Covid fears cut short Gordon Ramsay, Gino and Fred's latest road trip series in Egypt08/16/2021
THEY may have planned to dine in the shadow of the Pyramids — but a Covid scare has abruptly ended Gordon Ramsay and pals’ latest foodie jaunt.
The celebrity chef has been forced to cut short his latest Road Trip series with Gino D’Acampo and Fred Sirieix after an outbreak in Egypt during filming.
The trio, who were touring around the Med, flew home just days after arriving because bosses couldn’t guarantee their safety.
It means the new series — to be aired this autumn — will be shorter than previous seasons.
A TV source said: “Once the lads reached Egypt after a great time in Greece, there was a Covid outbreak, with many of the locals catching it.
“It soon became apparent the Egypt production team were not taking the protocols as seriously as they should, so Gordon pulled the plug on the advice of the show’s producers after some frantic calls to ITV.
"They flew straight home into quarantine and thankfully nobody picked up anything.
“It was the sensible thing to do, but it’s gutting as the latest instalment of the hit won’t be as long.”
Gordon is currently filming his new BBC series Future Food Stars, while Gino has a new dating cooking show to wrap up, which made it impossible for bosses to reschedule.
Before arriving in Egypt, Gordon, Gino and Fred were having the time of their lives, taking in the Greek Islands including Crete, Santorini and Mykonos on a catamaran, while also jet-ski racing and shipwreck diving.
They ended the trip by immersing themselves in culture, visiting the historic capital city, Athens.
At every destination they sampled local cuisine, which is the very heart of the Gordon, Gino and Fred: Road Trip series.
The latest Road Trip is the trio’s third series of the show.
Series one, which aired in 2018, saw them travel across western Europe, while last year’s series two took them to the US and Mexico.
In between they’ve also produced three Christmas Specials.
The third series is one of several which ITV have commissioned up to 2023.
So for the lads’ waistlines at least, cutting the new series short could be a blessing.
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