One thing that I am learning about Gordon Ramsay as his star continues to rise is that he’s funny. He might be dead serious about cooking, but he doesn’t seem to think of his status as a celebrity chef and television host with the same weight. He’s not above a parody of himself. In fact, he’s pretty much always game. His latest segment, "MasterChef Senior" on the Late, Late Show with James Corden, proves that.
First, there was ‘MasterChef Junior Junior’, on which Ramsay berated toddlers for their underdeveloped cooking skills (sidenote: if you watch the real version of MasterChef Junior, you’ll know that Ramsay is a patient, kind, encouraging mentor to the child chefs). Now we have 'MasterChef Senior', in which he tries to teach “the greatest generation” how to cook. But Ramsay encounters some obstacles.
First of all, none of the contestants can get to their cooking stations, given that most of them are equipped with walkers and canes. Then one of them tries to feed Corden his blood pressure medication. And of course, there’s the fact that they need to take periodic breaks to take an extra hit of oxygen.
When Ramsay does lob some of his signature insults at one woman, she can’t quite hear him (which might be good thing). Finding out how another contestant cooked her dish proves even more difficult—she launches into a long story about her childhood from which there seems to be no escape.
The parody is all in good fun. Most of us know many people of the Baby Boomer generation who are the best, most accomplished cooks in our families. Of course, when one woman presents Ramsay with a bowl of hard candy as her final creation, one can’t help but laugh at the memories of the grandmother or aunt who always seemed to have a fully stocked candy dish in her house. And at least Ramsay isn’t yelling at babies anymore.