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post #31 of 53

Even if it goes out... the oil will still taste burnt, yuck!

 

Tell her to stop wasting oil, not to mention cleaning off the burnt on stuff will be a tremendous pain in the ass.

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post #32 of 53

Yeah, that's just weird. The only time I've heard of filling a fryer in 'installments' is with solid shortening, and only then because if you just put the entire cube in, it could get stuck above the heating elements while they over heat, leading to a fire hazard.
 

post #33 of 53

Twyst,

The practice is not only highly questionable, it's downright dangerous and stupid. Apparently she has never been corrected by some one whose opinion she respects. Let her explain it to the owner or chef or better yet the fire marshal. That she is creating conditions for a fire and is aware that she is doing it is worrying. Since she walked away from the situation, she should explain what the proper response to the fire should be if no one is there to add more oil. Until she gets smarter or more informed, keep her away from the equipment. 

post #34 of 53
clueless and dangerous
post #35 of 53

this is the most bizarre.  Again, Early in my Career. A tiny "fine Dining" place in the Sticks. Hour from town, But a pretty decent clientel. The late night Line guy was finishing up, Dishwasher and front of house people had already left. This guy decides to run the hood vent's through the Dishwasher, And to retrieve them he puts a sheet pan over the fryer bank wedged in between a wall and 6 foot Char grill to use it as a step. The pan slid off of course and one leg into the fryer, (this was an Old Bell fryer) and the other leg wedged in between the grill and fryer, effectively pinning him there. and sadly the fryer was still on (maybe to make his dinner? I don't know why) His wife found him dead two hours later when He failed to come home, and she went looking for him.  The Owner, the Next day, told me to clean the fryer that had cooked a mans leg off, and get it ready for service. This was the only time in my career I have punched My boss/owner. Knocked him out cold and walked off the job. Even more oddly three days later this same guy was Bitten by an Diamondback rattler on his outdoor patio at his restaurant, and died alone as well..

I did something akin to this years ago, cleaning the overheads with a sheet pan over the fryer as in your story, stepped on it, slipped and placed both feet in a still-hot fryer. Obviously, I'm still alive, but it did hurt like sh*t and left me with blisters the size of golf balls on my feet. Couldn't work for two whole weeks. I have pictures somewhere on my hard drive, but I doubt anyone will want to actually see them. I can still see the scar tissue in summer, as my feet tan the affected bits stay white.

 

Other stories; I've seen chefs taking metal stuff straight from an oven with their bare hands, chefs spilling boiling hot stock down themselves while carrying the pot, seen cleaning agents put holes in people's skin, spilled more of my own blood than any job should be worth after enduring severe cuts, heard of a chef actually spitting in someone's food, seen a guy closing a cut with a sharpening iron held in fire for a couple minutes, rambo style, and loads more. Heck, even today, I myself, while cleaning our ginormous gas grill (my boss tells me it's the biggest in all of Denmark, though I doubt it), I managed to pour industrial grill-cleanser into my shoe and left myself with a chemical burn that looks like I wore the wrong shoe and let it wear on my toe for an entire day. Nothing big, but accidents happen every day.

 

None of this has made me want to quit cooking, though :-)

post #36 of 53
Not as shocking as some of the other stories but funny none the less

The cold water hotplate challenge, hold your hand in iced water for 5 minutes and then onto the hotplate for another 5... I lost feeling in my hand for a day

Watching the potwash finish everybit of food, that is sent his way from the restaurant

Getting locked in the cleaning cupboard for 45mins lol

Watching the sous chef try to fit in the dishwasher...

During a busy service, and after running out of pie, there was a gastro tray of pie cooling on the rack which got knocked off and in turn done a full 360 in the air landing perfectly flat on the ground, one of those wtf moments
post #37 of 53
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 I've seen chefs taking metal stuff straight from an oven with their bare hands

I've grabbed a pan that was finished in the oven, then set on the range. I quickly learned to place those pans on the range backwards, so that the handle wasn't pointing towards me.

This way even if my muscle memory kicked in, the lack of grabbable handle would prevent me from making this mistake....again.

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post #38 of 53

More idiotic and dangerous than strange but an "Exec" (in title only) putting a case of frozen raw chicken in dry storage to thaw overnight and then forcing his sous to cook it the next day. I nearly tore his ears off. My one superior whom I called C*cksu*ker instead of Chef.

post #39 of 53
Not to add insult to injury or be disrespectful, but have people here not been trained to use an old broom stick to pull hood vents?
post #40 of 53

I hate reading stories like these! I've always tried to be safety conscious whenever I'm in the kitchen and to correct errors I see other staff making. It seems to be almost a full time job at times which drives me crazy.

 

Some of the things I've seen...... A cook left his boning knife overhanging (point side out) the counter. Because there was a cutting board behind it, the knife didn't move when another cook came along carrying a large tray and sliced open his belly.

 

When stock gets unpacked in the kitchen (like the blocks of mozzarella cheese) some of the staff had a bad habit of flattening the boxes and leaving them on the floor. Other people wound up tripping on these boxes or slipping on them. I always envisioned seeing a face getting slammed onto the grill or a hand in the deep fryer. It doesn't happen anymore since I started pulling a "Chef Ramsey" on them.

 

On my birthday three years ago, I received a call from work that a new cook I had just hired and a senior line cook were having a knife fight in the dining room during a busy dinner service. It was about who was better at rolling out dough. Both were fired immediately.

post #41 of 53

I'm fresh off the boat compared to you guys D:

 

I think I blocked most of my trifling moments out of memory, but some I can recall:

 

- Me working a Thanksgiving stretch, and cooking racks full of whole turkeys in the oven. Pulling out the top sheet pan, I didn't even think of all the rendered fat/grease/oil that had accumulated. It all spilled on my forearm and it hurt like crazy. Funny enough I didn't drop the tray, set it down and strolled to the manager's office for the first aid kit. Applied some treatment and bandaged myself, and went back to work. This was six years ago and I still have the scar; think my managers would kill me for not reporting it...

 

- Seen a cook breaking down avocados, and instead of sliding the seed off his knife like any normal cook would do, he would wail his knife like a madman trying to get it off like he was a maestro orchestrating an insane piece. Not only would someone run the risk of getting hacked if they went near him, but the seeds didn't always 'fly' into the trash. Yeah, had to stop that one myself...

 

- Plating rice pudding one of the cooks was using ground cumin, instead of ground cinnamon to garnish the plate...

 

- During one of my stints as a buyer I was in the office and noticed a knife sitting on my desk, but it was only the blade and the tang. I asked my boss 'Wtf is this!?' and he said, 'We found this in the fryer.' Apparently someone either left the knife in the fryer after cleaning it, or dropped it into the fryer without noticing/caring, and deep fried the plastic handle off. And they sent out food cooked in that oil...

 

- At the same job, we had some repair men come out to service our blast chiller that had been down for months. After some time I asked them what the problem was. They told me the compressor might of been malfunctioning, plus the fact that there was a nest of cockroaches in the unit. So glad I wasn't there when they startled the nest, even happier I don't work at that place anymore.

 

- A lady from the front of house came back into the kitchen and set one of the iron griddles used for quesadillas on our stovetop to 'quickly heat it up'. Not only did she not tell anyone what she was doing, but she herself forgot about it. Keeping busy with my normal tasks, I suddenly look up and notice our 4 top is engulfed in a massive wall of flames. I think that's the only time I've used a fire extinguisher in a kitchen, and some credit goes to one of the cooks who somehow procurred milk out of nowhere and help me douse the flames...

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post #42 of 53
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 I suddenly look up and notice our 4 top is engulfed in a massive wall of flames. I think that's the only time I've used a fire extinguisher in a kitchen, and some credit goes to one of the cooks who somehow procurred milk out of nowhere and help me douse the flames...

 

Ha Ha - reminds me of the time someone lit the stove on fire also - the closest thing I noticed was a case of good old glass bottles of "Pop Shop" soda.  I started grabbing them with one hand and using the back of my knife to 'chop' the lids off and using them to extinguish the fire.     The carbonation and violent opening created a pretty forceful stream of liquid.

 

The mess was an absolute nightmare as we couldn't clean it up right away (middle of service) and the sticky syrupy result was cooked until black onto the stove.  

I don't think it ever came clean, but at least the automatic hood extinguisher didn't go off!

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post #43 of 53
I use oil and a screen to clean/season our cast iron flat top, apparently the new cook didn't know you have let it cool a bit. He spilled some apricot glaze and wanted to give it a quick touch up during a 600 cover sat night. Wall of flames in our windowed kitchen
post #44 of 53

Once witnessed a chef spit in pan to test if the oil was hot enough. A technique they seemed proud of.

 

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post #45 of 53

 

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"Once witnessed a chef spit in pan to test if the oil was hot enough. A technique they seemed proud of."

 

 

Wow it's amazing how much wrongness gets done in the name of "350° will kill ANYthing."

post #46 of 53

to Pollopicu,

 

Mario Batali is famous for doing that...ON TV.  You may still be able to find it on youtube.

 

I shouldn't bash him though, as I am one of his proteges.  I was banquet chef at his flagship restaurant for years.

post #47 of 53
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to Pollopicu,

 

Mario Batali is famous for doing that...ON TV.  You may still be able to find it on youtube.

 

I shouldn't bash him though, as I am one of his proteges.  I was banquet chef at his flagship restaurant for years.


omg that is so freakin gross! I'm sorry but that is inexcusable, regardless whether he's a celebrity chef or not.

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post #48 of 53

He's changed a lot in the past 10 years though - and I remember, it was a flat top

post #49 of 53

I actually met him once when he was promoting his book with Gweneth Paltrow. I have a signed copy of it.

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post #50 of 53

seeing someone in a restaurant that shall remain nameless cop a pot of piping hot broth in the face. Then the head chef who threw it having to write out a police report mid service.

post #51 of 53

Wha?? Some people are not fit to be around others.

post #52 of 53
Hi there , in the job I just left , I was surrounded by blithering idiots .....
A executive chef ....who could not cook , what he knew about basic cooking you could get on the back of a cigarette pack .....total tosser .
And the best was a diminutive chef , who got really upset when the guys too the mickey over his height , couldn't cook either . He instructed another cook in the art of poaching cod filets in cold milk placed in the bottom of a ancient hot plate , braised beef steak cooked in a pressure cooker with no covering (steam)
Food ruined beyond all recognition ....however he could talk a good shift , he also enjoyed stealing beef burgers and hosting his own BBQ's ....how he kept his job I don't know however he was eventually caught stealing and fired .
post #53 of 53

I was working in a big hotel downtown, A cook was slicing a huge mountain of ham for stupid boxed lunches for 1200 people. He ate a piece without chewing it, started coughing and choking on, finally got it unstuck from his throat, and it flew onto a pile already sliced ham. The banquet chef came walking by, picked up the coughed up piece of ham, and ate it! Nobody said a word to him about it. Our jaws just hit the floor as he looked at all of us staring at him, and he just looked at us and said "what?"

 

Another one, kinda f'd up. And let me just say to begin, I dont hate animals. (and this is a friends story btw)

Cook goes to empty out the old fryer oil into the grease trap outside. It was winter time so the oil that was in there was cold and coagulated. He dumped the hot oil into the grease pit, and heard a horrible noise erupt from it.....then a cat jumped out, covered in 300 degree oil. Since the oil was coagulated, and smelled like food, it was in there walking around at just the wrong time. He gave it a mercy kill with the biggest stock pot available, and went home. :/

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