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Many years ago, I went out with a chef. Kitchens are merely vice dens with food. You couldn't move for people bonking and snorting coke in the store room. And the things they did with the food...

My personal vice was chocolate mousse - I remember it being very calming in all the chaos around me. I think they put things in it.

Tell us your stories of working in kitchens, bars and the rest of the nightmare that is the catering trade.

(, Fri 21 Jul 2006, 9:58)
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I used to work at a large fast food restaurant in Manchester
The one that isn't McDonalds. The decision had been made to refurbish this particular establishment as previously the dining area had been in the basement and was frequently used as a hangout for dealers and other undesirables.

The big plan was to move the entire dining area to the first floor, which naturally involved quite a bit of plumbing work with the customer toilets and such.

I turn up for my shift on the grand reopening day to find the entire staff sat around doing nothing, apparently there had been a flood during the night. One of my intrepid co-workers needs to do a toilet and avails himself of the brand new toilet facilites, the very same ones which are now placed directly above the kitchens.

What follows happened almost in slow motion the store manager goes chasing after the missing staff member when she discovers why he went upstairs with a long dramatic "NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!". But her efforts are in vain as seconds later the entire kitchen is dissected by a curtain of what can only be described as raw sewage.

But OH NO! it gets worse, one unlucky staff member is caught at the far end of the kitchen. He is left with the choice of staying where he is to await the abatement of this terrible downpour or to make a bid for freedom through the very centre of the monsoon of filth. our hero panics, chooses option B and gets soaked . Poor fucker had to get the bus home like that.

They managed to open the next day so I have no idea how they managed to clean the intricate equipment such as sandwich toaster and grill to a satisfactory degree of hygiene in such a short space of time AND get all the plumbing sorted. But I'll eat anything so it really doesn't bother me.

Oh yeah BTW avoid chicken nuggets and onion rings, and when ordering burgers special order them eg: heavy cheese, light mayo so they get made fresh.
(, Wed 26 Jul 2006, 21:04, closed)

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