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Gordon Ramsay's Ultimate Cookery Course began on Channel 4 on Monday, September 10. He aims to strip away the complexity of cooking and boost everybody's confidence in the kitchen. Diana Pilkington selects three simple but mouth-watering recipes from the TV favourite.


Lifestyle - Ramsay No more kitchen nightmares


We've seen him overhauling failing restaurants, teaching prisoners how to bake and ranting at celebrities over their poor performance in the kitchen.


But Gordon Ramsay's latest TV and book venture sees him go back to basics - plain and simple cooking.


"In truth, there's no one with a genuine interest in learning who can't improve and, with enough practice, become a decent cook"


In his Ultimate Cookery Course, the Michelin-starred chef aims to strip away the complexity of fancy restaurant cookery and show his fans how to prepare straight- forward, tasty dishes at home.


He shares a wealth of tips and tricks from his years as a professional chef - such as what to look for when buying a pan and how to chop an onion - to give home cooks that all-important confidence in the kitchen.


"I really think that's what separates good cooks from the mediocre ones," writes Ramsay, who has confidence in spades.


"Sure, you need to be able to master a few basics, but being able to act boldly and decisively, to have the confidence to ramp up the seasoning, for example, or to turn the gas up high and use the heat to your advantage - that's the real secret."


And to all those who say they simply can't cook, the restaurateur reckons they're just not interested enough in trying.


"In truth, there's no one with a genuine interest in learning who can't improve and, with enough practice, become a decent cook," he adds.


Got it? Good. Now try three of Ramsay's dishes at home and see how you fare...


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