[rock music] GORDON RAMSAY: This is
the Florida Everglades. My son Jack and I are joining
the mission to hunt the Burmese python, because they’re
wiping out the native species and destroying the ecosystem. We hook up with local python
hunters, Kyle and Jason. If you teach Jack and
I how to catch them, then I can teach you
how to kill them. – Absolutely, sounds good.
– Hey, that sounds like a plan. GORDON RAMSAY: The
State of Florida has started sponsoring
python hunting, asking professional hunters
and conservationists to help keep the population down. For the State, I’m
one of the top hunters that they have right now. GORDON RAMSAY: Have
you been bitten? I have been bitten. What does it feel
like when they bite you? A bunch of needles
going into your hand. They have four rows of teeth
on top, two rows on bottom. You’re the real deal
when it comes to snakes. Yes, sir. And how is that
possible, being so small? [laughs] Hey, I– I– you
know, they always say, you know, big things come
in small packages, so– GORDON RAMSAY: First they
give us a demonstration on how to handle the live snakes. Now, the best way
to try and do this, is to grab them like that. And this is a
small six-footer. You want to give it a go? GORDON RAMSAY: I let Jack take
a turn at grabbing a python. JASON: This is it, right here. You got it.
You got it. Yes!
– There you go. There you go. Got it, man. Woo! GORDON RAMSAY: My wife
is going to kill me. Now we know what we’re facing. But in the wild, the pythons
are 10 times that size. We head into the swamps, 1.5
million acres for the pythons to hide. So what’s the first
thing we look for? Is it the tail?
Is is the head? What is it? Although these predators
are everywhere, they blend into their
habitat perfectly. So the best thing to
look for, the skin leaves a real nice shine from the sun. GORDON RAMSAY: Tracking
them down is going to be harder than I thought. You know, you want to always
just check little areas. GORDON RAMSAY: We split
up to cover more ground. Always be mindful of
where you are stepping. GORDON RAMSAY: Spiders,
copperhead snakes, and Florida panthers
are all animals we need to be careful to
avoid during our journey. Hey, guys, there’s a snake! He’s here!
– Where? Where?
– Tail. Tail.
– Grab its tail. GORDON RAMSAY: Careful!
Careful! KYLE: Oh!
Oh! Oh! Where’d he last go?
Which direction? GORDON RAMSAY: That direction. A close encounter, but our
first python gets away. We decide to head into the swamp
to see if we have better luck. KYLE: Welcome to
my backyard, boys! GORDON RAMSAY: We’re
after the python. KYLE: Watch your step, guys. GORDON RAMSAY: But
unfortunately, they aren’t the only
predators in the water. Now, what about the alligators? KYLE: Well, that’s what
we’re watching out for. We’re going to always look
out for the alligators. Remember, this is their home. GORDON RAMSAY: This is becoming
more dangerous than I thought. Guys, there’s one right here. There’s one right here.
JASON: Grab him. Grab him.
Grab him. Grab him.
Here’s his head. Here’s his head.
GORDON RAMSAY: Oh, careful. Ooh! Watch out. Watch out. Watch out. [grunts] KYLE: [bleep], he got me.
He got me. Hold on.
GORDON RAMSAY: You OK? KYLE: Good.
Yeah. [suspenseful music] Woo! We got one, baby! Told you guys!
JASON: That’s a big ‘un, boys! That’s what I told you!
GORDON RAMSAY: Jeez. Are you OK?
JASON: Good job. – Yeah, we’re good.
– You all right? That’s a– that’s
a love nibble. – Good job, brother.
– Man– [laughter] JASON: We did our job. I guess it’s time for
you to do yours now then. GORDON RAMSAY: Luckily for
Kyle, pythons contain no venom. So his bite is not fatal. Now, it’s time to take
the pipe and put it down as humanely as
possible, killing it instantly and without pain. It measures an incredible
nine feet long. It’s time to skin this snake. There you go! GORDON RAMSAY: Now
the hard part is over. Whoa! GORDON RAMSAY: It’s time
for me to do what I do best. Right, let’s fillet this
baby up and get cooking. Let’s do it. GORDON RAMSAY: Pythons contain
high levels of mercury, so you can’t eat it very often. But as a special
treat to the hunters, I’m making them a delicious meal
of the snake we just caught. Take the fillets, dice them up. And then we’re going
to start grinding. It’s going to come out
almost like a ground pork. Shallots, pineapple, jalapeno. How’s that grinding
through there? Doing good. GORDON RAMSAY: That pineapple
will give it that really nice sort of sweet-and-sour flavor. Bacon, because a python’s quite
sort of dry and quite sinewy, a little bit of
bacon fat in there. Hey. GORDON RAMSAY: Brown sugar. That’s going to get it almost
like a sort of spicy caramel. From there, python in. The idea is almost like frying
this like it’s ground chicken. Now, soy on top of the python. Can you hear that
snap, crackle and pop? Yes sir. That’s the python. You just start adding
this crispy python in to that pineapple. Spiced python into
a lettuce wrap. Grab a cup.
Roll it up nice and tight. Cheers.
Cheers, guys. Hey, well done. One less python wreaking havoc
in the Florida Everglades. I’ve heard other people
saying it’s rubbery, gamey. This was great. GORDON RAMSAY: And
one delicious recipe to pass on to some new friends. [music playing]