Popular Miami Chef Airlifted to Hospital After Explosion

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A popular South Florida chef was air lifted back to a Miami hospital after an explosion inside his new restaurant in the Bahamas.

Ralph Pagano was in Bimini to open the newest branch of his Naked Taco restaurant inside the Resorts World complex when an explosion occurred, according to Miami New Times.

The paper quoted his wife as saying Pagano pushed a cook out of the way following an explosion around 3 p.m. Thursday inside the kitchen, suffering third degree burns to over 40 percent of his body – mainly his arms and legs.

Pagano was rushed to Jackson Memorial Hospital, where his condition is unknown. A source to the paper said the chef was given the okay to turn on gas burners inside the kitchen when the explosion occurred.

Paul Castronovo, the morning host on Big 105.9, was one of the first to tweet the news of his friend who regularly appears on his show.


Pagano has become one of the most well-known chefs from South Florida, opening up locations under his “Naked” brand from Miami Beach to the campus of the University of Miami.

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