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Encyclopedia > The F Word
The F-Word

Format Food magazine/Cooking show
Run time 44 Minutes
Creator(s)
Starring Gordon Ramsay
Country United Kingdom
Network Channel 4
Original run October 27, 2005December 21, 2005
No. of episodes 9

The F-Word is a British food magazine and cooking show featuring celebrity chef, Gordon Ramsay. The program covers a wide range of topics, from recipes to food preparation and celebrity food fads. The Times' restauraunt critic Giles Coren acts as a field correspondent. Food writer Rachel Cooke also provides several reports on healthy eating. The program airs weekly on Channel 4. A TV cooking show is a television program that presents the preparation of food, in a kitchen on the studio set. ... Gordon Ramsay on Ramsays Kitchen Nightmares Gordon Ramsay (born Glasgow, Scotland, November 8, 1966) is one of Britains most famous chefs. ... Channel 4 is a public service television broadcaster in the United Kingdom (see British television). ... October 27 is the 300th day of the year (301st in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 65 days remaining. ... 2005 (MMV) is a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... December 21 is the 355th day of the year (356th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 2005 (MMV) is a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... A TV cooking show is a television program that presents the preparation of food, in a kitchen on the studio set. ... In its strictest sense, a celebrity chef is a someone who has become well-known for their cooking. ... Gordon Ramsay on Ramsays Kitchen Nightmares Gordon Ramsay (born Glasgow, Scotland, November 8, 1966) is one of Britains most famous chefs. ... The Times is a national newspaper published daily in the United Kingdom. ... Photograph of Giles Coren. ... Channel 4 is a public service television broadcaster in the United Kingdom (see British television). ...


The theme tune is a 2000 single of the same name by the UK band Babybird. Babybird is a alternative band from UK. Head of the band is Stephen Jones, who also released some solo-records under his name or the name Baby Bird. ...


The show is filmed at Ladbroke Grove, West London. The UK Underground movement in the UK was focussed around the Ladbroke Grove/Notting Hill area of London, which Mick Farren commented was an enclave of freaks, immigrants and bohemians long before the hippies got there (1). ... Part of the London skyline viewed from the South Bank London is the most populous city in the European Union, with an estimated population on 1 January 2005 of 7. ...

Contents


Program segments

Each episode is centered around Ramsay preparing a three course meal at the F-Word restauraunt for 60 guests. Regular segments within an episode include:

  • Conversation with celebrity diners like Sharon Osbourne, Martine McCutcheon, Joan Collins, and Jonathan Ross. Ramsay often invites them into the kitchen to learn a recipe or cooking skill.
  • Two (or three) commis squaring off to earn a position at one of Ramsay's restaurants. 12 commis chefs appeared in the series out of a thousand applicants. After several elimination rounds, Milla defeated Russell for the job in the final episode.
  • Ramsay raising turkeys in his backyard, so that his children gain a better understanding of where their food comes from. Chef and television presenter Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall regularly offers tips on raising free range turkeys.
  • As part of the "Get Women Back in the Kitchen" campaign, Ramsay visits several English households to help women who wanted to improve their culinary skills.
  • Pudding (dessert) challenge, usually between Ramsay and a celebrity guest. The winner has the honour of serving his or her pudding to the guests at the F-Word restauraunt.
  • Giles Coren and Rachel Cooke examining several food and restauraunt related issues from male fertility to misleading packaging in supermarkets. Coren's segments also featured him sampling more unique foods such as squirrel meat and horse milk.

Sharon Osbourne Sharon Osbourne (born Sharon Rachel Levy in London, UK, October 9, 1952 to a Jewish father and Irish Catholic mother) is an English/Irish music promoter and TV personality. ... Martine McCutcheon (born Martine Kimberley Ponting on May 14, 1976 in Hackney, London, England) is a British actress and singer. ... Joan Collins on the cover of Life Magazine 1955 Joan Henrietta Collins OBE (born May 23, 1933) is a British actress and best selling author. ... Jonathan Ross OBE (born November 17, 1960, Leytonstone, London, England) is a British television and radio presenter and film critic. ... Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall (born January 14, 1965) is a British celebrity chef and TV presenter. ...

Controversy

Women in the kitchen

A major component of the program is Ramsay's "Get Women Back in the Kitchen" campaign. In a self administered survey he found that three-quarters of women couldn't cook, with some 78% never cooking a regular evening dinner. Women found cooking to be a chore, whereas men found it to be an enjoyable activity. Ramsay claimed that women "know how to mix cocktails but can't cook to save their lives." [1] There are several uses of the word survey: // Kinds of surveys Statistical surveys are used in marketing and polling research. ...


Ramsay's findings were met with mixed reaction. While some of his contemporaries like Nigella Lawson previously stated similar opinions, other celebrity chefs like Clarissa Dickson-Wright (Two Fat Ladies) felt Ramsay's proposition was "rubbish and about ten years out of date". [2] Wright felt that these comments undermined the increased enrollment of women at culinary schools across the United Kingdom. The Honourable Nigella Lucy Lawson (born January 6, 1960) is a British journalist, cookery writer and television presenter. ... Clarissa Dickson-Wright (born Clarissa Theresa Philomena Aileen Mary Josephine Agnes Elsie Trilby Louise Esmerelda Dickson-Wright in London on June 28, 1947) is a British celebrity chef best known from her appearances with the late Jennifer Paterson in the BBC series Two Fat Ladies. ... Two Fat Ladies was a British television cooking program that originally ran from 1996 to 1998 on BBC Two. ... Hocking College is conveniently located in the midwest and offers a variety of hands on educational opportunities. ...


As a result of this survey, The F-Word features a segment where Ramsay goes to the house of a woman who has requested his assistance. There he shows them how to cook a typical meal and gives them encouragement to attempt other dishes on their own. His intentions have been misunderstood by some who believe that he thinks women belong in the kitchen or should be doing the cooking for their husbands, whereas his real desire is to help women who want to be able to cook but lack the confidence or motivation.


Turkey slaughter

The penultimate episode of the series featured the slaughter of six turkeys raised in Ramsay's backyard. The scene had been preceded with a content warning. Seven viewers complained about the slaughter, leading to an investigation by Ofcom. In 2004, Ramsay had also been criticized by the broadcast watchdog for swearing on-air. The Office of Communications, usually known as Ofcom, is the UKs communications regulator. ...


It should be noted that Ramsay raised turkeys in his backyard so that his children (and viewers) could gain a greater appreciation of where their food came from. A few months earlier, another Channel 4 series, Jamie's Great Escape (featuring Jamie Oliver) also received similar complaints after it featured the slaughter of a lamb. Jamie Oliver on Jamies School Dinners James (Jamie) Trevor Oliver, MBE (born on May 27, 1975), also known as the Naked Chef, is a British celebrity chef. ...


External links

  • Official site
  • The Daily Record: "How do you eat a plate of gannet? A. Er, like a gannet."
  • Macleans.ca: "You go, Gordon Ramsay"
  • BBC - "Complaints as Ramsay kills turkey

 
 

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