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Famous chef carrying 40 piranhas claims he was stopped at Los Angeles airport



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By Associated Press

LOS ANGELES ̵

1; A famous South American chef says he was stopped when he led 40 piranhas in a duffel bag through Los Angeles International Airport.

Virgilio Martinez, chef of the Central restaurant in Peru, told the Los Angeles Times that he was hoping to serve the predatory fish during a food festival in LA.

Martinez was featured in the third season of the Netflix show "Chef's Table".

He says the customs agents drew him into a polling room last week when they found the cache of frozen, vacuum sealed Piranhas.

A famous South American chef was stopped as he led 40 frozen piranhas in a duffel bag through the Los Angeles International Airport. Raul Gallego Abellan / AP file

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

Piranhas are common in South American rivers.


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