Chef Ralph Pagano, who is the host of Lifetime's culinary show, "All Mixed Up," was injured this week in an explosion at his new restaurant in Bimini.
Pagano's friend, Tony Albelo, told Local 10 News that Pagano was working on his new restaurant Thursday at Resorts World Bimini and was about to turn on the gas burners when an explosion occurred.
"He turned it on and it exploded. There was a couple other of his crew with him and he took the brunt of the punishment. It exploded on him," Albelo said. "There was a lot more damage than you would expect, like something like an oven blowing up."
Albelo said Pagano was airlifted to Jackson Memorial Hospital's Ryder Trauma Center, where he is being treated for third-degree burns to his legs and hands.
Albelo said a mutual friend spoke to Pagano and he appeared to be in decent spirits.
"I'm concerned," he said. "He's a good friend and a great all-around guy to the restaurant scene in Miami, and South Florida and to the food world."
Authorities and officials from JMH did not immediately release further details about the incident or Pagano's condition.
Pagano owns Naked Taco in Miami Beach, Naked Lunch in Miami and Naked Crab in Fort Lauderdale. He has also made TV appearances on shows like "Hell's Kitchen" and "Iron Chef."