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.
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.
Dehydrated cabbage. British
- Ya ya papaya
A snooty maitre d' in Singlish, the vernacular language of Singapore.