Juggling Chef

January 16, 2007

in Accident & Mishap Stories

My wife, mother-in-law, and father-in-law ate at one of those Japanese restaurants where the chef prepares food on a grill in front of you. The chef was showing off his juggling skills in front of us and others who were sitting at the table. He’d toss large wooden salt and pepper shakers into the air, quickly catching them and throwing them back up. He got a little too exuberant in his juggling performance, losing control of one of the shakers. The shaker flew directly towards my father-in-law who was holding a glass of water in front of him. The shaker smashed the glass, scattering shards of glass and drenching the table. Miraculously, my father-in-law wasn’t injured. I remember back in the days when chefs at these restaurants used to twirl knives! I imagine that the practice was stopped after lawsuits from injuries resulted in skyrocketing insurance costs. 


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jaymoney April 3, 2009 at 11:19 am

How about a flaming knife?


Sunday Laclair October 29, 2010 at 4:07 am

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Robert February 15, 2013 at 4:46 pm

What the F*CK were you smoking 120 weeks ago and has it worn off yet?


laveeza August 7, 2013 at 6:12 am



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Rachel August 10, 2013 at 3:14 am

That is why I love-hate hibachi. On the one hand, great food, great performances in the preparation of it. On the other, I am cringing the whole time, praying that the chef doesn't lose control of something.

Glad to know everyone was unharmed.


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