If you have been in any professional kitchen, chances are you have heard a few f-bombs dropped here and there. Today I throw the question at you: Do you allow swearing in your kitchen?
I admit it, I have a mouth like a trucker.
I get wrapped up in what I am doing, and sometimes I just let my emotions go, and the swearing follows. It wasn’t until I gained the position of Executive Chef that the swearing got in the way.
Truthfully, the reality shows like Hell’s Kitchen highlight what the language in the kitchen is really like. Gordon Ramsey may be a foul-mouthed chef, but despite that he is still popular.
It was nothing for me to swear at someone. Of course, when you are neck-deep in the emotion of the situation, it is easy to forget that you are actually wounding someone with your words, even if they are careless on your side.
From now on, I will not allow swearing in my kitchen.
I recently read that several of my idols did not allow swearing in theirs. Auguste Escoffier, Marie Antoine Carême, and other prominent chefs did not allow swearing in their establishment. Apparently there are benefits to this, something which I would like to research and explore.
For now, join me in an impromptu poll: Swearing in the kitchen? Yes or No? What do you think about all this?