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Restaurant Confessionals

Working at Cracker Barrel on Thanksgiving Is Pure Insanity

At one of the busiest restaurant chains for families on Thanksgiving in America, you see both the light and dark sides of humanity as chaos sets in.
Anonymous
11.20.17
Restaurants
Restaurants

Eat Cowboy Steaks at this 19th-Century Desert Shack

There is no menu, no cellphone service, no substitutions, 12-volt electricity, and the kind of steak you travel hundreds of miles for.
Emma Mannheimer
11.20.17
truffles
truffles

24 Hours with Milan's Truffle Dealers

Truffle dealing is a race against time. Unless they sell these precious ounces as soon as possible, they lose money.
Carlo Spinelli
11.18.17
Restaurants
Restaurants

The Best Food in Yangon Is Cooked by Street Kids

An initiative in the Burmese capital trains street children and marginalized youth to become confident chefs.
Didem Tali
11.15.17
broth
broth

I Was Insane Until I Started Drinking Broth

Being a manic chef ended up making me physically ill. I was stressed, overweight, depressed, and I felt like shit all the time. When I started drinking broth, I realized it was not only delicious and great to sip on, but also really healing.
Marco Canora
10.22.17
Vietnamese Food
Vietnamese Food

Why Great Pho Broth Starts At 4 AM

Cooks at LA's Nong Lá start prepping the beefy broth well before dawn breaks. But in an industry already struggling to keep line cooks, finding someone to come in before sunrise is particularly tough.
Natalie B. Compton
10.8.17
health code violation
health code violation

I Don't Trust Restaurant Letter Grades

A, B, or C? IDGAF. Fancy letter grades doled out by clueless health department inspectors are less important than common sense and letting a restaurant earn your trust.
Grant Pardee
9.16.17
Restaurant Confessionals
Restaurant Confessionals

Hustling Weed on the Side Helps Keep My Restaurant Open

Welcome back to Restaurant Confessionals, where we talk to the unheard voices of the restaurant industry from both the front-of-house (FOH) and back-of-house (BOH) about what really goes on behind the scenes at your favorite establishments. In this...
Anonymous
9.12.17
COLOMBIA
COLOMBIA

Inside the Colombian Kitchen That's Making Rebels and Soldiers into Chefs

Former FARC guerrillas work right alongside demobilized Colombian army soliders in the kitchens of Juan Manuel Barrientos' acclaimed restaurants in Medellín and Bogotá, where the chef tries to sew peace through cooking.
Laura Dixon
9.10.17
Restaurant Confessionals
Restaurant Confessionals

My Restaurant Has Paid Human Smugglers to Bring Mexicans Over the Border

I have over 20 Mexican employees. And the real truth is that I don’t know which are legal and which aren’t. I truly don’t care. They’re loyal to me and I’m loyal to them.
Anonymous
9.9.17
WTF
WTF

Is Toilet Food Considered a Health Code Violation?

Welcome to the first installment of 'Seriously, Though, Who Is This?' I anonymously texted a bunch of revered chefs weird photos of gourds on toilet rims to deduce their true stances on food safety. The results were divided, to say the least.
Xavier Aaronson
9.5.17
robots
robots

Robots Cooked and Served My Dinner

In the Chinese city of Kunshan, a small army of robot cooks and waiters serve dumplings and fried rice to curious customers at Tian Waike Restaurant, and their owner eventually wants his robots to replace humans the world over.
Jamie Fullerton
8.30.17