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Philly chef Joe Cicala got a painful lesson on kitchen safety when his hand got stuck in a pasta machine

“I just heard a crunch … like a handful of popcorn exploded,” he said.

A Philadelphia chef almost suffered the same excruciating fate as chef Allie Redshaw when she cut off her hand in a meat grinder accident. Joe Cicala — chef at Le Virtù — was making a routine pasta dish using an Italian pasta sheeter machine when something went wrong and his hand got caught in the device. Nearly every finger was crushed, but he is recovering and will be okay, although it was a pretty tough call.

Cicala relayed the harrowing story to Billy Penn. On Mother’s Day, the dining room at Le Virtu was full, and Cicala took the time to practice cooking a dish that he had planned to serve at a James Beard House dinner. He was working on a pasta sheeter machine when he realized the dough had gotten caught a bit inside the machine.

“So, like an idiot, I reached in and tried to force it through the machine,” Cicala told Billy Penn. “And then I just heard a crunch. Like a handful of popcorn exploded. It was so gross.”

His fingers had been sucked into the machine, and since the dining room was packed at peak dinner hour, no one could hear his screams for help.

We’ll spare you the gnarly details of this kitchen horror story, but emergency medical workers had to reverse the direction of the rollers to release his hand. It turned out that every single bone had been broken and he had to go into emergency surgery to reconnect the nerves and tendons.

Cicala was lucky. He’ll regain the use of his hand with physical therapy, but never feel his pinky ever again — a relatively benign outcome to an incident that could have ruined his career.

Even if you don’t get your hand stuck in a pasta machine, there are plenty of other kitchen hazards to watch out for — these are the 6 Most Common Kitchen Injuries and How to Treat Them.


[Contest] Kitchen Nightmares

RAOA, I LOVE to cook. My cookbook collection is the bane of a mover's existence. I never have enough kitchen space for my equipment and gadjets. My dream gift is a sous vide.

Naturally, I have suffered some injuries. Burns and cuts abound in the life of a professional and home cook. My best injury will be in the comments, and I want to hear about yours. And yes, I want pictures if you have them!

Also include a link for something on your wishlist that's

I will choose the winner via red it raffle, the phrase is big chefin. Contest closes November 1st!

Edited raffle phrase because reddit raffle hates punctuation.

This contest is closed. /u/RoseMadderX is the winner!

When I was in college, I awoke late one morning with a brutal hangover. This was when I learned it's not a good idea to mix beer, champagne, whiskey and rum all in one night. My entire body was hating me, but I managed to get up and moving eventually.

I needed something to settle my stomach and I was not in the mood for a big chefin meal. Box mac and cheese was decided upon. Noodles cooked and now it's time to drain them, but alas the sink was full of dirty dishes from my roommates. No worries, I'll just carry the pot (one of those pots with a lid that works like a colander for easy draining) to the bathroom sink and drain.

Halfway down the hall I managed to spill some hot water directly on my foot. In my panicked state, I decided I should rush to drain the pasta and get the hot pot back to the kitchen before removing my sock, because I couldn’t risk losing the valuable cooked pasta. This genius moment resulted in 3rd degree burns on my foot because my sock kept the hot water right against my skin the entire time.

I think my worst big chefin moment was when I realized sometimes I can't even boil water. I left the pot on the stove to boil and came back far too late. The water had long evaporated. The pan wasn't just ruined, but melting. It was starting to catch on fire, blue flames eating away at the melting plastic handle. The smell was horrible, forcing the air out of my lungs. It was almost as bad as the time I went to steam veggies and forgot to add the water, completely melting the steamer inside the pot. Sigh. I do things like this far too often.

Oh, man. My worst ever kitchen injury. believe it or not. was when I tried to peel a cucumber. Yep. I was using your standard vegetable peeler tool, and somehow it just slipped. I shaved off the tip of my thumb, a huge chunk above where my fingernail ended. It bled like crazy. I ran upstairs, dripping blood, and into the bathroom. Turned on the faucet and held it there for a while, then eventually turned the faucet off - eyes closed. Eventually I realized the ongoing dripping was my thumb, not the faucet. Oh, god. When I finally calmed down, wrapped a towel around myself, and went downstairs? My dog was licking my blood from the tile.

Mine happened when I was a little guy helping my mom in the kitchen. We were making a soup and my job was to break the chicken up into smaller pieces. My mom had to leave the room for the phone and she made the mistake of leaving a four year old alone with a boiling pot. I tried moving the pan but ended up dumping the boiling water all over my left arm. I had to go to the hospital of course. Surprisingly, my huge scar from the incident is almost completely invisible. My mom put lots of aloe on it and it healed up really well. Iɽ show a picture but all the pictures are at home and I'm away at school. Seeing the pictures from after it happened, it is kinda hard to believe that I don't have a more visible scar now.

little man big chefin and here is my link

Honestly, with how much I cook and bake, I don't have a story of any major cuts or burns. I'm extremely careful when it comes to the kitchen.

There is one story that happened when I was around three with a butter knife. My mom was taking a mid day nap on the couch. I had this extreme urge to eat an orange and tried to wake her up to peel it for me. She was dead tired because she worked many hours to raise two kids so she told me to wait. So I had this bright idea that I would take care of this task on my own with a butter knife. I ended up cutting pretty deep, for a butter knife, into my left hand middle finger. I ran into the bathroom to hide and wrapped a piece of toilet paper around it and held it tight because it was bleeding quite a bit. My older sister found me and figured out something happened. She woke my mom obviously and then the scolding and coaxing went from there. I still have a visible scar that kind of resembles an eye shape.

Do you have any recipes you hold highly over the rest?

I too have mangled myself with a butter knife, cutting a Yorkshire pudding no less!

I don't think I have any recipes I value over others - I like improvising and trying new recipes - but the dish I make most would have to be chili. Hearty, delicious, and lasts a long time. I am gearing up to make some feijoada which is my favorite soup like dish EVER so hopefully it comes out well!

My skin heals very quickly so if I have scars, I don't have most of them for long, but I do having matching scars on both forearms that haven't gone away yet. One from reaching into an oven without mitts, one from leaning against one of those industrial food heaters.

Iɽ take pictures, but they're almost too faint for camera and don't look impressive anymore, haha.

However, I have to say my worst injury was when I was working at Dunkin Donuts. Someone walked into me when I was handling some bitch's cup of hot water in my left hand and it splashed onto my arm and burned the crap out of it, blistering and shit. My manager, of course, just told me to put burn cream and a glove on it and continue working even though it looked like I had a lobster claw. There was evidence of the injury 5 months after it happened.

The first time I made (well, tried to) ramen was in 6th grade. My mom had made it a couple of times, and it was considered a rare treat. Well, I decided I wanted to make my own! So I filled a massive pot TO THE TOP with water, let it boil with the HANDLE STICKING OUT, and LEFT THE ROOM. When I heard bubbling, I ran into the kitchen, knocked it over, and boiling water splooshed down all over my legs. I was wearing thick long pants so I wasn't badly injured, but there were some nasty burns. Hurt to sit and jump for like two months.

The worst I've had is to burn my fingers when I try to pull something out of the oven. I had a crappy oven mitt that had holes on it and I would have to be especially careful when grabbing something.

I wasn't cooking when I sliced my thumb I was doing dishes. I guess the water was to hot and I put some dishes in the sink left for a sec came back grabbed the broken glass and swiped it all my thumb. I didn't realize the glass was broke until I had blood running down my arm. You could see the white tissue and was sliced all the way down to my bone. My EX (so at the time) was gone and refuesd to come home and take me to the ER to get it stitched so I had to deal with it. Boy did that hurt.

Aside from many burns from the 650* pizza oven, my worst injury was at my last job. I was cutting scallions on Christmas Eve morning, trying to get all the rich folks catering orders done and the girl next to me bumped into me and I nearly sliced the top of my thumb off. Thankfully she was a CNA so she bandaged me up pretty good, but told me I was losing blood and needed stitches. Went to my boss and he said no, get back to work. By the time I finished my shift I had lost so much blood I was white as a ghost. Being Christmas eve, I had to go to an Urgent Care where the doctor scolded me for not coming in earlier. I got my stitches and spent the rest of Christmas Eve/Christmas with a giant bandaged thumb. This was before I had a smart phone tho so regretfully I don't have any photos. Which is a bummer, scars are cool! big chefin and thanks for the contest!

This (used) for my daughter from my kiddos list please.

When I was in 7th grade, I was fixing the glasses for dinner and my mom was making spaghetti. We both turned around at the same time, and the hot metal pot hit me in the arm and the boiling water sloshed over. So, I got burned really bad with a huge blister on my arm that moved around when I moved my arm :-P

About 8 years I was cooking for an ill friend in her very small kitchen. There was about 3 ft of space between the stove and the sink opposite it. As I was turning around with the pot of still-boiling water, my friend's Akita heard something at the back of the house and came charging through the small space. This caused me to stop suddenly. As I stopped with the pot of boiling water in my hand, the laws of physics caused the water to continue moving. Half the pot of water ended up on my hand.

After several hours of extreme pain, I made my way to the ER when the skin on my hand began to bubble and blister. I was found to have 2nd degree burns over about 25% of my hand. Morphine did nothing for the pain. I healed up well and don't have much scar tissue.

I was once using a mandolin to slice some strawberries super thin. Started going real fast and having a lot of fun. Wasn't using the guard. I ended up with a nice slice of my thumb in the bowl with the strawberries!

10 year old me decided to make fudge. yes fudge. I began to mix the half and half, butter and sugar and bring it to a boil. Me being relatively new to the whole cooking and baking chemistry business, I passed my arm directly over the pot of boiling sugary napalm. A bubble burst, sending the sugary napalmy goodness all over my arm.

Working as a barista I burn myself a lot. One time the espresso machine was on the fritz and the steam wand sprayed hot milk all over my face. I have also accidentally spilled an entire cup of hot coffee down my shirt.

At home, I remember the first time I ever cooked bacon. I had it on too high and the oil was starting to pop. I went to turn it down lower and it let out a huge pop and sprayed hot oil all over my arm.

When I was a kid I put my hand down on the stove without realizing my mom has just used that burner. My entire finger was one big blister. It was disgusting and so painful I had to keep ice on it even when i was in the shower.

Item. If the price raises then anything else on my list is fine too. Thanks for the contest!

I'm working saute in one of the best restaurants in town on a busy Friday night. The special is duck something (this was like 6 years ago). It's really busy, so I have 12 burners going. I'm cooking pastas, fish, making sauce for the grill guy and cooking the special.

I have 2 fry pans heating up for 3 specials. In the heat of the moment I grab one of said pans to add some oil and then the duck breast without my towel. The handle had been sitting on an open flame for at least 5 minutes. I scream, toss the pan to the floor and immediately run some cold water.

Chef looks at me with a dreadful face and says "Please tell me you can at least stay with us through the rush?". I can't let my team down, and obviously my pride steps in so I agree to stay.

I spend the next 3 hours with my hand in a mixing bowl of ice water and cooking through the rush with ONE hand. The night went smoothly and as I work my way down to the last 3 tickets Chef tells me he'll take over and sends me to the ER.

If I could only show you how big that blister was. All across my palm and fingers. Took about a month to heal up. Also had to work one handed for a month, in a busy kitchen. Totally sucked balls.

Big Chefin. My worst injury was inflicted on me by another. I was cooking bacon. My ex decided he also wanted bacon! He however did not want to come near the hot frying pan in my hand. So instead of letting put the pan down and come get some more bacon he took a step back and threw more bacon into the pan. The splash back was astonishing. And anyone who has been burnt by bacon fat knows it is not a pleasent experience. Especially when you're not given a chance to tend to and expected to finishing cooking said bacon first.

I did not sleep that night as the burn hurt so bad I can't bare not having it in water/something cold on it. My ex, initially to comfort me, slept in my bed with me, but it was a single and there just wasn't room for me to lay there and tend to my hand so I ended up in a ball on the floor.

Two years on I still have some discolouring on my hand from it. I wish I had pictures but I never thought to take any. This incident makes me laugh when I see my ex's new girlfriend call him brave.

Giftcard would totally be cool, Itɽ be put towards my mother's birthday present that I need to decide on next month.

I was a short order cook for a place that served breakfast, and I worked the stove most of the time. We kept the gravy in a soup warmer on the counter since we worked out of a small kitchen and couldn't keep it on the stove. Somehow, it fell off the counter and boiling gravy landed all over my feet. I got one shoe off pretty quick without any damages, but because I was standing in gravy it was hard to get the other shoe off which left me with a ton of bad burns on my foot. One spot was bad in particular because the gravy got caught between the side of my foot and the shoe. I don't have any pictures of the actual blister, but lets just say when it popped it felt like a waterfall was running down my foot. Here is a picture of my tattoo which runs over the scar left by the burn. Its the red spot towards the end of it.

I honestly do not have a best injury other then the minor burns and cuts, however I do have a great goof story that was a KITCHEN nightmare.

Last year my sons 4th birthday we decide to make a monster truck cake, after looking at countless photos I have an idea what we are going to make. So I the night before I made square cake, bought a loaf cake to cut for ramps, cover it in icing, food dye for grass, monster trucks jumping over cars, cars smacked into the mud, and ect. Cake looks awesome. We place the cake into the oven for safe keeping from little fingers, Next day, party day: wake up start decorating, release we are cutting it close on time and need to start cooking some food so I tell the old man to pre heat the oven Yep the cakes still inside. We don't realize until the monster trucks we have on the cake start to burn b/c the plastic is melting. The icing in the cake is melting off all over the oven, horrible mess, trying to bring to burning cake outside to the patio, icing is dripping everywhere. I panicking have 30 mins to show time. My sons crying that he doesn't have cake now " you melted my cake, now i don't have cake" I go into superhero mode run to the store buy some premade cakes and make another one in like 15 mins. I had to use the melted trucks and cars for the new one. It somehow worked out. Had to explain to the whole party why my house smelled like burnt plastic and there was a horrific looking cake on my porch. I have a pic need to find it.


[Contest] Kitchen Nightmares

RAOA, I LOVE to cook. My cookbook collection is the bane of a mover's existence. I never have enough kitchen space for my equipment and gadjets. My dream gift is a sous vide.

Naturally, I have suffered some injuries. Burns and cuts abound in the life of a professional and home cook. My best injury will be in the comments, and I want to hear about yours. And yes, I want pictures if you have them!

Also include a link for something on your wishlist that's

I will choose the winner via red it raffle, the phrase is big chefin. Contest closes November 1st!

Edited raffle phrase because reddit raffle hates punctuation.

This contest is closed. /u/RoseMadderX is the winner!

When I was in college, I awoke late one morning with a brutal hangover. This was when I learned it's not a good idea to mix beer, champagne, whiskey and rum all in one night. My entire body was hating me, but I managed to get up and moving eventually.

I needed something to settle my stomach and I was not in the mood for a big chefin meal. Box mac and cheese was decided upon. Noodles cooked and now it's time to drain them, but alas the sink was full of dirty dishes from my roommates. No worries, I'll just carry the pot (one of those pots with a lid that works like a colander for easy draining) to the bathroom sink and drain.

Halfway down the hall I managed to spill some hot water directly on my foot. In my panicked state, I decided I should rush to drain the pasta and get the hot pot back to the kitchen before removing my sock, because I couldn’t risk losing the valuable cooked pasta. This genius moment resulted in 3rd degree burns on my foot because my sock kept the hot water right against my skin the entire time.

I think my worst big chefin moment was when I realized sometimes I can't even boil water. I left the pot on the stove to boil and came back far too late. The water had long evaporated. The pan wasn't just ruined, but melting. It was starting to catch on fire, blue flames eating away at the melting plastic handle. The smell was horrible, forcing the air out of my lungs. It was almost as bad as the time I went to steam veggies and forgot to add the water, completely melting the steamer inside the pot. Sigh. I do things like this far too often.

Oh, man. My worst ever kitchen injury. believe it or not. was when I tried to peel a cucumber. Yep. I was using your standard vegetable peeler tool, and somehow it just slipped. I shaved off the tip of my thumb, a huge chunk above where my fingernail ended. It bled like crazy. I ran upstairs, dripping blood, and into the bathroom. Turned on the faucet and held it there for a while, then eventually turned the faucet off - eyes closed. Eventually I realized the ongoing dripping was my thumb, not the faucet. Oh, god. When I finally calmed down, wrapped a towel around myself, and went downstairs? My dog was licking my blood from the tile.

Mine happened when I was a little guy helping my mom in the kitchen. We were making a soup and my job was to break the chicken up into smaller pieces. My mom had to leave the room for the phone and she made the mistake of leaving a four year old alone with a boiling pot. I tried moving the pan but ended up dumping the boiling water all over my left arm. I had to go to the hospital of course. Surprisingly, my huge scar from the incident is almost completely invisible. My mom put lots of aloe on it and it healed up really well. Iɽ show a picture but all the pictures are at home and I'm away at school. Seeing the pictures from after it happened, it is kinda hard to believe that I don't have a more visible scar now.

little man big chefin and here is my link

Honestly, with how much I cook and bake, I don't have a story of any major cuts or burns. I'm extremely careful when it comes to the kitchen.

There is one story that happened when I was around three with a butter knife. My mom was taking a mid day nap on the couch. I had this extreme urge to eat an orange and tried to wake her up to peel it for me. She was dead tired because she worked many hours to raise two kids so she told me to wait. So I had this bright idea that I would take care of this task on my own with a butter knife. I ended up cutting pretty deep, for a butter knife, into my left hand middle finger. I ran into the bathroom to hide and wrapped a piece of toilet paper around it and held it tight because it was bleeding quite a bit. My older sister found me and figured out something happened. She woke my mom obviously and then the scolding and coaxing went from there. I still have a visible scar that kind of resembles an eye shape.

Do you have any recipes you hold highly over the rest?

I too have mangled myself with a butter knife, cutting a Yorkshire pudding no less!

I don't think I have any recipes I value over others - I like improvising and trying new recipes - but the dish I make most would have to be chili. Hearty, delicious, and lasts a long time. I am gearing up to make some feijoada which is my favorite soup like dish EVER so hopefully it comes out well!

My skin heals very quickly so if I have scars, I don't have most of them for long, but I do having matching scars on both forearms that haven't gone away yet. One from reaching into an oven without mitts, one from leaning against one of those industrial food heaters.

Iɽ take pictures, but they're almost too faint for camera and don't look impressive anymore, haha.

However, I have to say my worst injury was when I was working at Dunkin Donuts. Someone walked into me when I was handling some bitch's cup of hot water in my left hand and it splashed onto my arm and burned the crap out of it, blistering and shit. My manager, of course, just told me to put burn cream and a glove on it and continue working even though it looked like I had a lobster claw. There was evidence of the injury 5 months after it happened.

The first time I made (well, tried to) ramen was in 6th grade. My mom had made it a couple of times, and it was considered a rare treat. Well, I decided I wanted to make my own! So I filled a massive pot TO THE TOP with water, let it boil with the HANDLE STICKING OUT, and LEFT THE ROOM. When I heard bubbling, I ran into the kitchen, knocked it over, and boiling water splooshed down all over my legs. I was wearing thick long pants so I wasn't badly injured, but there were some nasty burns. Hurt to sit and jump for like two months.

The worst I've had is to burn my fingers when I try to pull something out of the oven. I had a crappy oven mitt that had holes on it and I would have to be especially careful when grabbing something.

I wasn't cooking when I sliced my thumb I was doing dishes. I guess the water was to hot and I put some dishes in the sink left for a sec came back grabbed the broken glass and swiped it all my thumb. I didn't realize the glass was broke until I had blood running down my arm. You could see the white tissue and was sliced all the way down to my bone. My EX (so at the time) was gone and refuesd to come home and take me to the ER to get it stitched so I had to deal with it. Boy did that hurt.

Aside from many burns from the 650* pizza oven, my worst injury was at my last job. I was cutting scallions on Christmas Eve morning, trying to get all the rich folks catering orders done and the girl next to me bumped into me and I nearly sliced the top of my thumb off. Thankfully she was a CNA so she bandaged me up pretty good, but told me I was losing blood and needed stitches. Went to my boss and he said no, get back to work. By the time I finished my shift I had lost so much blood I was white as a ghost. Being Christmas eve, I had to go to an Urgent Care where the doctor scolded me for not coming in earlier. I got my stitches and spent the rest of Christmas Eve/Christmas with a giant bandaged thumb. This was before I had a smart phone tho so regretfully I don't have any photos. Which is a bummer, scars are cool! big chefin and thanks for the contest!

This (used) for my daughter from my kiddos list please.

When I was in 7th grade, I was fixing the glasses for dinner and my mom was making spaghetti. We both turned around at the same time, and the hot metal pot hit me in the arm and the boiling water sloshed over. So, I got burned really bad with a huge blister on my arm that moved around when I moved my arm :-P

About 8 years I was cooking for an ill friend in her very small kitchen. There was about 3 ft of space between the stove and the sink opposite it. As I was turning around with the pot of still-boiling water, my friend's Akita heard something at the back of the house and came charging through the small space. This caused me to stop suddenly. As I stopped with the pot of boiling water in my hand, the laws of physics caused the water to continue moving. Half the pot of water ended up on my hand.

After several hours of extreme pain, I made my way to the ER when the skin on my hand began to bubble and blister. I was found to have 2nd degree burns over about 25% of my hand. Morphine did nothing for the pain. I healed up well and don't have much scar tissue.

I was once using a mandolin to slice some strawberries super thin. Started going real fast and having a lot of fun. Wasn't using the guard. I ended up with a nice slice of my thumb in the bowl with the strawberries!

10 year old me decided to make fudge. yes fudge. I began to mix the half and half, butter and sugar and bring it to a boil. Me being relatively new to the whole cooking and baking chemistry business, I passed my arm directly over the pot of boiling sugary napalm. A bubble burst, sending the sugary napalmy goodness all over my arm.

Working as a barista I burn myself a lot. One time the espresso machine was on the fritz and the steam wand sprayed hot milk all over my face. I have also accidentally spilled an entire cup of hot coffee down my shirt.

At home, I remember the first time I ever cooked bacon. I had it on too high and the oil was starting to pop. I went to turn it down lower and it let out a huge pop and sprayed hot oil all over my arm.

When I was a kid I put my hand down on the stove without realizing my mom has just used that burner. My entire finger was one big blister. It was disgusting and so painful I had to keep ice on it even when i was in the shower.

Item. If the price raises then anything else on my list is fine too. Thanks for the contest!

I'm working saute in one of the best restaurants in town on a busy Friday night. The special is duck something (this was like 6 years ago). It's really busy, so I have 12 burners going. I'm cooking pastas, fish, making sauce for the grill guy and cooking the special.

I have 2 fry pans heating up for 3 specials. In the heat of the moment I grab one of said pans to add some oil and then the duck breast without my towel. The handle had been sitting on an open flame for at least 5 minutes. I scream, toss the pan to the floor and immediately run some cold water.

Chef looks at me with a dreadful face and says "Please tell me you can at least stay with us through the rush?". I can't let my team down, and obviously my pride steps in so I agree to stay.

I spend the next 3 hours with my hand in a mixing bowl of ice water and cooking through the rush with ONE hand. The night went smoothly and as I work my way down to the last 3 tickets Chef tells me he'll take over and sends me to the ER.

If I could only show you how big that blister was. All across my palm and fingers. Took about a month to heal up. Also had to work one handed for a month, in a busy kitchen. Totally sucked balls.

Big Chefin. My worst injury was inflicted on me by another. I was cooking bacon. My ex decided he also wanted bacon! He however did not want to come near the hot frying pan in my hand. So instead of letting put the pan down and come get some more bacon he took a step back and threw more bacon into the pan. The splash back was astonishing. And anyone who has been burnt by bacon fat knows it is not a pleasent experience. Especially when you're not given a chance to tend to and expected to finishing cooking said bacon first.

I did not sleep that night as the burn hurt so bad I can't bare not having it in water/something cold on it. My ex, initially to comfort me, slept in my bed with me, but it was a single and there just wasn't room for me to lay there and tend to my hand so I ended up in a ball on the floor.

Two years on I still have some discolouring on my hand from it. I wish I had pictures but I never thought to take any. This incident makes me laugh when I see my ex's new girlfriend call him brave.

Giftcard would totally be cool, Itɽ be put towards my mother's birthday present that I need to decide on next month.

I was a short order cook for a place that served breakfast, and I worked the stove most of the time. We kept the gravy in a soup warmer on the counter since we worked out of a small kitchen and couldn't keep it on the stove. Somehow, it fell off the counter and boiling gravy landed all over my feet. I got one shoe off pretty quick without any damages, but because I was standing in gravy it was hard to get the other shoe off which left me with a ton of bad burns on my foot. One spot was bad in particular because the gravy got caught between the side of my foot and the shoe. I don't have any pictures of the actual blister, but lets just say when it popped it felt like a waterfall was running down my foot. Here is a picture of my tattoo which runs over the scar left by the burn. Its the red spot towards the end of it.

I honestly do not have a best injury other then the minor burns and cuts, however I do have a great goof story that was a KITCHEN nightmare.

Last year my sons 4th birthday we decide to make a monster truck cake, after looking at countless photos I have an idea what we are going to make. So I the night before I made square cake, bought a loaf cake to cut for ramps, cover it in icing, food dye for grass, monster trucks jumping over cars, cars smacked into the mud, and ect. Cake looks awesome. We place the cake into the oven for safe keeping from little fingers, Next day, party day: wake up start decorating, release we are cutting it close on time and need to start cooking some food so I tell the old man to pre heat the oven Yep the cakes still inside. We don't realize until the monster trucks we have on the cake start to burn b/c the plastic is melting. The icing in the cake is melting off all over the oven, horrible mess, trying to bring to burning cake outside to the patio, icing is dripping everywhere. I panicking have 30 mins to show time. My sons crying that he doesn't have cake now " you melted my cake, now i don't have cake" I go into superhero mode run to the store buy some premade cakes and make another one in like 15 mins. I had to use the melted trucks and cars for the new one. It somehow worked out. Had to explain to the whole party why my house smelled like burnt plastic and there was a horrific looking cake on my porch. I have a pic need to find it.


[Contest] Kitchen Nightmares

RAOA, I LOVE to cook. My cookbook collection is the bane of a mover's existence. I never have enough kitchen space for my equipment and gadjets. My dream gift is a sous vide.

Naturally, I have suffered some injuries. Burns and cuts abound in the life of a professional and home cook. My best injury will be in the comments, and I want to hear about yours. And yes, I want pictures if you have them!

Also include a link for something on your wishlist that's

I will choose the winner via red it raffle, the phrase is big chefin. Contest closes November 1st!

Edited raffle phrase because reddit raffle hates punctuation.

This contest is closed. /u/RoseMadderX is the winner!

When I was in college, I awoke late one morning with a brutal hangover. This was when I learned it's not a good idea to mix beer, champagne, whiskey and rum all in one night. My entire body was hating me, but I managed to get up and moving eventually.

I needed something to settle my stomach and I was not in the mood for a big chefin meal. Box mac and cheese was decided upon. Noodles cooked and now it's time to drain them, but alas the sink was full of dirty dishes from my roommates. No worries, I'll just carry the pot (one of those pots with a lid that works like a colander for easy draining) to the bathroom sink and drain.

Halfway down the hall I managed to spill some hot water directly on my foot. In my panicked state, I decided I should rush to drain the pasta and get the hot pot back to the kitchen before removing my sock, because I couldn’t risk losing the valuable cooked pasta. This genius moment resulted in 3rd degree burns on my foot because my sock kept the hot water right against my skin the entire time.

I think my worst big chefin moment was when I realized sometimes I can't even boil water. I left the pot on the stove to boil and came back far too late. The water had long evaporated. The pan wasn't just ruined, but melting. It was starting to catch on fire, blue flames eating away at the melting plastic handle. The smell was horrible, forcing the air out of my lungs. It was almost as bad as the time I went to steam veggies and forgot to add the water, completely melting the steamer inside the pot. Sigh. I do things like this far too often.

Oh, man. My worst ever kitchen injury. believe it or not. was when I tried to peel a cucumber. Yep. I was using your standard vegetable peeler tool, and somehow it just slipped. I shaved off the tip of my thumb, a huge chunk above where my fingernail ended. It bled like crazy. I ran upstairs, dripping blood, and into the bathroom. Turned on the faucet and held it there for a while, then eventually turned the faucet off - eyes closed. Eventually I realized the ongoing dripping was my thumb, not the faucet. Oh, god. When I finally calmed down, wrapped a towel around myself, and went downstairs? My dog was licking my blood from the tile.

Mine happened when I was a little guy helping my mom in the kitchen. We were making a soup and my job was to break the chicken up into smaller pieces. My mom had to leave the room for the phone and she made the mistake of leaving a four year old alone with a boiling pot. I tried moving the pan but ended up dumping the boiling water all over my left arm. I had to go to the hospital of course. Surprisingly, my huge scar from the incident is almost completely invisible. My mom put lots of aloe on it and it healed up really well. Iɽ show a picture but all the pictures are at home and I'm away at school. Seeing the pictures from after it happened, it is kinda hard to believe that I don't have a more visible scar now.

little man big chefin and here is my link

Honestly, with how much I cook and bake, I don't have a story of any major cuts or burns. I'm extremely careful when it comes to the kitchen.

There is one story that happened when I was around three with a butter knife. My mom was taking a mid day nap on the couch. I had this extreme urge to eat an orange and tried to wake her up to peel it for me. She was dead tired because she worked many hours to raise two kids so she told me to wait. So I had this bright idea that I would take care of this task on my own with a butter knife. I ended up cutting pretty deep, for a butter knife, into my left hand middle finger. I ran into the bathroom to hide and wrapped a piece of toilet paper around it and held it tight because it was bleeding quite a bit. My older sister found me and figured out something happened. She woke my mom obviously and then the scolding and coaxing went from there. I still have a visible scar that kind of resembles an eye shape.

Do you have any recipes you hold highly over the rest?

I too have mangled myself with a butter knife, cutting a Yorkshire pudding no less!

I don't think I have any recipes I value over others - I like improvising and trying new recipes - but the dish I make most would have to be chili. Hearty, delicious, and lasts a long time. I am gearing up to make some feijoada which is my favorite soup like dish EVER so hopefully it comes out well!

My skin heals very quickly so if I have scars, I don't have most of them for long, but I do having matching scars on both forearms that haven't gone away yet. One from reaching into an oven without mitts, one from leaning against one of those industrial food heaters.

Iɽ take pictures, but they're almost too faint for camera and don't look impressive anymore, haha.

However, I have to say my worst injury was when I was working at Dunkin Donuts. Someone walked into me when I was handling some bitch's cup of hot water in my left hand and it splashed onto my arm and burned the crap out of it, blistering and shit. My manager, of course, just told me to put burn cream and a glove on it and continue working even though it looked like I had a lobster claw. There was evidence of the injury 5 months after it happened.

The first time I made (well, tried to) ramen was in 6th grade. My mom had made it a couple of times, and it was considered a rare treat. Well, I decided I wanted to make my own! So I filled a massive pot TO THE TOP with water, let it boil with the HANDLE STICKING OUT, and LEFT THE ROOM. When I heard bubbling, I ran into the kitchen, knocked it over, and boiling water splooshed down all over my legs. I was wearing thick long pants so I wasn't badly injured, but there were some nasty burns. Hurt to sit and jump for like two months.

The worst I've had is to burn my fingers when I try to pull something out of the oven. I had a crappy oven mitt that had holes on it and I would have to be especially careful when grabbing something.

I wasn't cooking when I sliced my thumb I was doing dishes. I guess the water was to hot and I put some dishes in the sink left for a sec came back grabbed the broken glass and swiped it all my thumb. I didn't realize the glass was broke until I had blood running down my arm. You could see the white tissue and was sliced all the way down to my bone. My EX (so at the time) was gone and refuesd to come home and take me to the ER to get it stitched so I had to deal with it. Boy did that hurt.

Aside from many burns from the 650* pizza oven, my worst injury was at my last job. I was cutting scallions on Christmas Eve morning, trying to get all the rich folks catering orders done and the girl next to me bumped into me and I nearly sliced the top of my thumb off. Thankfully she was a CNA so she bandaged me up pretty good, but told me I was losing blood and needed stitches. Went to my boss and he said no, get back to work. By the time I finished my shift I had lost so much blood I was white as a ghost. Being Christmas eve, I had to go to an Urgent Care where the doctor scolded me for not coming in earlier. I got my stitches and spent the rest of Christmas Eve/Christmas with a giant bandaged thumb. This was before I had a smart phone tho so regretfully I don't have any photos. Which is a bummer, scars are cool! big chefin and thanks for the contest!

This (used) for my daughter from my kiddos list please.

When I was in 7th grade, I was fixing the glasses for dinner and my mom was making spaghetti. We both turned around at the same time, and the hot metal pot hit me in the arm and the boiling water sloshed over. So, I got burned really bad with a huge blister on my arm that moved around when I moved my arm :-P

About 8 years I was cooking for an ill friend in her very small kitchen. There was about 3 ft of space between the stove and the sink opposite it. As I was turning around with the pot of still-boiling water, my friend's Akita heard something at the back of the house and came charging through the small space. This caused me to stop suddenly. As I stopped with the pot of boiling water in my hand, the laws of physics caused the water to continue moving. Half the pot of water ended up on my hand.

After several hours of extreme pain, I made my way to the ER when the skin on my hand began to bubble and blister. I was found to have 2nd degree burns over about 25% of my hand. Morphine did nothing for the pain. I healed up well and don't have much scar tissue.

I was once using a mandolin to slice some strawberries super thin. Started going real fast and having a lot of fun. Wasn't using the guard. I ended up with a nice slice of my thumb in the bowl with the strawberries!

10 year old me decided to make fudge. yes fudge. I began to mix the half and half, butter and sugar and bring it to a boil. Me being relatively new to the whole cooking and baking chemistry business, I passed my arm directly over the pot of boiling sugary napalm. A bubble burst, sending the sugary napalmy goodness all over my arm.

Working as a barista I burn myself a lot. One time the espresso machine was on the fritz and the steam wand sprayed hot milk all over my face. I have also accidentally spilled an entire cup of hot coffee down my shirt.

At home, I remember the first time I ever cooked bacon. I had it on too high and the oil was starting to pop. I went to turn it down lower and it let out a huge pop and sprayed hot oil all over my arm.

When I was a kid I put my hand down on the stove without realizing my mom has just used that burner. My entire finger was one big blister. It was disgusting and so painful I had to keep ice on it even when i was in the shower.

Item. If the price raises then anything else on my list is fine too. Thanks for the contest!

I'm working saute in one of the best restaurants in town on a busy Friday night. The special is duck something (this was like 6 years ago). It's really busy, so I have 12 burners going. I'm cooking pastas, fish, making sauce for the grill guy and cooking the special.

I have 2 fry pans heating up for 3 specials. In the heat of the moment I grab one of said pans to add some oil and then the duck breast without my towel. The handle had been sitting on an open flame for at least 5 minutes. I scream, toss the pan to the floor and immediately run some cold water.

Chef looks at me with a dreadful face and says "Please tell me you can at least stay with us through the rush?". I can't let my team down, and obviously my pride steps in so I agree to stay.

I spend the next 3 hours with my hand in a mixing bowl of ice water and cooking through the rush with ONE hand. The night went smoothly and as I work my way down to the last 3 tickets Chef tells me he'll take over and sends me to the ER.

If I could only show you how big that blister was. All across my palm and fingers. Took about a month to heal up. Also had to work one handed for a month, in a busy kitchen. Totally sucked balls.

Big Chefin. My worst injury was inflicted on me by another. I was cooking bacon. My ex decided he also wanted bacon! He however did not want to come near the hot frying pan in my hand. So instead of letting put the pan down and come get some more bacon he took a step back and threw more bacon into the pan. The splash back was astonishing. And anyone who has been burnt by bacon fat knows it is not a pleasent experience. Especially when you're not given a chance to tend to and expected to finishing cooking said bacon first.

I did not sleep that night as the burn hurt so bad I can't bare not having it in water/something cold on it. My ex, initially to comfort me, slept in my bed with me, but it was a single and there just wasn't room for me to lay there and tend to my hand so I ended up in a ball on the floor.

Two years on I still have some discolouring on my hand from it. I wish I had pictures but I never thought to take any. This incident makes me laugh when I see my ex's new girlfriend call him brave.

Giftcard would totally be cool, Itɽ be put towards my mother's birthday present that I need to decide on next month.

I was a short order cook for a place that served breakfast, and I worked the stove most of the time. We kept the gravy in a soup warmer on the counter since we worked out of a small kitchen and couldn't keep it on the stove. Somehow, it fell off the counter and boiling gravy landed all over my feet. I got one shoe off pretty quick without any damages, but because I was standing in gravy it was hard to get the other shoe off which left me with a ton of bad burns on my foot. One spot was bad in particular because the gravy got caught between the side of my foot and the shoe. I don't have any pictures of the actual blister, but lets just say when it popped it felt like a waterfall was running down my foot. Here is a picture of my tattoo which runs over the scar left by the burn. Its the red spot towards the end of it.

I honestly do not have a best injury other then the minor burns and cuts, however I do have a great goof story that was a KITCHEN nightmare.

Last year my sons 4th birthday we decide to make a monster truck cake, after looking at countless photos I have an idea what we are going to make. So I the night before I made square cake, bought a loaf cake to cut for ramps, cover it in icing, food dye for grass, monster trucks jumping over cars, cars smacked into the mud, and ect. Cake looks awesome. We place the cake into the oven for safe keeping from little fingers, Next day, party day: wake up start decorating, release we are cutting it close on time and need to start cooking some food so I tell the old man to pre heat the oven Yep the cakes still inside. We don't realize until the monster trucks we have on the cake start to burn b/c the plastic is melting. The icing in the cake is melting off all over the oven, horrible mess, trying to bring to burning cake outside to the patio, icing is dripping everywhere. I panicking have 30 mins to show time. My sons crying that he doesn't have cake now " you melted my cake, now i don't have cake" I go into superhero mode run to the store buy some premade cakes and make another one in like 15 mins. I had to use the melted trucks and cars for the new one. It somehow worked out. Had to explain to the whole party why my house smelled like burnt plastic and there was a horrific looking cake on my porch. I have a pic need to find it.


[Contest] Kitchen Nightmares

RAOA, I LOVE to cook. My cookbook collection is the bane of a mover's existence. I never have enough kitchen space for my equipment and gadjets. My dream gift is a sous vide.

Naturally, I have suffered some injuries. Burns and cuts abound in the life of a professional and home cook. My best injury will be in the comments, and I want to hear about yours. And yes, I want pictures if you have them!

Also include a link for something on your wishlist that's

I will choose the winner via red it raffle, the phrase is big chefin. Contest closes November 1st!

Edited raffle phrase because reddit raffle hates punctuation.

This contest is closed. /u/RoseMadderX is the winner!

When I was in college, I awoke late one morning with a brutal hangover. This was when I learned it's not a good idea to mix beer, champagne, whiskey and rum all in one night. My entire body was hating me, but I managed to get up and moving eventually.

I needed something to settle my stomach and I was not in the mood for a big chefin meal. Box mac and cheese was decided upon. Noodles cooked and now it's time to drain them, but alas the sink was full of dirty dishes from my roommates. No worries, I'll just carry the pot (one of those pots with a lid that works like a colander for easy draining) to the bathroom sink and drain.

Halfway down the hall I managed to spill some hot water directly on my foot. In my panicked state, I decided I should rush to drain the pasta and get the hot pot back to the kitchen before removing my sock, because I couldn’t risk losing the valuable cooked pasta. This genius moment resulted in 3rd degree burns on my foot because my sock kept the hot water right against my skin the entire time.

I think my worst big chefin moment was when I realized sometimes I can't even boil water. I left the pot on the stove to boil and came back far too late. The water had long evaporated. The pan wasn't just ruined, but melting. It was starting to catch on fire, blue flames eating away at the melting plastic handle. The smell was horrible, forcing the air out of my lungs. It was almost as bad as the time I went to steam veggies and forgot to add the water, completely melting the steamer inside the pot. Sigh. I do things like this far too often.

Oh, man. My worst ever kitchen injury. believe it or not. was when I tried to peel a cucumber. Yep. I was using your standard vegetable peeler tool, and somehow it just slipped. I shaved off the tip of my thumb, a huge chunk above where my fingernail ended. It bled like crazy. I ran upstairs, dripping blood, and into the bathroom. Turned on the faucet and held it there for a while, then eventually turned the faucet off - eyes closed. Eventually I realized the ongoing dripping was my thumb, not the faucet. Oh, god. When I finally calmed down, wrapped a towel around myself, and went downstairs? My dog was licking my blood from the tile.

Mine happened when I was a little guy helping my mom in the kitchen. We were making a soup and my job was to break the chicken up into smaller pieces. My mom had to leave the room for the phone and she made the mistake of leaving a four year old alone with a boiling pot. I tried moving the pan but ended up dumping the boiling water all over my left arm. I had to go to the hospital of course. Surprisingly, my huge scar from the incident is almost completely invisible. My mom put lots of aloe on it and it healed up really well. Iɽ show a picture but all the pictures are at home and I'm away at school. Seeing the pictures from after it happened, it is kinda hard to believe that I don't have a more visible scar now.

little man big chefin and here is my link

Honestly, with how much I cook and bake, I don't have a story of any major cuts or burns. I'm extremely careful when it comes to the kitchen.

There is one story that happened when I was around three with a butter knife. My mom was taking a mid day nap on the couch. I had this extreme urge to eat an orange and tried to wake her up to peel it for me. She was dead tired because she worked many hours to raise two kids so she told me to wait. So I had this bright idea that I would take care of this task on my own with a butter knife. I ended up cutting pretty deep, for a butter knife, into my left hand middle finger. I ran into the bathroom to hide and wrapped a piece of toilet paper around it and held it tight because it was bleeding quite a bit. My older sister found me and figured out something happened. She woke my mom obviously and then the scolding and coaxing went from there. I still have a visible scar that kind of resembles an eye shape.

Do you have any recipes you hold highly over the rest?

I too have mangled myself with a butter knife, cutting a Yorkshire pudding no less!

I don't think I have any recipes I value over others - I like improvising and trying new recipes - but the dish I make most would have to be chili. Hearty, delicious, and lasts a long time. I am gearing up to make some feijoada which is my favorite soup like dish EVER so hopefully it comes out well!

My skin heals very quickly so if I have scars, I don't have most of them for long, but I do having matching scars on both forearms that haven't gone away yet. One from reaching into an oven without mitts, one from leaning against one of those industrial food heaters.

Iɽ take pictures, but they're almost too faint for camera and don't look impressive anymore, haha.

However, I have to say my worst injury was when I was working at Dunkin Donuts. Someone walked into me when I was handling some bitch's cup of hot water in my left hand and it splashed onto my arm and burned the crap out of it, blistering and shit. My manager, of course, just told me to put burn cream and a glove on it and continue working even though it looked like I had a lobster claw. There was evidence of the injury 5 months after it happened.

The first time I made (well, tried to) ramen was in 6th grade. My mom had made it a couple of times, and it was considered a rare treat. Well, I decided I wanted to make my own! So I filled a massive pot TO THE TOP with water, let it boil with the HANDLE STICKING OUT, and LEFT THE ROOM. When I heard bubbling, I ran into the kitchen, knocked it over, and boiling water splooshed down all over my legs. I was wearing thick long pants so I wasn't badly injured, but there were some nasty burns. Hurt to sit and jump for like two months.

The worst I've had is to burn my fingers when I try to pull something out of the oven. I had a crappy oven mitt that had holes on it and I would have to be especially careful when grabbing something.

I wasn't cooking when I sliced my thumb I was doing dishes. I guess the water was to hot and I put some dishes in the sink left for a sec came back grabbed the broken glass and swiped it all my thumb. I didn't realize the glass was broke until I had blood running down my arm. You could see the white tissue and was sliced all the way down to my bone. My EX (so at the time) was gone and refuesd to come home and take me to the ER to get it stitched so I had to deal with it. Boy did that hurt.

Aside from many burns from the 650* pizza oven, my worst injury was at my last job. I was cutting scallions on Christmas Eve morning, trying to get all the rich folks catering orders done and the girl next to me bumped into me and I nearly sliced the top of my thumb off. Thankfully she was a CNA so she bandaged me up pretty good, but told me I was losing blood and needed stitches. Went to my boss and he said no, get back to work. By the time I finished my shift I had lost so much blood I was white as a ghost. Being Christmas eve, I had to go to an Urgent Care where the doctor scolded me for not coming in earlier. I got my stitches and spent the rest of Christmas Eve/Christmas with a giant bandaged thumb. This was before I had a smart phone tho so regretfully I don't have any photos. Which is a bummer, scars are cool! big chefin and thanks for the contest!

This (used) for my daughter from my kiddos list please.

When I was in 7th grade, I was fixing the glasses for dinner and my mom was making spaghetti. We both turned around at the same time, and the hot metal pot hit me in the arm and the boiling water sloshed over. So, I got burned really bad with a huge blister on my arm that moved around when I moved my arm :-P

About 8 years I was cooking for an ill friend in her very small kitchen. There was about 3 ft of space between the stove and the sink opposite it. As I was turning around with the pot of still-boiling water, my friend's Akita heard something at the back of the house and came charging through the small space. This caused me to stop suddenly. As I stopped with the pot of boiling water in my hand, the laws of physics caused the water to continue moving. Half the pot of water ended up on my hand.

After several hours of extreme pain, I made my way to the ER when the skin on my hand began to bubble and blister. I was found to have 2nd degree burns over about 25% of my hand. Morphine did nothing for the pain. I healed up well and don't have much scar tissue.

I was once using a mandolin to slice some strawberries super thin. Started going real fast and having a lot of fun. Wasn't using the guard. I ended up with a nice slice of my thumb in the bowl with the strawberries!

10 year old me decided to make fudge. yes fudge. I began to mix the half and half, butter and sugar and bring it to a boil. Me being relatively new to the whole cooking and baking chemistry business, I passed my arm directly over the pot of boiling sugary napalm. A bubble burst, sending the sugary napalmy goodness all over my arm.

Working as a barista I burn myself a lot. One time the espresso machine was on the fritz and the steam wand sprayed hot milk all over my face. I have also accidentally spilled an entire cup of hot coffee down my shirt.

At home, I remember the first time I ever cooked bacon. I had it on too high and the oil was starting to pop. I went to turn it down lower and it let out a huge pop and sprayed hot oil all over my arm.

When I was a kid I put my hand down on the stove without realizing my mom has just used that burner. My entire finger was one big blister. It was disgusting and so painful I had to keep ice on it even when i was in the shower.

Item. If the price raises then anything else on my list is fine too. Thanks for the contest!

I'm working saute in one of the best restaurants in town on a busy Friday night. The special is duck something (this was like 6 years ago). It's really busy, so I have 12 burners going. I'm cooking pastas, fish, making sauce for the grill guy and cooking the special.

I have 2 fry pans heating up for 3 specials. In the heat of the moment I grab one of said pans to add some oil and then the duck breast without my towel. The handle had been sitting on an open flame for at least 5 minutes. I scream, toss the pan to the floor and immediately run some cold water.

Chef looks at me with a dreadful face and says "Please tell me you can at least stay with us through the rush?". I can't let my team down, and obviously my pride steps in so I agree to stay.

I spend the next 3 hours with my hand in a mixing bowl of ice water and cooking through the rush with ONE hand. The night went smoothly and as I work my way down to the last 3 tickets Chef tells me he'll take over and sends me to the ER.

If I could only show you how big that blister was. All across my palm and fingers. Took about a month to heal up. Also had to work one handed for a month, in a busy kitchen. Totally sucked balls.

Big Chefin. My worst injury was inflicted on me by another. I was cooking bacon. My ex decided he also wanted bacon! He however did not want to come near the hot frying pan in my hand. So instead of letting put the pan down and come get some more bacon he took a step back and threw more bacon into the pan. The splash back was astonishing. And anyone who has been burnt by bacon fat knows it is not a pleasent experience. Especially when you're not given a chance to tend to and expected to finishing cooking said bacon first.

I did not sleep that night as the burn hurt so bad I can't bare not having it in water/something cold on it. My ex, initially to comfort me, slept in my bed with me, but it was a single and there just wasn't room for me to lay there and tend to my hand so I ended up in a ball on the floor.

Two years on I still have some discolouring on my hand from it. I wish I had pictures but I never thought to take any. This incident makes me laugh when I see my ex's new girlfriend call him brave.

Giftcard would totally be cool, Itɽ be put towards my mother's birthday present that I need to decide on next month.

I was a short order cook for a place that served breakfast, and I worked the stove most of the time. We kept the gravy in a soup warmer on the counter since we worked out of a small kitchen and couldn't keep it on the stove. Somehow, it fell off the counter and boiling gravy landed all over my feet. I got one shoe off pretty quick without any damages, but because I was standing in gravy it was hard to get the other shoe off which left me with a ton of bad burns on my foot. One spot was bad in particular because the gravy got caught between the side of my foot and the shoe. I don't have any pictures of the actual blister, but lets just say when it popped it felt like a waterfall was running down my foot. Here is a picture of my tattoo which runs over the scar left by the burn. Its the red spot towards the end of it.

I honestly do not have a best injury other then the minor burns and cuts, however I do have a great goof story that was a KITCHEN nightmare.

Last year my sons 4th birthday we decide to make a monster truck cake, after looking at countless photos I have an idea what we are going to make. So I the night before I made square cake, bought a loaf cake to cut for ramps, cover it in icing, food dye for grass, monster trucks jumping over cars, cars smacked into the mud, and ect. Cake looks awesome. We place the cake into the oven for safe keeping from little fingers, Next day, party day: wake up start decorating, release we are cutting it close on time and need to start cooking some food so I tell the old man to pre heat the oven Yep the cakes still inside. We don't realize until the monster trucks we have on the cake start to burn b/c the plastic is melting. The icing in the cake is melting off all over the oven, horrible mess, trying to bring to burning cake outside to the patio, icing is dripping everywhere. I panicking have 30 mins to show time. My sons crying that he doesn't have cake now " you melted my cake, now i don't have cake" I go into superhero mode run to the store buy some premade cakes and make another one in like 15 mins. I had to use the melted trucks and cars for the new one. It somehow worked out. Had to explain to the whole party why my house smelled like burnt plastic and there was a horrific looking cake on my porch. I have a pic need to find it.


[Contest] Kitchen Nightmares

RAOA, I LOVE to cook. My cookbook collection is the bane of a mover's existence. I never have enough kitchen space for my equipment and gadjets. My dream gift is a sous vide.

Naturally, I have suffered some injuries. Burns and cuts abound in the life of a professional and home cook. My best injury will be in the comments, and I want to hear about yours. And yes, I want pictures if you have them!

Also include a link for something on your wishlist that's

I will choose the winner via red it raffle, the phrase is big chefin. Contest closes November 1st!

Edited raffle phrase because reddit raffle hates punctuation.

This contest is closed. /u/RoseMadderX is the winner!

When I was in college, I awoke late one morning with a brutal hangover. This was when I learned it's not a good idea to mix beer, champagne, whiskey and rum all in one night. My entire body was hating me, but I managed to get up and moving eventually.

I needed something to settle my stomach and I was not in the mood for a big chefin meal. Box mac and cheese was decided upon. Noodles cooked and now it's time to drain them, but alas the sink was full of dirty dishes from my roommates. No worries, I'll just carry the pot (one of those pots with a lid that works like a colander for easy draining) to the bathroom sink and drain.

Halfway down the hall I managed to spill some hot water directly on my foot. In my panicked state, I decided I should rush to drain the pasta and get the hot pot back to the kitchen before removing my sock, because I couldn’t risk losing the valuable cooked pasta. This genius moment resulted in 3rd degree burns on my foot because my sock kept the hot water right against my skin the entire time.

I think my worst big chefin moment was when I realized sometimes I can't even boil water. I left the pot on the stove to boil and came back far too late. The water had long evaporated. The pan wasn't just ruined, but melting. It was starting to catch on fire, blue flames eating away at the melting plastic handle. The smell was horrible, forcing the air out of my lungs. It was almost as bad as the time I went to steam veggies and forgot to add the water, completely melting the steamer inside the pot. Sigh. I do things like this far too often.

Oh, man. My worst ever kitchen injury. believe it or not. was when I tried to peel a cucumber. Yep. I was using your standard vegetable peeler tool, and somehow it just slipped. I shaved off the tip of my thumb, a huge chunk above where my fingernail ended. It bled like crazy. I ran upstairs, dripping blood, and into the bathroom. Turned on the faucet and held it there for a while, then eventually turned the faucet off - eyes closed. Eventually I realized the ongoing dripping was my thumb, not the faucet. Oh, god. When I finally calmed down, wrapped a towel around myself, and went downstairs? My dog was licking my blood from the tile.

Mine happened when I was a little guy helping my mom in the kitchen. We were making a soup and my job was to break the chicken up into smaller pieces. My mom had to leave the room for the phone and she made the mistake of leaving a four year old alone with a boiling pot. I tried moving the pan but ended up dumping the boiling water all over my left arm. I had to go to the hospital of course. Surprisingly, my huge scar from the incident is almost completely invisible. My mom put lots of aloe on it and it healed up really well. Iɽ show a picture but all the pictures are at home and I'm away at school. Seeing the pictures from after it happened, it is kinda hard to believe that I don't have a more visible scar now.

little man big chefin and here is my link

Honestly, with how much I cook and bake, I don't have a story of any major cuts or burns. I'm extremely careful when it comes to the kitchen.

There is one story that happened when I was around three with a butter knife. My mom was taking a mid day nap on the couch. I had this extreme urge to eat an orange and tried to wake her up to peel it for me. She was dead tired because she worked many hours to raise two kids so she told me to wait. So I had this bright idea that I would take care of this task on my own with a butter knife. I ended up cutting pretty deep, for a butter knife, into my left hand middle finger. I ran into the bathroom to hide and wrapped a piece of toilet paper around it and held it tight because it was bleeding quite a bit. My older sister found me and figured out something happened. She woke my mom obviously and then the scolding and coaxing went from there. I still have a visible scar that kind of resembles an eye shape.

Do you have any recipes you hold highly over the rest?

I too have mangled myself with a butter knife, cutting a Yorkshire pudding no less!

I don't think I have any recipes I value over others - I like improvising and trying new recipes - but the dish I make most would have to be chili. Hearty, delicious, and lasts a long time. I am gearing up to make some feijoada which is my favorite soup like dish EVER so hopefully it comes out well!

My skin heals very quickly so if I have scars, I don't have most of them for long, but I do having matching scars on both forearms that haven't gone away yet. One from reaching into an oven without mitts, one from leaning against one of those industrial food heaters.

Iɽ take pictures, but they're almost too faint for camera and don't look impressive anymore, haha.

However, I have to say my worst injury was when I was working at Dunkin Donuts. Someone walked into me when I was handling some bitch's cup of hot water in my left hand and it splashed onto my arm and burned the crap out of it, blistering and shit. My manager, of course, just told me to put burn cream and a glove on it and continue working even though it looked like I had a lobster claw. There was evidence of the injury 5 months after it happened.

The first time I made (well, tried to) ramen was in 6th grade. My mom had made it a couple of times, and it was considered a rare treat. Well, I decided I wanted to make my own! So I filled a massive pot TO THE TOP with water, let it boil with the HANDLE STICKING OUT, and LEFT THE ROOM. When I heard bubbling, I ran into the kitchen, knocked it over, and boiling water splooshed down all over my legs. I was wearing thick long pants so I wasn't badly injured, but there were some nasty burns. Hurt to sit and jump for like two months.

The worst I've had is to burn my fingers when I try to pull something out of the oven. I had a crappy oven mitt that had holes on it and I would have to be especially careful when grabbing something.

I wasn't cooking when I sliced my thumb I was doing dishes. I guess the water was to hot and I put some dishes in the sink left for a sec came back grabbed the broken glass and swiped it all my thumb. I didn't realize the glass was broke until I had blood running down my arm. You could see the white tissue and was sliced all the way down to my bone. My EX (so at the time) was gone and refuesd to come home and take me to the ER to get it stitched so I had to deal with it. Boy did that hurt.

Aside from many burns from the 650* pizza oven, my worst injury was at my last job. I was cutting scallions on Christmas Eve morning, trying to get all the rich folks catering orders done and the girl next to me bumped into me and I nearly sliced the top of my thumb off. Thankfully she was a CNA so she bandaged me up pretty good, but told me I was losing blood and needed stitches. Went to my boss and he said no, get back to work. By the time I finished my shift I had lost so much blood I was white as a ghost. Being Christmas eve, I had to go to an Urgent Care where the doctor scolded me for not coming in earlier. I got my stitches and spent the rest of Christmas Eve/Christmas with a giant bandaged thumb. This was before I had a smart phone tho so regretfully I don't have any photos. Which is a bummer, scars are cool! big chefin and thanks for the contest!

This (used) for my daughter from my kiddos list please.

When I was in 7th grade, I was fixing the glasses for dinner and my mom was making spaghetti. We both turned around at the same time, and the hot metal pot hit me in the arm and the boiling water sloshed over. So, I got burned really bad with a huge blister on my arm that moved around when I moved my arm :-P

About 8 years I was cooking for an ill friend in her very small kitchen. There was about 3 ft of space between the stove and the sink opposite it. As I was turning around with the pot of still-boiling water, my friend's Akita heard something at the back of the house and came charging through the small space. This caused me to stop suddenly. As I stopped with the pot of boiling water in my hand, the laws of physics caused the water to continue moving. Half the pot of water ended up on my hand.

After several hours of extreme pain, I made my way to the ER when the skin on my hand began to bubble and blister. I was found to have 2nd degree burns over about 25% of my hand. Morphine did nothing for the pain. I healed up well and don't have much scar tissue.

I was once using a mandolin to slice some strawberries super thin. Started going real fast and having a lot of fun. Wasn't using the guard. I ended up with a nice slice of my thumb in the bowl with the strawberries!

10 year old me decided to make fudge. yes fudge. I began to mix the half and half, butter and sugar and bring it to a boil. Me being relatively new to the whole cooking and baking chemistry business, I passed my arm directly over the pot of boiling sugary napalm. A bubble burst, sending the sugary napalmy goodness all over my arm.

Working as a barista I burn myself a lot. One time the espresso machine was on the fritz and the steam wand sprayed hot milk all over my face. I have also accidentally spilled an entire cup of hot coffee down my shirt.

At home, I remember the first time I ever cooked bacon. I had it on too high and the oil was starting to pop. I went to turn it down lower and it let out a huge pop and sprayed hot oil all over my arm.

When I was a kid I put my hand down on the stove without realizing my mom has just used that burner. My entire finger was one big blister. It was disgusting and so painful I had to keep ice on it even when i was in the shower.

Item. If the price raises then anything else on my list is fine too. Thanks for the contest!

I'm working saute in one of the best restaurants in town on a busy Friday night. The special is duck something (this was like 6 years ago). It's really busy, so I have 12 burners going. I'm cooking pastas, fish, making sauce for the grill guy and cooking the special.

I have 2 fry pans heating up for 3 specials. In the heat of the moment I grab one of said pans to add some oil and then the duck breast without my towel. The handle had been sitting on an open flame for at least 5 minutes. I scream, toss the pan to the floor and immediately run some cold water.

Chef looks at me with a dreadful face and says "Please tell me you can at least stay with us through the rush?". I can't let my team down, and obviously my pride steps in so I agree to stay.

I spend the next 3 hours with my hand in a mixing bowl of ice water and cooking through the rush with ONE hand. The night went smoothly and as I work my way down to the last 3 tickets Chef tells me he'll take over and sends me to the ER.

If I could only show you how big that blister was. All across my palm and fingers. Took about a month to heal up. Also had to work one handed for a month, in a busy kitchen. Totally sucked balls.

Big Chefin. My worst injury was inflicted on me by another. I was cooking bacon. My ex decided he also wanted bacon! He however did not want to come near the hot frying pan in my hand. So instead of letting put the pan down and come get some more bacon he took a step back and threw more bacon into the pan. The splash back was astonishing. And anyone who has been burnt by bacon fat knows it is not a pleasent experience. Especially when you're not given a chance to tend to and expected to finishing cooking said bacon first.

I did not sleep that night as the burn hurt so bad I can't bare not having it in water/something cold on it. My ex, initially to comfort me, slept in my bed with me, but it was a single and there just wasn't room for me to lay there and tend to my hand so I ended up in a ball on the floor.

Two years on I still have some discolouring on my hand from it. I wish I had pictures but I never thought to take any. This incident makes me laugh when I see my ex's new girlfriend call him brave.

Giftcard would totally be cool, Itɽ be put towards my mother's birthday present that I need to decide on next month.

I was a short order cook for a place that served breakfast, and I worked the stove most of the time. We kept the gravy in a soup warmer on the counter since we worked out of a small kitchen and couldn't keep it on the stove. Somehow, it fell off the counter and boiling gravy landed all over my feet. I got one shoe off pretty quick without any damages, but because I was standing in gravy it was hard to get the other shoe off which left me with a ton of bad burns on my foot. One spot was bad in particular because the gravy got caught between the side of my foot and the shoe. I don't have any pictures of the actual blister, but lets just say when it popped it felt like a waterfall was running down my foot. Here is a picture of my tattoo which runs over the scar left by the burn. Its the red spot towards the end of it.

I honestly do not have a best injury other then the minor burns and cuts, however I do have a great goof story that was a KITCHEN nightmare.

Last year my sons 4th birthday we decide to make a monster truck cake, after looking at countless photos I have an idea what we are going to make. So I the night before I made square cake, bought a loaf cake to cut for ramps, cover it in icing, food dye for grass, monster trucks jumping over cars, cars smacked into the mud, and ect. Cake looks awesome. We place the cake into the oven for safe keeping from little fingers, Next day, party day: wake up start decorating, release we are cutting it close on time and need to start cooking some food so I tell the old man to pre heat the oven Yep the cakes still inside. We don't realize until the monster trucks we have on the cake start to burn b/c the plastic is melting. The icing in the cake is melting off all over the oven, horrible mess, trying to bring to burning cake outside to the patio, icing is dripping everywhere. I panicking have 30 mins to show time. My sons crying that he doesn't have cake now " you melted my cake, now i don't have cake" I go into superhero mode run to the store buy some premade cakes and make another one in like 15 mins. I had to use the melted trucks and cars for the new one. It somehow worked out. Had to explain to the whole party why my house smelled like burnt plastic and there was a horrific looking cake on my porch. I have a pic need to find it.


[Contest] Kitchen Nightmares

RAOA, I LOVE to cook. My cookbook collection is the bane of a mover's existence. I never have enough kitchen space for my equipment and gadjets. My dream gift is a sous vide.

Naturally, I have suffered some injuries. Burns and cuts abound in the life of a professional and home cook. My best injury will be in the comments, and I want to hear about yours. And yes, I want pictures if you have them!

Also include a link for something on your wishlist that's

I will choose the winner via red it raffle, the phrase is big chefin. Contest closes November 1st!

Edited raffle phrase because reddit raffle hates punctuation.

This contest is closed. /u/RoseMadderX is the winner!

When I was in college, I awoke late one morning with a brutal hangover. This was when I learned it's not a good idea to mix beer, champagne, whiskey and rum all in one night. My entire body was hating me, but I managed to get up and moving eventually.

I needed something to settle my stomach and I was not in the mood for a big chefin meal. Box mac and cheese was decided upon. Noodles cooked and now it's time to drain them, but alas the sink was full of dirty dishes from my roommates. No worries, I'll just carry the pot (one of those pots with a lid that works like a colander for easy draining) to the bathroom sink and drain.

Halfway down the hall I managed to spill some hot water directly on my foot. In my panicked state, I decided I should rush to drain the pasta and get the hot pot back to the kitchen before removing my sock, because I couldn’t risk losing the valuable cooked pasta. This genius moment resulted in 3rd degree burns on my foot because my sock kept the hot water right against my skin the entire time.

I think my worst big chefin moment was when I realized sometimes I can't even boil water. I left the pot on the stove to boil and came back far too late. The water had long evaporated. The pan wasn't just ruined, but melting. It was starting to catch on fire, blue flames eating away at the melting plastic handle. The smell was horrible, forcing the air out of my lungs. It was almost as bad as the time I went to steam veggies and forgot to add the water, completely melting the steamer inside the pot. Sigh. I do things like this far too often.

Oh, man. My worst ever kitchen injury. believe it or not. was when I tried to peel a cucumber. Yep. I was using your standard vegetable peeler tool, and somehow it just slipped. I shaved off the tip of my thumb, a huge chunk above where my fingernail ended. It bled like crazy. I ran upstairs, dripping blood, and into the bathroom. Turned on the faucet and held it there for a while, then eventually turned the faucet off - eyes closed. Eventually I realized the ongoing dripping was my thumb, not the faucet. Oh, god. When I finally calmed down, wrapped a towel around myself, and went downstairs? My dog was licking my blood from the tile.

Mine happened when I was a little guy helping my mom in the kitchen. We were making a soup and my job was to break the chicken up into smaller pieces. My mom had to leave the room for the phone and she made the mistake of leaving a four year old alone with a boiling pot. I tried moving the pan but ended up dumping the boiling water all over my left arm. I had to go to the hospital of course. Surprisingly, my huge scar from the incident is almost completely invisible. My mom put lots of aloe on it and it healed up really well. Iɽ show a picture but all the pictures are at home and I'm away at school. Seeing the pictures from after it happened, it is kinda hard to believe that I don't have a more visible scar now.

little man big chefin and here is my link

Honestly, with how much I cook and bake, I don't have a story of any major cuts or burns. I'm extremely careful when it comes to the kitchen.

There is one story that happened when I was around three with a butter knife. My mom was taking a mid day nap on the couch. I had this extreme urge to eat an orange and tried to wake her up to peel it for me. She was dead tired because she worked many hours to raise two kids so she told me to wait. So I had this bright idea that I would take care of this task on my own with a butter knife. I ended up cutting pretty deep, for a butter knife, into my left hand middle finger. I ran into the bathroom to hide and wrapped a piece of toilet paper around it and held it tight because it was bleeding quite a bit. My older sister found me and figured out something happened. She woke my mom obviously and then the scolding and coaxing went from there. I still have a visible scar that kind of resembles an eye shape.

Do you have any recipes you hold highly over the rest?

I too have mangled myself with a butter knife, cutting a Yorkshire pudding no less!

I don't think I have any recipes I value over others - I like improvising and trying new recipes - but the dish I make most would have to be chili. Hearty, delicious, and lasts a long time. I am gearing up to make some feijoada which is my favorite soup like dish EVER so hopefully it comes out well!

My skin heals very quickly so if I have scars, I don't have most of them for long, but I do having matching scars on both forearms that haven't gone away yet. One from reaching into an oven without mitts, one from leaning against one of those industrial food heaters.

Iɽ take pictures, but they're almost too faint for camera and don't look impressive anymore, haha.

However, I have to say my worst injury was when I was working at Dunkin Donuts. Someone walked into me when I was handling some bitch's cup of hot water in my left hand and it splashed onto my arm and burned the crap out of it, blistering and shit. My manager, of course, just told me to put burn cream and a glove on it and continue working even though it looked like I had a lobster claw. There was evidence of the injury 5 months after it happened.

The first time I made (well, tried to) ramen was in 6th grade. My mom had made it a couple of times, and it was considered a rare treat. Well, I decided I wanted to make my own! So I filled a massive pot TO THE TOP with water, let it boil with the HANDLE STICKING OUT, and LEFT THE ROOM. When I heard bubbling, I ran into the kitchen, knocked it over, and boiling water splooshed down all over my legs. I was wearing thick long pants so I wasn't badly injured, but there were some nasty burns. Hurt to sit and jump for like two months.

The worst I've had is to burn my fingers when I try to pull something out of the oven. I had a crappy oven mitt that had holes on it and I would have to be especially careful when grabbing something.

I wasn't cooking when I sliced my thumb I was doing dishes. I guess the water was to hot and I put some dishes in the sink left for a sec came back grabbed the broken glass and swiped it all my thumb. I didn't realize the glass was broke until I had blood running down my arm. You could see the white tissue and was sliced all the way down to my bone. My EX (so at the time) was gone and refuesd to come home and take me to the ER to get it stitched so I had to deal with it. Boy did that hurt.

Aside from many burns from the 650* pizza oven, my worst injury was at my last job. I was cutting scallions on Christmas Eve morning, trying to get all the rich folks catering orders done and the girl next to me bumped into me and I nearly sliced the top of my thumb off. Thankfully she was a CNA so she bandaged me up pretty good, but told me I was losing blood and needed stitches. Went to my boss and he said no, get back to work. By the time I finished my shift I had lost so much blood I was white as a ghost. Being Christmas eve, I had to go to an Urgent Care where the doctor scolded me for not coming in earlier. I got my stitches and spent the rest of Christmas Eve/Christmas with a giant bandaged thumb. This was before I had a smart phone tho so regretfully I don't have any photos. Which is a bummer, scars are cool! big chefin and thanks for the contest!

This (used) for my daughter from my kiddos list please.

When I was in 7th grade, I was fixing the glasses for dinner and my mom was making spaghetti. We both turned around at the same time, and the hot metal pot hit me in the arm and the boiling water sloshed over. So, I got burned really bad with a huge blister on my arm that moved around when I moved my arm :-P

About 8 years I was cooking for an ill friend in her very small kitchen. There was about 3 ft of space between the stove and the sink opposite it. As I was turning around with the pot of still-boiling water, my friend's Akita heard something at the back of the house and came charging through the small space. This caused me to stop suddenly. As I stopped with the pot of boiling water in my hand, the laws of physics caused the water to continue moving. Half the pot of water ended up on my hand.

After several hours of extreme pain, I made my way to the ER when the skin on my hand began to bubble and blister. I was found to have 2nd degree burns over about 25% of my hand. Morphine did nothing for the pain. I healed up well and don't have much scar tissue.

I was once using a mandolin to slice some strawberries super thin. Started going real fast and having a lot of fun. Wasn't using the guard. I ended up with a nice slice of my thumb in the bowl with the strawberries!

10 year old me decided to make fudge. yes fudge. I began to mix the half and half, butter and sugar and bring it to a boil. Me being relatively new to the whole cooking and baking chemistry business, I passed my arm directly over the pot of boiling sugary napalm. A bubble burst, sending the sugary napalmy goodness all over my arm.

Working as a barista I burn myself a lot. One time the espresso machine was on the fritz and the steam wand sprayed hot milk all over my face. I have also accidentally spilled an entire cup of hot coffee down my shirt.

At home, I remember the first time I ever cooked bacon. I had it on too high and the oil was starting to pop. I went to turn it down lower and it let out a huge pop and sprayed hot oil all over my arm.

When I was a kid I put my hand down on the stove without realizing my mom has just used that burner. My entire finger was one big blister. It was disgusting and so painful I had to keep ice on it even when i was in the shower.

Item. If the price raises then anything else on my list is fine too. Thanks for the contest!

I'm working saute in one of the best restaurants in town on a busy Friday night. The special is duck something (this was like 6 years ago). It's really busy, so I have 12 burners going. I'm cooking pastas, fish, making sauce for the grill guy and cooking the special.

I have 2 fry pans heating up for 3 specials. In the heat of the moment I grab one of said pans to add some oil and then the duck breast without my towel. The handle had been sitting on an open flame for at least 5 minutes. I scream, toss the pan to the floor and immediately run some cold water.

Chef looks at me with a dreadful face and says "Please tell me you can at least stay with us through the rush?". I can't let my team down, and obviously my pride steps in so I agree to stay.

I spend the next 3 hours with my hand in a mixing bowl of ice water and cooking through the rush with ONE hand. The night went smoothly and as I work my way down to the last 3 tickets Chef tells me he'll take over and sends me to the ER.

If I could only show you how big that blister was. All across my palm and fingers. Took about a month to heal up. Also had to work one handed for a month, in a busy kitchen. Totally sucked balls.

Big Chefin. My worst injury was inflicted on me by another. I was cooking bacon. My ex decided he also wanted bacon! He however did not want to come near the hot frying pan in my hand. So instead of letting put the pan down and come get some more bacon he took a step back and threw more bacon into the pan. The splash back was astonishing. And anyone who has been burnt by bacon fat knows it is not a pleasent experience. Especially when you're not given a chance to tend to and expected to finishing cooking said bacon first.

I did not sleep that night as the burn hurt so bad I can't bare not having it in water/something cold on it. My ex, initially to comfort me, slept in my bed with me, but it was a single and there just wasn't room for me to lay there and tend to my hand so I ended up in a ball on the floor.

Two years on I still have some discolouring on my hand from it. I wish I had pictures but I never thought to take any. This incident makes me laugh when I see my ex's new girlfriend call him brave.

Giftcard would totally be cool, Itɽ be put towards my mother's birthday present that I need to decide on next month.

I was a short order cook for a place that served breakfast, and I worked the stove most of the time. We kept the gravy in a soup warmer on the counter since we worked out of a small kitchen and couldn't keep it on the stove. Somehow, it fell off the counter and boiling gravy landed all over my feet. I got one shoe off pretty quick without any damages, but because I was standing in gravy it was hard to get the other shoe off which left me with a ton of bad burns on my foot. One spot was bad in particular because the gravy got caught between the side of my foot and the shoe. I don't have any pictures of the actual blister, but lets just say when it popped it felt like a waterfall was running down my foot. Here is a picture of my tattoo which runs over the scar left by the burn. Its the red spot towards the end of it.

I honestly do not have a best injury other then the minor burns and cuts, however I do have a great goof story that was a KITCHEN nightmare.

Last year my sons 4th birthday we decide to make a monster truck cake, after looking at countless photos I have an idea what we are going to make. So I the night before I made square cake, bought a loaf cake to cut for ramps, cover it in icing, food dye for grass, monster trucks jumping over cars, cars smacked into the mud, and ect. Cake looks awesome. We place the cake into the oven for safe keeping from little fingers, Next day, party day: wake up start decorating, release we are cutting it close on time and need to start cooking some food so I tell the old man to pre heat the oven Yep the cakes still inside. We don't realize until the monster trucks we have on the cake start to burn b/c the plastic is melting. The icing in the cake is melting off all over the oven, horrible mess, trying to bring to burning cake outside to the patio, icing is dripping everywhere. I panicking have 30 mins to show time. My sons crying that he doesn't have cake now " you melted my cake, now i don't have cake" I go into superhero mode run to the store buy some premade cakes and make another one in like 15 mins. I had to use the melted trucks and cars for the new one. It somehow worked out. Had to explain to the whole party why my house smelled like burnt plastic and there was a horrific looking cake on my porch. I have a pic need to find it.


[Contest] Kitchen Nightmares

RAOA, I LOVE to cook. My cookbook collection is the bane of a mover's existence. I never have enough kitchen space for my equipment and gadjets. My dream gift is a sous vide.

Naturally, I have suffered some injuries. Burns and cuts abound in the life of a professional and home cook. My best injury will be in the comments, and I want to hear about yours. And yes, I want pictures if you have them!

Also include a link for something on your wishlist that's

I will choose the winner via red it raffle, the phrase is big chefin. Contest closes November 1st!

Edited raffle phrase because reddit raffle hates punctuation.

This contest is closed. /u/RoseMadderX is the winner!

When I was in college, I awoke late one morning with a brutal hangover. This was when I learned it's not a good idea to mix beer, champagne, whiskey and rum all in one night. My entire body was hating me, but I managed to get up and moving eventually.

I needed something to settle my stomach and I was not in the mood for a big chefin meal. Box mac and cheese was decided upon. Noodles cooked and now it's time to drain them, but alas the sink was full of dirty dishes from my roommates. No worries, I'll just carry the pot (one of those pots with a lid that works like a colander for easy draining) to the bathroom sink and drain.

Halfway down the hall I managed to spill some hot water directly on my foot. In my panicked state, I decided I should rush to drain the pasta and get the hot pot back to the kitchen before removing my sock, because I couldn’t risk losing the valuable cooked pasta. This genius moment resulted in 3rd degree burns on my foot because my sock kept the hot water right against my skin the entire time.

I think my worst big chefin moment was when I realized sometimes I can't even boil water. I left the pot on the stove to boil and came back far too late. The water had long evaporated. The pan wasn't just ruined, but melting. It was starting to catch on fire, blue flames eating away at the melting plastic handle. The smell was horrible, forcing the air out of my lungs. It was almost as bad as the time I went to steam veggies and forgot to add the water, completely melting the steamer inside the pot. Sigh. I do things like this far too often.

Oh, man. My worst ever kitchen injury. believe it or not. was when I tried to peel a cucumber. Yep. I was using your standard vegetable peeler tool, and somehow it just slipped. I shaved off the tip of my thumb, a huge chunk above where my fingernail ended. It bled like crazy. I ran upstairs, dripping blood, and into the bathroom. Turned on the faucet and held it there for a while, then eventually turned the faucet off - eyes closed. Eventually I realized the ongoing dripping was my thumb, not the faucet. Oh, god. When I finally calmed down, wrapped a towel around myself, and went downstairs? My dog was licking my blood from the tile.

Mine happened when I was a little guy helping my mom in the kitchen. We were making a soup and my job was to break the chicken up into smaller pieces. My mom had to leave the room for the phone and she made the mistake of leaving a four year old alone with a boiling pot. I tried moving the pan but ended up dumping the boiling water all over my left arm. I had to go to the hospital of course. Surprisingly, my huge scar from the incident is almost completely invisible. My mom put lots of aloe on it and it healed up really well. Iɽ show a picture but all the pictures are at home and I'm away at school. Seeing the pictures from after it happened, it is kinda hard to believe that I don't have a more visible scar now.

little man big chefin and here is my link

Honestly, with how much I cook and bake, I don't have a story of any major cuts or burns. I'm extremely careful when it comes to the kitchen.

There is one story that happened when I was around three with a butter knife. My mom was taking a mid day nap on the couch. I had this extreme urge to eat an orange and tried to wake her up to peel it for me. She was dead tired because she worked many hours to raise two kids so she told me to wait. So I had this bright idea that I would take care of this task on my own with a butter knife. I ended up cutting pretty deep, for a butter knife, into my left hand middle finger. I ran into the bathroom to hide and wrapped a piece of toilet paper around it and held it tight because it was bleeding quite a bit. My older sister found me and figured out something happened. She woke my mom obviously and then the scolding and coaxing went from there. I still have a visible scar that kind of resembles an eye shape.

Do you have any recipes you hold highly over the rest?

I too have mangled myself with a butter knife, cutting a Yorkshire pudding no less!

I don't think I have any recipes I value over others - I like improvising and trying new recipes - but the dish I make most would have to be chili. Hearty, delicious, and lasts a long time. I am gearing up to make some feijoada which is my favorite soup like dish EVER so hopefully it comes out well!

My skin heals very quickly so if I have scars, I don't have most of them for long, but I do having matching scars on both forearms that haven't gone away yet. One from reaching into an oven without mitts, one from leaning against one of those industrial food heaters.

Iɽ take pictures, but they're almost too faint for camera and don't look impressive anymore, haha.

However, I have to say my worst injury was when I was working at Dunkin Donuts. Someone walked into me when I was handling some bitch's cup of hot water in my left hand and it splashed onto my arm and burned the crap out of it, blistering and shit. My manager, of course, just told me to put burn cream and a glove on it and continue working even though it looked like I had a lobster claw. There was evidence of the injury 5 months after it happened.

The first time I made (well, tried to) ramen was in 6th grade. My mom had made it a couple of times, and it was considered a rare treat. Well, I decided I wanted to make my own! So I filled a massive pot TO THE TOP with water, let it boil with the HANDLE STICKING OUT, and LEFT THE ROOM. When I heard bubbling, I ran into the kitchen, knocked it over, and boiling water splooshed down all over my legs. I was wearing thick long pants so I wasn't badly injured, but there were some nasty burns. Hurt to sit and jump for like two months.

The worst I've had is to burn my fingers when I try to pull something out of the oven. I had a crappy oven mitt that had holes on it and I would have to be especially careful when grabbing something.

I wasn't cooking when I sliced my thumb I was doing dishes. I guess the water was to hot and I put some dishes in the sink left for a sec came back grabbed the broken glass and swiped it all my thumb. I didn't realize the glass was broke until I had blood running down my arm. You could see the white tissue and was sliced all the way down to my bone. My EX (so at the time) was gone and refuesd to come home and take me to the ER to get it stitched so I had to deal with it. Boy did that hurt.

Aside from many burns from the 650* pizza oven, my worst injury was at my last job. I was cutting scallions on Christmas Eve morning, trying to get all the rich folks catering orders done and the girl next to me bumped into me and I nearly sliced the top of my thumb off. Thankfully she was a CNA so she bandaged me up pretty good, but told me I was losing blood and needed stitches. Went to my boss and he said no, get back to work. By the time I finished my shift I had lost so much blood I was white as a ghost. Being Christmas eve, I had to go to an Urgent Care where the doctor scolded me for not coming in earlier. I got my stitches and spent the rest of Christmas Eve/Christmas with a giant bandaged thumb. This was before I had a smart phone tho so regretfully I don't have any photos. Which is a bummer, scars are cool! big chefin and thanks for the contest!

This (used) for my daughter from my kiddos list please.

When I was in 7th grade, I was fixing the glasses for dinner and my mom was making spaghetti. We both turned around at the same time, and the hot metal pot hit me in the arm and the boiling water sloshed over. So, I got burned really bad with a huge blister on my arm that moved around when I moved my arm :-P

About 8 years I was cooking for an ill friend in her very small kitchen. There was about 3 ft of space between the stove and the sink opposite it. As I was turning around with the pot of still-boiling water, my friend's Akita heard something at the back of the house and came charging through the small space. This caused me to stop suddenly. As I stopped with the pot of boiling water in my hand, the laws of physics caused the water to continue moving. Half the pot of water ended up on my hand.

After several hours of extreme pain, I made my way to the ER when the skin on my hand began to bubble and blister. I was found to have 2nd degree burns over about 25% of my hand. Morphine did nothing for the pain. I healed up well and don't have much scar tissue.

I was once using a mandolin to slice some strawberries super thin. Started going real fast and having a lot of fun. Wasn't using the guard. I ended up with a nice slice of my thumb in the bowl with the strawberries!

10 year old me decided to make fudge. yes fudge. I began to mix the half and half, butter and sugar and bring it to a boil. Me being relatively new to the whole cooking and baking chemistry business, I passed my arm directly over the pot of boiling sugary napalm. A bubble burst, sending the sugary napalmy goodness all over my arm.

Working as a barista I burn myself a lot. One time the espresso machine was on the fritz and the steam wand sprayed hot milk all over my face. I have also accidentally spilled an entire cup of hot coffee down my shirt.

At home, I remember the first time I ever cooked bacon. I had it on too high and the oil was starting to pop. I went to turn it down lower and it let out a huge pop and sprayed hot oil all over my arm.

When I was a kid I put my hand down on the stove without realizing my mom has just used that burner. My entire finger was one big blister. It was disgusting and so painful I had to keep ice on it even when i was in the shower.

Item. If the price raises then anything else on my list is fine too. Thanks for the contest!

I'm working saute in one of the best restaurants in town on a busy Friday night. The special is duck something (this was like 6 years ago). It's really busy, so I have 12 burners going. I'm cooking pastas, fish, making sauce for the grill guy and cooking the special.

I have 2 fry pans heating up for 3 specials. In the heat of the moment I grab one of said pans to add some oil and then the duck breast without my towel. The handle had been sitting on an open flame for at least 5 minutes. I scream, toss the pan to the floor and immediately run some cold water.

Chef looks at me with a dreadful face and says "Please tell me you can at least stay with us through the rush?". I can't let my team down, and obviously my pride steps in so I agree to stay.

I spend the next 3 hours with my hand in a mixing bowl of ice water and cooking through the rush with ONE hand. The night went smoothly and as I work my way down to the last 3 tickets Chef tells me he'll take over and sends me to the ER.

If I could only show you how big that blister was. All across my palm and fingers. Took about a month to heal up. Also had to work one handed for a month, in a busy kitchen. Totally sucked balls.

Big Chefin. My worst injury was inflicted on me by another. I was cooking bacon. My ex decided he also wanted bacon! He however did not want to come near the hot frying pan in my hand. So instead of letting put the pan down and come get some more bacon he took a step back and threw more bacon into the pan. The splash back was astonishing. And anyone who has been burnt by bacon fat knows it is not a pleasent experience. Especially when you're not given a chance to tend to and expected to finishing cooking said bacon first.

I did not sleep that night as the burn hurt so bad I can't bare not having it in water/something cold on it. My ex, initially to comfort me, slept in my bed with me, but it was a single and there just wasn't room for me to lay there and tend to my hand so I ended up in a ball on the floor.

Two years on I still have some discolouring on my hand from it. I wish I had pictures but I never thought to take any. This incident makes me laugh when I see my ex's new girlfriend call him brave.

Giftcard would totally be cool, Itɽ be put towards my mother's birthday present that I need to decide on next month.

I was a short order cook for a place that served breakfast, and I worked the stove most of the time. We kept the gravy in a soup warmer on the counter since we worked out of a small kitchen and couldn't keep it on the stove. Somehow, it fell off the counter and boiling gravy landed all over my feet. I got one shoe off pretty quick without any damages, but because I was standing in gravy it was hard to get the other shoe off which left me with a ton of bad burns on my foot. One spot was bad in particular because the gravy got caught between the side of my foot and the shoe. I don't have any pictures of the actual blister, but lets just say when it popped it felt like a waterfall was running down my foot. Here is a picture of my tattoo which runs over the scar left by the burn. Its the red spot towards the end of it.

I honestly do not have a best injury other then the minor burns and cuts, however I do have a great goof story that was a KITCHEN nightmare.

Last year my sons 4th birthday we decide to make a monster truck cake, after looking at countless photos I have an idea what we are going to make. So I the night before I made square cake, bought a loaf cake to cut for ramps, cover it in icing, food dye for grass, monster trucks jumping over cars, cars smacked into the mud, and ect. Cake looks awesome. We place the cake into the oven for safe keeping from little fingers, Next day, party day: wake up start decorating, release we are cutting it close on time and need to start cooking some food so I tell the old man to pre heat the oven Yep the cakes still inside. We don't realize until the monster trucks we have on the cake start to burn b/c the plastic is melting. The icing in the cake is melting off all over the oven, horrible mess, trying to bring to burning cake outside to the patio, icing is dripping everywhere. I panicking have 30 mins to show time. My sons crying that he doesn't have cake now " you melted my cake, now i don't have cake" I go into superhero mode run to the store buy some premade cakes and make another one in like 15 mins. I had to use the melted trucks and cars for the new one. It somehow worked out. Had to explain to the whole party why my house smelled like burnt plastic and there was a horrific looking cake on my porch. I have a pic need to find it.


[Contest] Kitchen Nightmares

RAOA, I LOVE to cook. My cookbook collection is the bane of a mover's existence. I never have enough kitchen space for my equipment and gadjets. My dream gift is a sous vide.

Naturally, I have suffered some injuries. Burns and cuts abound in the life of a professional and home cook. My best injury will be in the comments, and I want to hear about yours. And yes, I want pictures if you have them!

Also include a link for something on your wishlist that's

I will choose the winner via red it raffle, the phrase is big chefin. Contest closes November 1st!

Edited raffle phrase because reddit raffle hates punctuation.

This contest is closed. /u/RoseMadderX is the winner!

When I was in college, I awoke late one morning with a brutal hangover. This was when I learned it's not a good idea to mix beer, champagne, whiskey and rum all in one night. My entire body was hating me, but I managed to get up and moving eventually.

I needed something to settle my stomach and I was not in the mood for a big chefin meal. Box mac and cheese was decided upon. Noodles cooked and now it's time to drain them, but alas the sink was full of dirty dishes from my roommates. No worries, I'll just carry the pot (one of those pots with a lid that works like a colander for easy draining) to the bathroom sink and drain.

Halfway down the hall I managed to spill some hot water directly on my foot. In my panicked state, I decided I should rush to drain the pasta and get the hot pot back to the kitchen before removing my sock, because I couldn’t risk losing the valuable cooked pasta. This genius moment resulted in 3rd degree burns on my foot because my sock kept the hot water right against my skin the entire time.

I think my worst big chefin moment was when I realized sometimes I can't even boil water. I left the pot on the stove to boil and came back far too late. The water had long evaporated. The pan wasn't just ruined, but melting. It was starting to catch on fire, blue flames eating away at the melting plastic handle. The smell was horrible, forcing the air out of my lungs. It was almost as bad as the time I went to steam veggies and forgot to add the water, completely melting the steamer inside the pot. Sigh. I do things like this far too often.

Oh, man. My worst ever kitchen injury. believe it or not. was when I tried to peel a cucumber. Yep. I was using your standard vegetable peeler tool, and somehow it just slipped. I shaved off the tip of my thumb, a huge chunk above where my fingernail ended. It bled like crazy. I ran upstairs, dripping blood, and into the bathroom. Turned on the faucet and held it there for a while, then eventually turned the faucet off - eyes closed. Eventually I realized the ongoing dripping was my thumb, not the faucet. Oh, god. When I finally calmed down, wrapped a towel around myself, and went downstairs? My dog was licking my blood from the tile.

Mine happened when I was a little guy helping my mom in the kitchen. We were making a soup and my job was to break the chicken up into smaller pieces. My mom had to leave the room for the phone and she made the mistake of leaving a four year old alone with a boiling pot. I tried moving the pan but ended up dumping the boiling water all over my left arm. I had to go to the hospital of course. Surprisingly, my huge scar from the incident is almost completely invisible. My mom put lots of aloe on it and it healed up really well. Iɽ show a picture but all the pictures are at home and I'm away at school. Seeing the pictures from after it happened, it is kinda hard to believe that I don't have a more visible scar now.

little man big chefin and here is my link

Honestly, with how much I cook and bake, I don't have a story of any major cuts or burns. I'm extremely careful when it comes to the kitchen.

There is one story that happened when I was around three with a butter knife. My mom was taking a mid day nap on the couch. I had this extreme urge to eat an orange and tried to wake her up to peel it for me. She was dead tired because she worked many hours to raise two kids so she told me to wait. So I had this bright idea that I would take care of this task on my own with a butter knife. I ended up cutting pretty deep, for a butter knife, into my left hand middle finger. I ran into the bathroom to hide and wrapped a piece of toilet paper around it and held it tight because it was bleeding quite a bit. My older sister found me and figured out something happened. She woke my mom obviously and then the scolding and coaxing went from there. I still have a visible scar that kind of resembles an eye shape.

Do you have any recipes you hold highly over the rest?

I too have mangled myself with a butter knife, cutting a Yorkshire pudding no less!

I don't think I have any recipes I value over others - I like improvising and trying new recipes - but the dish I make most would have to be chili. Hearty, delicious, and lasts a long time. I am gearing up to make some feijoada which is my favorite soup like dish EVER so hopefully it comes out well!

My skin heals very quickly so if I have scars, I don't have most of them for long, but I do having matching scars on both forearms that haven't gone away yet. One from reaching into an oven without mitts, one from leaning against one of those industrial food heaters.

Iɽ take pictures, but they're almost too faint for camera and don't look impressive anymore, haha.

However, I have to say my worst injury was when I was working at Dunkin Donuts. Someone walked into me when I was handling some bitch's cup of hot water in my left hand and it splashed onto my arm and burned the crap out of it, blistering and shit. My manager, of course, just told me to put burn cream and a glove on it and continue working even though it looked like I had a lobster claw. There was evidence of the injury 5 months after it happened.

The first time I made (well, tried to) ramen was in 6th grade. My mom had made it a couple of times, and it was considered a rare treat. Well, I decided I wanted to make my own! So I filled a massive pot TO THE TOP with water, let it boil with the HANDLE STICKING OUT, and LEFT THE ROOM. When I heard bubbling, I ran into the kitchen, knocked it over, and boiling water splooshed down all over my legs. I was wearing thick long pants so I wasn't badly injured, but there were some nasty burns. Hurt to sit and jump for like two months.

The worst I've had is to burn my fingers when I try to pull something out of the oven. I had a crappy oven mitt that had holes on it and I would have to be especially careful when grabbing something.

I wasn't cooking when I sliced my thumb I was doing dishes. I guess the water was to hot and I put some dishes in the sink left for a sec came back grabbed the broken glass and swiped it all my thumb. I didn't realize the glass was broke until I had blood running down my arm. You could see the white tissue and was sliced all the way down to my bone. My EX (so at the time) was gone and refuesd to come home and take me to the ER to get it stitched so I had to deal with it. Boy did that hurt.

Aside from many burns from the 650* pizza oven, my worst injury was at my last job. I was cutting scallions on Christmas Eve morning, trying to get all the rich folks catering orders done and the girl next to me bumped into me and I nearly sliced the top of my thumb off. Thankfully she was a CNA so she bandaged me up pretty good, but told me I was losing blood and needed stitches. Went to my boss and he said no, get back to work. By the time I finished my shift I had lost so much blood I was white as a ghost. Being Christmas eve, I had to go to an Urgent Care where the doctor scolded me for not coming in earlier. I got my stitches and spent the rest of Christmas Eve/Christmas with a giant bandaged thumb. This was before I had a smart phone tho so regretfully I don't have any photos. Which is a bummer, scars are cool! big chefin and thanks for the contest!

This (used) for my daughter from my kiddos list please.

When I was in 7th grade, I was fixing the glasses for dinner and my mom was making spaghetti. We both turned around at the same time, and the hot metal pot hit me in the arm and the boiling water sloshed over. So, I got burned really bad with a huge blister on my arm that moved around when I moved my arm :-P

About 8 years I was cooking for an ill friend in her very small kitchen. There was about 3 ft of space between the stove and the sink opposite it. As I was turning around with the pot of still-boiling water, my friend's Akita heard something at the back of the house and came charging through the small space. This caused me to stop suddenly. As I stopped with the pot of boiling water in my hand, the laws of physics caused the water to continue moving. Half the pot of water ended up on my hand.

After several hours of extreme pain, I made my way to the ER when the skin on my hand began to bubble and blister. I was found to have 2nd degree burns over about 25% of my hand. Morphine did nothing for the pain. I healed up well and don't have much scar tissue.

I was once using a mandolin to slice some strawberries super thin. Started going real fast and having a lot of fun. Wasn't using the guard. I ended up with a nice slice of my thumb in the bowl with the strawberries!

10 year old me decided to make fudge. yes fudge. I began to mix the half and half, butter and sugar and bring it to a boil. Me being relatively new to the whole cooking and baking chemistry business, I passed my arm directly over the pot of boiling sugary napalm. A bubble burst, sending the sugary napalmy goodness all over my arm.

Working as a barista I burn myself a lot. One time the espresso machine was on the fritz and the steam wand sprayed hot milk all over my face. I have also accidentally spilled an entire cup of hot coffee down my shirt.

At home, I remember the first time I ever cooked bacon. I had it on too high and the oil was starting to pop. I went to turn it down lower and it let out a huge pop and sprayed hot oil all over my arm.

When I was a kid I put my hand down on the stove without realizing my mom has just used that burner. My entire finger was one big blister. It was disgusting and so painful I had to keep ice on it even when i was in the shower.

Item. If the price raises then anything else on my list is fine too. Thanks for the contest!

I'm working saute in one of the best restaurants in town on a busy Friday night. The special is duck something (this was like 6 years ago). It's really busy, so I have 12 burners going. I'm cooking pastas, fish, making sauce for the grill guy and cooking the special.

I have 2 fry pans heating up for 3 specials. In the heat of the moment I grab one of said pans to add some oil and then the duck breast without my towel. The handle had been sitting on an open flame for at least 5 minutes. I scream, toss the pan to the floor and immediately run some cold water.

Chef looks at me with a dreadful face and says "Please tell me you can at least stay with us through the rush?". I can't let my team down, and obviously my pride steps in so I agree to stay.

I spend the next 3 hours with my hand in a mixing bowl of ice water and cooking through the rush with ONE hand. The night went smoothly and as I work my way down to the last 3 tickets Chef tells me he'll take over and sends me to the ER.

If I could only show you how big that blister was. All across my palm and fingers. Took about a month to heal up. Also had to work one handed for a month, in a busy kitchen. Totally sucked balls.

Big Chefin. My worst injury was inflicted on me by another. I was cooking bacon. My ex decided he also wanted bacon! He however did not want to come near the hot frying pan in my hand. So instead of letting put the pan down and come get some more bacon he took a step back and threw more bacon into the pan. The splash back was astonishing. And anyone who has been burnt by bacon fat knows it is not a pleasent experience. Especially when you're not given a chance to tend to and expected to finishing cooking said bacon first.

I did not sleep that night as the burn hurt so bad I can't bare not having it in water/something cold on it. My ex, initially to comfort me, slept in my bed with me, but it was a single and there just wasn't room for me to lay there and tend to my hand so I ended up in a ball on the floor.

Two years on I still have some discolouring on my hand from it. I wish I had pictures but I never thought to take any. This incident makes me laugh when I see my ex's new girlfriend call him brave.

Giftcard would totally be cool, Itɽ be put towards my mother's birthday present that I need to decide on next month.

I was a short order cook for a place that served breakfast, and I worked the stove most of the time. We kept the gravy in a soup warmer on the counter since we worked out of a small kitchen and couldn't keep it on the stove. Somehow, it fell off the counter and boiling gravy landed all over my feet. I got one shoe off pretty quick without any damages, but because I was standing in gravy it was hard to get the other shoe off which left me with a ton of bad burns on my foot. One spot was bad in particular because the gravy got caught between the side of my foot and the shoe. I don't have any pictures of the actual blister, but lets just say when it popped it felt like a waterfall was running down my foot. Here is a picture of my tattoo which runs over the scar left by the burn. Its the red spot towards the end of it.

I honestly do not have a best injury other then the minor burns and cuts, however I do have a great goof story that was a KITCHEN nightmare.

Last year my sons 4th birthday we decide to make a monster truck cake, after looking at countless photos I have an idea what we are going to make. So I the night before I made square cake, bought a loaf cake to cut for ramps, cover it in icing, food dye for grass, monster trucks jumping over cars, cars smacked into the mud, and ect. Cake looks awesome. We place the cake into the oven for safe keeping from little fingers, Next day, party day: wake up start decorating, release we are cutting it close on time and need to start cooking some food so I tell the old man to pre heat the oven Yep the cakes still inside. We don't realize until the monster trucks we have on the cake start to burn b/c the plastic is melting. The icing in the cake is melting off all over the oven, horrible mess, trying to bring to burning cake outside to the patio, icing is dripping everywhere. I panicking have 30 mins to show time. My sons crying that he doesn't have cake now " you melted my cake, now i don't have cake" I go into superhero mode run to the store buy some premade cakes and make another one in like 15 mins. I had to use the melted trucks and cars for the new one. It somehow worked out. Had to explain to the whole party why my house smelled like burnt plastic and there was a horrific looking cake on my porch. I have a pic need to find it.


[Contest] Kitchen Nightmares

RAOA, I LOVE to cook. My cookbook collection is the bane of a mover's existence. I never have enough kitchen space for my equipment and gadjets. My dream gift is a sous vide.

Naturally, I have suffered some injuries. Burns and cuts abound in the life of a professional and home cook. My best injury will be in the comments, and I want to hear about yours. And yes, I want pictures if you have them!

Also include a link for something on your wishlist that's

I will choose the winner via red it raffle, the phrase is big chefin. Contest closes November 1st!

Edited raffle phrase because reddit raffle hates punctuation.

This contest is closed. /u/RoseMadderX is the winner!

When I was in college, I awoke late one morning with a brutal hangover. This was when I learned it's not a good idea to mix beer, champagne, whiskey and rum all in one night. My entire body was hating me, but I managed to get up and moving eventually.

I needed something to settle my stomach and I was not in the mood for a big chefin meal. Box mac and cheese was decided upon. Noodles cooked and now it's time to drain them, but alas the sink was full of dirty dishes from my roommates. No worries, I'll just carry the pot (one of those pots with a lid that works like a colander for easy draining) to the bathroom sink and drain.

Halfway down the hall I managed to spill some hot water directly on my foot. In my panicked state, I decided I should rush to drain the pasta and get the hot pot back to the kitchen before removing my sock, because I couldn’t risk losing the valuable cooked pasta. This genius moment resulted in 3rd degree burns on my foot because my sock kept the hot water right against my skin the entire time.

I think my worst big chefin moment was when I realized sometimes I can't even boil water. I left the pot on the stove to boil and came back far too late. The water had long evaporated. The pan wasn't just ruined, but melting. It was starting to catch on fire, blue flames eating away at the melting plastic handle. The smell was horrible, forcing the air out of my lungs. It was almost as bad as the time I went to steam veggies and forgot to add the water, completely melting the steamer inside the pot. Sigh. I do things like this far too often.

Oh, man. My worst ever kitchen injury. believe it or not. was when I tried to peel a cucumber. Yep. I was using your standard vegetable peeler tool, and somehow it just slipped. I shaved off the tip of my thumb, a huge chunk above where my fingernail ended. It bled like crazy. I ran upstairs, dripping blood, and into the bathroom. Turned on the faucet and held it there for a while, then eventually turned the faucet off - eyes closed. Eventually I realized the ongoing dripping was my thumb, not the faucet. Oh, god. When I finally calmed down, wrapped a towel around myself, and went downstairs? My dog was licking my blood from the tile.

Mine happened when I was a little guy helping my mom in the kitchen. We were making a soup and my job was to break the chicken up into smaller pieces. My mom had to leave the room for the phone and she made the mistake of leaving a four year old alone with a boiling pot. I tried moving the pan but ended up dumping the boiling water all over my left arm. I had to go to the hospital of course. Surprisingly, my huge scar from the incident is almost completely invisible. My mom put lots of aloe on it and it healed up really well. Iɽ show a picture but all the pictures are at home and I'm away at school. Seeing the pictures from after it happened, it is kinda hard to believe that I don't have a more visible scar now.

little man big chefin and here is my link

Honestly, with how much I cook and bake, I don't have a story of any major cuts or burns. I'm extremely careful when it comes to the kitchen.

There is one story that happened when I was around three with a butter knife. My mom was taking a mid day nap on the couch. I had this extreme urge to eat an orange and tried to wake her up to peel it for me. She was dead tired because she worked many hours to raise two kids so she told me to wait. So I had this bright idea that I would take care of this task on my own with a butter knife. I ended up cutting pretty deep, for a butter knife, into my left hand middle finger. I ran into the bathroom to hide and wrapped a piece of toilet paper around it and held it tight because it was bleeding quite a bit. My older sister found me and figured out something happened. She woke my mom obviously and then the scolding and coaxing went from there. I still have a visible scar that kind of resembles an eye shape.

Do you have any recipes you hold highly over the rest?

I too have mangled myself with a butter knife, cutting a Yorkshire pudding no less!

I don't think I have any recipes I value over others - I like improvising and trying new recipes - but the dish I make most would have to be chili. Hearty, delicious, and lasts a long time. I am gearing up to make some feijoada which is my favorite soup like dish EVER so hopefully it comes out well!

My skin heals very quickly so if I have scars, I don't have most of them for long, but I do having matching scars on both forearms that haven't gone away yet. One from reaching into an oven without mitts, one from leaning against one of those industrial food heaters.

Iɽ take pictures, but they're almost too faint for camera and don't look impressive anymore, haha.

However, I have to say my worst injury was when I was working at Dunkin Donuts. Someone walked into me when I was handling some bitch's cup of hot water in my left hand and it splashed onto my arm and burned the crap out of it, blistering and shit. My manager, of course, just told me to put burn cream and a glove on it and continue working even though it looked like I had a lobster claw. There was evidence of the injury 5 months after it happened.

The first time I made (well, tried to) ramen was in 6th grade. My mom had made it a couple of times, and it was considered a rare treat. Well, I decided I wanted to make my own! So I filled a massive pot TO THE TOP with water, let it boil with the HANDLE STICKING OUT, and LEFT THE ROOM. When I heard bubbling, I ran into the kitchen, knocked it over, and boiling water splooshed down all over my legs. I was wearing thick long pants so I wasn't badly injured, but there were some nasty burns. Hurt to sit and jump for like two months.

The worst I've had is to burn my fingers when I try to pull something out of the oven. I had a crappy oven mitt that had holes on it and I would have to be especially careful when grabbing something.

I wasn't cooking when I sliced my thumb I was doing dishes. I guess the water was to hot and I put some dishes in the sink left for a sec came back grabbed the broken glass and swiped it all my thumb. I didn't realize the glass was broke until I had blood running down my arm. You could see the white tissue and was sliced all the way down to my bone. My EX (so at the time) was gone and refuesd to come home and take me to the ER to get it stitched so I had to deal with it. Boy did that hurt.

Aside from many burns from the 650* pizza oven, my worst injury was at my last job. I was cutting scallions on Christmas Eve morning, trying to get all the rich folks catering orders done and the girl next to me bumped into me and I nearly sliced the top of my thumb off. Thankfully she was a CNA so she bandaged me up pretty good, but told me I was losing blood and needed stitches. Went to my boss and he said no, get back to work. By the time I finished my shift I had lost so much blood I was white as a ghost. Being Christmas eve, I had to go to an Urgent Care where the doctor scolded me for not coming in earlier. I got my stitches and spent the rest of Christmas Eve/Christmas with a giant bandaged thumb. This was before I had a smart phone tho so regretfully I don't have any photos. Which is a bummer, scars are cool! big chefin and thanks for the contest!

This (used) for my daughter from my kiddos list please.

When I was in 7th grade, I was fixing the glasses for dinner and my mom was making spaghetti. We both turned around at the same time, and the hot metal pot hit me in the arm and the boiling water sloshed over. So, I got burned really bad with a huge blister on my arm that moved around when I moved my arm :-P

About 8 years I was cooking for an ill friend in her very small kitchen. There was about 3 ft of space between the stove and the sink opposite it. As I was turning around with the pot of still-boiling water, my friend's Akita heard something at the back of the house and came charging through the small space. This caused me to stop suddenly. As I stopped with the pot of boiling water in my hand, the laws of physics caused the water to continue moving. Half the pot of water ended up on my hand.

After several hours of extreme pain, I made my way to the ER when the skin on my hand began to bubble and blister. I was found to have 2nd degree burns over about 25% of my hand. Morphine did nothing for the pain. I healed up well and don't have much scar tissue.

I was once using a mandolin to slice some strawberries super thin. Started going real fast and having a lot of fun. Wasn't using the guard. I ended up with a nice slice of my thumb in the bowl with the strawberries!

10 year old me decided to make fudge. yes fudge. I began to mix the half and half, butter and sugar and bring it to a boil. Me being relatively new to the whole cooking and baking chemistry business, I passed my arm directly over the pot of boiling sugary napalm. A bubble burst, sending the sugary napalmy goodness all over my arm.

Working as a barista I burn myself a lot. One time the espresso machine was on the fritz and the steam wand sprayed hot milk all over my face. I have also accidentally spilled an entire cup of hot coffee down my shirt.

At home, I remember the first time I ever cooked bacon. I had it on too high and the oil was starting to pop. I went to turn it down lower and it let out a huge pop and sprayed hot oil all over my arm.

When I was a kid I put my hand down on the stove without realizing my mom has just used that burner. My entire finger was one big blister. It was disgusting and so painful I had to keep ice on it even when i was in the shower.

Item. If the price raises then anything else on my list is fine too. Thanks for the contest!

I'm working saute in one of the best restaurants in town on a busy Friday night. The special is duck something (this was like 6 years ago). It's really busy, so I have 12 burners going. I'm cooking pastas, fish, making sauce for the grill guy and cooking the special.

I have 2 fry pans heating up for 3 specials. In the heat of the moment I grab one of said pans to add some oil and then the duck breast without my towel. The handle had been sitting on an open flame for at least 5 minutes. I scream, toss the pan to the floor and immediately run some cold water.

Chef looks at me with a dreadful face and says "Please tell me you can at least stay with us through the rush?". I can't let my team down, and obviously my pride steps in so I agree to stay.

I spend the next 3 hours with my hand in a mixing bowl of ice water and cooking through the rush with ONE hand. The night went smoothly and as I work my way down to the last 3 tickets Chef tells me he'll take over and sends me to the ER.

If I could only show you how big that blister was. All across my palm and fingers. Took about a month to heal up. Also had to work one handed for a month, in a busy kitchen. Totally sucked balls.

Big Chefin. My worst injury was inflicted on me by another. I was cooking bacon. My ex decided he also wanted bacon! He however did not want to come near the hot frying pan in my hand. So instead of letting put the pan down and come get some more bacon he took a step back and threw more bacon into the pan. The splash back was astonishing. And anyone who has been burnt by bacon fat knows it is not a pleasent experience. Especially when you're not given a chance to tend to and expected to finishing cooking said bacon first.

I did not sleep that night as the burn hurt so bad I can't bare not having it in water/something cold on it. My ex, initially to comfort me, slept in my bed with me, but it was a single and there just wasn't room for me to lay there and tend to my hand so I ended up in a ball on the floor.

Two years on I still have some discolouring on my hand from it. I wish I had pictures but I never thought to take any. This incident makes me laugh when I see my ex's new girlfriend call him brave.

Giftcard would totally be cool, Itɽ be put towards my mother's birthday present that I need to decide on next month.

I was a short order cook for a place that served breakfast, and I worked the stove most of the time. We kept the gravy in a soup warmer on the counter since we worked out of a small kitchen and couldn't keep it on the stove. Somehow, it fell off the counter and boiling gravy landed all over my feet. I got one shoe off pretty quick without any damages, but because I was standing in gravy it was hard to get the other shoe off which left me with a ton of bad burns on my foot. One spot was bad in particular because the gravy got caught between the side of my foot and the shoe. I don't have any pictures of the actual blister, but lets just say when it popped it felt like a waterfall was running down my foot. Here is a picture of my tattoo which runs over the scar left by the burn. Its the red spot towards the end of it.

I honestly do not have a best injury other then the minor burns and cuts, however I do have a great goof story that was a KITCHEN nightmare.

Last year my sons 4th birthday we decide to make a monster truck cake, after looking at countless photos I have an idea what we are going to make. So I the night before I made square cake, bought a loaf cake to cut for ramps, cover it in icing, food dye for grass, monster trucks jumping over cars, cars smacked into the mud, and ect. Cake looks awesome. We place the cake into the oven for safe keeping from little fingers, Next day, party day: wake up start decorating, release we are cutting it close on time and need to start cooking some food so I tell the old man to pre heat the oven Yep the cakes still inside. We don't realize until the monster trucks we have on the cake start to burn b/c the plastic is melting. The icing in the cake is melting off all over the oven, horrible mess, trying to bring to burning cake outside to the patio, icing is dripping everywhere. I panicking have 30 mins to show time. My sons crying that he doesn't have cake now " you melted my cake, now i don't have cake" I go into superhero mode run to the store buy some premade cakes and make another one in like 15 mins. I had to use the melted trucks and cars for the new one. It somehow worked out. Had to explain to the whole party why my house smelled like burnt plastic and there was a horrific looking cake on my porch. I have a pic need to find it.


[Contest] Kitchen Nightmares

RAOA, I LOVE to cook. My cookbook collection is the bane of a mover's existence. I never have enough kitchen space for my equipment and gadjets. My dream gift is a sous vide.

Naturally, I have suffered some injuries. Burns and cuts abound in the life of a professional and home cook. My best injury will be in the comments, and I want to hear about yours. And yes, I want pictures if you have them!

Also include a link for something on your wishlist that's

I will choose the winner via red it raffle, the phrase is big chefin. Contest closes November 1st!

Edited raffle phrase because reddit raffle hates punctuation.

This contest is closed. /u/RoseMadderX is the winner!

When I was in college, I awoke late one morning with a brutal hangover. This was when I learned it's not a good idea to mix beer, champagne, whiskey and rum all in one night. My entire body was hating me, but I managed to get up and moving eventually.

I needed something to settle my stomach and I was not in the mood for a big chefin meal. Box mac and cheese was decided upon. Noodles cooked and now it's time to drain them, but alas the sink was full of dirty dishes from my roommates. No worries, I'll just carry the pot (one of those pots with a lid that works like a colander for easy draining) to the bathroom sink and drain.

Halfway down the hall I managed to spill some hot water directly on my foot. In my panicked state, I decided I should rush to drain the pasta and get the hot pot back to the kitchen before removing my sock, because I couldn’t risk losing the valuable cooked pasta. This genius moment resulted in 3rd degree burns on my foot because my sock kept the hot water right against my skin the entire time.

I think my worst big chefin moment was when I realized sometimes I can't even boil water. I left the pot on the stove to boil and came back far too late. The water had long evaporated. The pan wasn't just ruined, but melting. It was starting to catch on fire, blue flames eating away at the melting plastic handle. The smell was horrible, forcing the air out of my lungs. It was almost as bad as the time I went to steam veggies and forgot to add the water, completely melting the steamer inside the pot. Sigh. I do things like this far too often.

Oh, man. My worst ever kitchen injury. believe it or not. was when I tried to peel a cucumber. Yep. I was using your standard vegetable peeler tool, and somehow it just slipped. I shaved off the tip of my thumb, a huge chunk above where my fingernail ended. It bled like crazy. I ran upstairs, dripping blood, and into the bathroom. Turned on the faucet and held it there for a while, then eventually turned the faucet off - eyes closed. Eventually I realized the ongoing dripping was my thumb, not the faucet. Oh, god. When I finally calmed down, wrapped a towel around myself, and went downstairs? My dog was licking my blood from the tile.

Mine happened when I was a little guy helping my mom in the kitchen. We were making a soup and my job was to break the chicken up into smaller pieces. My mom had to leave the room for the phone and she made the mistake of leaving a four year old alone with a boiling pot. I tried moving the pan but ended up dumping the boiling water all over my left arm. I had to go to the hospital of course. Surprisingly, my huge scar from the incident is almost completely invisible. My mom put lots of aloe on it and it healed up really well. Iɽ show a picture but all the pictures are at home and I'm away at school. Seeing the pictures from after it happened, it is kinda hard to believe that I don't have a more visible scar now.

little man big chefin and here is my link

Honestly, with how much I cook and bake, I don't have a story of any major cuts or burns. I'm extremely careful when it comes to the kitchen.

There is one story that happened when I was around three with a butter knife. My mom was taking a mid day nap on the couch. I had this extreme urge to eat an orange and tried to wake her up to peel it for me. She was dead tired because she worked many hours to raise two kids so she told me to wait. So I had this bright idea that I would take care of this task on my own with a butter knife. I ended up cutting pretty deep, for a butter knife, into my left hand middle finger. I ran into the bathroom to hide and wrapped a piece of toilet paper around it and held it tight because it was bleeding quite a bit. My older sister found me and figured out something happened. She woke my mom obviously and then the scolding and coaxing went from there. I still have a visible scar that kind of resembles an eye shape.

Do you have any recipes you hold highly over the rest?

I too have mangled myself with a butter knife, cutting a Yorkshire pudding no less!

I don't think I have any recipes I value over others - I like improvising and trying new recipes - but the dish I make most would have to be chili. Hearty, delicious, and lasts a long time. I am gearing up to make some feijoada which is my favorite soup like dish EVER so hopefully it comes out well!

My skin heals very quickly so if I have scars, I don't have most of them for long, but I do having matching scars on both forearms that haven't gone away yet. One from reaching into an oven without mitts, one from leaning against one of those industrial food heaters.

Iɽ take pictures, but they're almost too faint for camera and don't look impressive anymore, haha.

However, I have to say my worst injury was when I was working at Dunkin Donuts. Someone walked into me when I was handling some bitch's cup of hot water in my left hand and it splashed onto my arm and burned the crap out of it, blistering and shit. My manager, of course, just told me to put burn cream and a glove on it and continue working even though it looked like I had a lobster claw. There was evidence of the injury 5 months after it happened.

The first time I made (well, tried to) ramen was in 6th grade. My mom had made it a couple of times, and it was considered a rare treat. Well, I decided I wanted to make my own! So I filled a massive pot TO THE TOP with water, let it boil with the HANDLE STICKING OUT, and LEFT THE ROOM. When I heard bubbling, I ran into the kitchen, knocked it over, and boiling water splooshed down all over my legs. I was wearing thick long pants so I wasn't badly injured, but there were some nasty burns. Hurt to sit and jump for like two months.

The worst I've had is to burn my fingers when I try to pull something out of the oven. I had a crappy oven mitt that had holes on it and I would have to be especially careful when grabbing something.

I wasn't cooking when I sliced my thumb I was doing dishes. I guess the water was to hot and I put some dishes in the sink left for a sec came back grabbed the broken glass and swiped it all my thumb. I didn't realize the glass was broke until I had blood running down my arm. You could see the white tissue and was sliced all the way down to my bone. My EX (so at the time) was gone and refuesd to come home and take me to the ER to get it stitched so I had to deal with it. Boy did that hurt.

Aside from many burns from the 650* pizza oven, my worst injury was at my last job. I was cutting scallions on Christmas Eve morning, trying to get all the rich folks catering orders done and the girl next to me bumped into me and I nearly sliced the top of my thumb off. Thankfully she was a CNA so she bandaged me up pretty good, but told me I was losing blood and needed stitches. Went to my boss and he said no, get back to work. By the time I finished my shift I had lost so much blood I was white as a ghost. Being Christmas eve, I had to go to an Urgent Care where the doctor scolded me for not coming in earlier. I got my stitches and spent the rest of Christmas Eve/Christmas with a giant bandaged thumb. This was before I had a smart phone tho so regretfully I don't have any photos. Which is a bummer, scars are cool! big chefin and thanks for the contest!

This (used) for my daughter from my kiddos list please.

When I was in 7th grade, I was fixing the glasses for dinner and my mom was making spaghetti. We both turned around at the same time, and the hot metal pot hit me in the arm and the boiling water sloshed over. So, I got burned really bad with a huge blister on my arm that moved around when I moved my arm :-P

About 8 years I was cooking for an ill friend in her very small kitchen. There was about 3 ft of space between the stove and the sink opposite it. As I was turning around with the pot of still-boiling water, my friend's Akita heard something at the back of the house and came charging through the small space. This caused me to stop suddenly. As I stopped with the pot of boiling water in my hand, the laws of physics caused the water to continue moving. Half the pot of water ended up on my hand.

After several hours of extreme pain, I made my way to the ER when the skin on my hand began to bubble and blister. I was found to have 2nd degree burns over about 25% of my hand. Morphine did nothing for the pain. I healed up well and don't have much scar tissue.

I was once using a mandolin to slice some strawberries super thin. Started going real fast and having a lot of fun. Wasn't using the guard. I ended up with a nice slice of my thumb in the bowl with the strawberries!

10 year old me decided to make fudge. yes fudge. I began to mix the half and half, butter and sugar and bring it to a boil. Me being relatively new to the whole cooking and baking chemistry business, I passed my arm directly over the pot of boiling sugary napalm. A bubble burst, sending the sugary napalmy goodness all over my arm.

Working as a barista I burn myself a lot. One time the espresso machine was on the fritz and the steam wand sprayed hot milk all over my face. I have also accidentally spilled an entire cup of hot coffee down my shirt.

At home, I remember the first time I ever cooked bacon. I had it on too high and the oil was starting to pop. I went to turn it down lower and it let out a huge pop and sprayed hot oil all over my arm.

When I was a kid I put my hand down on the stove without realizing my mom has just used that burner. My entire finger was one big blister. It was disgusting and so painful I had to keep ice on it even when i was in the shower.

Item. If the price raises then anything else on my list is fine too. Thanks for the contest!

I'm working saute in one of the best restaurants in town on a busy Friday night. The special is duck something (this was like 6 years ago). It's really busy, so I have 12 burners going. I'm cooking pastas, fish, making sauce for the grill guy and cooking the special.

I have 2 fry pans heating up for 3 specials. In the heat of the moment I grab one of said pans to add some oil and then the duck breast without my towel. The handle had been sitting on an open flame for at least 5 minutes. I scream, toss the pan to the floor and immediately run some cold water.

Chef looks at me with a dreadful face and says "Please tell me you can at least stay with us through the rush?". I can't let my team down, and obviously my pride steps in so I agree to stay.

I spend the next 3 hours with my hand in a mixing bowl of ice water and cooking through the rush with ONE hand. The night went smoothly and as I work my way down to the last 3 tickets Chef tells me he'll take over and sends me to the ER.

If I could only show you how big that blister was. All across my palm and fingers. Took about a month to heal up. Also had to work one handed for a month, in a busy kitchen. Totally sucked balls.

Big Chefin. My worst injury was inflicted on me by another. I was cooking bacon. My ex decided he also wanted bacon! He however did not want to come near the hot frying pan in my hand. So instead of letting put the pan down and come get some more bacon he took a step back and threw more bacon into the pan. The splash back was astonishing. And anyone who has been burnt by bacon fat knows it is not a pleasent experience. Especially when you're not given a chance to tend to and expected to finishing cooking said bacon first.

I did not sleep that night as the burn hurt so bad I can't bare not having it in water/something cold on it. My ex, initially to comfort me, slept in my bed with me, but it was a single and there just wasn't room for me to lay there and tend to my hand so I ended up in a ball on the floor.

Two years on I still have some discolouring on my hand from it. I wish I had pictures but I never thought to take any. This incident makes me laugh when I see my ex's new girlfriend call him brave.

Giftcard would totally be cool, Itɽ be put towards my mother's birthday present that I need to decide on next month.

I was a short order cook for a place that served breakfast, and I worked the stove most of the time. We kept the gravy in a soup warmer on the counter since we worked out of a small kitchen and couldn't keep it on the stove. Somehow, it fell off the counter and boiling gravy landed all over my feet. I got one shoe off pretty quick without any damages, but because I was standing in gravy it was hard to get the other shoe off which left me with a ton of bad burns on my foot. One spot was bad in particular because the gravy got caught between the side of my foot and the shoe. I don't have any pictures of the actual blister, but lets just say when it popped it felt like a waterfall was running down my foot. Here is a picture of my tattoo which runs over the scar left by the burn. Its the red spot towards the end of it.

I honestly do not have a best injury other then the minor burns and cuts, however I do have a great goof story that was a KITCHEN nightmare.

Last year my sons 4th birthday we decide to make a monster truck cake, after looking at countless photos I have an idea what we are going to make. So I the night before I made square cake, bought a loaf cake to cut for ramps, cover it in icing, food dye for grass, monster trucks jumping over cars, cars smacked into the mud, and ect. Cake looks awesome. We place the cake into the oven for safe keeping from little fingers, Next day, party day: wake up start decorating, release we are cutting it close on time and need to start cooking some food so I tell the old man to pre heat the oven Yep the cakes still inside. We don't realize until the monster trucks we have on the cake start to burn b/c the plastic is melting. The icing in the cake is melting off all over the oven, horrible mess, trying to bring to burning cake outside to the patio, icing is dripping everywhere. I panicking have 30 mins to show time. My sons crying that he doesn't have cake now " you melted my cake, now i don't have cake" I go into superhero mode run to the store buy some premade cakes and make another one in like 15 mins. I had to use the melted trucks and cars for the new one. It somehow worked out. Had to explain to the whole party why my house smelled like burnt plastic and there was a horrific looking cake on my porch. I have a pic need to find it.


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