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panda
08-15-2014, 04:05 PM
lets share some funny moments you've experienced from your crew.

today i found out they were using a bain marie filled with duck fat thinking it was clarified butter (despite the clearly marked label)

pancakes must have tasted a bit weird this morning...

JBroida
08-15-2014, 05:04 PM
if by weird, you mean good, then i agree... better living through duck fat ;)

Its like a twist on chicken and waffles

panda
08-15-2014, 05:12 PM
that's exactly what i thought, haha, i bet the grilled cheeses tasted excellent too.

marc4pt0
08-15-2014, 06:27 PM
This is funny as I was just regaling this tell earlier today-

Busy Saturday night Many years ago. I'm on saute getting my **** pushed in when I looked over and noticed the Pot & Pan Dishwasher was no longer at his station. Not good as I was just about out of clean pans. A couple minutes later and still no Dishwasher, and now I need pans. So lucky me, I got to scrub pans as I needed them pretty much the rest of the evening. Needless to say we were all pissed of cursing his name.
Well, right before service wrapped up, our little dishwasher reappeared. Of course I led the yelling, but his reaction wasn't matching the scenario so I asked one of my guys to translate what I was screaming. Then a big conversation in Spanish took place, most of it going over my head. Come to find out, He was very apologetic. And this is why:

The big metal Bain we skim the fat off veal stock was full of this warm, delicious golden....fat. It was calling our dishwasher's name, so he gave in and just took a big ol' glass of this tasty goodness to the face. Just slammed it! And just as service started to pick up, my man shat his pants. Just completely crapped his trousers. So he had to waddle downstairs, through the restaurant and bar, and all the way home to clean up/change.

Here's the thing, you just can't stay mad at a grown man who just told you he's very sorry for drinking veal fat and crapping his pants.

Cheers guys

panda
08-15-2014, 07:49 PM
soooo gross, not the crapping part but him chugging a glass of the foam!

jared08
08-15-2014, 09:51 PM
That's epic. Great story hahaa

Von blewitt
08-15-2014, 10:17 PM
Good on him for coming back!

toddnmd
08-16-2014, 12:05 AM
Good on him for coming back!

and telling the truth, even!

Boondocker
08-17-2014, 02:50 AM
To be fair it does smell REALLY good. If its just the fat...

chefcomesback
08-17-2014, 03:14 AM
:rofl2:
We did a soft opening on a cafe not long ago and with the opening of a new venue I started writing right next staff's hours where they were working like : cafe , rest. , func etc..
I had a real serious phone call from my apprentice 2 days later who was due in next day:
"chef , you put me as a rest day tomorrow , can I rest at home or do I Really have to come in? "
me " no mate , I have to make sure you are resting ,you have to be here , make sure you are wearing your chef outfit"
my apprentice " how long will I rest , all day ?"
at that moment I couldnt hold my laugh .... my entire kitchen crew who were listening the conversation were :lol2: :rofl2:

jai
08-17-2014, 07:57 AM
Id be confused aswell ive never seen a roster with rest day on it haha.

cheflivengood
12-31-2014, 09:17 PM
I had some unfortunate time in a hotel...the servers there are union and make 100+k a year. One time one of them walked into the cooler to find strawberry/banana smoothie and instead grabbed a 8qt labeled "Cognac!!". Turns out it was Cognac vinaigrette. the guest took a few big gulps then of course coughed it up, got all over her face and the front of her shirt. No repercussions for the server....damn unions

labor of love
01-16-2015, 03:01 AM
A chef I worked for a long time ago was a self absorbed born again christian. This dude had actually xeroxed a bunch of photos of himself wearing nothing but underwear, and he would proceed to draw different religious tattoos that he contemplated getting all over his body in the xeroxed copies. He would then judge the photos of himself again wearing nothing but underwear, covered in christian tattoos and ask the rest of the line what our opinion was. None of this was tongue in cheek or meant as self deprecating humor, but rather he was dead serious if the tats he doodled all over his photos looked nice or not. This occurred over and over again, ON THE LINE in front of the staff. I jumped ship shortly after.

CoqaVin
01-16-2015, 11:07 AM
definitely weird Labor

panda
01-16-2015, 04:47 PM
good thing you got out, next step was probably an offer of a drink out of a special cup.

Zwiefel
01-16-2015, 04:51 PM
definitely weird Labor

This is actually a clever pun.

cheflivengood
01-17-2015, 10:07 PM
A chef I worked for a long time ago was a self absorbed born again christian. This dude had actually xeroxed a bunch of photos of himself wearing nothing but underwear, and he would proceed to draw different religious tattoos that he contemplated getting all over his body in the xeroxed copies. He would then judge the photos of himself again wearing nothing but underwear, covered in christian tattoos and ask the rest of the line what our opinion was. None of this was tongue in cheek or meant as self deprecating humor, but rather he was dead serious if the tats he doodled all over his photos looked nice or not. This occurred over and over again, ON THE LINE in front of the staff. I jumped ship shortly after.

Rick tramonto?

Bonertyme
04-20-2015, 06:04 PM
caught someone trying to use julienne onions to try make risotto.

Cashn
04-21-2015, 03:29 PM
Bartender asked me if she could have buffalo sauce without the butter....I manage the Foh and just kind of looked at her funny and said "you mean straight crystal?" I've cooked in a few restaurant kitchens and cook at home all the time so I guess it gives me a slight one up but it still surprises me how often someone in FoH does not understand some of the basic fundamentals of cooking. Even something as simple as buffalo sauce.

aaamax
04-21-2015, 05:49 PM
...Here's the thing, you just can't stay mad at a grown man who just told you he's very sorry for drinking veal fat and crapping his pants.

Cheers guys

Truly made me laugh, thanks.

Dardeau
04-21-2015, 06:11 PM
Rick tramonto?

I don't know if that's who LoL is talking about, but good guess

keithsaltydog
04-25-2015, 02:32 PM
Our front line cold kitchen guy was not one to be pushed around and he had a mouth. The head storeroom man got a late order so when he delivered it came with attitude. He dropped the case of lettuce right on the floor of front line. Not there you dummy in the walk in cooler. Storeroom %#* you. Never saw a fat storeroom guy run so fast being chased by a hot head with a knife.

Later chapter daytime Gardemanger in the weeds trying to get out banquets asked the same hothead to help by cutting up a couple large platters of sliced fruits. *%@$ you not going to help, if you work faster no get stuck.

Gardemanger I'm not afraid of you no knives just me & you we go outside no weapons strip down to our BBD's beef it out. That guy never outlived teasing about his underware beef threat.

ChefJimbo
07-15-2015, 09:27 AM
Working in a hotel with 2 seperate kitchens, one on the main floor and one on the 12th floor with a ***** of a kitchen tucked away in the back corner of the 12th floor.
All the dishwashers hated working up there because alot of the larger pots,pans etc, neede to be carted downstairs after service. All except one guy, he loved it. For the life of me, I could never figure out why,but one night I had left my knife roll in my office and the next day had an off site party, so after being away for like 3 hours returned to the kitchen to find only the rear of the kitchen lit, the radio on low and singing coming from the back.
Lo and behold here is the dishwasher, steam kettle 3/4 full, soapy water everywhere, butt ass naked taking a bath in the kettle.

Now I know why he loved it so much!!:bigeek:

True story.

Jimbo

Ceramik
08-03-2015, 12:30 PM
I was working IRD; the walk-in was about half way across the hotel so I ran over there to grab some product and as I come around the corner I see another IRD cook just standing in front of a tilt skillet, **** in his hand, pissing in the floor drain... Come to find out I wasn't the first one to catch him in the act. Union house though, so whatcha going to do?

drake
12-01-2015, 09:30 PM
Watching a prep cook take off a pot of stock only to pour it through the chinois and right down the drain. DOH!

JLaz
12-02-2015, 10:47 AM
One stagier sprayed the floor for the first time only to realize the hose was facing right at him...

robzilla
12-02-2015, 05:56 PM
In my oldest brother's deli, our middle brother dumped soup bones in the toilet.

spoiledbroth
12-02-2015, 06:31 PM
I watched one exec chef shoot quat 400 into a live electrical socket and then jam a rag into it. Always ripe for a laugh, that fellow.

Cutting_Edge
04-17-2016, 04:53 PM
Managed a Denny's.Walked in at 3am to catch up on paperwork. Resturant was empty. Walked into the back and found the line cook and waitress having sex on a prep table.Also had a dishwasher that ate off the plates that came in tubs to be scraped and washed. He wouldn't stop doing it even though I fed him a meal every shift.

JaVa
07-05-2016, 06:24 PM
Our excecutive chef was making a mudcake and in his haste accidentally mixed in the dough white pepper powder instead of vanilla sugar. He didn't even realize his mistake before the first piece went out.

lumo
07-06-2016, 10:00 AM
Last night...hostess files a complaint that the kitchen crew stares at her and makes her feel uncomfortable when she walks through the kitchen...she generally wears the shortest mini skirts, low cut crop tops or booty shorts full of rips with her cheeks hanging out! Now I have zero tolerance for lewd, inappropriate or offensive behavior and expect my team to behave as gentleman and ladies when we have company in the kitchen, but really...!?! You're just looking for attention when you dress a certain way and if it comes by way of someone you don't like, a creepy looking person or someone that doesn't speak English it's a problem.

CoqaVin
07-06-2016, 11:34 AM
^^ This, the hostesses where I work, dress pretty loosely

Mucho Bocho
07-06-2016, 05:28 PM
Last night...hostess files a complaint that the kitchen crew stares at her and makes her feel uncomfortable when she walks through the kitchen...she generally wears the shortest mini skirts, low cut crop tops or booty shorts full of rips with her cheeks hanging out! Now I have zero tolerance for lewd, inappropriate or offensive behavior and expect my team to behave as gentleman and ladies when we have company in the kitchen, but really...!?! You're just looking for attention when you dress a certain way and if it comes by way of someone you don't like, a creepy looking person or someone that doesn't speak English it's a problem.

Lumo, it still doesn't give you to act on your judgement. To judge is human nature. Hey it's a pretty strong survival skill. The difference is when you decide to act. Just because I ain't down with someone's attire when they wear their paints under their asses in public. I try not to remind them their a dumb ass. I'm successful at this task most of the time ;-)

At Bush Gardens this weekend I saw so many people with huge discs in their ears. Some an inch in diameter. This is voluntary in 2016 but Even though it that ain't my thing, I say to each their own.

brainsausage
07-06-2016, 07:33 PM
Yeah, I hate to say it, but some of the other comments smack of the ****** old 'She was asking for it' crap. I'm covered in tattoos. Which doesn't give you a license to blatantly stare, or worse actually walk up and grab my arm so you can get a better look(which has happened on more than one occasion).
On Monday I went swimming on a lake, that is reasonably public, and has some more secluded spots that can accommodate a few people to store their belongings and hang out comfortably. A female couple showed up right next to our spot with a very friendly and delightful dog in tow while I and my friends were enjoying the water. They commenced to strip down naked unabashedly and hopped in the water, and swim around for a bit. SOMEHOW, the 3 males in my group(as well as the one female), managed to not stare at them the entire time, or make ****** comments.

LifeByA1000Cuts
07-06-2016, 07:56 PM
OK, barging in on a pro thread again :(... just wondering why the middle ground of "none of their business what you display, none of yours how they look at it" has become so deserted in this and related discussions :) I always say, if I was, for example, wearing a t shirt of a boxing gym, I would totally have to expect strangers to approach and want to have a friendly chat about boxing, maybe even state an unambigously friendly and optional challenge.. that no license is implied to threaten or attack me should be so obvious...

ecchef
07-07-2016, 02:47 AM
Why doesn't management simply impose a dress/grooming code and enforce it?
If you allow or encourage your staff to project a certain image, then deal with the fallout.

Certain cultures have carried this 'individualism' too far. "Do as thou wilt" and expect no reaction? I call BS.
Wanna swim naked in public because it's you 'right'? It's my right to observe absolutely anything in my field of vision. Don't like it? Buy a swimsuit. And wear it.
Got lots of ink/piercings/etc.? Expect stares or even comments. Or cover it up. I do when the situation requires it. It's an individual's choice to display to whatever degree the bodily modifications they've made. Why should somebody else's rights be infringed upon because you don't like the attention it draws?

Not to single out Josh or alienate him, but there's a huge gap between eyeballing someone who's (by choice) scantily clad and sexual assault.

PieMan
07-07-2016, 05:41 AM
Doing the catering for a corporate event at a castle, using a 500 year old cellar as a make-shift kitchen, head-chef is having a go at one of the preppers for whatever reason (too busy doing my own thing), he turns around, tells chef to stuff his job, throws his apron at him, storms out the door, smacks his head on the lower than normal door frame and knock himself clean out.

daveb
07-07-2016, 05:42 AM
"Glance and look away."

alterwisser
07-07-2016, 08:49 AM
Why doesn't management simply impose a dress/grooming code and enforce it?
If you allow or encourage your staff to project a certain image, then deal with the fallout.

Certain cultures have carried this 'individualism' too far. "Do as thou wilt" and expect no reaction? I call BS.
Wanna swim naked in public because it's you 'right'? It's my right to observe absolutely anything in my field of vision. Don't like it? Buy a swimsuit. And wear it.
Got lots of ink/piercings/etc.? Expect stares or even comments. Or cover it up. I do when the situation requires it. It's an individual's choice to display to whatever degree the bodily modifications they've made. Why should somebody else's rights be infringed upon because you don't like the attention it draws?

Not to single out Josh or alienate him, but there's a huge gap between eyeballing someone who's (by choice) scantily clad and sexual assault.

Fully agree! I'm sorry, but 99.9% of people dressing a certain way know that this will cause people to look. So you're either ok with that or you actually want to provoke this whole "don't you dare look at my you pig, even though I dress in a way that you really cannot look away".

And there's a difference between looking and staring for minutes, drooling, making remarks etc...

The other day I saw a 6'1ish woman with zebra print yoga pants and a sports bra in a store. The bra, I'm not even sure it was a sports bra. It was basically a super thin fabric, tight shirt that was cut off below the breasts. You could clearly see her boobs, and the nipples... And it was soooo see trough that you were able to make out the tattoo on her breast...

Ah, she was also wearing super high heels. EVERYONE in the store stared. Men, women, kids...

brainsausage
07-07-2016, 11:11 AM
"Glance and look away."

This was my point exactly. A modicum of self control, and a drop of couth goes a long way in my book.

brainsausage
07-07-2016, 11:15 AM
Why doesn't management simply impose a dress/grooming code and enforce it?
If you allow or encourage your staff to project a certain image, then deal with the fallout.

Certain cultures have carried this 'individualism' too far. "Do as thou wilt" and expect no reaction? I call BS.
Wanna swim naked in public because it's you 'right'? It's my right to observe absolutely anything in my field of vision. Don't like it? Buy a swimsuit. And wear it.
Got lots of ink/piercings/etc.? Expect stares or even comments. Or cover it up. I do when the situation requires it. It's an individual's choice to display to whatever degree the bodily modifications they've made. Why should somebody else's rights be infringed upon because you don't like the attention it draws?

Not to single out Josh or alienate him, but there's a huge gap between eyeballing someone who's (by choice) scantily clad and sexual assault.

I agree on your last point, and I wasn't trying to say that was the case here by any means. It's just a tad lazy to imply the staff wasn't able to control themselves based on visual stimuli. I also agree with the dress code suggestion. Meant to bring it up in my prior post. And yes- I observed said naked swimmers, we all did. We just didn't ogle, or cat call.

ecchef
07-07-2016, 10:37 PM
You're right Josh, I should have addressed the "self control" topic. :spankarse: It is the flip side of the personal freedom coin for sure.
Didn't mean to come across as a d-bag. Maybe because my world is so regulated these days that I forget what the real world is like.
I probably go through more SAPR training in a year than most people do in a lifetime. And yet it doesn't seem very effective. There are always incidents...

brainsausage
07-07-2016, 11:02 PM
You're right Josh, I should have addressed the "self control" topic. :spankarse: It is the flip side of the personal freedom coin for sure.
Didn't mean to come across as a d-bag. Maybe because my world is so regulated these days that I forget what the real world is like.
I probably go through more SAPR training in a year than most people do in a lifetime. And yet it doesn't seem very effective. There are always incidents...

No d-bag flags popped up in my view buddy:)

Chef Doom
07-08-2016, 01:11 AM
This was my point exactly. A modicum of self control, and a drop of couth goes a long way in my book.

I'm sorry, but if I'm at the beach and a female couple strip down nude and head into the water, I'm treating it like a free strip club at the beach. It gets old after five, maybe ten minutes of staring anyways. I refuse to look while pretending that I'm not looking. Or worse, pretend that the pink elephant is not in the room. I call that a slippery slope.

Chef Doom
07-08-2016, 01:14 AM
Wait, I should ask...were the ladies in question attractive? From the looks of your story, it seems to me that they were either fat, or ugly, or both?

skewed
07-08-2016, 03:09 AM
...pretend that the pink elephant is not in the room.

Nice euphemism.

lumo
07-08-2016, 12:22 PM
This was my point exactly. A modicum of self control, and a drop of couth goes a long way in my book.


"Glance and look away."

Agreed, agreed, like I said I expect my teams to act like gentleman, ladies and professionals. Not judging her negatively at all, she's actually very bright and pleasant.
We do ask staff to not wear their street clothes in the dining room or kitchen but things are a little looser while we go through orientation and preopening.

brainsausage
07-08-2016, 12:30 PM
Wait, I should ask...were the ladies in question attractive? From the looks of your story, it seems to me that they were either fat, or ugly, or both?

I had some how forgotten how classy you are when it comes to discussing members of the (presumably) opposite sex.

brainsausage
07-08-2016, 12:32 PM
Agreed, agreed, like I said I expect my teams to act like gentleman, ladies and professionals. Not judging her negatively at all, she's actually very bright and pleasant.
We do ask staff to not wear their street clothes in the dining room or kitchen but things are a little looser while we go through orientation and preopening.


Where in Boston are you working(you can send a PM if you'd rather not post)? I'm gonna be down there next weekend with Panda...

lumo
07-08-2016, 12:34 PM
ok back on topic....

The staff bathrooms here have the lights on timers. So so this server last night was caught in there with the lights out, frozen, junk in hand saying thank goodness someone came in and turned the lights on. I was afraid to p____ and didn't know how I'd get out of here!

lumo
07-08-2016, 12:46 PM
I work for a Boston based company and live there but I'm in DC on the last day of training for an opening.

WildBoar
07-08-2016, 01:25 PM
I work for a Boston based company and live there but I'm in DC on the last day of training for an opening.Is this Casolare?

panda
07-08-2016, 02:55 PM
i've been in position where professionalism is mandatory, but that's not really me. i'm a filterless not give a F kind of dude, so i should really find a restaurant that facilities such personalities (or the owner will look the other way while i instill a raucous culture).

so with that said, i'm with chef doom on this one.

lumo
07-08-2016, 03:51 PM
Is this Casolare?

Yup!

LifeByA1000Cuts
07-09-2016, 07:11 AM
Sorry but not sorry to barge in again - the idea of different workplaces having relevantly different cultures is so 90s, I guess it is considered a hallmark of worker oppression nowadays :) God forbid people choose to work or not work for a certain employer due to culture, it messes up the political image of all work being wage slavery with unified standards, and all workers being victims dependent on the oversight of politics for their salvation, up terribly.
And I say that as somebody with a lot of leftist and punk spice in his marinade. Ashamed of that fact these days.

PieMan
07-11-2016, 08:00 AM
Try and be anything but completely and utterly professional in a French kitchen. Dare ya. Once word gets around, you will not be hired anywhere.

Rivera
07-12-2016, 03:47 PM
Try and be anything but completely and utterly professional in a French kitchen. Dare ya. Once word gets around, you will not be hired anywhere.

I'm with PieMan on this one. Having worked in a few French Kitchens they are very disciplined. However, I believe if you pull through all the tough times you can learn a lot from French Chefs. They are very talented at least in my opinion.

jbl
07-12-2016, 11:20 PM
Our excecutive chef was making a mudcake and in his haste accidentally mixed in the dough white pepper powder instead of vanilla sugar. He didn't even realize his mistake before the first piece went out.

An executive chef who A makes mudcake and B doesn't taste what he makes before serving to customers... how is he an executive anything? You guys Stateside sure love the word 'executive', even to describe just what Europeans would describe as a head chef. Over here, you're only Executive if you are supervising a chain of restaurants and hotels...

skewed
07-12-2016, 11:38 PM
You guys Stateside sure love the word 'executive', even to describe just what Europeans would describe as a head chef. Over here, you're only Executive if you are supervising a chain of restaurants and hotels...

You are very correct. I think it is an attempt to justify the salary exemption when often it is a very empty title. In the assisted living/retirement industry here in the states it is usually a hands on position pulling shifts with very little control over menu/hiring/firing. Not really what the overtime exemption law was made to cover. I agree with your definition.

Cheers,
rj

spoiledbroth
07-14-2016, 01:40 AM
my understanding is that in europe everyone who isn't commis pay grade is considered a chef and can be referred to as such, here that would be a real faux pas or someone is taking the piss out of you if they are calling you chef and you're not.

jbl
07-14-2016, 02:38 AM
Yeah, everyone who is in charge of a section - a Chef de Partie, and up. The French system.

spoiledbroth
07-15-2016, 01:52 AM
lol cdp, wankers -_-

PieMan
07-19-2016, 12:09 PM
Chef is the French word for Chief. It just means they're the chief of that section.