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Backyards of Key West Podcast with Mark Baratto 246: Episode 246 – Gordon Ramsay’s Uncharted with Paul Menta

In this episode of the podcast, host Mark Baratto sits down with Paul Menta, a chef, kiteboarder, rum distiller, and now TV star, to discuss his exciting role in Episode 1 of Gordon Ramsay’s Uncharted. Airing on May 27th at 9pm on National Geographic, this episode showcases Paul’s unique journey to being featured on the show, including how he was contacted, chosen for a cook-off with Gordon Ramsay, and how the famous chef fell in love with Key West.

Tune in to hear the behind-the-scenes stories and find out more about the thrilling cook-off. Spoiler alert: if you want to know who wins, you’ll have to watch the episode on May 27th!

Join us for an adventurous dive into the world of culinary excellence, the vibrant culture of the Florida Keys, and the exciting clash of two culinary titans.


More on Gordon Ramsay:  Uncharted

Calling all Key West Rum enthusiasts and adventurous foodies! Buckle up because the new season of Gordon Ramsay’s Uncharted sets sail for the vibrant Florida Keys, premiering on May 27th at 9/8c. This season promises to be a tropical adventure unlike any other, with Ramsay immersing himself in the unique culture of the Conch Republic.

A Culinary Expedition Awaits

The Florida Keys, a string of sun-drenched islands known for their turquoise waters and laid-back charm, will be Ramsay’s playground for the season. Here, the fiery chef won’t just be exploring, he’ll be embracing the local way of life.  Prepare to see Ramsay traverse the shimmering seas, soaking up insider tips from the vibrant locals. He’ll get up close and personal with the freshest seafood the Keys have to offer, think spiny lobsters, succulent crabs, and a bounty of fish.

A Conch Republic Challenge

But this culinary expedition isn’t just about sightseeing and seafood. The fiery spirit of the Keys will be put to the test as Ramsay faces off against a worthy adversary: daredevil chef and rum distiller Paul Menta.  Expect sparks to fly in the kitchen as these two culinary titans battle it out in a final cook-off.

A Rum-Infused Adventure

For all the fans coming for the status to attend As the official sponsor for this exciting new season, Rum Key West is thrilled to be a part of Ramsay’s exploration of the Keys.  The rich history and unique flavors of Key West Rum perfectly complement the spirit of adventure and local pride that defines the islands.

What to Expect

This season of Gordon Ramsay Uncharted promises to be a delightful blend of sun, sand, and culinary fireworks. Here’s what you can expect:

  • Ramsay Embraces the Conch Republic: Witness the fiery chef trade his signature scowl for a laid-back island vibe as he interacts with the colorful locals and learns the secrets of their cuisine.
  • Seafood Adventures: Join Ramsay as he dives headfirst (literally!) into the world of Florida Keys seafood. Prepare for thrilling underwater adventures and a deeper appreciation for the bounty of the ocean.
  • A Culinary Showdown for the Ages: The season culminates in an epic cook-off between Ramsay and the legendary Paul Menta. Expect innovative dishes, bold flavors, and a healthy dose of friendly competition.

Mark Your Calendars!

Don’t miss Gordon Ramsay Uncharted: “Unlocking Florida’s Keys” premiering on May 27th at 9/8c.  This is an unmissable adventure for anyone who loves good food, captivating travel stories, and of course, a taste of the legendary Key West Rum.


Geoff Bergey

Florida Native, Traveler, Photographer, Lover of Life, Clouds and Key Lime Pie.

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