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Gordon Ramsay Shows Off Skill By Challenging Himself To Fillet Fish Blindfolded

Lisa McLoughlin

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Gordon Ramsay Shows Off Skill By Challenging Himself To Fillet Fish Blindfolded

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As if it wasn’t clear enough not to mess with acid-tongued Gordon Ramsay, it is now after he filleted a fish while blindfolded:

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Quick, hide the knives.

The Michelin-starred chef is putting his 11 remaining contestants to the test on Thursday night’s Gordon Ramsay’s Future Food Stars in a bid to nab his £150,000 investment.

In a teaser for the upcoming instalment, Chef Ramsay challenges the culinary hopefuls to fillet a salmon into exactly 200g portions with minimal waste in a kitchen test that’s not about speed but rather precision.

Boasting how he can fillet fish 'with his eyes closed', the 55-year-old cooking star then proceeds to show exactly how it’s done, blindfolded.

He starts: “I want all of you to fillet into individual 200g portions, you’ve got 30 minutes.

“All of you, watch carefully please. I’m going to show you how I would like it done, and trust me I’ve filleted these things so many times I can almost do with my eyes closed. In fact, I’m going to.”

Gordon Ramsay fillets a salmon blindfolded on his new BBC One show. Credit: BBC
Gordon Ramsay fillets a salmon blindfolded on his new BBC One show. Credit: BBC

Safe to say the contestants are left stunned as they watch him sharpen his knife and accurately fillet the fish, with a cover over his eyes and without slashing a finger.

Making it look as easy as getting out of bed, a blindfolded Gordon then shares some advice on how to fillet and warns, “This is the tricky part here,” as he slices through the fish.

After Gordon’s showing off, the hopefuls are left quaking as he watches them attempt the challenge.

Fortunately, most of them don’t disappoint in the first task as they manage to successfully fillet the salmon for themselves.

The first task leaves the 11 contestants anxious. Credit: BBC/Studio Ramsay
The first task leaves the 11 contestants anxious. Credit: BBC/Studio Ramsay

Although many breezed through the first challenge, it’s the second task that goes awry, when one team somehow manages to serve honey to a vegan during their feast in the forest.

Last week, Smoked Salmon entrepreneur Vincenzo Gentile became the first to be eliminated from the competition after he failed to impress Gordon in the street food challenge.

Viewers watched as Vincenzo’s monkfish taco idea flopped, and his team fell 10 tacos short, leaving them to each face an individual grilling by Gordon.

Gordon is left unimpressed when one team serves honey to a vegan. Credit: BBC/Studio Ramsay
Gordon is left unimpressed when one team serves honey to a vegan. Credit: BBC/Studio Ramsay

Speaking about his first firing, Gordon said: “I had to let Vincenzo go because in business you have to put your strongest people in their strongest positions, and he did the opposite.

“He created something and then he dropped the ball.”

Gordon Ramsay’s Future Food Stars airs Thursdays at 9pm on BBC One.

Topics: TV and Film, Gordon Ramsay

Lisa McLoughlin
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