Si King, 53, is a British television chef that has enjoyed success as one half of the Hairy Bikers, alongside Dave Myers, 62. Now the former has revealed the moment the pair went to film on Turkey’s border, which did not prove straightforward.
The TV chefs were in search for authentic culinary and cultural experiences in all corners of the world with three new quests, which included Vietnam, Turkey and Mexico for their series, The Hairy Bikers’ Cookbook in 2006.
But Si has now revealed the moment the pair were asked to turn off their cameras as they crossed the Turkish border but they forgot to do so.
Speaking exclusively to Express.co.uk, the Hairy Bikers star divulged: “We’ve been doing this for nearly 17 years. So you can imagine we’ve been held up in crossfires. The list is endless.
“The one that sticks out the most is in the eastern part of Turkey, and Dave and I had pulled up at a checkpoint.”
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Si revealed the PPK (The Kurdistan Workers' Party) - a militant and political organisation - were “very active” at the time they travelled across the border.
“The Turkish-Iranian border is really sensitive for various reasons,” he explained. “Mostly, cultural, political and religious. It was the perfect storm of all three sadly.”
Si continued: “We pulled up at this checkpoint and it was a very sobering moment. We had cameras all over the bikes and we had all the relevant paperwork.”
The small-screen star admitted the officers on the border instructed the pair to turn off all of their cameras.