Ah, the joys of trash television! A one hour show devoted to closed circuit camera clips of restaurant employees misbehaving or improvising in the most curious fashions.
Having worked in several restaurants as both staff and chef I am confident that some of these takes are staged. Some of the scenes dipicting people adding certain, erm… special ingredients have too-perfect camera angles. On the other hand, some of them are so imaginative as to defy scripting. Playing golf with tomatoes is one of them, the “barmat” drink recipe is another.
I’m glad to say that my own professionalism has never even allowed me to consider putting out a cigar in a hotcake or placing dropped food back on a plate. Many of the shots amount to this sort of malicious or stupid behavior. Some of the verbally abusive scenes are half-way believable.
The worst that I’ve ever witnessed was a waitress huffing the whipping cream nitrous in the presence of the floor manager. I’ve had a jealous undercook overseason a large batch of meatloaf. But then, when you ask someone to add some hot pepper to ten pounds of meat and they add a cup of red pepper flakes you know who the real flake is. More often it’s a case of a sweetheart deal someone has that results in overstock and waste.
Anyone see this show? Anyone else ever see weird@ss high jinks in the kitchen?