Matilda and the Ramsay Bunch is a CBBC cooking show starring Gordon Ramsay’s youngest daughter, Matilda, or Tilly, as everybody calls her. The show introduces us to the whole family and to moments of their everyday life during their holidays in various locations in the US and in the UK.
Tilly is proof that the apple does not fall far from the tree as she cooks various recipes of her own inspiration and creativity, sharing her cooking secrets with the audience through her cooking blog as well. Each episode shows Tilly prepare both savoury and sweet dishes, surprising her family and earning their praise and admiration – yes, even that of the tough-to-please father. Apart from Tilly and Gordon, the show spends a fair amount of time on the other members of the family, namely Tilly’s three siblings, Megan, Holly and Jack, and her mother, Tana. While Tilly is cooking, the action often cuts to the adventures of her siblings, who are either on their way to win one of their father’s bespoke competitions or give Tilly a hand with the meal preparation.
The show keeps a well-paced interchange between the cooking process and the rest of the action, while amusing sound effects and visuals heighten Tilly’s enthusiasm and passion for cooking. However, the spacious house and sunny landscape can easily give a carefree overtone to the Ramsay bunch, who are mainly portrayed as spending quality family time with each other and, in general, as having a lot of fun. Arguably, these may be the aspects which the show aims to highlight, especially given that it is hosted by the family’s youngest member; there seems to be, though, a blurred line between the aspiring cooking show and the reality TV often associated with celebrity families. Tilly’s cooking abilities and talent do indeed come across, as she more often than not prepares single-handedly food for the whole family. But, then, why add the ‘perfect-family picture’ in the mix?
Matilda and the Ramsay Bunch is an interesting show to watch because of its presenter and because it offers traditional recipes with a taste-enhancing twist. The recipes usually require little preparation and use fresh ingredients. After all, this agrees with the Ramsay’s healthy lifestyle, which is often – not so subtly – suggested by the workout outfits donned by the family themselves. Tilly is herself a quite competent host despite her young age, while her interaction with her “embarrassing family”, as she calls them, is a nice breather from the kitchen action. Her dishes do look good on screen and may be inspiring to budding cooks watching the show. But do bear in mind that this is a show nonetheless.
The new series of Matilda and the Ramsey Bunch starts at 17.00 on CBBC on 6th May.