Chef Gordon Ramsay concocted what sounded like a charming idea: Host a G-rated junior version of "MasterChef" for kids ages eight to 13. With promises to encourage the kids to cook healthy foods from scratch, the premise sounded like a natural for an era where childhood obesity has become a concern. What the producers didn't plan for: Gordon's potty mouth amid the mini-chefs' pots, reported the Today show on September 27.
Here's the good diet news in the celebrity kitchen, based on the September 27 premiere: Children are shown cooking healthy foods that can inspire other kids to try new foods. A great example: The first challenge involved seafood, from the "ooooh" of octopus to the luxury of lobster. By showing these little chefs digging into salmon, Gordon deserves credit for encouraging viewers to offer healthy fish to their families.
In addition, Gordon emphasizes the use of fresh ingredients rather than processed. From fruits and vegetables for making an exotic coconut shrimp and cactus salad to a pasta dish made with plain Greek yogurt, the show proves that anyone (including elementary school students) can learn to cook fabulous foods without resorting to boxes of products made of ingredients that no one can pronounce.
As for the cursing, Gordon told the Today show, "My wife is an ex-school teacher. I think, like any sport, any situation under pressure, when some bad words come out, they get bleeped. I don’t think I swore once across ‘MasterChef Junior.’ "
However, one little girl said he did slip twice.
Our take on it: We give Gordon an A overall. He's encouraging kids and families to eat fresh, healthy food made from scratch rather than Frankenfood, as shown in his cookbook "Gordon Ramsay's Healthy Appetite: 125 Super-Fresh Recipes for a High-Energy Life." And we're sure that with the kids as his teachers, he can learn to focus on what's in the pots rather than indulging his potty mouth.