Blood in the Kitchen: Houston Chefs Share Some Horrific Tales

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Photo from Prego
John Watt, with all limbs and digits still intact.
John Watt, executive chef/owner of Prego and managing partner of Trevisio:

When I first mentioned kitchen injuries to Watt, he informed me that the wood-burning grill at Prego is often the source of injuries.

"Knife accidents don't happen much with me," Watt explained. "I've never really cut myself."

Then I mentioned Chris Shepherd's awful injury (see page 5), and Watt suddenly remembered one of his own.

"When I was a lot younger, I was George Mitchell's corporate chef in Galveston, but I came from a different restaurant group, and I was helping on a buffet. I cut my hand open with a slicing knife. It was a really bad cut, but you have to wrap your hand up, and you have to tough it through. It was a big flap of skin, though."

And then he was on a roll.

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Photo by Eric Charlton
It wasn't quite this bad ... but almost!
"A guy had a meat slicer a long time ago when I was working at a big hotel, and I told the guy to leave that alone, that we weren't going to use that here. I said, 'I don't want to use that, and I don't think anyone here is qualified to use that.' It was like a big band saw that you would use to slice through bone, and I've seen people hurt by it. So this guy was upstairs in a separate place, and he sliced his thumb ... not off, but at the knuckle halfway though. He was off work for months afterward."

"Oh, and at Mardi Gras in Galveston one year, I was at the Tremont House, and someone dropped the loading dock on my foot. I kept working all night because there were 100,000 people there. I had to go to the ER later, and they had to give me cortisone just to take my shoe off."

"Did you go back to work the next day?" I asked.

"Uh, yeah," Watt said. "It was Mardi Gras."

Location Info

Venue

Map

Prego

2520 Amherst, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Trevisio Restaurant

6550 Bertner St., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Goro & Gun

306 Main St., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

The Modular

, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Underbelly

1100 Westheimer Road, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

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16 comments
RickyRescue
RickyRescue

Yo Chris, arterial blood is bright red, not dark. (Still sounds serious.)

Suzy Bruisie Q Stone
Suzy Bruisie Q Stone

Cut a little piece of my thumb off once. Can't really tell without looking at the other one.

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rgwalt
rgwalt

The dude from page 4 is lucky he still has that hand/arm.  Seriously.  Another day or two = gangrene followed by amputation, or at best devistatingly strong course of anti-biotics plus maggot therapy.

TimP
TimP

My chef/cook bro managed to spill very hot stock onto his feet on his first day on the line at a very prestigious kitchen in New Orleans on his first day where they were taking a bit of a chance on hiring him as he had a thin resume at the time.  Serious burns on the tops of his feet, but he worked through the shift.  When he got home, I asked him if he'd at least put some burn cream on his feet and he just laughed.

Jennifer Ridgway
Jennifer Ridgway

just to warn those as squeamish as me...absolutely don't look at the photos or read page 5. Ack!

Kathy Stabe
Kathy Stabe

They will not superglue you at the ER. Superglue is a field medic trick. You get stitches when you see doctors. When you do use superglue, you're still supposed to go see a doctor. And if you cut part of your finger off? You are not supposed to just glue it back on. Superglue is a trick for incisions, not amputations.

Timothy Black
Timothy Black

well yea, that's all they'll do the ER half the time. Except they'll charge you $500+ to do it. Superglue is pretty common and effective at that sort of thing.

Ron Prichard
Ron Prichard

James Brock I hope they did not take these photos at your house.

erichenao
erichenao

Perfect timing for Halloween!!!

KaitlinS
KaitlinS topcommenter

@rgwalt One of the grossest things I've ever seen.

KaitlinS
KaitlinS topcommenter

@Alexander_Bites Why thank you. I was going for shock factor. Did you see the burn photo on page 4? SO MUCH WORSE.

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