More often than not, television series that premiere in the summertime aren’t exactly enjoyable. Television stations pawn off shows that wouldn’t survive in the non-summer primetime slots and give it a limited run during the summertime. Many of these shows end up cancelled and few ever make it past a couple of seasons.


However, one show has both incredibly and deliciously gone beyond that stereotype. “The F Word” with 16 Michelin Star-holding chef Gordon Ramsay, arguably the best Twitter insulter ever, became the perfect combination of so many different types of television.



The F Word, which stood for “Family, Fun and Food”, had elements of all types of TV, such as a cooking competition in a live restaurant, part talk show and part pre-recorded funny segments such as Ramsay wearing a fat suit and visiting one of his restaurants and cooking with celebrities such as supermodel/possible angel Miranda Kerr.


In my younger days, I was an avid watcher of Hell’s Kitchen, the series that introduced American audiences to Gordon Ramsay. I always found Ramsay to certainly be a bit intense, yet he also showed that he could be an excellent host of a television program. My opinion became a fact when he went on to host many other programs, such as the many MasterChef series and many other programs in Britain.


Beating the stereotypes of a failing summer show, The F Word went on to become a huge success, averaging about 2.5 million viewers per episode. And the guests that Ramsay would interview then play a food-related game with spanned all types of entertainment. Everyone from Kevin Spacey and Snoop Dogg in the first episode and Saturday Night Live’s Leslie Jones and Eric Stonestreet in later episodes appeared and they seemed happy to be in a Ramsay restaurant.


As for the cooking competition element, the backstories of the competing teams added that personal touch that only the last act on every audition episode of America’s Got Talent could replicate. One particular team was called Miracle on the Water and the captain of the team was a survivor of the flight that crash landed in the Hudson River in 2010 while another team were all educators in Houston. In the end, the winning team was The Military Wives Club, a group of four women who are all married to men serving in the US Armed Forces.


Occasionally, Ramsay himself would play pranks on the unsuspecting public. One such prank involved his alter ego James, where Ramsay would receive extensive makeup and wear a fat suit to work as a horrible server in one of his own restaurants and as a cameraman interviewing selected people about Ramsay himself. Eventually, he’d make his true identity known, usually to the great surprise of the receivers of the pranks.


While the show ended about two weeks ago, it was a delight when on Fox. The combined elements of the many different genres that The F Word contained such as cooking, pranks, and celebrity interviews regarding new projects proved to be an incredible mix. If you’re a true Ramsay fan who greatly enjoyed this program as much as I did, you could always read his Twitter roasts in the meantime until season two.      


Are you a Gordon Ramsay fan? If so, tweet me at @CaptainKasoff and we’ll talk about celebrity chefs. I love Guy Fieri, too.