Gordon Ramsay Croatia Episode Sparks Twitter Reaction over ‘Adriatic Sea’

Daniela Rogulj

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American writer and professor living in Croatia Cody McClain Brown set Twitter on fire after he jokingly criticized Gordon Ramsay for calling the Adriatic ‘water’, a word no Croatian should ever use to describe the Adriatic Sea. 

“Gordon Ramsay referred to the Adriatic as “the water” and we almost had to change the channel,” Cody wrote on Twitter. 

“Typical continental slip”, “If it’s water – drink it” and “Without any respect”, were just some of the comments on Cody’s tweet.

It didn’t take long for the Irish and British embassies in Croatia to get involved.


“Cody, we’ll point this out to our friends at the. UK Embassy. They’ll talk to Mr. Ramsay and help to repair bilateral relations ASAP!!” wrote the Irish Embassy in Croatia, and the British Embassy added: “Urgent action required indeed! Proper briefing prepared for Mr Ramsay – with the hashtag #MORE.


Cody responded to the tweets and said that “he didn’t consider it controversial”:

“I wasn’t really the one that took issue, but thanks all the same. I enjoy his programs and can continue to watch them “bez problema.”


The UK Embassy replied: “No questions asked. Even if it was punica! #morenijevoda

The Gordon Ramsay Uncharted episode on Croatia was shown on National Geographic on September 19. Gordon Ramsay spent some time in Istria and praised Croatian truffles and olive oil, which he considers better than Spanish and Italian.

“Everyone told me that Croatia is like Italy, but when I was there, I didn’t have to fish on a boat a little bigger than a bathtub,” Ramsay joked in the episode.


Ramsay’s guide through Istria was famous Croatian chef David Skoko, who also took Ramsay fishing. He showed him how to hunt conger eels in Istria, and Skoko’s son Anton taught Ramsay Croatian. The famous chef was led by Višnja Prodan to hunt truffles.

Ramsay was in Croatia in the summer of 2020, and the show filmed in Istria was shown as part of a day dedicated to Croatia on National Geographic.

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