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Would you mention this to the chef/instructor?

Hubby & I were at the weekly buffet lunch that a local tech college hosts as part of their culinary arts program.....students doing prep,cooking,serving,etc.....

Everything was very good,esp. the roast leg of lamb,the veggies,the loin lamb chops(slightly overdone but still tasty),battered cod,also very good.

However,when we tasted the clam chowder we had been looking forward to,we realized after 2 spoons that the milk(cream?)had been scorched....
that typical 'scorched' taste.Couldn't eat it.

So,going back to buffet table for some other things to try,saw the chef/instructor bringing out a new pan of chicken marsala,also on the menu.

I wanted to quietly mention to him about the scorched chowder,but I didn't.
Not sure why I didn't? I just didn't.....maybe did not want to get student 'in trouble' who made it?

So thinking about this again,what would any of the CH community have done?
Say something? Keep quiet? I'm curious?
Thanks in advance for any response/insight......
Grangie Angie

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  1. In that particular case, where it is a school/college, I would have mentioned it.

    It is not a question of getting someone in "trouble" but helping them learn from their mistake.

    1. I'd be surprised if no one said something even if you didn't. Did the chef/instructor taste the chowder?

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      1. re: HillJ

        I wish I knew? but since I didn't mention it,have no way of knowing? I would certainly hope that he tastes before service.
        I will ask next time we go back....and yes....99% was very good,even the freshly made lemon bars and mini-choc. cheesecakes.
        A very nice lunch at an exceptional price!

        1. re: grangie angie

          I've enjoyed a handful of meals prepared by students both in pop up restaurants and culinary schools and found them to be a lot of fun and a food adventure. Not everything was perfect but I had a ball. You can't beat the price.

          One time in NY we attended a student event and they ran out of the salmon appy course (some mishap during prep) so the students broke out in song to make up for the lack of appy. BRAVO, we all screamed!

      2. Right now i feel like the moment in time as passed to bring it up.
        However, since it is a student cooking yes i would have mentioned it. Either the student didn't taste it before serving, or the instructor didn't or it was fine when they did and was scorched while kept hot for serving. Regardless, if they are unaware then you can look forward to scorched chowder soon at a restaurant near you!

        1. I'd have said something -- it's there to be a learning experience, so while being nasty/bitchy/snarky is uncalled for, it needs to be brought to their attention.

          I'd have said something in a "regular" restaurant, too, as it might mean that they'd learn that the thermostat on the burner isn't working right!

          1. Yes, say something. No one will get in trouble...quite the opposite.

            The more important thing is that this was a chowder. Unlike a single dish where yours was scorched and the other hundred diner's was perfect, a soup is prepared for everyone at one time. When scorched, the entire pot of that chowder will have that taste. Everyone eating will be disappointed...not just a single diner.

            For sure mention it next time.