Gordon Ramsay recently found himself in a terrifying situation, when a group of gangsters doused him in petrol and held him at gunpoint whilst he was filming in Costa Rica.
The celebrity chef was there to shoot scenes for his new show, Big Fish Fight. The star confronted the gang about illegal shark fin trading, after learning they had slaughtered thousands of sharks in order to sell their much sought-after fins.
Ramsay was left terrified after the confrontation, in which the gang kept their guns focused on him and the TV crew. They then doused them in fuel.
“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.’”
Gordon was then advised by local police to flee the country, for his own safety.
According to the Hell’s Kitchen star, shark fin trading is a big money making industry in Costa Rica.
“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,” explains Ramsay.