When you hear that famed temperamental chef Gordon Ramsay was doused in flames and held at gunpoint, you would think it would be done by one of his disgruntled former employees or an eliminated contestant on his show Hell’s Kitchen.
However, it seems the perpetrators were actually Costa Rican gangsters.
While in Costa Rica filming an episode for the upcoming Channel 4 series Big Fish Fight, Ramsay was held at gunpoint and had "a barrel of petrol" tipped over him by the gangsters. Ramsay was apparently investigating the illegal trade of shark fins and that prompted the gangsters to attack him.
The show also stars chefs Heston Blumenthal and Jamie Oliver. Ramsay had a lot to say about the illegal shark trade, saying that their search for the culprits also led to the discovery of other illegal activity.
"It’s a multibillion-dollar industry, completely unregulated. We traced some of the biggest culprits to Costa Rica. The day before we got there, a Taiwanese crew landed a haul of hammerhead sharks – police searched the boat and found bales of cocaine. These gangs operate from places that are like forts, with barbed-wire perimeters and gun towers," Ramsay told the press.