Gordan Ramsay and Zola Nene cook a feast fit for a king

Posted on 30 July 2020

The second season of Gordon Ramsay: Uncharted will see the culinary legend traverse the globe in a relentless pursuit of culinary inspiration. Starting in South Africa, cooking with the incredibly talented chef Zola Nene, Ramsay turns up the heat and feasts his way through Indonesia, Louisiana, Norway, India, Tasmania, and Guyana.

The multi-Michelin-star chef and Ironman athlete journeys deep into the landscape of each place he visits. Kicking off in South Africa, cooking with popular local chef Zola Nene.

South Africa – Zola Nene (L) observes as Gordon Ramsay tops grilled fish with ushatini, a combination of onions and tomatoes. (National Geographic/Jon Kroll)

‘We are exploring seven new regions this season, each with vastly different culinary customs and history,’ said Ramsay. ‘We get the opportunity to learn from the locals and hear their stories, and that gives us a much deeper experience and understanding of the world around us.’

In this new season, Ramsay scales mountains, battles 3-metre waves, braves frigid temperatures and bushwhacks his way through the backcountry to forage for some of the finest ingredients in the world. From swimming in great white shark-infested waters to participating in a traditional bull run, Ramsay risks life and limb in his biggest and boldest missions yet in order to achieve edible excellence.

Under the guidance of local experts and food legends he meets along the way, Ramsay partakes in culinary customs and learns about delicious delicacies and fresh flavours unique to each region. Every ingredient he harvests, dish he tastes and person he meets will inspire him to create a recipe from scratch, intended to represent the heart of that culture. Each episode concludes with Ramsay challenging himself during a final big cookout with a local food legend by his side, as they prepare a meal together for locals he met during his journey.

Some of the adventures — culinary and otherwise — that Ramsay experiences this season include:

  • Leaping from a helicopter into high waves to harvest mussels along the South African coast;
  • Risking life and limb by participating in a traditional bull race in a remote West Sumatran rice paddy field;
  • Braving Tasmania’s stormy waters to hose-dive among the rocks for giant spiny lobsters;
  • Exploring a bat-infested Indonesian cave system in search of giant prawns;
  • Racing a four-wheeler through Louisiana’s dangerously muddy back roads to forage for fresh greens and hunt for bullfrogs and crayfish;
  • Plunging into Norway’s frigid waters to uncover the bounty of ingredients found within the fjords;
  • And battling strong surf to catch fish using traditional techniques in South India — that is, with a 90-kilogram net out at sea.

‘Gordon Ramsay: Uncharted became a firm favourite on the channel when it launched last year and we are thrilled that his latest journey begins right here in South Africa. Chef Zola brings her delightful charm and unique expertise to the table, guiding Ramsay on how to pull off the perfect chakalaka among other distinctly and deliciously local dishes’, said Evert van der Veer, Vice President, Media Networks, The Walt Disney Company Africa.

Episodes include:

Gordon Ramsay: Uncharted – South Africa

Chef Ramsay gets up close with rhinos, giraffes, zebras and hippos in the dramatic wilderness of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, as he learns the secrets of the traditional cuisine of Zulu warriors and masters using a local “braai.” He leaps from a helicopter into the raging Indian Ocean, harvests mussels on treacherous rocks and immerses himself in the local township culture, all before cooking with beloved local chef Zola Nene for a revered Zulu chief.

  • Gordon Ramsay: Uncharted – Tasmania
  • Gordon Ramsay: Uncharted – Louisiana
  • Gordon Ramsay: Uncharted – Indonesia
  • Gordon Ramsay: Uncharted – Guyana
  • Gordon Ramsay: Uncharted – India
  • Gordon Ramsay: Uncharted – Norway

Gordon Ramsay: Uncharted premiers August 26 at 21:00 CAT on National Geographic (DStv 181, StarSat 220).

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