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17 December 2020 10:34

Gordon, Gino and Fred

Gordon, Gino and Fred are back in their RV and heading off to Lapland Gordon, Gino and Fred: Desperately Seeking Santa will reunite everyone's favourite foodie friends after what Gordon Ramsay himself has described as a "bloody difficult" year. Promising all the usual carnage, this seasonal special is certain to deliver some truly festive fun to brighten up everyone's evening. Want to know what Gordon, Gino and Fred: Desperately Seeking Santa has in store for the celebrity chefs and their masterful maître d'hôtel friend? When is Gordon, Gino and Fred: Desperately Seeking Santa on? Gordon, Gino and Fred: Desperately Seeking Santa will be shown at 9pm on Wednesday 16th December on ITV.

Where are the boys headed this year? After Gino led them to Moroccan deserts last year, Gordon has decided he wants to escape further North to celebrate Christmas in the best way possible. He's loading Gino D'Acampo and Fred Sirieux back into their trusty RV and heading to Santa's official home: Lapland, in Finland. What are they going to get up to? This year, Fred wants to fulfil his dream of seeing the Northern Lights, Gino wants to hand-deliver a letter from his daughter Mia to Santa, and Gordon desperately wants to sample the culinary delights of the region, especially some reindeer meat!

Before that though, they'll also be taking part in an unorthodox Christmas feast with the indigenous Sami people. They are the only group in the whole of the EU who have been herding reindeer for centuries. And of course, they'll have to get involved with helping them herd reindeer to earn their dinners, too. There's also talk of saunas, diving into ice pools, snowmobile races, building igloos and huskies to distract them from their culinary adventures, though, ensuring it'll be a truly action-packed adventure! Gino promises "this is the show that's going to start Christmas", and Fred says the lads are "going full on" so they can end their year with a bang, so you definitely do not want to miss this seasonal special!

The trio will return to screens tonight! Gordon, Gino, Fred, and Gino's mankini are set to make a festive comeback tonight on ITV, with a Christmas special of their hilarious show, Road Trip – and on this trip, they're 'desperately seeking Santa'. This time – as you've probably guessed already – the two outspoken chefs and First Dates Fred will be heading to Lapland on a mission to meet Santa himself. And it promises more laughs and chaos than ever before. Images revealed ahead of the show's premiere tonight show the trio enjoying the colder temperatures on their snowmobiles, as well as Gino stripping down into his vibrant mankini before heading for a soothing sauna. ITV says of the special episode: "As the three foodie friends seek out the best the country has to offer their expert palates, they'll face plenty of off menu distractions. This is the land of ice swimming and saunas, snowmobiles and huskies, and it wouldn't be a Gordon, Gino & Fred Road Trip, unless they got snowballs deep in everything this extraordinary country has to offer." Sounds like pure entertainment to me. From sampling reindeer with Lapland's indigenous Sami people, to running around like headless chickens to deliver Gino's daughter's letter to Santa in person and some Christmas cooking tips from Gino himself – it looks as though like we're in for a wild, festive ride with the three amigos. Desperately Seeking Santa airs tonight, 16th December, at 9pm on ITV. Get a daily dose of showbiz gossip straight to your inbox with our free email newsletter Sign up Thank you for subscribing We have more newsletters Show me See our privacy notice Invalid Email Gino D'Acampo left viewers stunned as he stripped to a mankini in the freezing cold. The Italian TV chef, 44, appeared in his latest ITV outing with fellow celebrity cook Gordon Ramsay and presenter Fred Sirieix for a Christmas special of Gordon, Gino and Fred: Road Trip. The trio headed to Lapland to enable Gino to deliver a letter from his eight-year-old daughter Mia to Santa Claus in an outing entitled Desperately Seeking Santa. One scene of the festive special saw the boys head into a frozen lake, with Gordon and Fred donning some traditional swimwear - blue shorts for Gordon and red speedos for Fred. However, Gino himself decided to wear a Versace-print mankini before heading into the sauna. (Image: www.tony-ward.co.uk) "What do you mean you've got shorts on?" Gino asked before disrobing to his friends' amusement. With his backside on full display, Gino shared his fear of getting into the waters as Gordon and Fred went in, saying "It's going to go inwards," in reference to his genitals. "Are you for real?" he said as he crouched down and dipped his feet in the water, before later noting "I put my foot in until my knees and it hurt like hell, like you wouldn't believe it." Naturally, the scene prompted quite the reaction on social media to Gino's attire for the freezing dip. One person wrote on Twitter: "Gino - the image of you in your mankini will be forever etched in my mind [laughing emojis] together with the reindeer dragging you round the pen and as for the sausage in the sauna...absolutely laugh out loud #GordonGinoandFred ". A different person joked: "Absolutely loved #GordonGinoandFred [laughing emojis] They are brilliant together. Lapland looks completely magical too. Gino in a mankini though [laughing emojis]". (Image: ITV) (Image: ITV) Meanwhile, one Twitter user commented: "Seeing Gino in a mankini in Finland is something I shall never be able forget". Elsewhere, a different viewer wrote: "Watching @[email protected] and @fredsirieix1 is what we all needed right now with how this year has gone! Gino turning up in his mankini was pure hilarious! [laughing emojis] #GordonGinoandFred ". Finally, one Twitter user concluded: "A Mankini in THE SNOW!!!!! Gino you are CRAZY and I love you for it!!![heart emojis]". Gordon, Gino and Fred: Desperately Seeking Santa is available now on ITV Player.