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Wed May 15, 2019, 09:35 AM

Chef stopped at Los Angeles airport with 40 frozen piranhas

A famous South American chef says he was stopped as he brought 40 piranhas in a duffel bag through Los Angeles International Airport.

Virgilio Martinez, chef-owner of "Central" restaurant in Peru, tells the Los Angeles Times on Wednesday that he hoped to serve the predatory, sharp-toothed fish during an LA food festival.

Martinez was featured in the third season of the Netflix show "Chef's Table." He says customs agents pulled him into an interrogation room last week when they found the cache of frozen, vacuum-sealed piranhas.

After five hours, the agents let Martinez through with the fish. He used them that night on a salad. The newspaper says the following night he dried the piranha skins and served them inside the piranha heads.

https://www.ctpost.com/news/article/Chef-stopped-at-Los-Angeles-airport-with-40-13830615.php

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Reply Chef stopped at Los Angeles airport with 40 frozen piranhas (Original post)
left-of-center2012 May 2019 OP
Anon-C May 2019 #1
ProudLib72 May 2019 #2
Laffy Kat May 2019 #3
jmowreader May 2019 #4
DFW May 2019 #5
kairos12 May 2019 #6

Response to left-of-center2012 (Original post)

Wed May 15, 2019, 09:43 AM

1. "...eat them up. Yum."

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Response to left-of-center2012 (Original post)

Wed May 15, 2019, 09:48 AM

2. The meal that bites back!

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Response to left-of-center2012 (Original post)

Wed May 15, 2019, 11:53 AM

3. I predict a new movie pitch: "Fish on a Plane"!

Paging Samuel L.

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Response to left-of-center2012 (Original post)

Wed May 15, 2019, 03:24 PM

4. Okay guys, I really have to know...

If you are A Famous Chef...

...and you are harboring 40 frozen piranhas you intend to serve to people...

WHY in hell would you put them in a duffel bag and not a cooler? I'm seeing all sorts of food safety issues here, folks, not to mention the issues regarding undeclared food for human consumption.

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Response to left-of-center2012 (Original post)

Wed May 15, 2019, 04:43 PM

5. And check out how they are caught



(What is Portuguese for "don't fall in!" )

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Response to left-of-center2012 (Original post)

Wed May 15, 2019, 08:45 PM

6. Bought from Amazon?

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