Sunday, September 16, 2012

As Easy As Gambas Pil Pil

The common notion is that preparing a good plate of food usually demands several intricate steps, a glut of ingredients and flawless execution from the cook. This coupled with the fear of failure are probably the biggest reasons why a lot of people do not try learning to cook in the first place. It is however far from the truth.

Cooking as a craft, hobby, or means of feeding oneself only relies on the individual understanding its basics and applying a certain level of judgment and practicality. I guess what I’m trying to say is that more often than not, cooking is downright simple if you just ‘get’ it. 

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

The Customer Ain't Always Right

As I walk back into the kitchen after a catastrophic argument with a guest, I wonder once again if chefs are paid enough for the shit they have to deal with on a daily basis. Has 'handling idiotic requests and dealing with crazies' always been a part of our collective job descriptions?

The crazies in question this time were a trio of 40-something year old men standing at the bar. They had ordered the Pork Souvlaki but after a few bites were convinced that it was chicken. They brought up their issue with the bartender who was stumped trying to explain that it was in fact pork and not poultry.