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The F Word
F Word Logo.svg
Genre Food magazine/Cooking show
Starring Gordon Ramsay
Giles Coren (Series 1–2)
Janet Street Porter
(Series 2–5)
Country of origin United Kingdom
No. of series 5
No. of episodes 51 (Series 1–5)
Running time 44 Minutes
Original channel Channel 4
Original run 27 October 2005 – present
External links
Official website

The F Word (also called Gordon Ramsay's F Word [1]) is a British food magazine and cooking show featuring chef Gordon Ramsay. The programme covers a wide range of topics, from recipes to food preparation and celebrity food fads. The programme is made by Optomen Television and airs weekly on Channel 4.


Programme segments

Each episode is based around Ramsay preparing a three-course meal at the F Word restaurant for 50 guests. Diners in the restaurant include celebrities, who participate in conversations, challenges, and cook-offs with Ramsay. Other segments focus on food-related topics, such as alternative foods and healthy eating.[2] Finally, there is a series-long feature on home-reared livestock or poultry that is ultimately served to F Word diners on the series finale.

Series 1

The first series was based around the "Get Women Back in the Kitchen" campaign where Ramsay visited several English households to help women who wanted to improve their culinary skills.[3] The Times' restaurant critic Giles Coren and food writer Rachel Cooke acted as field correspondents who presented reports on unique food fads and healthy eating respectively. Two or three commis (picked from a thousand applicants) squared off in each episode to earn a position at one of Ramsay's restaurants. Ramsay raised turkeys in his garden, so that his children gained a better understanding of where their food came from. Chef and television presenter Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall regularly offered tips on raising free range turkeys. The turkeys were named after other celebrity chefs, for example, Ainsley, Antony and Nigella. The pudding (dessert) challenge regularly pitted Ramsay with a celebrity guest, with the winner having the honour of serving his or her pudding to the guests at the F-Word restaurant.

Series 2

The series theme emphasized the importance of Sunday lunch, with Ramsay teaching families how to prepare this meal on a regular basis. From the second series onward, the restaurant had 50 paying diners served by an amateur brigade. If guests found any of their food unsatisfactory, they could choose not to pay for that item.[4] Janet Street-Porter became the series' regular field correspondent; Giles Coren only appeared in a one-off segment on the Pimp That Snack phenomenon. The celebrity pudding challenge was changed to a general cooking challenge, while Ramsay raised pigs in his garden, which he named Trinny and Susannah.[5] Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall returned to offer advice on raising the pigs. Unlike Series 1, the second series of the show was usually transmitted after the 9pm watershed, meaning that Ramsay's infamous bad language was no longer bleeped out.

Series 3

This series ran a campaign stating that "Fast food doesn't have to mean junk food", with Ramsay showing people how to prepare a simple supper in under 30 minutes.[6] The best weekly amateur brigade was rewarded with the prestige of cooking at Ramsay's restaurant at Claridge's in the series finale.[7] Ramsay home-reared a pair of Charollais-Welsh lambs, named Charlotte and Gavin. [8] There was also a series-long search for a new "Fanny Cradock".[9]

Series 4

This series' weekly amateur brigade featured a celebrity and their relatives.[3] Janet Street-Porter took on the responsibility of rearing veal calves nicknamed Elton and David in a North Yorkshire farm.[10] Food columnist Tom Parker Bowles appeared on two episodes. In his first appearance, he visited Sardinia to sample casu marzu, a local cheese containing maggots[11]; on his second stint, he attempted to cook a whole pig .[12]

Series 5

A fifth series premiered on 3 November 2009 on Channel 4.[13] The series focused on a search for "Britain's best local restaurant". [14] 10,000 nominations were narrowed down to 18 restaurant finalists representing nine different cuisines including French, Thai, Italian, and Chinese.[15]

International broadcasters

The show has been broadcast around the world, including on Dong-a TV in South Korea where it was renamed "Cook-King".[16] and on BBC America in the US. The show initially premiered in Canada on BBC Canada and is simultaneously being broadcast on Food Network Canada (Premiered on 4 October 2008).[17] In Australia, the Nine Network previously aired the show, but never completed its run. It will now be broadcast on 7 TWO under their Lifestyle Fridays starting 6 November 2009.[18]


Women in the kitchen

A major component of series 1 was Ramsay's "Get Women Back in the Kitchen" campaign. In a self-administered survey he found that three-quarters of women couldn't cook, with some 78% never cooking a regular evening dinner. Women found cooking to be a chore, whereas men found it to be an enjoyable activity. Ramsay claimed that women "know how to mix cocktails but can't cook to save their lives." [19]

Ramsay's findings were met with mixed reactions. While some of his contemporaries, like Nigella Lawson, previously stated similar opinions, other celebrity chefs, like Clarissa Dickson Wright, felt Ramsay's proposition was "rubbish and about ten years out of date".[20] Wright felt that these comments undermined the increased enrollment of women at culinary schools across the United Kingdom. His intentions have been misunderstood by some who believe that he thinks women belong in the kitchen or should be doing the cooking for their husbands, whereas his real desire is to help women who want to be able to cook but lack the confidence or motivation.

Animal slaughter

  • The penultimate episode of the first series featured the slaughter of six turkeys that were raised in Ramsay's garden. The scene had been preceded with a content warning. 27 viewers complained about the slaughter, leading to an investigation by Ofcom. Conversely, the media watchdog and Channel 4 also received 18 letters of support to counter the complaints. In 2004, Ramsay had also been criticized by the broadcast watchdog for swearing on-air.
  • In the second series, viewers also saw the slaughter of his two pigs, which were raised throughout the series. They were taken to an abattoir and their brains stunned with an electric shock before being slaughtered.[21] A few months earlier, another Channel 4 series, Jamie's Great Italian Escape (featuring Jamie Oliver) also received similar complaints after it featured the slaughter of a lamb.
  • Similarly the lambs he kept were slaughtered at the end of series three. Warnings were given to viewers before the start of the programme explaining the graphic nature of the footage, there was no censoring of the death or evisceration of the animal.
  • In series four, Ramsay received criticism for "sky fishing" for puffins, having their necks broken and eating the fresh, raw heart of two birds, a local tradition in Iceland.[22] Ofcom received 42 complaints, but no rules were deemed broken.

DVD releases

North America

BFS Entertainment has released the first three series of The F Word on DVD in Region 1. Series four was released on 2 January 2010.[23]

DVD Name Episode Num Release Date
The F Word- Series 1 9 17 February 2009
The F Word- Series 2 9 17 March 2009
The F Word- Series 3 9 6 October 2009
The F Word- Series 4 12 2 January 2010

United Kingdom

IMC Vision has released all 4 series of The F Word on DVD in Region 2.

DVD Name Episode Num Release Date
The F Word- Series 1 & 2 18 22 October 2007
The F Word- Series 3 9 10 March 2008
The F Word- Series 4 9 27 October 2008


  1. ^ "Gordon Ramsay's F Word hits series high". The Guardian. 11 June 2008.  
  2. ^ "Grilling Gordon Ramsay". Channel 4. Retrieved 13 May 2008.  
  3. ^ a b "The Real Gordon Ramsay". Channel 4. Retrieved 13 May 2008.  
  4. ^ "The Brigades". Channel 4. Retrieved 13 May 2008.  
  5. ^ "Pork for thought". Channel 4. Retrieved 13 May 2008.  
  6. ^ "Fast Food Recipes". Channel 4. Retrieved 13 May 2008.  
  7. ^ "The F Word Brigades - Series 3". Channel 4. Retrieved 13 May 2008.  
  8. ^ "Welsh lambs to star in Gordon Ramsay's F Word". Farmers Guardian. 22 May 2007. Retrieved 13 May 2008.  
  9. ^ "Find me a Fanny". Channel 4. 6 September, 2007. Retrieved 13 May 2008.  
  10. ^ Wilson, Ben (22 June 2008). "The kitchen thinker: are you for veal?". The Telegraph. Retrieved 23 June 2008.  
  11. ^ "Episode 6 - The Cherry-Oliver brigade". Channel 4. Retrieved 23 June 2008.  
  12. ^ "Scotland on Tuesday". The Scotsman.  
  13. ^ ""Chef Gordon Ramsay spotted at Calderdale restaurant"". Halifax Evening Courier. 2009-09-26.  
  14. ^ ""Gordon Ramsay’s F Word Series 5"". Channel 4.  
  15. ^ Tompkins, Michelle (2010-01-08). "It's F-lipping F-antastic!". Swindon Advertiser. Retrieved 2010-01-16.  
  16. ^ Cook-King Ramsay(Promo page) (Korean), Dong-ah TV, Retrieved on 3 August 2007
  17. ^ "Gordon Ramsay heats up Star kitchen". Toronto Star. 29 April 2008.  
  18. ^ 7TWO
  19. ^ Ramsay: Women can't cook to save their lives | the Daily Mail
  20. ^ Innes, John. "Saucy Ramsay pans female chefs", The Scotsman, 24 October 2005.
  21. ^ Adams, Guy. "Ramsay reduced to tears as pigs go under knife", The Independent, 9 August 2006.
  22. ^ BBC article
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