'Uncharted' Season 2 Finale Preview: Gordon Ramsay gets bitten by sea urchins in Norway as he harvests scallops
More than Norway's exotic food, the focus will most definitely be on the scenic charm that it brings to the mix. Ramsay will be cooking up and experimenting with food in some of the picturesque locales
'Gordon Ramsay Uncharted' Season 2 is coming to a close this Sunday, July 19. It has been a good, thrilling summer with the chef. In the finale episode, Gordon Ramsay will be exploring the wild side of Norway. This week he is in the frigid fjords of the glacial country, getting bitten by sea urchins and frozen by ice water. But he braves it all to harvest scallops, which he is very proud of.
More than Norway's exotic food, the focus will most definitely be on the scenic charm that it brings to the mix. He will be cooking up and experimenting with food in some of the picturesque locales. But that's just the good bit. With 'Uncharted' there's always a twist around the corner.
Norwegian food is shaped by the bitter and long winters and short summers, which explains why the locals would depend on fermentation and food preservation methods. Thankfully, Gordon is not alone on this journey and he has help from Chef Christopher Haatuft who will weigh in with his expertise on the country's exotic side of food.
“If someone wants to discover the food of my region, they have to look at how people settled hundreds of years ago, along the fjords and up in the mountains, and how they hunted and fished and tried not to starve to death in winter,” Haatuft told National Geographic and added that putting together a meal in Norway mostly means salting, smoking drying, and fermenting. The idea is to help keep the taste of summer food last longer.
Throughout the episode, Ramsay learns, understands and gains knowledge of rakfisk (fermented and salted fillets of freshwater trout), smalahove (sheep's head, which has been salted and smoked), and pinnekjøtt (air-dried and salted sheep’s ribs) and how these dishes form an essential part of the food culture.
Talking to the website, Ramsay said that it was all very "humbling" to learn of the "Viking cooking methods." He added how simple it all was and yet extremely delicious. “For me, the ingredients are second to none.”
Catch the finale episode of 'Gordon Ramsay Uncharted' Season 2 on National Geographic on July 19, Sunday. It airs at 8/9c. Check your local listings for more information.