Gordon Ramsay Eats 'Swamp Rat' on His Show Uncharted : 'This Is Delicious, Seriously'
Gordon Ramsay may add a new protein to his restaurant menus.
In a new clip from his National Geographic series Uncharted, which is shared exclusively with PEOPLE, the 53-year-old celebrity chef Ratten introduces his taste buds - and he agrees! For the episode that airs on Sunday at 10 p.m. ET, Ramsay travels to Louisiana to explore the region's Cajun cooking style. One of his subsequent stops is a hunting trip with Walter Heathcock, a local nutria hunter.
"You can call this thing nutria, water rabbit, but trust me - you still eat a rat with every bite," Ramsay tells viewers of the nutria stew. The TV personality then intervenes, helps himself with a spoonful of rodents and surprises himself when he explains: "Look, that's delicious."
"It's like a rabbit," he says, noting that "there's no fat in it; there's no fat in my mouth."
"It's delicious, seriously," Ramsay confirms Heathcock's mother's stew again. "You tell her I love her," says Ramsay. "She introduced me to the rat!"
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Ramsay then considers whether everyone can simply agree on a different name for the "swamp rat", which is considered invasive in Louisana to avoid the stigma surrounding the meat.
"I mean, can't we just change the name?" he asks. "Suppose you cook a romantic dinner for your girlfriend and it's just you two."
"Well, nothing is more romantic than telling her you eat nutria," jokes the Louisiana resident Ramsay teases. "Are you ... that's why you're still single!"
Also in the episode, Ramsay meets Eric Cook, a former naval chef who acts as a tour guide for the British chef and ventures into nearby swamps and marshes.
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For the Uncharted series, Ramsay - known for TV hits like Kitchen Nightmares and Hell's Kitchen - travels the world to experience cultures and kitchens that are unique at their respective locations.
Ramsay said last summer that it was an "extraordinary expedition" to work on the show that took him to South Africa, Laos and New Zealand to name a few. The series is now in season two.
Gordon Ramsay: Uncharted airs on Sundays at 10 p.m. ET on National Geographic.
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