<p>One of Gordon Ramsay's most recent shows is the National Geographic series <i>Gordon Ramsay: Uncharted</i>. While he is most commonly seen yelling at amateur chefs in the kitchen, this travel show has him going to places such as Peru (pictured), New Zealand, Morocco, Hawaii, Laos, and Alaska to learn about the local cuisines and traditions.</p> <p>Ramsay reveals a kinder and gentler side to himself that isn't usually seen on his reality shows. While some viewers complained that the series was almost always centered around him, they were glad to see him effortlessly work with the local experts in each episode.</p>

Gordon Ramsay: Uncharted Shows A Different Side Of The Passionate Host

One of Gordon Ramsay's most recent shows is the National Geographic series Gordon Ramsay: Uncharted . While he is most commonly seen yelling at amateur chefs in the kitchen, this travel show has him going to places such as Peru (pictured), New Zealand, Morocco, Hawaii, Laos, and Alaska to learn about the local cuisines and traditions.

Ramsay reveals a kinder and gentler side to himself that isn't usually seen on his reality shows. While some viewers complained that the series was almost always centered around him, they were glad to see him effortlessly work with the local experts in each episode.

<p>When <i>House Hunters</i> became a surprise smash hit on HGTV, there were a few spin-offs created to keep the interest of viewers. <i>House Hunters International</i> keeps the same format of the original show, but goes to beautiful locations across the globe.</p> <p>People can see what the cost of living is in other countries and what it takes to move to a foreign area. While the main focus of the series is on the three housing choices, there are still parts of the show that focus on famous attractions, local community, and scenic backdrops.</p>

See The Price Of Living In Foreign Countries On House Hunters International

When House Hunters became a surprise smash hit on HGTV, there were a few spin-offs created to keep the interest of viewers. House Hunters International keeps the same format of the original show, but goes to beautiful locations across the globe.

People can see what the cost of living is in other countries and what it takes to move to a foreign area. While the main focus of the series is on the three housing choices, there are still parts of the show that focus on famous attractions, local community, and scenic backdrops.

<p>Traveling across the United States to see all the iconic landmarks takes a lot of time and not everyone has the opportunity to do so. Luckily, <i>Aerial America</i> on the Smithsonian Channel takes viewers to several of these iconic sites with eye-catching aerial video tours.</p> <p>The episodes visit places like national parks, skyscrapers, and sites around Hollywood. Every state in America has a designated episode and there are also others that focus mainly on popular tourist attractions. People who watch the show using a virtual reality headset have the ability to feel like they're actually there.</p>

See The Country In A New Way In Aerial America

Traveling across the United States to see all the iconic landmarks takes a lot of time and not everyone has the opportunity to do so. Luckily, Aerial America on the Smithsonian Channel takes viewers to several of these iconic sites with eye-catching aerial video tours.

The episodes visit places like national parks, skyscrapers, and sites around Hollywood. Every state in America has a designated episode and there are also others that focus mainly on popular tourist attractions. People who watch the show using a virtual reality headset have the ability to feel like they're actually there.

<p>Those with a weak stomach may have a hard time watching this show. <i>Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern</i> has the chef circling the globe looking for the strangest foods of all time. Some of the foods he's tried include giant sea squirt in Santiago, Chile, tarantulas in Cambodia, and coconut tree grubs in Iquitos, Peru.</p> <p>Many may quiver at the thought of even being near some of these rare delicacies, but Zimmern will take a large bite without hesitation. After trying the food, he also takes part in local activities and learns about the history and culture of the area.</p>

Bizarre Foods With Andrew Zimmern Isn't For Viewers With Weak Stomachs

Those with a weak stomach may have a hard time watching this show. Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern has the chef circling the globe looking for the strangest foods of all time. Some of the foods he's tried include giant sea squirt in Santiago, Chile, tarantulas in Cambodia, and coconut tree grubs in Iquitos, Peru.

Many may quiver at the thought of even being near some of these rare delicacies, but Zimmern will take a large bite without hesitation. After trying the food, he also takes part in local activities and learns about the history and culture of the area.

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Most avid travelers experienced a decline in their favorite hobby last year. But exciting adventures, new cuisine, and beautiful landscapes are still accessible to us all via our favorite travel shows. Explore the world from the comfort of your couch with these travel shows you can stream right now.

1. Stanley Tucci: Searching For Italy

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Take a guided tour of Italy with host Stanley Tucci as he travels from Naples to Rome, sampling cuisine and learning about Italian history and culture along the way. The Devil Wears Prada and Hunger Games actor takes on a new role as host, telling personal stories as he is joined by his wife and friends. Inspired by his own Italian heritage, Tucci is so passionate about his journey through the country and the food that he’s tasting, viewers will feel like they’re on the Amalfi Coast themselves. Season one is currently airing on CNN and available on Hulu . A second season has already been planned for 2022.

2. Down To Earth With Zac Efron

While Zac Efron’s adventure show may not be the ultimate in high-brow entertainment, the High School Musical star’s charisma and enthusiasm make Down to Earth an incredibly fun watch. The actor, joined by wellness guru Darin Olien, travels the globe, attempting to learn about sustainability and the environment. He also samples local cuisines and shamelessly indulges in the local tourist activities. All of season one is available now on Netflix, and filming for a second season has already begun.

3. Gordon Ramsay: Uncharted

Watch Gordon Ramsay travel the world, learning old-world methods of cooking from locals, in his new food-based travel show on Disney + . In Gordon Ramsay: Uncharted , viewers experience the chef abandoning his reputation as a loud, hyper-critical judge. Instead, he spends his time learning new techniques and trying new food, incredibly excited to be there and impressed by every meal he tries. Each episode features a new location and new group of welcoming locals excited to share the history of their food. There are two seasons available already, with season three set to air in mid-2021.

4. Our Planet

Narrated by David Attenborough, Netflix’s Our Planet offers an in-depth exploration of the world’s habitats, focusing on the effects of climate change and global warming. While the thesis of the documentary is science-based, the creators’ clear passion for nature shines through. The visuals are absolutely breathtaking, and the show itself is self-reflective and inspirational. With footage from 50 countries, episodes cover jungles, deserts, forests, and virtually every landscape imaginable, virtually guaranteeing a deep dive into any viewer’s favorite destination.

5. Taste The Nation With Padma Lakshmi

Explore the United States with Food Network personality Padma Lakshmi as she seeks to understand the connection between U.S. food and U.S. culture. Every episode features a different American city, where Lakshmi meets with immigrants from around the world, seeking to understand how the diversity of the country’s chefs has shaped what we define as American cuisine. This one-season series is a moving, emotional exploration of culture, heritage, and identity, available for streaming on Hulu .

6. Long Way Up

Reunited for their third joint travel adventure show, Ewan McGregor and Charley Boorman go on an ambitious motorcycle ride in Apple TV’s Long Way Up . Starting in Ushuaia, a city at the tip of South America, the two friends ride for more than 100 days and 13,000 miles, crossing borders and country lines, making their way into Argentina, Chile, and Peru, all the way up to Central America and Mexico. Fans of Long Way Round and Long Way Down will love this third installment, all of which is available for streaming.

7. Street Food

For another food-based travel show, try Netflix’s Street Food , and its two available seasons, Street Food: Asia and Street Food: Latin America . Each episode takes place in a different city, with interviews of three to four street food chefs and their featured dishes. This show takes a deep dive not only into the cuisine, but primarily into the people who make it, emphasizing the journey of the individual cooks. The featured dishes are often region-specific and emblematic of the conditions and circumstances of both the city and the chef. The show focuses on the vendors’ backstories, teaching viewers about local poverty, history, culture, and identity.

These are just a starting point; there are a lot more shows out there worth a look. All you have to do is go on a surf vacation from the comfort of your couch.

Editor’s Note: Can’t get enough virtual travel? Jordan Palmer has more on Beeyonder , the new travel company created so anyone can travel the world.

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All 7 Gordon Ramsay Shows on the Air This Year

His popular 'Hell's Kitchen' and 'Kitchen Nightmares' return this Fall, and he has five other shows on rotation.

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  • Gordon Ramsay is returning to FOX with two new prime-time shows in September 2023, including the eighth season of Kitchen Nightmares after a 9-year hiatus.
  • Kitchen Nightmares follows Ramsay as he helps failing restaurants get back on track, often confronting the harsh realities of running a successful restaurant.
  • Ramsay's direct and sometimes blunt approach may not be well-received by everyone, but it's what viewers have come to expect and want to see from him on shows like Hell's Kitchen and MasterChef.

Kitchen Nightmares and Hell’s Kitchen both air in late September 2023. The ubiquitous Gordon Ramsay is back again with 2 more prime-time shows on FOX . Kitchen Nightmares returns for season 8 on Monday 25th September after a 9-year absence. Season 22 of Hell’s Kitchen: The American Dream premieres Thursday, September 28. Ramsay has long been a favorite with the FOX network over the years with shows such as MasterChef and MasterChef Jr. , Hell’s Kitchen , and Next Level Chef , which was recently renewed for seasons three and four.

Kitchen Nightmares originally ran from 2007 and 2014 and was a huge hit for both Fox and Ramsay. However, after 7 seasons and 90 episodes, the show was canceled. At the time, Ramsay got a lot of flak from his tough love he often dished out to the restaurant staff. Most of the failing restaurants he tried to help, still ended up going out of business. But in an interview he did with Entertainment Weekly in 2018 he explained why it was time to move on. “I canceled my show on Fox , Kitchen Nightmares . I woke up in the middle of the south of France after filming a week with a British guy I wouldn't trust to run my bath, let alone my restaurant. Because he was running a ski resort, he felt like he could take advantage of all those customers because there was nowhere else to eat. He was giving me s--t for telling him the truth and I thought, "I'm done."

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Gordon Ramsay is one of the most famous and successful restaurateurs in the world. As of January 2023, he owned 58 restaurants in the UK, US, France, Dubai, Singapore and beyond. He’s been awarded 17 Michelin stars and currently holds seven. But what makes this Scottish celebrity chef so popular is his TV cooking shows . Some say his language on Hell’s Kitchen , MasterChef , or Next Level Chef is too blunt, too direct, and just plain rude. This is the mantra Gordon Ramsay lives by. He is what he is, love him or hate him. Equally, this is what the viewers have come to expect and want to see from him. As is evident on the multiple TV shows he fronts in 2023.

7 'Kitchen Nightmares' Returns September 25, 2023

The format sees Ramsay invited by the owners of failing restaurants across America to spend a week to help them revive their businesses and get them back on track. Each episode follows Ramsay as he attempts to rebuild a restaurant in crisis. He exposes the hard realities of running a successful restaurant, often to the displeasure of the kitchen crew and management. He will identify the main problems, try to resolve them and help give the restaurant a renovation within three days. Often these restaurants need a major overhaul , in both front of the house and back of the house. If they are unwilling to take Gordon Ramsay’s direct approach to fix the problem, it might be the last orders for the restaurant before too long.

6 'Hell's Kitchen' Returns September 28, 2023

Hell’s Kitchen has been a fan-favorite since it first premiered in 2005 on Fox. On the show, contestants, usually aspiring chefs, compete in high-pressure situations against each other. The show is named after the famous Hell's Kitchen neighborhood in New York City. The contestants are split into two teams and will live together in a shared house while competing in various cooking challenges. At stake is a $250,000 grand prize, a job as chef at one of Gordon Ramsay’s most prestigious restaurants, and the title of Hell’s Kitchen winner.

5 'MasterChef' Was a Spring Delight

The 18th season of MasterChef: United Tastes of America premiered on Fox on May 24. Gordon Ramsay hosts this long-running cooking show, along with resident judges Aarón Sánchez and Joe Bastianich. A nationwide search is on for the best home cooks in America. Each of the home cooks will compete based upon their region, West, Northeast, Midwest, and South. The home cooks will face several cooking trials, including a State Fair challenge, a series of Mystery Box challenges, cooking a meal at Dodger Stadium, and the Tag Team event, where they must create a Michelin-star quality three-course meal. Only one home cook will take home the cash prize of $250,000 and the title of America’s MasterChef.

4 'Gordon Ramsay's Food Stars' Showed Who Was Ready For the Big Leagues

Gordon Ramsay's Food Stars, which is another Fox production brings together 15 contestants who are made up of inventors, innovators, and small business owners. Over 10 weeks Gordon Ramsay's Food Stars will compete for the chance of a personal investment of $250,000 by Gordon Ramsay himself. In every episode, the contestants are challenged in all aspects of running a food enterprise, including creating, marketing, and selling to real customers. In addition to Ramsay, their progress is monitored by guest judges.

3 'Gordon, Gino and Fred: Viva España' Goes International

Gordon Ramsay, Gino D'Acampo, and Fred Sirieix reunite for a brand-new show currently airing on the UK network ITV. The three restaurateurs were the stars of the popular travel and food show Gordon, Gino, and Fred: Road Trip, which aired both in the UK and on Fox in the US. Having already watched the best buddies’ cooking escapades, tastings, cooking, and an abundance of playful pranks during their travels across France, Italy, Scotland, Morocco, the US, Lapland, and Greece, this new expedition will see them let loose in Spain. Their mission in Gordon, Gino and Fred: Viva España, much like their earlier Road trip shows last year is to uncover great food. In this case the finest seafood, wine, and tapas that the country has to offer.

2 'Next Level Chef' Had Its Second Season

The second season premiered on Fox on February 12, 2023. Chefs Gordon Ramsay, Nyesha Arrington, and Richard Blais recruit talented chefs and take them under their wing as they face a range of interesting cooking challenges to find the newest superstar in the culinary world. Eighteen chefs began the journey, three will cook in the finale, and only one will win the one-year mentorship under all three mentors., They will be competing for $250,000 and the title of Next Level Chef champion.

1 'Gordon Ramsay Unchartered' Is a Welcomed Gift

The National Geographic series Gordon Ramsay: Uncharted , which is currently streaming on Disney+ sees the cooking star leave the comforts of fine dining restaurants and glitzy TV studios, to go on a cooking tour to several remote locations of the world. The scenery is beautiful, and the experiences and adventures are numerous. Gordon Ramsay: Unchartered is not trying to recreate the great Anthony Bourdain food and travel shows. Yes the views and the locations are spectacular, but it's more about the food, the area, and the various ways the local people gather and prepare their meals. Gordon Ramsay will taste and learn different meals across the globe. He will sample from Peru’s Sacred Valley food of the Incas to New Zealand to discover the secrets of Maori cuisine, to traveling deep in Morocco's Middle Atlas Mountains to taste the ancient Berber food. In Unchartered , Ramsay changes roles from what we are used to previously seeing. He is no longer the teacher, but the student eager to learn. In an interview for the Independent Ramsay explains. ““Definitely made me more humble, especially when the locals don’t love my dishes”, but ultimately “experience helps me become a better chef”.

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The 20 Best Travel Shows on Netflix to Watch in 2024

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Whether you’ve been missing the thrill of traveling or are currently feeling inspired to pick the destination for your next adventure, travel shows can help. Netflix has no shortage of cool travel documentaries and shows, but we’ve decided to pick 20 of the best travel shows on Netflix.

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If you’re traveling right now, or if some of these shows are not available in your country, use a VPN to access them without any restrictions. To play the shows, open up your VPN app and select a server located in a different state. If the show is available in your country, but you’re currently traveling internationally, choose the server of your home country to enjoy the show. 

Now let me tell you why these Netflix travel shows are worth watching and don’t blame me if you get hooked on some (or all) of them.

The best travel shows on Netflix

Before we start, let me tell you that this list is in no particular order. It’s up to you to choose the one you want to watch first, but we recommend watching them all. At home, traveling for a holiday, or at a new destination, these Netflix travel shows and documentaries will set you in the mood for discovering new places, tasting exotic food, maybe even cycling, driving, or just staying at home until you finish all the seasons. Lol 

The list is divided into travel shows or documentaries focused on nature, food, dark tourism, cycling and cars, photography, family travels, and specific destinations. Enjoy it!

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The best travel and nature Netflix shows 

Arguably one of the most famous travel documentaries on Netflix, Our Planet takes you on a world tour of earth’s fascinating creatures. Narrated by Sir David Attenborough and filmed in Ultra High Definition, this show takes you to over 50 countries and perfectly captures the wonders of the earth. 

Our Planet is the perfect Netflix travel show to give you some new ideas for your bucket list. Trust us!

Untamed Romania

While most seasoned travelers deeply appreciate Romania’s natural beauty, it is still overlooked in the mainstream media. Untamed Romania is a feature-length film celebrating the country’s immaculate wildlife.

Untamed Romania is one of the best Netflix travel documentaries for those who love nature and want to discover a new destination to travel to.

The best travel and food Netflix shows 

Down to Earth

Down to Earth documentary follows Zac Efron, the actor, and wellness expert Darin Olien as they explore healthy and sustainable practices across different cultures. This documentary showcases the diversity and creativity seen across the globe to make the most of one’s resources.

It’s intriguing and can be inspiring, not only about travel but how we think of sustainability and health. 

Street Food Asia

Sometimes the most accessible way to connect to a different culture is food. Asian food holds a special place in the world regarding street food and is probably one of the most universally beloved cuisines today. Street Food Asia takes you on a food journey across Asia and Southeast Asia’s best food cities, including Bangkok, Delhi, Osaka, and Singapore.

Street Food Asia is one of our fave travel shows on Netflix. We love Asia and Asian delights you can only find from street vendors. If you have never visited this part of the world, watch this show, and it will open your mind to a new world of flavors, aromas, and ways of life. If you are craving an Asia trip, watch it and plan international travel soon. 

Also, read our guides and articles about Asian destinations as they have many travel and food recommendations. Read our guides about Thailand , Vietnam , Indonesia , Malaysia , The Philippines , China , Taiwan, India , and Cambodia .

Ugly Delicious

Ugly Delicious is another food travel show where a star chef David Chang is looking for the world’s most satisfying grub with his buddies. Despite being a professional chef, Chang isn’t pretentious with his picks and takes us on a cross-cultural food trip filled with laughter.

Another great travel and food show on Netflix about food culture.

Somebody Feed Phil

In this series, we follow the creator of Everybody Loves Raymond, Phil Rosenthal, as he explores world cuisines and meets the locals. Phil’s upbeat attitude is probably one of the best parts of the Somebody Feed Phil travel show together with a lot of food scenes that will help your plan your future trip to incredible destinations including Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

On this Netflix travel show, you will visit cities like Bangkok , spend days in Mexico City , see Lisbon , and many more. Well-known travel destinations are pictured with flavors and a local touch.

High on The Hog: Culinary Journey From Africa to America

This show explores African American soul food and its long journey from Africa to North America. It has been dubbed the most engaging history of African American cuisine. It traces the process of cultivating, harvesting, cooking, and serving the food that enslaved Africans brought with them to the States.

This Netflix cultural travel and food show will take you on a true gastronomic journey. 

Restaurants on the Edge

As you might be able to guess from the name of the show, these hour-long episodes take us to restaurants that are located in some of the most stunning locations in the world but are struggling with their menus and dishes. They are located on the edge of the world but are also on the edge of closing down.

This travel show on Netflix pictures unique locations and a bit of drama, as you can expect. 

Netflix shows about travel, cycling and cars

Biking Borders

This one is for lovers of slow traveling and less-known countries. Two friends go on a 15,000 km bicycle journey worldwide, including the Balkans, Central Asia, and other countries, to build a school in Guatemala.

Rob and I love cycling, so this Netflix travel documentary series is tremendously appealing to us. Biking Borders is also an excellent travel inspiration for those who dream of traveling by bike or going on a cycling holiday. And if this is you, read our article about cycling on Taiwan’s East Coast and cycling in Spain .

Pedal the World

This is another Netflix travel documentary that portrays a world tour on wheels, but this time our protagonist visits 22 countries during his year-long journey, searching for the meaning in life and discovering something new in each country.

Pedal the World is an inspiring and realistic epic road trip that might give you ideas of how you want to spend your life and what really matters. 

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Paul Hollywood’s Big Continental Road Trip

Paul Hollywood studies the ties between popular cars in Europe and their local culture and identity as an actor and a baker. In this short but educational Netflix documentary , Hollywood will visit France, Germany, and Italy.

This isn’t your Netflix show if you are looking for food and baking goods. But if you like cars, speed, a bit of history and traveling in Europe, you will enjoy the ride. 

Netflix travel shows about a specific destination

Katla  

This travel series focuses on Iceland, specifically the volcano Katla , which began constantly erupting just recently. The show has eight episodes and does a wonderful job portraying Iceland’s breathtaking beauty . Katla serves as a great reminder of all that we still don’t know about the earth. 

This Netflix travel show is a powerful trigger for wanderlust, and it will make you want to book a trip to Iceland as soon as possible. 

Magic Andes is one of the top travel shows on Netflix right now.

Magic Andes

A documentary following five characters from the Andes, South America’s breathtaking mountains. It is a fascinating series that highlights real people living in communities located under the mountains and paints a nuanced picture of the region of Argentina, Chile, Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador, and Colombia .

After watching Magic Andes read our Peru travel guides , and for sure, you will want to visit South América. If you are worried about safety, then read our guide to the safest countries in South America , and you will be surprised. 

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Guatemala: Heart of the Mayan World

This documentary focuses on Guatemala’s rich landscape and culture, the territory where 2000 years ago, the fascinating Mayan civilization collapsed. The Mayan influence is still all over Guatemala and Central America, and this documentary does an amazing job of connecting the dots between the past and the present.

Guatemala: Heart of the Mayan World is an inspiring Netflix travel documentary that will add interesting facts to your travel knowledge, and it might make you want to explore more of Latin America. 

Zulu Man in Japan

Starring South African rapper Nasty C, this Netflix travel documentary focuses on Japanese culture. The film takes place in Tokyo, where Nasty C explores the city’s go-to places, culture, sounds, and much more.

Zulu Man in Japan was released in 2019. It’s a 44-minute episode, perfect for those days that you want to have just a little dose of wanderlust knowing that you won’t be addicted to long travel series. 

The best Netflix travel show for unusual tourists

Dark Tourist

Filmed by journalist David Farrier, the author of the 2016 hit documentary Tickled, Dark Tourist takes a different approach to tourism. Farrier travels to places associated with death or tragedies that have turned these destinations into tourist attractions. You can expect anything from haunted places, nuclear lakes, and unusual and weird destinations. Those spots might not be on your travel bucket list, but it is interesting to know that they exist so you can avoid them on your next holiday. 

It’s one of the most-watched travel shows on Netflix, so it’s worth trying.

Netflix show for photography and travel lovers

Tales by Light

Created by Abraham Joffe, this show embraces the art of travel photography and film and the people behind them. This is an Australian documentary/reality travel series on Netflix that follows photographers around the globe as they chase that perfect shot.

This Netflix travel documentary is a good match for those who love photography and travel. It’s perfect for inspiring you to travel and photograph more. 

The best Netflix show about traveling with family

Jack Whitehall: Travels with My Father

A comedian Jack Whitehall and his uptight father, Michael Whitehall, travel across the world together. The show starts with Vietnam, Thailand, and Cambodia, with the second season focusing on Eastern Europe. The third season explores the American West, the fourth features Australia, and the fifth is all about the United Kingdom, their homeland. On this last season expect everything from dining with Gordon Ramsay to searching for the Loch Ness monster.

A great Netflix travel show for those thinking of traveling with family. It also sparkes a reflection of our relationships with parents and how travel can be a good way to get together or break apart.

Netflix show that combines travel and design

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Cabins in the Wild

This show takes place in Wales and follows engineer Dick Strawbridge and craftsman Will Hardie as they inspect eight unique cabins built for a pop-up hotel in Wales. Their final goal is to construct a cabin of their own.

If you like the British Tv series, chances are you will love Cabins in the Wild as well. If you like architecture and construction shows too. This type of Netflix show combines different elements, from traveling to design, making you want to have a cabin in the wild just for you. 

We end our list of the 20 best Netflix travel shows here. Drop us a comment if you have watched any of them or if you have any other good travel series to recommend. 

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Gordon Ramsay insists he never wanted to be the bad boy. His image as the brash, bellicose chef and restaurateur, as the master of the culinary meltdown , was, he said, largely a matter of getting off on the wrong foot.

Ramsay was introduced to British viewers on “Boiling Point” (1999), a five-part series on Channel 4 chronicling his turbulent efforts to open his first restaurant. At around the same time, BBC Two launched “The Naked Chef,” a breezy, upbeat cooking show starring the young chef Jamie Oliver . The two shows, and the two chefs, could hardly have seemed more different.

On the one hand, you had Ramsay, a surly perfectionist, firing a waiter for drinking water in view of customers . “And then literally at the same time, on another channel, there was Jamie,” he recalled in an interview last week, “this floppy-haired Essex boy, sliding down the banister doing one-pot wonders.”

“The nation fell in love with him,” Ramsay said. Whereas with himself, he added, “the nation wondered what the hell was going on.”

Ramsay’s explanation may not entirely account for his enduring infamy as an explosive TV tyrant — it wasn’t Oliver, after all, who named Ramsay’s signature series “Hell’s Kitchen,” and he hardly forced Ramsay to bludgeon countless chefs and restaurant owners with colorful jeremiads for the past 25 years on air. But that Ramsay still brings up old rivalries when discussing his reputation is revealing, a glimpse of the competitive intensity that has been crucial to his continuing success.

That competitiveness is one reason that the host of roughly two dozen shows over the years, including “Next Level Chef,” returning on Sunday for its third season on Fox, still devotes so much of his down time to watching other food shows. It’s why, during the pandemic lockdown, he threw himself headlong into social media. And it’s also why, at 57, Ramsay has no intention of calling it quits.

“When I started this career, it was nothing to do with money — it was passion and the drive to be the best,” he said. “The longevity comes down to not taking anything for granted.”

If Britain was ever truly skeptical of Ramsay, it’s safe to say that it and much of the world have come around. Today, he is one of the most recognizable names in television, the producer and star of popular reality shows on the BBC, ITV and Channel 4 in Britain and on the National Geographic network and Fox in the United States. “Hell’s Kitchen,” the competitive cooking series he has hosted on Fox since 2005, just wrapped its 22nd season on Thursday; Ramsay estimates he has shot over 1,200 hours of content for Fox alone.

“Next Level Chef,” one of his newest shows, is a kind of cooking gantlet in which a mix of home cooks, social media influencers and professional chefs compete across an elaborate three-tiered arena. Ramsay called it a “smorgasbord of all the best bits that have worked on various shows,” combining the rapid-fire live services of “Hell’s Kitchen” with the extreme scrutiny of “MasterChef.” It also displays Ramsay’s softer, more encouraging side, seen on shows like “MasterChef Junior,” where he is more paternal hype man than shrieking despot.

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“Gordon really appeals to every member of the household,” Rob Wade, the chief executive of Fox Entertainment, said in an interview. “There’s just enough edge to entertain the older viewer, and just enough comedy to entertain the younger viewer, and I think his authenticity is so apparent that people are drawn to him.”

But even after a quarter-century in front of the camera, Ramsay insists he does not see himself as an entertainer. “I’m not a TV chef,” he maintained when asked about his show business career, despite the impression some may have of him. He elaborated: “I’m a serious chef, and I happen to work on TV.”

It is true that Ramsay was already well-established in the culinary world before he became a TV star. A former protégé of decorated chefs including Joël Robuchon and Marco Pierre White, he opened his first restaurant, Restaurant Gordon Ramsay, in 1998, earning three Michelin stars within a few years. He was the first Scottish chef to earn that distinction, going on to amass 17 in total, of which he currently holds seven, including for Pétrus, in London, and Le Pressoir d’Argent, in Bordeaux.

Some of his other restaurants are less esteemed. His international burger chains have gotten mixed reviews , while the Hell’s Kitchen chain in the United States is effectively a Planet Hollywood-type novelty that promotes the series and vice versa. The more than 80 restaurants operated today by Gordon Ramsay Holdings combine for a powerful brand, though he says that they remain a passion — one he draws on for inspiration.

“Everything that I do and develop in those restaurants gets brought into that TV world, to keep it real,” he said.

Whatever his imperious reputation, Ramsay is chummy and solicitous in conversation. He apologized profusely when technical issues delayed our interview. He asked questions about my life and seemed genuinely interested in the answers.

That warmth and affability come in sharp contrast to the one-dimensional persona that Ramsay is sometimes reduced to — whether in YouTube supercuts , parodies or advertisements for Ramsay’s shows that emphasize the swearing and screaming . Ramsay said he never tried to cultivate that attitude of acid swagger, and he bristled at a suggestion that Fox may have marketed him as more flamboyantly irate than he really is. (The near constant cursing, as our conversation made clear, is not an affectation for TV.)

Nyesha Arrington, a former “Top Chef” contestant who co-hosts “Next Level Chef,” praised Ramsay’s professionalism on set. “People might say he’s a polarizing character, but the man is pure excellence,” she said. “You see it in how he runs his teams and the amount of respect they have for him. It’s not a fear-based mentality.”

Although Ramsay does not often work in the kitchen professionally anymore, he still loves to cook. “It’s in my blood, right?” he said. During Covid, he joked, he was the “in-house chef who got paid very little” for his three teenage daughters.

Whenever Ramsay isn’t working or cooking, he is watching cooking shows. “Every time I fly, I’m always downloading some new food program,” he said. That includes scripted dramas like “ The Bear ,” which Ramsay said offers “the closest insight to the reality that goes into restaurants on a daily basis” that he has seen.

All this food TV bingeing might seem like a strange pastime for one of the world’s most successful chefs. But Ramsay remains obsessed with keeping up with the food world and seems driven by an insatiable need to keep proving himself, to keep winning.

“He says yes to so many things,” Wade, the Fox chief executive, said. “I mean, that thing with the chile peppers? ” he added, referring to Ramsay’s appearance on “Hot Ones,” the YouTube chicken-wing show hosted by Sean Evans. “He doesn’t have to do that. But he’s the one who wants to get out there.”

Richard Blais, one of Ramsay’s co-hosts on “Next Level Chef,” said he was stunned by how much work Ramsay did on and off the show, including taking the time to sort through ingredients on set by hand. Mainly he was surprised by Ramsay’s interest in social media.

“I remember him saying that if there’s something going on in the food world, he wants to compete in it,” Blais said. He pointed to Ramsay’s TikToks and Instagram Reels, in which he scrutinizes home-cooked dinners with exaggerated menace, a playful riff on his reputation. Ramsay began producing the videos with his daughters during the early days of lockdown, and they have exposed him to tens of millions of people who may not watch Fox but adore the likes of Mr. Beast .

“I never set out to formulate that because I was trying to garner a different audience,” Ramsay said of his viral content. “It sort of happened organically.”

Not all of Ramsay’s creative gambles have paid off. “Hotel Hell” and “24 Hours to Hell and Back,” variations on his restaurant recovery show “Kitchen Nightmares,” didn’t resonate as much as the original. And “Kitchen Nightmares” itself has caused Ramsay plenty of grief, owing to the eventual fate of some of the restaurants he has tried to save on the show.

“When they succeed, I don’t get praised,” he said. “When they fail and close down, you get blamed. So I’m [expletive] either way.”

Some restaurant owners who appeared on the series have publicly blamed Ramsay for damaging their businesses or, in some cases, destroying their restaurants. (“It was truly a kitchen nightmare for me,” the chef John Chapman told The Daily Mail in 2013.) In 2007, the former manager of a Manhattan eatery sued Ramsay, accusing him of misrepresenting him as incompetent on the show , which he said caused him to lose his job. (The lawsuit was later dismissed .)

Ramsay said that when he makes a mistake, he owns up to it. He has been candid about the misjudgments that led to the closure of Amaryllis, his fine dining restaurant in Glasgow, and admits that he has opened restaurants that were “badly conceptualized” or opened in the wrong area. “You should never be embarrassed of failure,” he said. “But never make the same mistake twice.”

It is reasonable to wonder how long Ramsay can keep going like this — will he still be laying into amateur cooks or aiding ailing restaurants when he’s 75? Asked if he has another 20 years left in him, Ramsay unleashed. “Are you suggesting I should be retiring?” he roared, then laughed. “Because I absolutely [expletive] agree.”

Wade said Fox has “a lot of stuff with Gordon that we want to still achieve.” He added, “With his energy, enthusiasm and his enjoyment of the job, I don’t see him slowing down.”

Ramsay was more to the point. Keep working? Sure. But only because it beats the alternative.

“What I am going to do?” he said. “Go on a [expletive] fishing boat in the [expletive] Bahamas? Can you imagine my social platforms blowing up because I’m off to catch some [expletive] mahi-mahi?”

“No,” he said, laughing. “No, no, no, no, no.”

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Gordon Ramsay Calls Being a Father of 6 a 'Dream,' Talks New Season of 'Next Level Chef' (Exclusive)

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Gordon Ramsay  is a father of six. That was always the plan. Check that. It was "the dream."

Speaking to ET's Cassie DiLaura ahead of the season 3 premiere of Next Level Chef , the 57-year-old world famous chef recalls proposing the idea to his then-girlfriend, Tana, before getting down on one knee and popping the question, which in and of itself was a literal fumble down in the Florida Keys.

"That was the dream. That was the dream we first set out," said Ramsay when asked if having six kids was the goal. "I proposed to Tana down in the Florida Keys ... I was fumbling around, 'cause I dropped the fricking ring. And so, I'm like, 'Is something biting your feet?' ... the ring, I had lost the ring. So, I had to get down on my knees. She's like, 'Oh my god. Oh, my god' I'm like, 'Yeah, now, wait a minute. i've lost the f***ing ring.' So, it's not that, 'Oh my god moment' 'cause I'm like s****ing myself. I dug deeper. I found the ring, and then proposed. But I ballsed that up. But it's worked, by the way."

Yes, it has. Ramsay and Tana have now been married for nearly three decades. They welcomed baby No. 6, Jesse James, back in November. The Kitchen Nightmares star recalled the bundle of joy being quite the "whopper," coming in at 7 pounds and 10 ounces. And that's it for the Ramsay household.

"Yeah, number six. No more," he said. "I'm gonna be called granddaddy at sports day."

With six kids and an incredibly busy work schedule, Ramsay joked when he'll get to enjoy a day off.

"No, you're absolutely right, and also, honestly, the holidays is the worst time for any chef because we go to the restaurant it's super busy," he says. "You go back home. It's super busy. And the Ramsay household is like running a restaurant where no one goes home. Breakfast, lunch and dinner. 'Dad, can we have that prime rib tonight?' We just finished lunch! Can you give me a minute?!' You're never off, honestly."

Days after welcoming a new baby to the family, Ramsay spoke to ET  about being a new dad again.

"Extraordinary," he said. "Really Extraordinary, just blessed. I'm also sure I'll be the oldest dad at the drop-off at school, so I'll keep my cap and glasses on," he quipped.

At least he'll be in tip-top shape. Ramsay's juggling a ton of projects, the latest being Next Level Chef , which premieres season 3 on Sunday on FOX.

"This thing is amazing, honestly, and the pressure now with the, sort of, most-watched culinary program on the planet," he says. "This year is exciting because they're even more competitive, and those amateur chefs wanna be professionals. And the professional chefs don't understand how good the social media chefs are."

A lot is at stake, including $250,000 in prize money plus a 12-month mentorship. That mentorship includes having Ramsay on speed dial, plus spending time at one of his businesses.

"It's life-changing," Ramsay says. "Even as a young chef, we didn't earn anywhere near a quarter of a million dollars salary. That's big stuff. And then, tapping into three of our businesses to make them even better. It's a joy to see them getting so good."

Season 3 of Next Level Chef premieres Sunday on FOX. 

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The Brothers Sun Food Stylists Made 1,200 Churros for the Netflix Show: 'None Went to Waste!' (Exclusive)

Stars Michelle Yeoh, Justin Chien and Sam Song Li weigh in on the great fried dough debate

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The Brothers Sun stars Michelle Yeoh , Justin Chien and Sam Song Li are weighing in on the ultimate fried dough debate.

In the Netflix series, Charles Sun (Chien) heads to Southern California to protect his mother (Yeoh) and younger brother Bruce (Li) from rival Taiwanese gangsters. After arriving, Charles — who is as skilled at baking as he is at killing — discovers churros. He immediately falls in love with the sugar-dusted dessert and becomes obsessed with recreating it.

Churros unlock a core memory for the brothers, who haven't seen each other for 20 years. "It’s like a cinnamon sugar youtiao ,” Bruce informs Charles, referencing the plain Chinese fried dough pastry with a similar shape they loved as kids.

Some historians believe that youtiao even inspired churros when trade routes between Asia and Europe opened centuries ago.

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PEOPLE caught up with Yeoh, Chien and Li at the The Brothers Sun event at the 626 Market in L.A. County's San Gabriel Valley, which is the Asian American enclave where the series was filmed. They talked all things fried dough and whether they're #TeamYoutiao or #TeamChurro.

" Youtiao !" Yeoh declared, revealing that she likes hers best with congee (Chinese porridge). "I dare not venture to churros," the Oscar winner added.

"Do you want me to tell the truth?" teased Chien. "I'm gonna pick the churro, with a little bit of chocolate. I didn't have any at the premiere and I really wanted them."

However, when Chien does have youtiao , he prefers the savory version. "I like my youtiao with a little bit of soy sauce," he says.

"You weirdo," his costar Li jumped in, who like Yeoh is #TeamYoutiao. "You have to have it sweet!"

"You gotta get the sweet soy milk," Li continued. "I always add a little bit of sugar to the soy milk. I want the youtiou drenched in sweet soy milk."

"Condensed milk!" his on-screen mother suggested.

"I haven't tried that but I should," Li replied. "I have a huge sweet tooth."

The production team on The Brothers Sun were clearly #TeamChurro. Over 1,200 of the treats were made for the show, food stylist Melissa McSorley tells PEOPLE exclusively.

"Some of those were my trial and error as I provided samples to [director] Kevin [Tancharoen] and [executive producer] Byron [Wu] for their approval, many were for the background that were in the school campus scenes, and then of course the hero ones you saw on camera," McSorley explains.

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McSorley also describes the meticulous planning that went behind Bruce's discovery and eventual mastery over churros.

"His perfection of the recipe was timed out over the course of the season," she explained. "From his love at first bite of churros (these were a store bought, frozen brand) there were five versions of the churros. For Charles' first try at making churros, I used a larger star tip than typical and bent the tines back, so that the churros would come out blobby and wavy, along with piping them with my left hand (I am right handed). Then with his next few versions, we progressed to making them more and more perfect."

Even if they looked less than perfect, they were still delicious.

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"All versions were edible, just ask the prop team and crew that made sure that none went to waste!" McSorley revealed.

All episodes of The Brothers Sun are currently streaming on Netflix.

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Why Does ‘Hell’s Kitchen’ Still Celebrate Toxic Chef Culture?

After 22 seasons, Gordon Ramsay’s show remains a safe space for unhinged workplace aggression

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Gordon Ramsay yelling on Hell’s Kitchen

There’s a point in most Hell’s Kitchen episodes where Gordon Ramsay stops dinner service. There’s a problem: The beef Wellington is raw. Or the scallops are raw. Or the salmon is raw. It upsets Ramsay so much that he’s forced to chuck the beef against a wall or punch the salmon, the full force of his fist making raw fish shards fly everywhere.

These meat-hurling moments are indicative of the celebration of chef anger that has made Hell’s Kitchen a guilty pleasure for 22 seasons, the most recent of which comes to a close tonight.

But they also make Hell’s Kitchen feel like it’s stuck in a mid-aughts bubble. The reality show’s peek inside toxic kitchens might have been fresh when it premiered in 2005 . But since then, we as a culture have witnessed the attempts of any number of industries to reckon with their own toxic work environments. It took us thousands of years, but we’ve finally evolved sufficiently to realize that you don’t need to have the personality of a tyrannical Regency-era naval captain to get people to do their jobs. This message has been particularly resonant in the food world, which has borne more than its share of scandals . Even noted bad-boy chef David Chang has been forced to come to terms with the fact that being a bad-boy chef is, in fact, bad .

So why is toxicity still celebrated on Hell’s Kitchen ? Why do we enjoy watching a multi-Michelin-starred chef roll his eyes at Midwesterners cooking for the most minor of minor celebrities? Is it really that radical to suggest that making risotto for Criss Angel’s wife shouldn’t lead to a nervous breakdown?

At this point, we all know that reality TV is unreal, and former Hell’s Kitchen contestants have gone on the record saying as much. One reported that the show’s producers would mess with contestants by swapping out ingredients in order to anger Ramsay, and it’s rumored that they also feed Ramsay his mean quips through an earpiece . Both contestants and crew have attested that Ramsay is actually a decent person off camera: “Honestly, he’s a really nice guy ,” Season 15 contestant Ariel Malone claimed. “He’s actually really genuine and nurturing.” So it’s more likely than not that: a) Ramsay is playing it up for the cameras and b) we’re only shown the worst of the worst.

But that Whiplash - style “I’m hard on you to the point that you question your value as a person because I care” attitude doesn’t fly anymore, because we know you can care about someone without telling them you’d rather eat poodle shit than the bread they baked, or calling them Toilet Brush because you think they look like, well, a toilet brush.

Perfectionism might require difficult levels of sacrifice, commitment, and attention to detail, but it never requires yelling and/or mean nicknames. And anyway, it’s counterproductive: When Ramsay’s in the kitchen screaming about undercooked lobster being served to one of the lesser Real Housewives , the contestants appear more stressed out and perform badly .

Chef Eric Ripert, who has had his own come-to-Jesus moment with kitchen rage, has said as much: While criticizing the bad example set by Hell’s Kitchen , he cited the fact that drill sergeant-style behavior doesn’t actually make food taste good. “[Y]ou’re not going to get better results if your team is scared,” he said. “Especially in the kitchen, if your staff is shaking and distracted because they’re scared, they’re not going to do a better job than someone who can focus their energy on creating beautiful dishes.”

Maybe we accept the heat of Hell’s Kitchen because we feel that bad behavior is an inextricable part of reality TV as a genre? We expect to see larger-than-life drama and sleep-deprived contestants breaking down during meme-worthy confessionals. We know reality TV is bad for us, but we watch it anyway.

Just like scripted TV, it gives us catharsis. The competition angle of the reality shows allows us to emotionally invest in our favorite contestant. We form attachments, follow them on social media, and get the feeling of justice when someone who performs well is given a prize — even if it’s only a job at Gordon Ramsay’s Pub & Grill in Atlantic City.

And Ramsay’s yelling gives us a safe space to be frustrated with people we perceive as incompetent. The contestants aren’t messing up our food, they’re messing up Tito Jackson of the Jackson 5’s food. It’s a baser feeling, but reality TV was made to feed into those baser impulses. You can’t call someone an idiot sandwich for screwing up in real life (at least without facing some degree of consequence), but Ramsay can do it on TV, because once someone steps into the kitchen, they cease to be a person and become a character.

Even so, the fact that Hell’s Kitchen has been on for 22 seasons — all without being taken to task in any significant way — sends the wrong message, because it tells us this behavior is “okay” or even necessary. As the late Anthony Bourdain said of Ramsay, “he’s supposedly entertaining on TV and showing that abusing people is the right thing to do. I think it’s totally, excuse me for the word, bullshit.”

Plenty of toxic kitchens still exist in real life, and Ramsay’s toxic TV kitchen mirrors that uncomfortable fact. But just as TV is reflective of culture, culture often reflects TV, making it crucial that we be the change we want to see in the world, especially if we want that change to take the shape of not behaving like an asshole to the people who work under you.

Ultimately, it is the duty of artists to put forward better art, and it is the duty of audiences to demand better of artists. Instead of tolerating vein-bulging anger, we can tune into the Gordon Ramsay Cinematic Universe shows where he’s nicer instead. What if we all watched MasterChef Junior instead of feeding the Hell’s Kitchen fire? Maybe it’s because the kids bring out the best in him, or make him more honest, but for whatever reason, he’s an absolute peach .

Heidi Lux is a screenwriter and satirist based in Los Angeles. Her feature, Crushed , is streaming on Tubi, and her work has appeared in McSweeney’s , Reductress, the Belladonna Comedy, and more.

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Ramsay said, “It was incredible to watch that one tongue-in-cheek moment, turn into this huge, viral sensation.  I’ve been thinking for a while about trying to find a smart way of turning the ‘Idiot Sandwich’ meme into its own series. As an idea that exploded on the internet and across social media, there was no better way to bring this series to life, than having it air as a digital exclusive, have some fun and showcase the sandwich-making skills of some of the biggest influencers and content creators out there.”  

“Between the accolades and the expletives, Gordon is arguably the most recognizable personality known to the culinary world and an invaluable, prolific partner at Fox,” added Rob Wade, CEO of Fox Entertainment. “From a single show to global enterprise, Gordon has amassed 5.5 billion total viewers on Fox alone, over 100 million fans worldwide on social, and along the way, coined the hysterical, wildly popular ‘Idiot Sandwich’ viral meme that’s taken on a life of its own and led to this latest digital addition to his always growing content kingdom.”

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