June 30, 2020, 03.26 PM

“I knew I’d be put to work. But I didn’t know I’d be auditioning for the Cirque du Soleil,” he muttered as he balanced himself on a rickety fishing boat to catch bonito, before falling into the sea. Ramsay also tried his hand at trawling for giant freshwater prawns in a cave.

Yet his adventures merely lead off to his biggest challenge yet – a cookoff of rendang beef stew and other dishes against Indonesian culinary maestro William Wongso, with West Sumatra governor Irwan Prayitno as the judge.

A pre Covid-19 idyll

Viewers might note that the episode featured no face masks or physical distancing.

“['Sumatra’s Stunning Highlands'] was shot January 19-22 this year,” said William Wongso.

“Covid-19 has already been detected then but hasn’t reached [Indonesia yet],” William recalled. “Gordon Ramsay: Uncharted’s producer called me at the end of 2019 and asked for suggestions on where to film in Indonesia, so I suggested West Sumatra.”

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“I chose West Sumatra because it is where rendang originated. The dish has been gaining iconic status throughout Indonesia and around the world,” he said.

He admired Ramsay’s spirit of adventure, eagerness to learn about local food, culture and traditions, and down-to-earth attitude. 

When Ramsay will drop by Indonesia again remains to be seen. But if he does, be sure to keep an eye out for future episodes of Gordon Ramsay: Uncharted.

(Writer/Editor: Silvita Agmasari)


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