Celebrity chef Ralph Pagano recovering in hospital after explosion


Chef Ralph Pagano is recuperating at Jackson Memorial’s Ryder Trauma Center, recovering from burns he received after a gas burner explosion at his sister Bahamas restaurant, Naked Taco.

The onetime Hell’s Kitchen star’s Facebook page alerted his friends and followers of the accident and well wishes poured in for the  married father of one.

Local 10 News reports that Pagano was getting things ready in his kitchen Thursday at his Resorts World Bimini eatery. He also owns Naked Taco in Miami Beach, Naked Lunch in Miami and Naked Crab in Fort Lauderdale.

“I thought I was going to die,” the “All Mixed Up” personality told the station. “Luckily, I stopped, dropped and rolled.”

Pagano suffered third degree burns on his face, legs and hands. 

“I’m going to need skin graphs and about a month in the hospital, but I’m alive,” Pagano said.

Friend Tony Albelo added more details about the harrowing incident, saying the oven blew up after Pagano turned it on.

“There was a couple other of his crew with him and he took the brunt of the punishment,” said Albelo. “There was a lot more damage than you would expect, like something like an oven blowing up.”

Local celebs like Pagano’s buddy Paul Castronovo tweeted well wishes.