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Apr 14, 2007 10:00 AM

Chef launches mustard attack on dressing-on-the-side requesting barman

Just heard about this on NPR's "Wait Wait Don't Tell Me":

I've worked with chefs like this. Not pretty.

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  1. I find it interesting that three people were fired for this, don't you? More to the story time.

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    1. re: tokyorosa

      Why would the other two be fired?

      I ask for dressing on the side a lot. One, I want to control what goes on my salad, as I am doing WW, and also sometimes I just may not like the dressing offered, and want to be able to ask for something else. If it is the first visit I have no idea what they serve,
      and I do think it isn't such a big issue to ladle it into a small container.

      Just did it tonight with no problem.

      Of course if it is salad already dressed, I would never ask, nor order if I wasn't sure of it.

      1. re: hummingbird

        My guess: chef for starting it, barman for fighting back, barman's buddy for jumping in.

    2. This article from the citypages may shed more light on the situation

      "It's fitting that a place known for its unconventional bar food would be the site of an unconventional bar fight, and this was it. Schoenefeld, armed with a full mustard bottle, doused the bartender (and several nearby customers). A second bartender then physically threatened Schoenefeld."

      His behavior was unacceptable. His food is amazing. His hamburgers are the height of beauty at a good price(see internal link in above article for review of the bar).

      I suspect the owner was drawing the line in the sand that he won't put up with unprofessional behavior

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      1. re: doogette

        Doogette, your link above is the same as the OP's, or is that an error? I don't get the "more light" reference when it's the same link. Please enlighten.

        1. re: maria lorraine

          I missread the original post and thought the link was to a different article.
          oh well.

      2. The "chef" in the middle of all this is 25 years old... he has not been around long enough to be so rude. Total lack of respect to the restaurant, his co-workers, and customers.

        1. 25? that kid needs to get over himself. i've worked for chefs who like to throw stuff and have tantrums. it's ridiculous, and trust me, does not build respect. the owner was right to fire them all. appallingly childish behavior.

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          1. re: hotoynoodle

            Also, this was over barfood not a $30 entree.

            1. re: hotoynoodle

              I have a feeling this obviously talented chef has deeper issues than just a quick temper. Drugs? Possible. I hope he gets the help he needs, if indeed that is the case.

            2. Hilarious, if I was sitting at the bar, and got caught in the crossfire I would have had a good chuckle at this kids temper tantrum, and the ensuing confrontation.