Anthony Bourdain Ripped Off by Gordon Ramsay? British Celebrity Chef Slams Accusations

British celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay furiously responded to accusations that he ripped off Anthony Bourdain's Parts Unknown with his National Geographic series Uncharted. Bourdain died by suicide June 8 in a French hotel room while filming new episodes for his hit show.

Ramsay has regularly faced criticism about the new series, which was announce the month after Bourdain's tragic death. He will travel around the world, as Bourdain did, and try signature dishes with locals as Bourdain did. The twist, however, is that Ramsay will then compete against the locals to recreate the dishes.

Ramsay insisted he's been traveling around the world and trying foods with locals for years. "God, the feeble warriors that sit in their dungeons and spout negativity without understanding what we're doing," he said during an interview with Entertainment Weekly last week. "I've been doing assertive, combustial (sic) shows since 2006 since I started The F Word—whether it's diving for giant crab or hanging off a 500-meter cliff chasing puffins."

In his defense, there are multiple celebrity chefs who make a living doing this, namely Andrew Zimmern on Travel Channel's Bizarre Foods.

Ramsay, who is best known for shows like Master Chef and Hell's Kitchen, said he and the late Bourdain were close friends. "We were on the red carpet together last year at the Emmys. I think he'd be happy and impressed at [Uncharted's] level of jeopardy and jumping into these [places] — Brazil, Peru, Alaska — and sourcing incredible ingredients and then highlighting some of the best [culinary] talent that hasn't been noticed yet," Ramsay recalled to EW. "It's a dream come true."

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Gordon Ramsay slammed accusations that his new show, "Uncharted," ripped off Anthony Bourdain's "Parts Unknown." Above, the late chef is pictured July 16, 2005 in Beverly Hills, California. Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images

He didn't want people to judge his new show until they saw it. "The research going into [the show] is extraordinary," Ramsay said about Uncharted. "We're [airing in] half a billion homes, 177 countries, in 43 different languages. And I can't wait to make all those bitter, twisted, little, boring truckers who aren't busy enough in their lives eat their words."

Like its star chef, National Geographic also defended the series. "We are disappointed that the announcement of our upcoming series with Gordon Ramsay was taken out of context," the network said in a statement. "With National Geographic's storied history of exploration, our plan with this series is to celebrate and learn about local cultures around the world."

A release date for Uncharted is not yet known.

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