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Gordon Ramsay: Cookalong Live

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Country of origin  United Kingdom
No. of episodes  8
First episode date  18 January 2008
Theme song  Pump It
Genre  Cooking show
5.8/10 IMDb

Starring  Gordon Ramsay
No. of series  2
Location(s)  Three Mills Studios
Final episode date  12 December 2008
Number of episodes  8
Language  English
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Opening theme  "Pump It" by The Black Eyed Peas
Similar  The F Word, Gordon's Great Escape, Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares, Gordon Ramsay's Home Co, Jamie's 30‑Minute Meals

Gordon Ramsay: Cookalong Live is a British cooking show starring Gordon Ramsay. Originally conceived as a one-off episode, Channel 4 later commissioned a full series for late 2008. A Christmas special aired on 25 December 2011 and a second on 25 December 2012.

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Background

The original episode was part of The Big Food Fight, a January 2008 promotion featuring Channel 4 shows starring Jamie Oliver, Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall and Gordon Ramsay. On live television, Ramsay invited the entire nation to prepare a three course meal for four with him in just under 60 minutes Ingredients and instructions were available on the official site to help viewers prepare for the event at home. Often, he would teach viewers basic cooking techniques, such as chopping an onion or boning a chicken.

The show was expanded to a seven episode series for autumn 2008, and began on 24 October 2008. Each week Ramsay prepared a themed menu ranging from curry night to a 1970s theme, and even participated in a challenge with that episode's celebrity guest in cooking a dish chosen by the celebrity.

Christmas Specials

A Christmas special aired live on 25 December 2011. It saw Ramsay making a Christmas lunch at his own home in Battersea. Guests included David Hasselhoff, Russell Grant, Jermain Defoe and Dynamo. Another special was aired the following Christmas.

2011 Menu:

Starter

Smoked salmon parcels with fennel and apple salad

Main course

Roast turkey with herb butter

Chestnut, pistachio, sage, sausage and apricot stuffing

Apple and sherry gravy

Spiced and honey glazed carrots and parsnips

Brussels sprouts with bacon and chilli

Perfect goose fat roast potatoes

Bacon wrapped cocktail sausages

Dessert

Christmas trifle

International versions

An American version of the same name, also hosted by Ramsay, aired as a one-hour special on the Fox network on 15 December 2009. Guests included Whoopi Goldberg, Cedric the Entertainer, Alyson Hannigan and LeAnn Rimes, with home cooks featured live via Skype. The three course meal shown on the U.S. premiere was identical to episode 3 of the original British series.

In September 2008, an Australian version was announced for airing on the Nine Network, also hosted by Ramsay. However it never eventuated.

Optomen and One Potato Two Potato licensed the Cookalong format for Swedish television. Tina's Cookalong starring Tina Nordström premiered in September 2009, with Ramsay appearing as a guest.

A Spanish version titled Cocina conmigo was announced to premier on Nova on 24 February 2013, hosted by Rodrigo de la Calle.

A Bulgarian version hosted by Silvena Rowe has aired on bTV since September 2013.

References

Gordon Ramsay: Cookalong Live Wikipedia


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