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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.’