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    Shoe making comes from a couple hundred years ago as a blanket term for anyone who was an unskilled hack at their job. Now, it's mainly used in restaurants.

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    One I heard was someone in the weeds needing creme anglaise hot for banquet desserts and this custard really was not getting hot, so the guy shoe-horned the centre of the solid top into the pan... Mmmmm, extra vanilla seeds

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    Again not a cowboy trick but more of a story I worked with a kid who came to me upset because he over cooked a tray of lobster tails. I asked him what happened and he said he kept cooking them because the meat hadn't popped out of the shell yet. That's when I realized he didn't prep them and thought the meat sat On top of the shell when it was done like a turkey timer. Thanks god I wasn't the chef there just a line cook

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    Quote Originally Posted by jbl View Post
    Same guy used to microwave everything for 30secs to 'bring it up to room' before pan roasting
    'Microwave'? Don't you mean 'America Oven'?
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    Quote Originally Posted by brainsausage View Post
    'Microwave'? Don't you mean 'America Oven'?
    Nope, it's called "Chef Mike".
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    Quote Originally Posted by turbochef422 View Post
    Again not a cowboy trick but more of a story I worked with a kid who came to me upset because he over cooked a tray of lobster tails. I asked him what happened and he said he kept cooking them because the meat hadn't popped out of the shell yet. That's when I realized he didn't prep them and thought the meat sat On top of the shell when it was done like a turkey timer. Thanks god I wasn't the chef there just a line cook
    Nothing to do with cooking, but it reminds me of the time a fresh out of school kid was all upset because a whole box of washers was broken. (They were lock washers.)
    Now is not the time to bother me. And it's always now. Wiley Miller

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    I've seen plenty of stuff like this

    One guy I saw dropped a stuff flounder that landed flat on a dirty greasy floor and without missing a step scooped it up onto a plate.

    Same guy dropped a steak into the trash next to the grill and pulled it out wiped it off and served it. I ended up walking out if that place, the manager would clean the honey pot and without changing clothes or washing up come prep good.

    Another place guys would micorwave everything from king crab to scrambled eggs

    I've seen guys cook corn in the dirty water in the bottom of a steamer.

    I've watched a chef slice a rare ny strip and sear it on the flattop and try to put it back together and cover it with sauce and garnish

    Some really low standards out there.

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    The chef owner of a complete shitshow that I worked at a few years back, received a phone call. So I brought the cordless phone back to him, he was in the midst of wrecking some halibut and just grabbed the phone with fish goo all over his bare hands. Gave me the full body shudder imagining how many other parts of the restaurant he'd touched with goo-some hands. I also watched him stand in the main entry way next to a table of customers that he was familiar with, and have a 15 minute conversation, whilst holding a chunk of raw pork loin in a shallow half pan. Mind you- he was holding it off to the side so every customer that walked into the restaurant had to witness this. he was also on his way home. With a naked piece of pork, in a pan...
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    I've seen a cook replace the milk in pancake batter with his own fresh warm urine. Sick bastard, but he could kick my ass so what could I do.
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    I've seen a cook replace the milk in pancake batter with his own fresh warm urine. Sick bastard, but he could kick my ass so what could I do. At least he didn't add any salt to the batter.
    One thing you can give and still keep...is your word.

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