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QUOTED: O&B’s Anthony Walsh on his favourite kitchen prank

We tell the cook to go down to Jump (sister restaurant, downstairs) and get the red lobster gun (a thing that doesn’t exist). The cook will go to Jump and the chefs there will say “oh, no the gun is at Biff’s” (another O&B restaurant, very close by). The cook goes to Biff’s and then they come back to Canoe and they look devastated because they couldn’t find the thing we asked him for.

—Anthony Walsh, the corporate executive chef (i.e. culinary overlord) at Oliver & Bonacini Restaurants, telling Swallow Food’s Kristina Groeger about his favourite way of pranking new chefs and stagiaires. The article, by the way, is illustrated with some truly memorable photos of the chef decked out in full hunting gear. [Swallow Food]