Kitchen Tales- what the general public get up too when they eat out.
I feel like I need a regular little segment here at chunky chooky. Most days Chef comes home from work and tells me all these great stories about working in hospitality and I want to share them with you, because they are so good! So I have decided to start writing the ridiculous and bizarre requests asked of my Mr, a Chef in a lovely cafe/ gallery in a little town in Australia. In will be called Kitchen Tales and here is the first installment.
NOT the kitchen where Chef works I just always like to have a picture...
Coffee: The usual decaf- skim- latte does annoy him as he is fond of mocking this saying you may as well have water hardy har har- this is often what I drink I can get a wee bit anxious if I have more than one coffee a day- I am so hardcore but here are some real doozies:
A woman asked for her coffee to be served at exactly 60 degrees celcius. Her mouth is special. Someone wanted to bring in their own coffee they got in Indonesia and have it made there as they didn't have a coffee machine at home.
Fussy eaters: A guy comes in and he is allergic to tomato, potato, eggplant, he is vegetarian, gluten free, no salt or pepper, no olive oil, no butter, no dairy at all, no herbs, no spices, no garlic, no chilli etc etc etc etc Chef offers him a green salad he kind of screws his nose up and Chef says if you come back tomorrow I will have something special for you. So the next day he comes in. Chef, always up for the challenge, makes him a vegie stack on polenta without any butter or cheese which is, apparently crucial to a good polenta ( and incidently I have seen many a person say they don't like polenta until they eat Chefs polenta then they are converted) and a green leaf salad with lemon juice. He even made a special stock with just the vegies he could eat etc...Chef is pretty happy with himself and the amount of effort he went to to accommodate this guy so when he finishes he asks the guy how his meal was, the reply: "it was a bit bland."
have you worked in hospitality? Do you remember any bizarre requests? What use to make you go crazy?