Gordon Ramsey hunts down pythons in Florida - and then cooks them

Ramsay, with his son Jack on the far right, joined the hunt (South Florida Water Management District)

Ramsay, with his son Jack on the far right, joined the hunt (South Florida Water Management District)

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Some people wouldn't want to go anywhere near a small snake in their lifetime, let alone a large python. 

But Gordon Ramsey appears to have more cojones than the rest of us.

The British celebrity chef joined an initiative to reduce the number of invasion pythons in Florida, in western Miami-Dade. 

The organisation behind the hunt, the South Florida Water Management District, had approved of the measure earlier this year. 

Ramsey not only took part, but also caught three Burmese pythons - which he proceeded to cook, which probably won't have gone down well with animal rights organisations.

Florida's woods and rivers have been inundated with snakes in recent years, as families who can no longer cope with their pet snake flush them down the toilet or release them into the wild.

The problem is particularly acute in the everglades, which is now home to hundreds of pythons - an invasion which has distorted the local ecological balance and even led to battles between snakes and alligators.