Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Gordon Ramsay in India

Ramsay, instead of dealing with the food in detail, takes every chance to focus on his own being. Every opportunity to remove his shirt is taken. There is one scene where he hunts for fish (a particularly unsuccessful enterprise) in Kerala, another where he is riding on a raft dragged by bulls in muddy water. Machismo, in such displays, comes first. He has little to say about the complex interaction of spices and the extraordinary world of food he encounters. He has nothing to say about the cultural values, which he mocks with boorish intensity. One scene is particularly jarring. In a display of childish intensity, he resorts to embracing the meditative ball in a pool. The other attendants, who never touch it, look on in bemusement.

Gordon's Great Escape

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