Gordon Ramsay has made it his mission to coax greatness out of aspiring chefs big and small. Sure, the aspiring sous chefs might cave like an underdone soufflé in the process, but, at the end of the day, Ramsey transforms them into better cooks — and rarely meets a chef he can’t coach. Ramsey met his match on The Late Late Show with James Cordon last night when the host tasked him with teaching toddlers.
Ramsey teamed up with Corden to debut the trailer for their new, entirely fake show MasterChef Junior Junior. The premise is simple: Ramsey has already trained kids to cook masterfully in MasterChef Junior, so why not take that to the next level by having him work with toddlers? To no one’s surprise, toddlers following the rules of the kitchen is about as likely as Corden turning down an opportunity to remind people he can sing.
From the very first moment, it becomes clear that Ramsey and Corden are in over their heads. Ramsey tries to whip the kids into shape with his patented tough love motivation, but the kids are too busy sticking their hands in mayonnaise jars to pay him much attention. Corden is just there to try the food, but even that backfires when he ends up eating a donut made of play-doh.
Corden’s donut disaster is nothing compared to when he is asked to judge food that is clearly undercooked. Ramsey convinces Corden to give it a taste and, before too long, Corden is suffering in a bathroom stall wishing he had never signed up for this stupid show.
Honestly? I’d watch this show. Ramsey and Corden have an excellent buddy-cop dynamic, with Corden’s bumbling charm balancing out Ramsey’s love for berating bad chefs and using the word fuck as much as possible. At the very least, the world needs to see more of Ramsey telling toddlers how bad they are at cooking because that will never get old.