To the vast majority of restaurant-goers, life inside a professional kitchen used to be something shrouded in mystery. The server took your order, delivered it to the chef, and then—as if by magic—a plate of steaming-hot food would appear in front of you. No one really knew what the hell went on back there. But then, thanks to tell-all books like Anthony Bourdain's Kitchen Confidential—not to mention an endless array of cooking-themed reality TV shows—the world became a little familiar with the archetype of the professional cook, stereotyping chefs as a band of hard-drinking, hard-partying, foul-mouthed lunatics.
Now, an Australian comedian named Troy Kinne has taken all the stereotypes the public usually associates with chef and turned them on their heads in a brief sketch for his television series Kinne. In the clip, aptly titled “Things Never Said By a Head Chef,” Kinne plays a genial cook that one might be surprised to see leading a kitche.
"You don't have to call me ‘Chef’ every time,” Kinne says to start. “That's a bit official.”
From there, Kinne orders his staff to “watch the language,” give a burnt dish to a food critic, and not scrape leftover food in the trash because kids are starving in Africa.
And while Kinne’s character may be a little soft to work in a real kitchen, at least he has less of an ego than the average chef.
"Serving it on a plank of wood would just make us look like wankers," he tells his staff. “Just remember, I don’t expect you to get it perfect.”
[via Troy Kinne/YouTube]