The Magistrate's Blog (2005-2012)

This blog has migrated to www.magistratesblog.blogspot.co.uk This blog is anonymous, and Bystander's views are his and his alone. Where his views differ from the letter of the law, he will enforce the letter of the law because that is what he has sworn to do. If you think that you can identify a particular case from one of the posts you are wrong. Enough facts are changed to preserve the truth of the tale but to disguise its exact source.

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The blog is written by a retired JP, with over 30 years' experience on the Bench.

Friday, January 20, 2012

Snaresbrook Caterer Passes Opinion

This unpleasant story comes as no surprise; I mentioned something similar a long time ago.
There is a very long history of those at the bottom of the heap doing disgusting things to their superiors' food. George Orwell's experience as a 'plongeur' in the kitchens of grand Paris hotels is a good place to start. My late father-in-law claimed to have seen a chef chewing up the parsley for a parsley butter (thus leaving his hands free for other tasks) when he did some maintenance work in a smart kitchen, and a pal who worked as a waiter in apartheid South Africa told me some disgusting stories of black waiters taking revenge on rude and contemptuous customers.
Perhaps the old profession of food taster will have a revival. I believe that some dictators, oligarchs, and spoilt Hollywood types employ them already.