I have to prefix this article by saying that I’m a fan of Gordon’s; for me, the man can do little wrong, but that said, I felt he did do wrong in this show.
Venturing off into a country and culture where the F word isn’t the norm, he used it and its peers rather too often for comfort in last night’s show. And one scene in particular caused me to squirm in my seat a little…
When being shown by an elderly and sage cook of magnificent and authentic Indian cuisine, Gordon joyfully announced that the man was “the dog boll**ks.” And though obviously meant as a compliment in our society, I’m not sure his complimentee was impressed.
But there were many more comfortable moments than uncomfortable ones, and one of my favourite segments was seeing Gordon shinning up a tree to knock down an ants nest before using the inhabitants of the nest in chutney.
Though a gruesome concept, the sight of GR scaling a tree and getting pretty much eaten alive by ants wasn’t without an amusing charm.
But some of the processes involved in cooking authentic Indian food were really rather gross. The scenes where he and the aforementioned elderly chef made a goat biryani were somewhat gag making.
I watched from behind my fingers as the small goat was stuffed with chicken and then with quail’s eggs. It was indeed a far cry from the adaptation of biryani that we enjoy here in the UK.
In fact, the 3.5 million odd Indian dishes that we Brits consume each and every week bear little resemblance to the blueprint dishes that are eaten in the land of their creation. And I have to say, I’m rather glad they don’t, judging by what went into many of the dishes we saw last night.
But it wasn’t only the cookery that was interesting – if grim – to watch. There were too little detours out of various kitchens to follow Gordon as he encountered India for the first time, and made a bit of boll**k of it occasionally. In one instance, I thought he might actually get lynched when his motorbike stalled and hence held up a massive queue of irate motorists.
So will he fare any better in what remains of his Great Escape? Tune in tonight and tomorrow to find out!