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14 Things Chefs Really Hate Being Asked

"What's your favorite thing to cook?"

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2. "I bet you eat the best food!"

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LOL, no. After cooking for 12 hours straight the last thing we want to do is spend even more time cooking for ourselves. Sadly, pizza and take-out are not uncommon.

3. "Do you like *insert celebrity chef here*?"


Sure, they're fun to watch on TV, but they have little in common with what restaurant chefs actually do. (So please don't think our jobs are anything like what you see on TV.)


9. "What's the best way to cook *insert random food item here*?"


There are literally hundreds of ways to cook, and no single response can properly answer that question. Give us some more details and we'll try our best to help you.

11. "How do you stay so skinny?"

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Because we're literally running back and forth in a 100° F kitchen for 12 hours a day. The only time we have to eat is during our five-minute break standing over a garbage can.

13. "Holidays must be delicious at your house!"

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LOL, no. Chefs are cooking on holidays, just not with their families. We work almost every weekend and are lucky to get just one day a week off (let alone a holiday).

14. "What is *insert obscure food term here*?"


Literally, no idea. There's an endless amount of food on this planet and (although we're fairly knowledgable) we're not familiar with these insanely obscure foods you keep asking us about. Umeboshi? No idea.