If there were an Olympic event called “Making Food in the Quickest, Most Amazing Way Possible,” these skilled men and women would all be gold medal contenders. From hand-pulling noodles to slicing slivers of pineapple off the top of a trompo for al pastor tacos, these masters are deft with their hands in ways that would make the karate kid look like a trapeze artist whose fingers are coated in butter.
To celebrate the highly specific skills of these street vendors, chefs, and bartenders, we made some GIFs so you could marvel at their magic in slow-motion. This seems like the appropriate time to say “don’t try this at home,” but we can’t promise we’d take our own advice.
Click through the gallery to see GIFs of the 12 most mind-boggling restaurant skills around the world.