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Gordon Ramsay Risked His Life for New TV Show

January 03, 2011 08:54:16 GMT

The famous chef and 'Big Fish Fight' crew were investigating an illegal shark fin trading in Costa Rica when he was thrown with petrol and held at gunpoint.


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Celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay was doused in petrol and held at gunpoint as he tried to uncover the dark world of illegal shark fin trading for a new TV show. The "Hell's Kitchen" star was shooting scenes for a British programme "Big Fish Fight" when he confronted gangsters in Costa Rica who had slaughtered thousands of sharks to sell their sought-after fins.

But Ramsay was left terrified when the gang kept their guns trained on him and his TV crew before throwing fuel over him. He was later advised by local police to flee the country for his own safety.

The chef tells Britain's Daily Mail, "It's a multibillion-dollar industry, completely unregulated. We traced some of the biggest culprits to Costa Rica. These gangs operate from places like forts, with barbed-wire and gun towers."

"At one, I managed to shake off the people keeping us away, ran up some stairs to a rooftop and looked down to see thousands of fins, drying on rooftops for as far as the eye could see. When I got back downstairs, they tipped a barrel of petrol over me."

"Back at the wharf, there were people pointing rifles at us to stop us filming. A van pulled up and these seedy characters made us stand against a wall. The police came and advised us to leave the country. They said, 'If you set one foot in there, they'll shoot you'."


 




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posted by ANA on Jan 23, 2011
I dont`know how can you applaud a guy who is saying all this thing just for publicity ? nobody saw the attack , police departament hasn´t reports, this is not true
posted by carol Naigus smith on Jan 04, 2011
We all need to stand behind Gordon Ramsay and now the monsters taking shark fins have gotton our attention EVEN MORE>
posted by thebard on Jan 04, 2011
Costa Rica is a sh*t hole. I applaud hte man for trying to shine a light on such a terrible atrocity. OF course this isn't front page news... nope not at all. Macauley Culkin's break up is far more important.

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