Anthony Bourdain made it his mission to travel the world and explore cultures unfamiliar to average viewers on his own punk rock terms, which had Bourdain moving on from A Cook's Tour, his first series which aired on Food Network, after just two seasons. His need for authenticity in his work caused him to part ways with The Travel Channel after nine successful seasons of No Reservations, the series he was most famous for.
Gordon Ramsay, on the other hand, is probably best known for shouting obscenities at reality show contestants in any number of kitchens, be it the ones he commands in Fox's Hell's Kitchen and Masterchef, the rat-infested ones he attempts to fix in Fox's Kitchen Nightmares, or the bright and kid-friendly one featured in the more light-hearted Masterchef Jr. If you're wondering why we're not mentioning Gordon Ramsay's 24 Hours to Hell and Back, well… that's a televised trainwreck we're still trying to forget.
All that said, it's obvious that the Ramsay brand is strong. And when you put a pause on any judgment you may have over his new travel-themed show, the Nat Geo team-up does make some sense. Not only does Fox own Nat Geo, broadening Ramsay's repertoire on the small-screen helps him to learn a few new things while making a bunch of mistakes in the process. Because in Uncharted, Gordon Ramsay fails -- a lot. He's put in uncomfortable, compromising situations. And, much like his sweaty appearance on Hot Ones, viewers regularly see the Michelin Star-winning chef get taken down a few notches.
"I love that vulnerability, I think," Ramsay continued, recalling an episode of the series they shot in Laos. "I'd never been in a kayak before, driving down the road before we hit that incredible river, the Mekong. And Mick [Oshea, Laos adventurist] said, 'How much kayaking have you done?' I said, 'Dude, look at the size of me. I capsize every time I sit in a kayak.'"