The Scars of Charlotte Chefs

Charlotte’s prominent chefs share their worst moments in the kitchen— and the marks they have to remember them


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Barrington’s, Good Food on Montford, Stagioni: Bruce Moffett

"Every year we do a rabbit pot pie. It goes on our menu [at Barrington’s] usually January 15, and people start calling in the beginning of December to ask if we’re doing the rabbit pot pie. We had these regular customers that called up in 2012 and they wanted us to do 15 of them for New Year’s. And against my better judgment, because I know what a train wreck New Year’s is, I was like, ‘Yes, I’ll do it.’ So everything’s going on in the kitchen; it’s a big night. There are four of us, and there should only be three people in this kitchen. It’s kind of chaos in the kitchen, and I pull the rabbit out and then put it down on a space where it was teetering, where it shouldn’t have been. I went over to strain out the rabbit stock to make the pot pie, grabbed the ladle and put it in the thing, and went to go do something. When I came back, I caught the handle of the ladle on the fold-over of my jacket. When I pulled my arm back, it pulled the whole hotel pan off, and it hit me right [below the waist], and it went right down my legs, burned everything from my [thighs] down to my knees. And I looked at Leslie [Agosta, a line cook], who was in the kitchen, and I said, ‘Leslie, I hope you don’t mind, but I’m going to take my pants off in front of you right now.’ She’s like, ‘Nope, that’s fine, got it.’ I took my pants off, and you can literally see on my legs, my upper thighs, the folds of my boxers, like how the boxers were ruffled against my leg. You can see the burn scar looks like I have boxer shorts on. I went out and got another pair of pants.” 

This article appears in the October 2015 issue of Charlotte Magazine

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Kristen Wile

Kristen Wile is senior editor of Charlotte magazine and editor of Charlotte Home + Garden. Reach her at​ or follow her on Twitter: @kristenwile.

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