Kitchens are dangerous, whether you’re at home or cooking in a restaurant. There’s a plethora of dangers that awaiting every corner. Watch out for mandolins, slicers, knives, fires, and just bumping into something you shouldn’t. Seriously, I’ve bumped into a walk-in door or almost fell over while climbing a rack to grab something (I’ve done my time as the shortest cook in a restaurant kitchen back in the day).
One night, after a busy service, I almost sliced my ring finger off while trying to prep some butter lettuce for an order. F*cking butter lettuce, yo. Can you believe it? I wasn’t paying attention and almost lost a finger. Luckily enough, I only left the ER with a few stitches and a damaged ego. I’ve got sugar burns up and down my arms to prove my time in pastry as well.
Some people aren’t so lucky, from losing tips of their fingers to losing their fingerprints for a bit or serious third-degree burns. Soft avocado pits can be insanely dangerous and a dull knife in the kitchen will forever be your worst enemy, that’s for sure.