DAVENPORT, Iowa (CBS/AP) Chef Christopher Turla was just trying to get a laugh, but he got a $335 ticket instead after health inspectors saw a video of him kissing and licking toads in the kitchen of his Davenport, Iowa restaurant.
The video shows the chef with two small toads on a kitchen prep table at the restaurant Osaka. He kisses the toads a few times, licks them, then stuffs them in his mouth.
Turla says it was just a joke. But the Scott County Health Department wasn't laughing Wednesday when they issued the hefty fine.
Food inspector Lindsay Gorishek says toads carry several diseases and that Turla had the toads in his mouth and then back in his hands on the prep table.
Restaurant owner Yidi When says he'll pay the ticket. He also says Turla is just a funny guy who needs some more training about restaurant sanitation.
But who knows, maybe he was just testing a new recipe.