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Gordon Ramsay dons wacky ELF costume on MasterChef Junior

 

‘Tis the seasoned! Celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay draws inspiration from Will Ferrell as he dons a wacky ELF costume during episode of MasterChef Junior

He’s gained a reputation for being a foul-mouthed hard-to-please mentor on such hit shows as Hell’s Kitchen, The F Word and MasterChef.

But Gordon Ramsay displayed a much softer side on US TV on Thursday, when he dressed up Will Ferrell’s classic character Buddy the Elf as part of a challenge on MasterChef Junior.

Wearing red-and-white stripey tights with a green jacket, curly wig and a festive pointy hat, the 50-year-old TV personality was the spitting image of the star of the 2003 comedy Elf during the Winter Wonderland-themed episode.

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Dressed to impress: Gordon Ramsay and co-host Christina Tosi dressed up as Buddy the Elf during Thursday's US broadcast of MasterChef Junior

Dressed to impress: Gordon Ramsay and co-host Christina Tosi dressed up as Buddy the Elf during Thursday’s US broadcast of MasterChef Junior

Joined in costume by his co-host Christina Tosi, they judged the young contestants’ efforts in creating a gingerbread house – referencing Buddy the Elf, who ate gingerbread for every meal.

To add to the fun for the contestants, Gordon showered them with buckets of candy before surprising them with celebrity guest chef Aaron Sanchez, who was dressed as a giant gingerbread man.

While he’s known for his sharp tongue, Gordon was on his best behaviour on Wednesday, when he appeared on daytime, family-friendly show This Morning.

Dead ringer: The celebrity chef was a dead ringer for Will Ferrell, who portrayed the character in his hit 2003 comedy Elf

Dead ringer: The celebrity chef was a dead ringer for Will Ferrell, who portrayed the character in his hit 2003 comedy Elf

Eye-catching ensemble: The British star wore red-and-white stripey tights with a green jacket, curly wig and a festive pointy hat

Eye-catching ensemble: The British star wore red-and-white stripey tights with a green jacket, curly wig and a festive pointy hat

Big task: He judged the young contestants' efforts in creating a gingerbread house - referencing Buddy the Elf, who ate gingerbread for every meal

Big task: He judged the young contestants’ efforts in creating a gingerbread house – referencing Buddy the Elf, who ate gingerbread for every meal

Our house: He seemed fascinated with the crafty construction of one of the sweet houses

Our house: He seemed fascinated with the crafty construction of one of the sweet houses

Seal of approval: The usually-sharp-tongued TV personality smiled as he assessed the work

Seal of approval: The usually-sharp-tongued TV personality smiled as he assessed the work

In fact, he revealed that the vocabulary he’s come to be known for is never actually intentional.

‘I don’t mean to swear,’ he insisted to presenters Ruth Langsford and Eamonn Holmes.

‘It’s just some of the muppets I work with [cause him to curse]. It’s an industry[cause him to curse]mes the odd naughty [cause him to curse]

Wonderland: The episode, which was broadcast on Fox, had a Winter Wonderland theme

Wonderland: The episode, which was broadcast on Fox, had a Winter Wonderland theme

How sweet! The 50-year-old star playfully chowed down on a giant lollipop during the show

Ginger spice: He then brought out a surprise for the children - a life-sized gingerbread man

Ginger spice: He then brought out a surprise for the children – a life-sized gingerbread man

Moves: The gingerbread man kept the contestants mesmerised with his hilarious moves

Moves: The gingerbread man kept the contestants mesmerised with his hilarious moves

Candy: To add to the fun for the contestants, Gordon showered them with buckets of candy

Candy: To add to the fun for the contestants, Gordon showered them with buckets of candy

There he is! The gingerbread man was revealed to be celebrity guest chef Aaron Sanchez

There he is! The gingerbread man was revealed to be celebrity guest chef Aaron Sanchez

He also revealed that his mother highly disapproves: ‘My mum said it’s not cool to swear!’

The chef – who can get away with it on late night series such as Hell’s Kitchen or indeed his stint guest hosting ITV’s The Nightly Show a couple of weeks ago – talked about appearing on daytime TV (his new series has a 3PM time slot).

‘I have to watch my Ps and Qs,’ he said. ‘There’re very similar words to naughty words.’

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