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World-Famous Chef stopped at LAX with 40 Piranhas in Duffel Bag




  An employee shows a piranha for sale in November 20, 2013, in Manaus, Brazil. (Credit: Mario Tama / Getty Images) and Chef Virgilio Martinez seen at a dinner event at the Warwick New York Hotel on October 17, 2015 in New York City. (Credit: Robin Marchant / Getty Images for NYCWFF)

An employee shows a piranha for sale in November 20, 2013, in Manaus, Brazil. (Credit: Mario Tama / Getty Images) and Chef Virgilio Martinez seen at a dinner event at the Warwick New York Hotel on October 17, 2015 in New York City. (Credit: Robin Marchant / Getty Images for NYCWFF)

PSA: Customs services don't like it when you try to bring a duffel bag full of 40 vacuum sealed, frozen piranhas in Los Angeles.

Virgilio Martinez, cook owner of Central restaurant in Peru, was featured in the third season by Netflix & # 39; s Chef & # 39; s Table, & # 39; learned this lesson the hard way.

The chef landed on LAX the last week to cook dinners at Somni and Vespertine as part of the Los Angeles Times monthly food festival Food Bowl. In the luggage when he landed was 40 piranhas.

"I was extremely obsessed with bringing piranhas because we serve piranhas in the Amazon at Central, so I said," Guys, why not take a risk of getting piranhas to LA? "So Martinez. "You probably have preconceived notions of piranhas because of movies, but for me, piranhas, we go fish them."

Read the full story of LATimes.com.


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