Gordon Ramsay Uncharted Portugal: Most expensive shellfish, exclusive video

Portugal - Gordon Ramsay (L) and Chef Kiko Martins with a cut of pork during the final cook. (Credit: National Geographic/Justin Mandel)
Portugal - Gordon Ramsay (L) and Chef Kiko Martins with a cut of pork during the final cook. (Credit: National Geographic/Justin Mandel) /

In the new episode of Gordon Ramsay Uncharted Portugal, the celebrated chef seeks some of the world’s most expensive shellfish as an ingredient for his finale meal. In this exclusive video provided to FoodSided, does Ramsay get battered and bruised or does he claim victory over this precious ingredient?

In each episode of Gordon Ramsay Uncharted, the final dinner is filled with ingredients that hold more than just bold flavors on the plate. The journey of that food to the table adds to the nuance of the dish. Without the expedition and story behind the recipe, the dish is incomplete.

Over the past three seasons, Ramsay has put himself in many precarious situations. From the most recent episode in Texas where he faced a rattlesnake to diving for scallops in the icy waters of Norway, many of these ingredients cannot be found on a trip to Whole Foods.

In the upcoming Gordon Ramsay Uncharted Portugal episode, Ramsay prepares himself to be pummeled by the waves in order to get a sliver of this most expensive shellfish.

Check out this exclusive clip provided to FoodSided by National Geographic Channel.

Looking at the clip, it is more than Ramsay’s struggle to pry those barnacles off the rock. Granted, many former Hell’s Kitchen chefs might feel a moment of schadenfreude as another wave drenches Ramsay on the rocks. Still, that bounty is worth the effort.

The ingredient that Gordon Ramsay is foraging is Gooseneck Barnacles. Considered one of the most expensive ingredients in the world, the only way to get this ingredient is to pry them off the surf battered rocks. Given the danger during harvesting, the Gooseneck Barnacles can cost more than $100 a kilo (or over $100 for around two pounds).

Sometimes called percebes, Gooseneck Barnacles are said to have a sweet taste. Some people describe the flavor as a cross between a clam and a lobster. Often the seasonal ingredients are treated similar to other crustacean dishes, steamed or lightly sauteed.

To see how Gordon Ramsay cooks these Gooseneck Barnacles watch Gordon Ramsay Uncharted Portugal on Sunday, June 6 at 9 p.m. EST on National Geographic Channel. Additional episodes can be streamed on Disney+.

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What is the most unusual ingredient that you have tried? Would you want to try the Gooseneck Barnacles?