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Gordon Ramsey, ultimately one of the most respected figures in cooking, famed for his no nonsense style and his rude language he has really made something of himself from his tough time growing up. This TV programme is fantastic and a wonderful idea to get the nation cooking. Whilst I never tried it live I have tried the dishes later on at my own pace and they tasted delicious. Its such a light hearted people and really gets the celebrities involved in cooking on the show. You can tell he is not a complete natural at live hosting (whilst his other shows pre recorded are fantastic) he is trying to fit an awful lot into 1 hour whilst also cooking a 3 course meal so I suppose I can forgive him! I have thoroughly enjoyd watching this series and I am looking forward to seeing more and enjoying seeing the different celebrities cook with gordon!
Me and my girlfriend tried doing this a few months ago now. The menu that Gordon set up was pretty technical but it was our anniversary and was something a little bit different, so we decided to go for it.
Ramsays cookalong is a program in which Gordon tells you which ingredients to buy in order for you to cook along with him on the program. In theory, this gives you good food, cooked to gordons standards, in your very own home.
The program is well split up to give you time to actually eat the food, for example, theres usually a guest on who Gordon asks to taste the food, this passes the time so you do not feel rushed while your munching!
We had a great night doing this. The starter was angel hair crab pasta. We followed along exactly with the show, Gordon even takes regular recaps for the slower of us cooks to catch him up. It was delicious, and we really did not feel rushed while we ate it, as we knew we had time during ads and interviews.
The main was duck, which was slightly underdone (this was due to our pan not being as hot as Gordons) but this was obviously not his fault. It was still very good and the veggies served along side it were top notch.
For dessert it was chocolate mousse, which is gorgeous, a real treat at the end of the night.
I really enjoyed this experience, it gets you in the kitchen and cooking well! Its also really great fun for you and your partner, or whoever else you may be doing it with.
Gordon Ramsey is an excellent chef! I have not tried his Cookalong Live as I am not that fast a cook and generally have a habit of getting things wrong and having to start again! However, I have watched the programme and find it really interesting and informative, and have also tried making some of the dishes Gordon has cooked on the show.
Gordon's other show Kitchen Nightmare's is also brilliant. It takes a look at people with failing restaurant's and helps them to regain their business and make a success of it. I think Gordon Ramsey is quite inspirational in his programmes. Although he shouts quite alot to the people he is teaching, they seem to take account of what he is saying, as they know he is only trying to do his best for them.
The one thing I do hate about Gordon though is his swearing! F***ing this and F***ing that! There's just no need for that Gordon!
I got into watching Gordon Ramsey's cookalong live on channel 4, Friday nights or sometimes from a recording through Sky, because my boyfriend was quite intrigued with trying out the recipes.
This program features Gordon Ramsey, a guest celebrity and a few other groups of real people from all over Britain. They get to cook along with Gordon and there's a particular menu set for that week. The people also get to interact and talk to Gordon.
People of the public can also cook along if they so wish, though I prefer watching the program first as it's quite distracting to try and watch and cook at the same time... Also, I haven't got a TV in my kitchen and having someone shout what needs to be done is just not very practical at all.
It's a fun concept for a cooking program though, and I find it quite entertaining to watch. I also love the fact that Gordon gets people to cook with his recipes and helps to motivate people into trying to cook i.e. Indian food from scratch, rather than just settle for a take away.
They post up the ingredients on the Channel 4 website (channel4.com), the week before, so you can make the necessary preparations if you wish to cook with the program on the night.
The website is also very useful as you can view the ingredients in an order, that makes it much easier for you to shop because they put everything in groups: i.e. refrigerated and frozen foods, bakery etc.
The website also lists the previous recipes for you to try if you've missed them.
All in all a very entertaining, interactive cooking program. I'm definitely going to try these recipes though I already love to cook, this would definitely be great for people who are just starting out with cooking.
I am not a mad fan of Gordon Ramsey's if I am being honest as I do not usually watch many of his shows but lately I have really got into him and his TV programmes. The one I make sure I watch at the moment is Cook a long live which is absolutely hilarious and I will give it a go one day. This review will tell you why the wrinkly foul mouthed chef finally gets me watching him.
Cook a long live is a show which is on Channel 4 on a Friday night at the moment at 9pm for an hour. It is exactly as the title suggests and is a cooking show which is live and you can cook a long with Gordon in theory. Each week he puts his recipes and ingredients online and you can get everything ready for Friday night.
Then on a Friday night he is cooking the 3 course meal himself with a celebrity pal cooking in the studio with him and also lots of people at home cooking along. There are breaks and also the show flits to special bits of the show where Gordon for instance might be learning to cook naan breads or last week he was making noodles. All of these breaks allow you to catch up with the cooking.
So the actual show is a great concept and the idea is that anybody can watch it and give the meal a go. I have to say all of his recipes he has done on there so far are fantastic and look so yummy. They do appear easy to do and Gordon does give clear and precise instructions to the viewer on what to do next.
Now I haven't cooked along with Gordon As I haven't got a TV in my kitchen but 2 of my mates have and they have managed it. Their only criticism and mine fom watching it is that you do have to pay a good deal of attention to what Gordon is doing otherwise you may get lost. This does not matter too much though as he does do catch up bits throughout the show so you should be ok. I always think it would be useful to have a TV you can pause while you are doing it.
The best part of the show though in my opinion although the food does look and you can imagine it smells gorgeous, is the celebrities he gets to cook with him. Last week it was James Corden who was absolutely brilliant and it is nice that Gordon makes sure he does mini interviews with the celebrities now and again. He has also had Chris Moyles, Amanda Holden on in the past who were good and this Friday has Alan Carr on so that should be really good.
Then during the show one of my favourite things he does is gets dressed up as another guy and tries to fool other chefs which is so funny. Gordon trying to make naan breads was also quite entertaining as he was rubbish at it.
For those people who do not like Gordon swearing I will let you know that he doesn't seem to do it as much on this show but the celebrity guests tend to. It seems Gordon is aware that he has to make a 3 course meal that everybody can follow in an hour so he does try to stick to giving instructions out.
I have to say that this show is funny and you actually laugh out loud at a lot of it as well as making appreciative yummy noises at the TV throughout. Gordon has shown himself to be nice in this show and he is not spending it yelling and swearing at people which is why I like it.
I recommend to all to watch it even if you are not going to cook a long but if you get the chance give it a go as my friends meals were delicious.
Thanks for reading.