Tip Out is the Key

Tip Out is the Key

Recently there has been much activity and discussion on 13 Ways to Piss Off the Back of House, and it appears that the majority of conversation has revolved around the kitchen getting tipped out. For those outside the industry, it is common for servers to give some of their tips to the back of house people … Continue reading

To School or Not to School

Recently one of my readers, Kimberly (check out what she’s doing on her blog), requested my experience with culinary school. In the industry more and more people are getting a formal education. That being said, there are certainly still those who have attended the school of hard knocks. It is a rare industry where education … Continue reading

Duck Liver Paté

Duck Liver Pate

Offal is definitely a passion of mine, as you can see in my previous post titled You Eat Meat, Right?. This Duck Liver Pate is a pretty good introduction to the taste of liver. The thyme and red wine give the pate a great nose, the honey makes it nice and sweet, and the smooth … Continue reading

Fitbit Kitchen Review

Fitbit Kitchen Review

As I have been humbly attempting to slim down ever so slightly, I have been more in touch with what’s going on in the fitness world these days. One very interesting trend is the aid of technology in helping us track our goals, and in this article I am speaking specifically about one such device: … Continue reading

13 Ways to Piss Off the Back of House

13 Ways to Piss Off the Back of House

1.) Steal My Mise – I get that you are busy, and I get that because I too am busy. So don’t come back into the kitchen and jam your unclean hand into my cold table to steal my lime wedges without asking. 2.) Complain About Your Tips – “Man it was so slow tonight, … Continue reading

Ode to the Dishies

Dish Pit

The dishies. Dishwasher, hey boy, you there, dish bitch, pit pig, etc. This post is to honour all of the dish washers out there who bust their ass every night. By far, the dish washer is the most overworked, underpaid and unappreciated employee in a restaurant. Beyond this, their job is very difficult to do, … Continue reading

A Unique Wedding Day

Unique Wedding Day

6:50 AM Bismillah bismillah bismillah please don’t let me be late for work! 7:00 AM Pulled into the driveway, everything is fine now. It appears that my chef left for his catering on time 6:00 AM. It was supposed to be Neil Young he was catering but he cancelled his tour and now it is … Continue reading

Sally, 4-Top, Chit, and Other Kitchenisms

Kitchen Terms

Rocket – An incredibly high-temperature burner that connects to propane and is portable. Often used in catering situations. Sally – Short for Salamander, a broiler usually fixed above a stove though sometimes found underneath a flat top. Common use would be “30 seconds on that gratinee, it’s in the sally now.” 4-Top – A table … Continue reading

Simple White Bread

Simple White Bread

I’ve made white bread at a few different restaurants and this recipe I have found to be the simplest technique yielding the best result. After posting a picture of the mountain of hand-sliced bread on my instagram, um_leeen requested the recipe, so this one is for you! Difficulty: Easy Prep Time: 20 Minutes Rising/Benching: 1 … Continue reading

Basic Kitchen Etiquette


While many chefs start their careers in their teens I first entered a kitchen when I was 24. I quickly had to learn my basic kitchen etiquette through trial and error and sometimes that meant accidentally stepping on toes. In the hope of you being able to avoid this I have compiled a short list … Continue reading