Gordon Ramsay and Jamie Oliver get South Park'd
Gordon Ramsay and Jamie Oliver are so successful in the US they've been caricatured in the latest series of South Park. Gordon is introduced when Stan's dad becomes obsessed with food television. In a desperate attempt to cure his father Cartman dresses as Gordon, but the mimicry is so successful that a professional camera crew arrive to film him in an episode of Hell’s Kitchen Nightmares Iron Top Chef Cafeteria Throwdown Ultimate Cookoff Challenge. Meanwhile, a tearful, whimpering Jamie Oliver takes to the stage to compete with a host of TV chefs, forcing Randy to make some serious decisions about his marriage and his career in food... The episode screens on Comedy Central (opens in new tab) on Sunday, November 21 at 10pm, although you can watch a clip of Cartman as Gordon HERE (opens in new tab). WARNING: the clip contains swearing.
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An entertainment writer with a diverse taste in TV and film, he lists Seinfeld, The Sopranos, The Chase, The Thick of It and Detectorists among his favourite shows, but steers well clear of most sci-fi.