Restaurants’ kitchens are great places to run through

I was watching one of my favorite TV shows, the BBC’s MI-5 on DVD today. In one scene, a reporter tries to escape protective custody and runs into a building. He proceeds through the cafeteria’s kitchen while four cooks are preparing food. Not one of them raises an eyebrow.

Have you ever noticed how people are always running through kitchen’s in TV and movies, yet not one person, from the waiter they almost bump into all the way to the chef who is managing the entire space, NEVER says, “Who the hell are you?” People all the time are hiding, walking, and running through kitchens. I once worked at a restaurant in high school and the mean sons-of-bitches that ran the kitchen would stab your hand through to the stainless steel counter if you even looked at a rubber floor mat or a bag of potatoes the wrong way AND I WORKED THERE.

I would ask my readers (yes, Paul and Seth) to walk through a restaurant’s kitchen sometime just to…let’s say, find an exit. Post in the comments your experiences.

3 Responses to “Restaurants’ kitchens are great places to run through”

  1. Seth
    March 5th, 2008 | 5:20 pm

    Mike, thank you for the request by name. I’ll have to wait until I visit an establishment that I don’t mind being kicked out of.

    But until then, I’d like to note my past visits to Buca Di Beppo in Minneapolis, MN. In years past, my mother’s side of the family would meet in Minneapolis for holidays such as Thanksgiving and New Years Eve.

    The restaurant has its customers enter through the kitchen. And not because the front door is being serviced or anything of the like, but because they have intentionally laid out the restaurant this way.

    And I fully admit that walking through an Italian restaurant’s kitchen, chain restaurant or not, makes my tongue swell in anticipation.

  2. Cav
    March 5th, 2008 | 10:19 pm

    Good point. However, the restaurants I am talking about aren’t laid out purposefully in that manner. Now that I’ve opened your brain to thinking about it, watch for it. You’ll see what I mean.

  3. beth
    March 9th, 2008 | 9:06 pm

    You are so right!! Instead of yelling at the person, they just stare at them. Running with scissors is bad – running through a room full of knives, hot pans, glass dishes, and waiters with large trays is worse. Maybe that’s why they like those scenes…