Anyone who believes the life of a chef is relegated to adventures in the kitchen should ask Gordon Ramsay about a recent trip he took to Costa Rica.

The famous celebrity chef recently traveled to the country to document the illegal shark-finning trade as part of a new special on the U.K.'s Channel 4 highlighting overfishing. Once confronted with the gangs involved in the trade, however, things got nasty.

“At one, I managed to shake off the people keeping us away, ran up some stairs to a rooftop and looked down to see thousands of fins, drying on rooftops for as far as the eye could see," he told the Telegraph. "When I got back downstairs, they tipped a barrel of petrol over me."

“Back at the wharf, there were people pointing rifles at us to stop us filming. A van pulled up and these seedy characters made us stand against a wall. The police came and advised us to leave the country. They said, 'If you set one foot in there, they’ll shoot you.’ ”

Obviously, Ramsay ran into a lot more than he bargained for — and we're glad to hear both he and his crew are safe. It will be interesting to see what (if any) of these events make it into the actual documentary, but I have no doubts it will help raise the issue of shark-finning and its unnecessary cruelty.

"Gordon Ramsay: Shark Bait" premieres on Channel 4 on Jan. 16.

Michael d'Estries ( @michaeldestries ) covers science, technology, art, and the beautiful, unusual corners of our incredible world.

Gordon Ramsay attacked by shark-finning gangsters
Celebrity chef was doused with gasoline and held at gunpoint while filming a new documentary for the BBC.