Make us your home page
Instagram

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay cooks and eats Everglades python

Celebrity Chef Gordon Ramsay and his son Jack, far right, joined South Florida Water Management District python hunter Kyle Penniston on a recent outing in western Miami-Dade County that bagged three snakes. [South Florida Water Management District]

Celebrity Chef Gordon Ramsay and his son Jack, far right, joined South Florida Water Management District python hunter Kyle Penniston on a recent outing in western Miami-Dade County that bagged three snakes. [South Florida Water Management District]

MIAMI — Celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay recently joined South Florida hunters to kill, and then eat, Burmese pythons invading the Everglades, the South Florida Water Management District announced Tuesday.

Never mind that Everglades pythons have mercury levels measured at more than three times levels considered safe for fish and officials have urged the public not to consume them. This is a chef whose fiery temper and scathing attacks on his cooking show contestants have built a reality show empire. What's a little mercury poisoning?

RELATED CONTENT: Three 'Masterchef' contestants from the Tampa Bay area talk cooking inspiration and more

According to a district statement, Ramsay and his son Jack accompanied district hunter Kyle Penniston on a recent outing along a canal in western Miami-Dade County that borders the Big Cypress National Preserve. The group bagged three pythons, bringing the total captured by district hunters over the last four months to 317, and making it the state's most successful hunt yet.

"Ramsay then cooked a python into a special meal right on the levee, using a portable oven," the statement said.

Neither Ramsay's press office nor the district immediately responded to emails Tuesday asking about mercury. In 2012, when the state launched its first hunt to draw attention to the invasive snakes that have invaded marshes and driven down populations of native mammals, officials issued warnings about eating python. A U.S. Geological Survey study found levels at 5.5 parts per million. Anything in fish above 1.5 parts per million is considered unsafe.

The Ramsays' adventure will air in an upcoming episode of his Fox series, The F Word, which airs live Wednesdays.

Contact Jenny Staletovich at jstaletovich@miamiherald.com. Follow @jenstaletovich.

Celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay cooks and eats Everglades python 07/25/17 [Last modified: Tuesday, July 25, 2017 2:12pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. Mueller casts broad net in requesting extensive records from Trump White House

    Nation

    WASHINGTON — The special counsel investigating Russian election meddling has requested extensive records and email correspondence from the White House, covering the president's private discussions about firing his FBI director and his response to news that the then-national security adviser was under …

    In a photograph provided by the Russian foreign ministry, President Donald Trump meets with Sergei Lavrov, left, the Russian foreign minister, and Sergey Kislyak, the Russian ambassador, in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, May 10, 2017. Special counsel Robert Mueller is interested in this meeting, where Trump said dismissing FBI Director James Comey had relieved "great pressure" on him, the New York Times reported on Sept. 20. [Russian Foreign Ministry via  New York Times]
  2. All of Puerto Rico without power in Maria's brutal wake

    News

    SAN JUAN — Hurricane Maria's ferocious winds continued strafing Puerto Rico late Wednesday morning, shearing off roofs, cutting power to nearly the entire island and pushing rivers over their banks.

    Rescue vehicles from the Emergency Management Agency stand trapped under an awning during the impact of Hurricane Maria, after the storm  hit the eastern region of the island, in Humacao, Puerto Rico, Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2017. The U.S. National Hurricane Center says Maria has lost its major hurricane status, after raking Puerto Rico. But forecasters say some strengthening is in the forecast and Maria could again become a major hurricane by Thursday. [Carlos Giusti | Associated Press]
  3. Obamacare repeal bill offers flexibility and uncertainty

    Politics

    The latest Republican proposal to undo the Affordable Care Act would grant states much greater flexibility and all but guarantee much greater uncertainty for tens of millions of people.

  4. Manafort offered to give Russian billionaire 'private briefings' on 2016 campaign, report says

    Nation

    Less than two weeks before Donald Trump accepted the Republican presidential nomination, his campaign chairman offered to provide briefings on the race to a Russian billionaire closely aligned with the Kremlin, the Washington Post reports.

    Paul Manafort, then Donald Trump's campaign chairman, talks to reporters on the floor of the Republican National Convention at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland. [Associated Press]
  5. Tampa girl, 4, dies of gunshot reaching for candy

    News

    TAMPA — One day last week, 4-year-old Yanelly Zoller reached into her grandmother's purse looking for candy, her father says.

    Nelly Zoller snuggles with her grandfather's dog, Venus. Her father says she went looking for candy in her grandmother's purse and found a gun instead. [Facebook]