Gordon has organised a secret trip into the Californian countryside for Tilly, mum Tana and sister Holly, but the last thing they are expecting is fishing.
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-Hi, I'm Matilda.
Cooking is what I love best.
She cooks, she scores!
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-Hi, I'm Matilda.
I'm in charge of the kitchen in this house.
No, no, Tilly...
Get out of my kitchen!
This is the story of me, my crazy summer...
I'm on the red carpet and I'm about to meet the star of the movie.
..and my even crazier family.
Tilly rules, OK?
Mum, please take him away!
We're in sunny LA this summer,
and my top three things ever are - cooking like crazy...
Writing my food blog...
And going on unexpected adventures.
And Tilly the winner!
Today Dad's taking us on a surprise trip.
He can be a bit of a trickster sometimes,
but he does come up with great things to do.
So the big question is, are surprises always good?
Come on, guys.
Let's go on a very special trip.
-I'm not telling you where.
-We are not shopping.
Dad's dragged us out of bed at seven in the morning for this!
But there's nothing better than a good car karaoke session
for blowing away the cobwebs.
# Can't stop the feeling... #
For most of us anyway.
# Dance, dance, dance
# Can't stop the feeling
# Dance, dance, dance... #
But Dad's trip better be worth it.
-Are we water-skiing?
-No. No, no.
Something really exciting.
Time to see what Dad's got in mind.
-Look over there. It's fishing!
Not everyone's as happy as me.
-No, I don't want to!
-You've got Holly and I up here to go fishing.
Dad and I love fishing,
but Mum and Holly have never done it before, and they're not happy.
-Tilly, you're not going to fish, are you?
-Yeah, I am.
-Course she is, come on.
I'm sure we can win them over.
Isn't that beautiful? Let's go. Bugs out.
You never know, they might even enjoy it.
-Oh, yes, yes.
-Hold the worms, please. We need the bait.
-Holly, can you smile, please?
-I'm always smiling.
This part of the lake here is famed for a bear in the mornings.
# If you go to the woods today, you'll be for a big surprise... #
Are you seriously singing?
We may not have bumped into a bear, but Dad has arranged for us
to meet a couple of local experts to show us the ropes.
-Gentlemen, good morning.
-How long have you been fishing?
-I've been fishing since I was four.
-What's the biggest fish you've caught?
-My biggest bass is a 9.3.
That's nearly as big as you.
I should tell you now that most fishermen are very competitive.
You're obviously a keen fisherman.
Why don't us four go against you two?
-I'll do it.
-Tana, are you ready?
-I've never been more ready.
OK, it looks like it's a Lake Piru challenge.
Team Great Britain, the Ramsays...
Oh, my goodness.
..versus team USA, Jackson and his dad, Andy.
Let's go, Jackson.
Life jackets and rods on board, we've hardly left the quayside
and both teams are already talking tactics.
-What are you going to throw first?
If you could make sure you keep this area clear, we could just sunbathe.
We should have them follow us to a crummy spot, tell them
that's where the big ones are.
-And then go find a good spot.
-We're going to take you to the best spot!
-OK, thank you.
Tilly, we are going to beat the Americans, come on.
Jackson, we cannot let them beat us.
The dads are so competitive.
Team Ramsay have to hook a fish,
and not just to preserve our great British pride.
Dad's planning on barbecuing this morning's catch for lunch.
We need to be quiet now. We're coming to the space.
Drop anchor here, Jackson?
Yeah, you're going to have a hard time staying in one place if you don't throw the anchor.
That's all the fish gone now.
Lake Piru is in the Los Padres National Forest, and apart
from fish and bears, there's lots of other amazing wildlife on its banks.
-What are they?
-Did you not see those two things there?
-Are they quite scary, coyotes?
You don't get more back to nature than this, Hol.
But Dad's keen to get the wildlife even closer to home.
Should I use a live worm?
-That's personal preference.
The American team aren't giving us any tips.
All right, Jackson, let's put a whuppin on 'em. No mercy.
We cannot be beaten by the Americans, come on.
Work your magic, man.
Jackson and his dad, Team USA, regularly land huge fish
and trophies with their fishing expertise,
but Team GB have got two reluctant novices.
I have no idea what to do.
Dad's trying his best to make sure all four of our rods are in competent hands.
And then just gently flick it out.
So, guys, we have got to catch a fish.
So, what makes a good fisherman?
This is called drop shotting.
You have a weight on the end of your line that drags the bottom,
cos you have a hook that holds the plastic worm
and you're kind of bouncing it from up top here, enticing a fish to eat it.
It's a real slow, delicate, finessed technique.
Why didn't that go?
Well, because you forgot to let go and you haven't put the bail arm over.
Watch out. Tana, please be careful. Safety first.
You have to have knowledge of the fish that you're fishing for.
-I've got slimy stuff.
-No, that's called seaweed.
We don't really talk that much, you know, it's like we're focused.
Jackson, have you stitched me and put me in the wrong area?
Dad, be quiet!
Tell you why we've got nothing, cos you're just being so loud.
I have taught a couple of my friends how to fish,
and ever since all they want to do is fish.
-Are you enjoying your first time fishing?
Because we're not catching anything.
It's moments like this that you will reflect in many years to come,
first fishing experience.
And memories of Daddy hanging a worm out of his mouth.
An hour in, and Team GB have got nothing.
But then it seems our luck is changing.
I think I've got a fish.
It's seaweed! Oh, I thought I had a fish.
-Oh, I think I've got one.
-Go, Mum! Our first fish!
Oh, no, it came off.
Gordon, I've definitely got something now. Look at my rod.
Oh, you have.
Seaweed. Not as tasty as fish.
-I think our captain's lost it.
Jackson! Got one bunny!
Dad's usually so competitive, but he really has gone nuts!
Yes! It's plastic.
Do you know what?
It would be so relaxing to go fishing if you weren't here.
I think we're going to have to wrap this up and go and get some lunch.
Us Brits head back to shore with no fish, but four rumbling tummies.
-The Americans are returning as well.
-I wonder if they're fishless.
-Nothing? Nothing for us.
-Yeah, it was hard.
-Yeah, it was horrible. The wind made it tough.
A no score draw. At least we didn't lose.
Let's go and see if we can borrow a fish from someone.
Good luck with that one, Dad.
I've got some brilliant outdoor food lined up.
A colourful panzanella salad, an amazing fruit pizza, and unless
Dad pulls off a miracle, it looks like barbecue fish is off the menu.
-Oh, my goodness. Talk of the devil.
Don't ask, but I've got the fish. Where's the charcoal?
SOUND OF SKIPPING RECORD
-Charcoal, for the barbecue. No, no, no.
No, you're kidding. OK, will you do me a favour?
-Can you fillet that first? Tana, it's dead.
-Is it going to bite?
-No, it's dead, come on, off you go.
-Don't drop it.
Everyone forgot the charcoal, but it looks like Dad's got a plan.
-It can't be sushi!
-Bit of butter.
-Garlic. OK? Some fresh dill.
-How are we going to cook it?
-Watch and learn.
-Right, where's Mummy? Thanks, Tanny.
One piece of bass.
Dad puts on the fish fillets and some lemons.
Now we have to wrap it really tight, so no juice rolls out.
But how are we going to cook it?
Now let me show you how your genius daddy is going to cook it.
Follow me, ladies.
-I think Dad's gone mad.
Tana, can you flip the lid up, please?
-Open the oven door!
I seriously think you might have lost it this time.
It's going inside, on the engine.
You rest that beautiful bass on there.
What do we do last, Holly? Close the oven door!
Gas mark 5.6 litre engine!
Will the engine really work like a cooker?
-Let's go and cook some bass.
-You're... HE LAUGHS
Mmm! My bass smells delicious!
Don't go cooking food on your parents' car without them knowing!
While Dad is off being a maniac,
trying to cook the fish on the car engine as he drives along - hello! -
I'm making my squishiest, squashiest, messiest salad ever.
At least we'll have a tasty salad for lunch.
This recipe is all about tomatoes.
To make it super colourful,
I'm using two different types of tomatoes.
Yellow and red.
Wow, these are very juicy.
Put this in my bowl.
Add in chopped cucumber,
and I scooped out the seedy bits in the middle.
And then chopped red onion.
Some of this basil.
Mmm, smells really good.
I hope the wind doesn't blow away my salad,
cos if Dad's fish doesn't work we're not going to have a lot to eat.
This salad's brilliant for using up your stale bread.
Old crustier bread is the best bread.
You just rip it up into pieces and put it in.
Next, chunks of mozzarella.
I love mozzarella.
And finally the dressing.
Then roughly eight tablespoons of the olive oil.
Three tablespoons of red wine vinegar.
And then some garlic.
Whisk it all around.
And simply add in the dressing, and then my favourite bit.
The squishy, squashy, messy part.
Now I've got very messy hands.
And now I'm going to get a photo for my blog.
From a real chef like me...
To a madcap chef like Dad.
This is the secret behind slow-cooking the sea bass.
If we can keep our average speed up at 30, 35...
..for an 18 to 20 minute journey, we are in for something mind-blowing. Delicious!
-He's confident, that's for sure.
-We're cooking, baby!
Leave the oven on, please.
-Hello, my darling. We've just come for some water.
Water? Dad, get some food!
There's no way that fish will barbecue in the car.
When was the last time you cooked a sea bass on the top of an engine?
-Never. This is a first, so...
I don't think Dad's carbecueing is going to work,
but if it goes wrong at least we'll have my watermelon pizza, too.
OK, it's not a real pizza, it's a super delicious pudding.
And just like pizza, you can top it with whatever you want.
For a big pizza, you need a big watermelon.
So, I'm just going to cut it in half, and then make a thick slice.
Look at that, just like a pizza base.
So, then I'm going to add on my toppings.
The red watermelon looks like tomato sauce,
then the apples look like artichoke.
Next add grapes.
Look at that, they look like olives. Kiwi.
It's got lots of good fruit on here.
And to make it look really authentic...
Time for the mozzarella.
Just joking, it's only coconut.
And then, this is my super sauce.
A tangy syrup - lime juice, sugar and water mixed together.
That should be enough. On the plate.
And this is my pizza slice for later.
I'm going to take some pictures for my blog.
They're back. Can't wait to see if the car-becue worked.
Better be cooked!
-I am so excited.
-I'm so hungry.
-Oh, no, it's cold.
-No, it's hot. I'm going to carry this to the table.
-Please may I open the sea bass?
-Dad is about to burst, he's so excited.
The salad looks good if all else fails.
What? He's only gone and done it.
-My goodness. Look at that. I mean, seriously.
-I seriously can't quite believe it.
-I mean, come on.
Right, Holly, the bass, please.
I honestly have to say I can't quite believe it.
-That is pretty impressive.
-I doubted you at first, but...
-But how does it taste?
I am a little bit amazed at how sweet and delicious and soft it is.
All right, Dad, what about the salad?
Salad's delicious. Obviously goes well with the delicious bass.
I hate to admit it, but that was a genius bit of cooking from Dad.
-OK, guys, now for dessert.
-So, it's a watermelon pizza?
Very, very, very pretty.
There we are. Look at that.
Mmm. Tills, good job. Thank you, thank you.
Did you enjoy your day out?
I think it's fair enough to say, Holly and I,
we've been surprised by how much we did enjoy the fishing.
That's two big bombshells in one day.
Mum and Hols loving the fishing,
and the car engine acting like an oven.
Can't wait to find out what the carbecue chef thinks.
-I had a great day.
-Great day, and very fun.
Next time I ask you to bring the charcoal,
just put it by the door so when we leave you won't forget it.
Next time you take us on a day out, can you make sure we have our main ingredient for lunch, please,
-so you don't have to pop down to the local supermarket?
-Food, what pictures did you take? That's me, the lake and the salad all in the one picture.
-And that salad, the bread absorbs all the juices, that's why you start with stale bread.
And what about the pizza? I loved that idea.
-So you could use ogen melon, honeydew melon. Beautiful.
-Anything would do.
I just used watermelon, cos it was refreshing.
No, but, hold on a minute, where is the fish picture?
Well, before I had the time to take a picture, you were there opening it...
"Mmm, juices, juices, smells lovely, let's try it, Tilly, plate, Holly, plate!"
So, it's like the one that got away, no-one's going to believe I cooked it,
cos you've got no pictures, come on!
What did you think of my boating skills? Pretty good.
If you happen to go fishing one day with a friend, wait, wait, and he's a guy...
-No! I know what you're going to say!
-No, but, he may want to take you fishing and I'll drive the boat!
Tilly, where did you put that tub of fishing bait?
-I left the bait on your bed for you to put away.
Guess what, the box is here, but there aren't any worms in it now.
Fooled you! I wouldn't leave them in our bed.
No, I put them safely in the fridge.
ALL: Good night!
Summer in LA is a total blast, full of surprising adventures for Matilda and the Ramsay bunch. Dad Gordon, who loves springing unexpected bombshells on the family, has organised a secret trip into the middle of the Californian countryside for Tilly, mum Tana and sister Holly, but the last thing they're expecting is fishing! Tilly and her dad love it but it looks like Tana and Holly are less than impressed, but in typical Ramsay fashion there's got to be a competition, so they meet up with some local fisherman to go head to head in a UK v USA fishing competition. Cooking outdoors next to the lake Tilly makes a fantastically colourful summer salad and an amazing watermelon pizza, but will dad's craziest ever cooking plan work, and will there actually be fresh fish on the menu?