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Cookalong with Gordon Ramsay

Celebrity chef Jean Christophe Novelli was surprised when he found an unexpected student in his cookery class, especially when it was revealed that the student was none other than fellow culinary expert Gordon Ramsay - disguised as an elderly man.

Television viewers of Channel 4's Gordon's Cookalong watched as Ramsay tried to infiltrate one of Novelli's cookery classes at his award-winning Novelli Academy, at Crouchmoor Farm, Tea Green. Arriving to meet his students for the day, Novelli, 47, initially shook Gordon's hand but within five seconds he caught on to the prank. He said: "I know you... You are Gordon... " Then, amusingly but perhaps less flatteringly, he added: "I can smell you!"

Ramsay, who had enrolled on the day-long course under the false name of Mr James Winter, was not allowed to stay for the lesson. Speaking at the gates to Crouchmoor Farm as he left, Ramsay said: "The nation's favourite French chef sniffed me out in seconds. I'm gutted."