Gordon, Gino & Fred: American Road Trip Review
by H. Thomas
***** 5 Stars
Executive Producers: Chris Brogden, Martin Dance, Gordon Ramsay, Steph Weatherill
Starring: Gordon Ramsay, Gino D’Acampo, Fred Sirieix
The much-loved trio of British Michelin-star chef Gordon Ramsay, Italian chef Gino D’Acampo and First Dates French maître d’hôtel Fred Sirieix return for their third road-trip series in which they explore the different food, farming and cultures of various countries. In this series, the trio are journeying through Mexico and the United States of America, visiting world-famous locations and finding out information about the produce from farms to award-winning restaurants, as well as embracing the cultures of the places they visit – which doesn’t always work out well for them.
In the first episode, Gordon, Gino and Fred are travelling through Mexico, beginning in Tijuana, a popular tourist location, where they taste local tequilas (something that Gino enjoys slightly too much) and visit local markets, feeding each other the hottest chillies they can find. They continue their travels, spear-fishing sea-bass to create Baja-Med cuisine, before Gordon spots a racetrack as they drive. Spurred on by competition, the racing ends in not one, but two crashes, bringing travels to a halt as Gordon and Gino recover. However, they are not stopped for long, and continue to visit La Concina de Dona Esthela in Guadalupe Valley to try what was voted as the world’s best breakfast, and cooking the owner an English breakfast in return. The trip ends with Fred’s invitation from Mexican free-fighters being acted upon, and the three are thrown into a Mexican wrestling training session which they then perform live for an audience.
The second episode takes place in the Wild West of America, spanning across the states of Nevada, Arizona and California on their journey. They begin in a helicopter ride across the Grand Canyon, something that proves difficult for Gino’s fear of heights and is brought to an abrupt end. The three then travel to Willow Beach, fishing for trout in the Colorado River which they then cook in their RV. The travel continues into Las Vegas, where they try the most expensive burger, costing $777, and visit casinos, where free drinks easily turn the three chefs into tourists like any other. Once they recover from this, they continue on into Arizona, where they herd cattle as cowboys and are rewarded with beef from the farm. Gordon takes this to his home in Los Angeles, where a US vs European burger-making contest is held with the harshest judge – Gordon’s mother.
This programme is guaranteed to cheer viewers up throughout its episodes. With three chefs famous for their personalities, as much as their cooking, a strong sense of humour, which is often inappropriate, is apparent throughout, as the trio constantly test each other and compete to win every small ‘competition’ they make on their journey. There is a perfect balance between culinary expertise, shown through their cooking with the resources they gain, and the sense of fun that three friends on a road-trip will always have, making the show feel familiar and friendly. Despite some tense moments (e.g. after Gino’s crash), it is clear to see that as well as being in the same career field, these three are also, as they sing gleefully at the end of episode 2, “the three best friends that anyone can have.” Overall, the show is a beautiful display of American and Mexican cultures explored by extremely popular TV personalities in the best way possible, combined with humour that will have viewers trying not to laugh from the beginning of the episode.
Gordon, Gino & Fred: American Road Trip is currently available on ITV Player and contains some strong language – viewers beware!