Personal/Professional Culinary Pet Peeves

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  1. chefmannydlm

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    Last night my wife and I bought some sockeye salmon from our local grocery store.  When we got home and I was prepping the fish for dinner I discovered that the fillet I had purchased still had all the pin bones in it.  Nothing annoys me more than a seafood place that does not take the time or care to remove the pin bones from its fresh fish.  I know it is not hard to do and I am knowledgeable enough to do it myself, but it still pisses me off. 

    That being said, I was just wondering what sort of things get under yours skin, either at home, at work or being out culinaryily speaking.
     
  2. grande

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    It drives me nuts when grocery stores cut steaks without cleaning the larger cuts up at all. I feel like i'm paying premium for trim.
     
  3. kaiquekuisine

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    Aside from the usual:

    -Rag Stealing

    -Knife Stealing

    -People not cleaing up their station

    -Or annoying waiters

    I would say a professional pet peeve is something like lets say, one useless item on a dish, delays an entire order or table... 

    Or when i have to use a dull knife and no sharpening stone is near to be found. 

    My personal pet peeve is, when my sister overcooks her chicken cooking almost until its blackened and looks like charcoal, because apparently she likes it that way... 

    Or how my grandmother doesnt cook her paste al dente. 

    Or how my father loves to reuse the same oil like 10-15 times until its basically dark brown because he is kind of a cheapskate and has no food knowledge or health knowledge.
     
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  4. allanmcpherson

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    KK,

    You should save your dad's oil for mayo!
     
  5. redchef300

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    This one just happen to my girlfriend. Trying to book a party of 20 for lunch in 15 days and called the restaurant 2 days in a row leaving a messages to the manager to call us back and get no reply. The third day emailed and no reply. The fourth day went into the restaurant and finally booked the room. Kind of felt ignore not sure if this is normal for most places.
     
  6. panini

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    We were out last night. Not a cheap place. The waiter took our order and then stuck his pad down the back of his pants.

    My poor wife, she just glared at me because we were with new acquaintances, so I didn't walk like I usually do. I may be weird but the thought of somebodies hand going in and out of his or her pants just turns me off.
     
  7. pete

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    One of my biggest pet peeves is when I'm still eating my salad and the server comes and serves my entree.  I know that casual restaurants like to burn through tables, but it annoys the hell out of me, and you know, if you send it back, all they are going to do is put under the heat lamp until you are ready for it.  Worse yet, I've had servers try to rush me through my meal by dumping both salads and apps at the same time, and following it up with entrees mere minutes later.  My wife just cringes because she knows what's coming next!!!
     
  8. chefross

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    I absolutely refuse to eat this way, and in some cases I get the manager over to insist the kitchen remake the entrée when I AM READY!!!!

    I find myself having to tell the server upfront that I am not in a hurry and want to take my time eating here.
     
  9. butzy

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    I fully agree with Pete, but in this end of the world (southern africa) the time between starter and dinner is almost non-existent and people want it that way. They actually complain if they sit for even 2 or 3 minutes without food in front of them!
    To by-pass the problem, I order ny starter and only order main course when my starter arrives.

    Another peeve is when the waiter takes away a plate as soon as it is finished instead of waiting for everyone in the party to finish eating. But again, locally that is the norm
     
  10. kaiquekuisine

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    When servers ask "how was/is your meal" when you havent even begun to truly devour it. 
     
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  11. flipflopgirl

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    Line dancing ......

    mimi
     
  12. kaiquekuisine

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    I love dancing on the line xD. 

    I remember hours before an event it was me, the head chef and another line cook and we cranked up the music and only shut it off minutes before the event. Danced the entire time during prep, it was amazing.

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    Of course the moment service started we got serious, can´t let the customers se me grooving... 
     
  13. kuan

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    My pet peeve is setting a pan on a cutting board.
     
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    One time the fry cook set a half sheet pan out of the oven on the grill cook's knife... partially melted the handle... NO BUENO
     
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    Sounds like a blast and personally think kitchen dancing to be da bomb!

    Altho I am talking about the servers stopping everything (seating included) and line dancing to country and western music (nothing against CandW music) up and down the aisles and even on the bar top .

    mimi
     
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    Pretty sure there was no line dancing involved in that situation lol.

    mimi
     
  17. panini

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    Mimi,

      Where are you eating???LOL  and are you paying for your food?
     
  18. flipflopgirl

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    I have a perpetual craving for the house salad (only place besides mine for a stellar Ranch dressing) and dinner rolls (whipped honey butter) at Texas Roadhouse.
    Almost the entire entree menu comes with gobs of melted jack cheese (eek) but the chicken fried chicken nuggets are decent so Always order some for my salad.
    The entire waitstaff wears tight blue jeans as well as equally tight shirts .
    Every thirty minutes or so they break out the booty shakenest line dance for us..... their beloved dinner guests.
    The ONLY other chain place we frequent would be Joe's Crab Shack.
    Cannot get enuf of the mixed bucket o'legs!
    Yes I realize there is nothing fresh about the seafood but really most places serve flash frozen (crab) anyways so in my mind this makes it ok.....right?
    Well good ole Joe encourages spontaneous dancing as well.
    They start the day in the aisles advancing to the tops of picnic tables in time for happy hour.
    Yay.
    The closer it gets to closing time a few of the friendlier servers climb up the barstools and from there to the bar top.
    Now I have indulged in a bit of bar top dancing back in the day, but I can assure you it was fully clothed and always bought my own drinks, lol.

    mimi
     
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  19. kaiquekuisine

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    Oh mimi that does sound bad, pretty bad actually lol. 

    Now you reminded me of one other things im not to keen on when going to restaurants, but its happens rarely. 

    Waiters after they have been told or find out its your birthday coming along to sing you happy birthday thus causing all eyes to be on you for 1-3 minutes. 

    I know its not that long, but i dont enjoy it at all.

    Be it at chain restaurants or mom and pop places, if its my birthday or someone elses birthday do not come sing at our table, ill open one exception if we are getting free dessert, if we are gonna get free dessert they can even lift me and crowd surf me across the restaurant LOL. 
     
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  20. shadow120

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    when people put things in the steam table without a ladle/spoon in it

    when someone uses a rag for something nasty then puts it in my sani bucket

    and about 100 other things