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Kitchen Slang from Around the World: Cracking the Colorful Code Of the Professional Kitchen

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A rich vocabulary has developed to help communicate in the back-of-house. Some are legitimate short-cuts and others are just rude or at least politically incorrect.

Do you have some good restaurant or food safety slang that you don't see here? Send in your contribution to Carolyn Mann.

  • Bubble Dancer
    A disrespectful name for one of the most valuable of kitchen assets - the dishwasher.
  • Cremate
    To burn something badly.
  • Haddock Eaters
    Soft food eaters, no teeth.
  • Jeopardy/Wheel of Fortune Crowd
    Early bird diners. Need to be home early.
  • Offensive potatoes
    Tinned potatoes. Antartic
  • Hank Marvin
    Starving, hungry. Cockey Rhyming Slang. (I'm hank marvin.)
  • Pearl Diver
    An inconsiderate name for a dishwasher.
  • Pittsburgh Rare
    Burnt outside, rare inside.
  • Sawdust
    Dehydrated cabbage. British
  • Scradge
    Food. British
  • Ya ya papaya
    A snooty maitre d' in Singlish, the vernacular language of Singapore.

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