'The F Word - Series Five'
(Gordon Ramsay, et al / 4-Disc DVD / NR / 2011 / BFS Entertainment)
Overview: Chef Gordon Ramsay returns with an exciting new mission to find the best local restaurant the UK has to offer. Britain's favourite local restaurants, as suggested by the public, are pitted head to head in the F Word kitchen. From traditional British grub to modern Indian cuisine, all contestants must endure the intense pressure and exacting standards of Gordon's kitchen and his diners. Only one restaurant can be crowned Britain's best!
DVD Verdict: They claim that this show is going to introduce you to a "softer side" of Chef Gordon Ramsay! And as much as that might be slightly truthful, this UK-only show does still manage to showcase a man on a brain-storming mission.
Demonstrating recipes with his usual flare, interviewing celebrities in the trendy central London restaurant for which this series is named, Ramsay's home is their home. Just don't make a mess! In this fith season, Ramsay invites a team of four amateur chefs into the kitchen, attempting to persuade the evening crowd to pay for their meal.
This series we get to watch such British notables as comedians Lenny Henry, Jo Brand, singer Dita Von Teese, and actress Kelly Brook come face-to-face with their own cooking skills ... and Ramsay's protective kitchen nature! Featuring a slew of amusing cook-off duels, 'The F Word' (with the 'F' standing for Food, so don't let your mind wander!) is a great visual treat to behold.
And the other side of this series is the search for F Word's Best Local Restaurant. Out of 10,000 nominations, eighteen fantastic independent restaurants have been selected by the F Word team. A team that is comprised of: Chef Gordon Ramsay, journalist/foodie Janet Street-Porter and F Word maître d', Jean Baptiste Requien.
Each week, two restaurants in one of nine categories (Italian, Indian, French, Chinese, Thai, Spanish, The Americas, British and Rest of the World) battle it out in the F Word kitchen, determined to impress the F Word diners and move on to the next round. As always, it's the diners who decide if the food's up to scratch and whether or not they would pay for their meal.
In a series packed full of Ramsay's own versions of delicious dishes from around the world, and detailed recipes from the contestants, this really is a fun show to sit down and watch - and learn from. Sure there is some strong language and some graphic content too, so sure, viewer discretion is advised, but it's Chef Gordon Ramsay, after all! This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.85:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs.