Waitman Posted May 12, 2010 Share Posted May 12, 2010 So, intrepid New York Times diner-blogger tells evidently trendy NYC chef to lay off the Gordon Ramsay imitation 'cause it's spooking the diners. Chef throws intrepid diner-blogger out of the restaurant. Who's the dick? "About ten minutes after my party of four sat down, we heard yelling — loud, sustained, top-of-lungs yelling — coming from the kitchen. Mr. Forgione was dressing down a member of the staff, in full view of many of the customers. The dining room quieted as patrons exchanged uncomfortable glances". I'll throw my ducat in: the chef. Not that he's not allowed to beat his help like rented mules -- though I've always found there to be a bright line between loud, blunt corrections or instructions under the pressure of service and the kind of abuse Lieber suggests. But because action so grotesque that it silences a room full of New Yorkers is not only clearly unseemly but wildly unprofessional. If the hostess's cell-phone conversation, a waiter's ill-timed cigarette break or a line cook's greasy thumb-print are worthy of comment, then the chef casting a pall over the entire room surely is. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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