When your name is Gordon Ramsay, you’re a famous chef with popular TV shows. But when a yiayia on the Greek island of Santorini criticizes your food, you’re in real trouble.
In the first of two episodes of “Gordon, Gino & Fred Go Greek,” the popular ITV cooking and traveling show, the British chef attempted to create a sauce and asked a yiayia (grandma) to taste it. She was unimpressed.
Ramsey attempted to make a salsa verde, a sauce based on the famous capers growing on the island. He needed the sauce to accompany a plate of shrimp he was preparing for his and the other chefs’ ITV show.
Yiayia unimpressed by Ramsay’s sauce
After finishing the sauce, Ramsay asks the yiayia who offered him lodging to taste it. Confident, excited and sure of the yiayia‘s verdict, he was stunned when she had no reaction whatsoever to his cooking.
After a few seconds, while his co-chefs in the show, Gino and Fred were stunned and Gino commented “She doesn’t like it, she doesn’t know what to say,” the yiayia came out with her blunt verdict.
“You have used so much salt,” declared the unsuspecting grandma.
Gino’s reaction to the verdict was priceless: “Oh, my God, you poisoned the poor woman, leave her alone,” he says while Ramsay appears speechless for a few moments. “I underestimated the saltiness of the Santorini capers,” he tells her, modestly attempting to explain his error.
“We don’t get capers like that in Scotland,” he tells the yiayia, affectionately holding her hand. “To finish it off, I’ll put a touch more sugar and some lemon,” he says, while Gino and Fred continue to laugh themselves silly.
Gino on Ramsay: “Even gods make mistakes”
“Today, there’s one thing we all learned,” Gino says in a semi-serious tone. “Even gods can make mistakes.” He then offers the yiayia a glass of white wine to take away the taste. “If (gods) make mistakes, we all have a chance in life,” he adds.
The clip ends without the sauce being remade, so we never learn whether the yiayia had another taste and what her verdict was.
One thing is for sure: Gordon Ramsay’s reputation as a top chef suffered a huge blow courtesy of the Santorini yiayia.
Other than that, the show was fun, with mud massages and moussaka making, but taking an emotional turn with Gino needing comforting when speaking about his mum passing. Gordon, Gino and Fred then visited the volcanic hot springs of Santorini in a sneak peek of the second episode.
In another early look into of the second episode of “Gordon, Gino and Fred Go Greek,” Fred went completely naked as he leapt around a barbecue. An unimpressed Ramsay squirmed, while the sunglass-clad Frenchman announced, “I’m at one with nature!”
“Be careful of the hot barbie,” the First Dates star warned as his pal’s modesty was protected with a pixelated circle in the clip. “Don’t tell my mum about this. If she asks, tell her Gordon and Gino made me do it!” quipped the TV personality.