Shocking Chef Secrets: You'll Never Eat the Bread Basket Again


chef secrets don't eat the bread basketWhile most of the chef secrets in the Food Network Magazine's chef's poll didn't make me gag (though some did!), the admission by three American chefs that they recycle the bread baskets has put me off the free carbs for good.

I always wondered what happened to the bread I didn't eat when I was on the Atkins diet. Perhaps you enjoyed it, unknowing restaurant patron that sat down after I left?

Out of the 25 secrets shared in the article, I'm most impressed by how hard chefs work, and how little nonsense they take from waiters and customers. But if you're a vegan, read on, and beware.

Chefs have expensive taste.
The restaurant chefs most often cited as the best in the country was The French Laundry in California’s Napa Valley. It ought to be — dinner there is $240 per person, before wine.

...and yet they like fast food.
Their favorite chain: Wendy’s. Culinary degrees aren’t necessarily the norm. Just half the chefs surveyed graduated from a cooking school. The rest got their training the old-fashioned way, by working their way up through the kitchen ranks.

Roaches are more common than you think.
Yes, 75% of chefs said they’ve seen roaches in the kitchen. And yet, chefs swear their kitchens are clean. On a scale of 1 to 10, 85% of chefs ranked their kitchens an 8 or higher for cleanliness.

Only 13% of chefs have seen a cook do unsavory things to a customer’s food.
The most unbelievable tale: “Someone once ran a steak through a dishwasher after the diner sent it back twice. Ironically, the customer was happy with it then.”

“Vegetarian” is open to interpretation.
About 15% of chefs said their vegetarian dishes might not be completely vegetarian. Beware if you’re one of those super-picky vegan types: One chef reported seeing a cook pour lamb’s blood into a vegan’s primavera.

Does this make you want to eat out, or stay home?

Image via snowpea&bokchoi/Flickr

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29again 29again

Ewwww!!  The restaurants that I've worked in have never done this!  The only items that could be served to multiple customers were things like ketchup in a bottle, or A1 sauce.....things that were in their own container and stayed in it.  Any food on a plate, once it went back to the kitchen was NOT re-served, to ANYONE!!!

kelli... kelli0585

I eat the bread, but I'd never eat the bread basket!  I don't think that's good for your teeth.  :-P

happy... happymom1988

lol to kelli !


but thats gross ! this article amde me rethink my dinners outta home lol


i read somewhere that if we all knew what chinese food was ready made of , or how it was really cooked , that we would all stop eating it !



ewwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww cuz i am a lo mein and fried rice fan ! :(

Derek Banas

I used to work next to a chinese restaurant and the mystery meat they were serving to people was actually rabbit. My buddy that was a manager at many fast food restaurants said if you want to know how clean the kitchen is just go in the bathroom

nonmember avatar Kierah

The bread basket thing is pretty true across the board - common knowledge. Restaurants that bake their own bread/or have a pretty high turnover usually don't do this because you can tell if it fresh or not. Ironically, you probably have a better chance at getting a fresh Cheddar Bay biscuit at Red Lobster, than a fresh roll at your cute local Italian restaurant.
And bathroom are a general benchmark for cleanliness. If the restroom is filthy, imagine what's gone on behind the scenes.

autod... autodidact

they don't know that the customer was happy with the dishwashed steak   . . . aftet two attempts it's likely they came to the conclsion that the restaurant was incapable of doing it right and gave up.



I can't eat bread so no worries there.  Since I have very specific diet guidelines (celiac) I can't eat out often and when I do I eat in places that will cater to my needs so I feel a bit safer knowing they are taking care to not contaminate my food or make me sick.

Phils... PhilsBabyMama

Yuck....  I worked in 3 restaurants, 2 well known chains, and we never did anything gross like that...

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