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Greatest Kitchen Practical Jokes


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this was my FOH manager:

after cleaning the employee bathroom spotless, the manager took some chocolate ganache and smeared it all over the toilet seat.

when the next person to enter the bathroom saw that, they made a huge fuss ("who $#!+ all over the toilet?!?!?!) and everybody was crowding around to check it out. when the front of house manager came by to check, he was told the situation and went to look at the toilet.

in front of everyone, without missing a beat, the manager bent down, took some 'poop' onto his finger, stuck his finger in his mouth and said "oh, that's kevin's"

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This goes WAY back to high school when I worked at a theme park. We had this kid who was too stupid for words, Paco... but we called him Taco. If brains were dynamite, he could not knock his hat off. Welp, we one day we had him running around the park going from restaurant or stand to another searching for more steam for the steam oven we used to cook hot dogs. He never quite figured out that we were screwing with him.

Dan

"Salt is born of the purest of parents: the sun and the sea." --Pythagoras.

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Our kitchen's favorite day of the year is April 1st. Consequently it is server's least favorite.

This year the kitchen took the server's fan that they keep in their wait station (one of those drum/blower type fans), and filled it with 2 boxes of cornstarch, then wiped the outside clean. The day was warm and it seemed perfect timing that ALL the servers were in the wait station when one of them turned it on, completely filling the area with a thick pall of corstarch dust. Forcing the servers to clean themselves and re-polish all of the glass ware and table ware.

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How about rotating the ice in the ice machine? Ever heard of FIFO? The kid was about to do it but I just couldn't honestly spare the time or ice.

Had the same kid scrambling for the chicken stretcher on a busy saturday night. The whole kitchen, although not in on it, went with it when the guy was rummaging around for it.

I need the Non-Stick Salt!

Squeegee sharpener!

We had an outdoor walk-in and it was cold outside. The chef put some hot stock in the walk-in and told the newbie to grab a trashbag, fill it with cold air from outside, go into the walk-in and release it. Keep doing it, he said, because the cold air outside would help compensate for the hot steam coming off the stockpot. Personally, I think an ice bath would be faster and safer.

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brulee a ramekin full of bacon grease and set it in the server station as a freebie

wait for a cook you dont like to forget to put his knife away and put it in a hotel pan full of water and leave it in the freezer overnight

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Our pastry chef kept having his truffles swipped. So for payback he rolled little truffles with a "refreshing" wasabi centre. It served 2 puposes, truffles never went missing and you had no problem spotting the theives.

Wow, you guys are more evil than medical staff. Lots of practical jokes take place on slow nights in the hospital. This thread has been a fun read.

Not a professional kitchen story, but I did something similar when I was an intern (medical). One of the chief residents kept raiding the fridge in the call room and eating my lunches (generally very tasty ones, if I do say so myself), but as the lowly intern, I couldn't really complain. So I baked up a batch of chocolate chip cookies and put a fairly large dose of powdered habanero in a portion of the dough, and put the cookies in my lunch bag. I tasted one, the heat does not register immediately because of the sweetness, easily allowing someone rapidly snarfing cookies to finish at least a couple before the heat starts.

He never stole my lunch again.

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One of my favorites... I was the garde manger chef at a french place a few years back. We would get a lot of very green culinary school grads and stages who would start off under my supervision. Among other things, we were responsible for putting out family meal everyday (BOH & FOH sat around a table, together, to eat). I would always give the newbs a "take initiative" or "set yourself apart" speech... so just before eating, I would find one particularly green stage and tell them to 'take initiative' by leading the family meal with a prayer. This was always met with a confused look from the stage- but with just a little more convincing and a straight face it would occasionally work. The will to impress is a powerul one. And because there is usually no room for religion in a restaurant, especially this one, the looks on the staffs face was priceless. Laughter followed.

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Our pastry chef kept having his truffles swipped. So for payback he rolled little truffles with a "refreshing" wasabi centre. It served 2 puposes, truffles never went missing and you had no problem spotting the theives.

Wow, you guys are more evil than medical staff. Lots of practical jokes take place on slow nights in the hospital. This thread has been a fun read.

Not a professional kitchen story, but I did something similar when I was an intern (medical). One of the chief residents kept raiding the fridge in the call room and eating my lunches (generally very tasty ones, if I do say so myself), but as the lowly intern, I couldn't really complain. So I baked up a batch of chocolate chip cookies and put a fairly large dose of powdered habanero in a portion of the dough, and put the cookies in my lunch bag. I tasted one, the heat does not register immediately because of the sweetness, easily allowing someone rapidly snarfing cookies to finish at least a couple before the heat starts.

He never stole my lunch again.

That Chief probably ended up being a department chair.

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A few of my favourites...

Looking a bit suspicious and sniffing the end of an ISI you just used before asking an apprentice "does this smell off to you?", and as they sniff you give it a little burst, sending a good dose of nitrous into their nostril as well as spattering them a little.

We used to make a 'meringue' from salt and egg white that we sat oysters on. You can imagine the rest. It quickly became a running gag with new staff.

I was making chicken liver pate one day, and a waitress (a vegetarian) came over very excited with a big spoon, asking to try my chocolate mousse. The squeal was ear piercing, and to this day I can't work out how she didn't smell it.

James.

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The best one I've ever done was to a kitchen member who used to rob from everybody's lunches and private stashes of stuff. I went to a friend's house, picked up a half pound of nice, dry bunny droppings, then chocolate coated them like raisinettes and packed them into a fancy-shmancy little cellophane baggie with a ribbon and left them in plain sight.

Yeah, they never pinched anything from another lunch.

Elizabeth Campbell, baking 10,000 feet up at 1° South latitude.

My eG Food Blog (2011)My eG Foodblog (2012)

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I kiss your feet, Panaderia Canadiense. Better than Exlax cookies, or the horseradish-booby trapped banana (The person responsible cut a small circle off flower end, used a drinking straw to 'core' the banana, and filled the core with the hottest horseradish paste he could find, then replaced the button cut from the flower end. The lunch thief never struck again.).

"You dont know everything in the world! You just know how to read!" -an ah-hah! moment for 6-yr old Miss O.

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I regularly used to make noobs drain the water out of the coffee machine after service using the hot water spigot and a tea pitcher. My personal best was a guy that spent 15 minutes doing it before he realized that there was no way that machine held 30 pitchers full of water.

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OMG, Kouign Aman, I must remember the horseradish banana for next time I'm in a kitchen situation with a lunch stealer. The smartenin' up bunny raisinettes were a lot of work, but the screams of disgust from the theiving dishwasher (it's how we figured out she was the responsable party) were more than worth it.

I've also left aji-pepper truffles out for snotty waitstaff, but they paled in comparison, really.

Elizabeth Campbell, baking 10,000 feet up at 1° South latitude.

My eG Food Blog (2011)My eG Foodblog (2012)

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Had a new expediter who was busting everyone's chops so one of the grill chefs asked her to come over to pick up a special plate for one of the tables. He was standing in front of a cutting board with his checks unzipped an a turkey neck inserted and resting on the board. As she came around the corner he cut the neck in two with a loud resounding chop with a cleaver. She passed out cold on the floor. After she came to, she left the restaurant and never came back. Mission accomplished.

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Doesn't anyone play practical jokes any more? A cautionary word, though: if you think you'll be the butt of jokes, let yourself get "caught" by some of tne more gentle ones laugh heartily, and they generally won't escalate. Dodge too many and they'll get worse! :shock:

"Commit random acts of senseless kindness"

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Our pastry chef kept having his truffles swipped. So for payback he rolled little truffles with a "refreshing" wasabi centre. It served 2 puposes, truffles never went missing and you had no problem spotting the theives.

Wow, you guys are more evil than medical staff. Lots of practical jokes take place on slow nights in the hospital. This thread has been a fun read.

Not a professional kitchen story, but I did something similar when I was an intern (medical). One of the chief residents kept raiding the fridge in the call room and eating my lunches (generally very tasty ones, if I do say so myself), but as the lowly intern, I couldn't really complain. So I baked up a batch of chocolate chip cookies and put a fairly large dose of powdered habanero in a portion of the dough, and put the cookies in my lunch bag. I tasted one, the heat does not register immediately because of the sweetness, easily allowing someone rapidly snarfing cookies to finish at least a couple before the heat starts.

He never stole my lunch again.

Someone's been stealing my lunch.

Where do I get the habanero powder??

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Our pastry chef kept having his truffles swipped. So for payback he rolled little truffles with a "refreshing" wasabi centre. It served 2 puposes, truffles never went missing and you had no problem spotting the theives.

Wow, you guys are more evil than medical staff. Lots of practical jokes take place on slow nights in the hospital. This thread has been a fun read.

Not a professional kitchen story, but I did something similar when I was an intern (medical). One of the chief residents kept raiding the fridge in the call room and eating my lunches (generally very tasty ones, if I do say so myself), but as the lowly intern, I couldn't really complain. So I baked up a batch of chocolate chip cookies and put a fairly large dose of powdered habanero in a portion of the dough, and put the cookies in my lunch bag. I tasted one, the heat does not register immediately because of the sweetness, easily allowing someone rapidly snarfing cookies to finish at least a couple before the heat starts.

He never stole my lunch again.

Someone's been stealing my lunch.

Where do I get the habanero powder??

Dry/dehydrate some habaneros, then powder them in your mortar and pestle. Or, if you've got access to liquid Nitrogen, flash-freeze and then powder (it's a bit easier and a heckofalot faster).

Elizabeth Campbell, baking 10,000 feet up at 1° South latitude.

My eG Food Blog (2011)My eG Foodblog (2012)

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Our pastry chef kept having his truffles swipped. So for payback he rolled little truffles with a "refreshing" wasabi centre. It served 2 puposes, truffles never went missing and you had no problem spotting the theives.

Wow, you guys are more evil than medical staff. Lots of practical jokes take place on slow nights in the hospital. This thread has been a fun read.

Not a professional kitchen story, but I did something similar when I was an intern (medical). One of the chief residents kept raiding the fridge in the call room and eating my lunches (generally very tasty ones, if I do say so myself), but as the lowly intern, I couldn't really complain. So I baked up a batch of chocolate chip cookies and put a fairly large dose of powdered habanero in a portion of the dough, and put the cookies in my lunch bag. I tasted one, the heat does not register immediately because of the sweetness, easily allowing someone rapidly snarfing cookies to finish at least a couple before the heat starts.

He never stole my lunch again.

Someone's been stealing my lunch.

Where do I get the habanero powder??

I trained in Galveston TX (close to Houston) so things like ground chiles of all kinds were readily available. I did a Google search and it appears to be available online from many sources.

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Someone's been stealing my lunch.

Where do I get the habanero powder??

There's also the legendary Ex-Lax brownies or fudge for lunch stealers.

Edited by Toliver (log)

 

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Brian: Peter, those are Cheerios.”

– From Fox TV’s “Family Guy”

 

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These are hilarious. Personal favorite being the cheese under the sole of the shoe. That is just downright dirty. All I got is the classic hot stuff when people don't expect it. I also paid someone to drink some pretty gnarly things when I worked at a pizza place, but that's not really a practical joke.

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Our pastry chef kept having his truffles swipped. So for payback he rolled little truffles with a "refreshing" wasabi centre. It served 2 puposes, truffles never went missing and you had no problem spotting the theives.

Wow, you guys are more evil than medical staff. Lots of practical jokes take place on slow nights in the hospital. This thread has been a fun read.

Not a professional kitchen story, but I did something similar when I was an intern (medical). One of the chief residents kept raiding the fridge in the call room and eating my lunches (generally very tasty ones, if I do say so myself), but as the lowly intern, I couldn't really complain. So I baked up a batch of chocolate chip cookies and put a fairly large dose of powdered habanero in a portion of the dough, and put the cookies in my lunch bag. I tasted one, the heat does not register immediately because of the sweetness, easily allowing someone rapidly snarfing cookies to finish at least a couple before the heat starts.

He never stole my lunch again.

Someone's been stealing my lunch.

Where do I get the habanero powder??

Here you go!

http://www.thespicehouse.com/spices/habanero-chile-peppers-whole-and-ground

"Salt is born of the purest of parents: the sun and the sea." --Pythagoras.

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