Saturday, August 3, 2013

THOSE OF US

who had been preparing food inside the barn congregated at the windows to eagerly watch as those who also prepare food were exiting the bus.  Wow.  Look at that...they are wearing their chef jackets.  Each one is labeled with the chef's name and the flag of his country.

I had to run outside, of course, and meet a few!  You can imagine, Reader Dear, how I wished to have done a little pre-event studying of  national flags! (I had to ask too many chefs apologetically for their country of origin. [Lucky you, I'll just tell you who's who!])

Here is Magnua Rehback, he prepares food for the King of Sweden. I had a nice conversation with Magnua; he's so friendly and so fluent in English, I could barely detect an accent!







Immediately I had another regret:
I had nothing with which to take notes.  So I hope you can offer me sympathy for the fact, Dear Reader, that all those interesting tidbits I gleaned from the handful of chefs to whom I spoke are now a jumbled-up olio in my head. 

One chef told me that he cooks for a large and extended family.  Fourteen, I believe, is the number for whom he prepares meals.   It could have been Magnua.  Or, hmm.  Perhaps it was the chef to the King of Thailand, Norbert Kostner, who is actually Italian.  Maybe it was Charles Richardson, seated at the table with his wife.  "I am chef to the Gabonese president.  Gabon is the only African country represented here," he told me. "And I am not even African.  I'm Scottish!   (All this nation-swapping!  How am I to keep track?!)









But, back to the moment.
The chefs, many with wives accompanying, made their way into the barn and were seated on the Amish church benches. 
video

This took a fair amount of time. 
When most had already been seated, Leroy, the Amish host, was ushering an older chef into the barn. "Do you have a wife?"  Leroy asked, trying to determine if he needed a two-person spot at the tables. 

"No," the chef responded, "but I'm looking for one! Can you get me one?"
(Are you looking for a husband, Reader Dear?  A seasoned Italian chef with a sense of humor?)

When everyone was finally seated, Leroy removed his hat and explained there would be a silent blessing on the food prior to eating. 































And so all fell silent.  
Everyone paused.



Reader Dear, in the quietness of the moment
I am going to pause, too...

(I promise to serve you the rest of this
course real soon)

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2 comments:

LTF said...

Hm-m-m. makes me wonder if the any of the chef'f blogged about the event!!

KTdid said...

Wish I knew! If so, I would love to read it! (Though Chinese or Arabic might be a bit tricky)
Q.