A cut, a burn, a broken plate - what’s the worst mistake you’ve ever made in the kitchen? A dropped pancake? Burned chicken? How about forgetting to tell the chef something he specifically asked you to remember? Over the past few years we’ve been asking some of the world’s best chefs to share with us a story about a time they really messed up in the kitchen, a mistake they made that will live with them forever.
It’s easy for us to forget that chefs, the ones who execute work every day that pursues perfection, make mistakes, but they do. In fact, speak with any of the world’s great chefs and they’ll tell you that the mistakes are more important than the successes.
The next chef to reveal their Chef Mistake is the Peter Gilmore who runs the Quay and Bennelong restaurants in Sydney, Australia.
Gilmore is one of Australia’s best chefs and has personally helped to train many of the young great chefs in the country today, but it doesn’t mean he hasn’t made a few mistakes of his own.
Staff shortages are hitting the hospitality sector hard, prompting some restaurants to look outside the industry to train those without restaurant experience for life in the kitchen. Andrew Friedman finds out more.
The story of baked Alaska is much more than one of cake and ice cream. It’s a story of war and exile, scientific endeavour, and, depending on how you look at it, either political buffoonery or political astuteness.