Chefs and restaurant personnel do crazy things. In front of staff, customers, and purveyors. Many can be mortifying. After a lifetime of embarrassing moments very little could scarlet my cheeks.
I had blown out ligaments in my right knee. Everyone knew I was in pain. That standing on my feet was not a good idea. – but one I had no choice but to do. My young staff was getting used to my running to my office for a “pill”. I didn’t think much of it. They were adults.
One day my girlfriend came to visit. I forget why. All I know is she came to the food pass through with 2 staff members on her coat tails. I was under the exhaust hood fans, yelling. Seriously. Yelling. Hearing under loud fans isn’t easy. One learns to yell.
She got my attention by ringing the pick up bell. NEVER A good idea. I turned around to glare BUT saw her offering up a pill. Not asking – I assumed it was pain medication- I grabbed it, threw it in my mouth and reached for a swig of water. AS I’m putting the bottle down I saw her waving her arms, frantically. I swallowed and said “what?” She said “I found it in a zip car”.
Uh…… really. My young staff loved that I spent the day touching them gently and reminding them how much I loved them. I wasn’t me, it was the XTC.