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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Heirloom: Clark Barlowe

"It happened on Thanksgiving 2013. I opened a restaurant in Bermuda. The owner of the restaurant was an interesting individual, and never let us have lights on. We’d be working in the kitchen with just one window and trying to work with the lights off because electricity is so expensive in Bermuda. In the basement of the restaurant, you’d always go down there, and you’d just be feeling around in the dark to try and get where you needed. I was changing a keg because the keg cooler was in the basement. There was a big sheet of metal and I tripped over something and hit it, and it just split my wrist right open. Of course, Thanksgiving, it’s super-busy. So we duct taped it back together. It was nasty. You could see the bone; it was not fun. But I worked through dinner service, and then I went to the hospital. I just remember the doctor’s face as we were taking the duct tape off, and he was like, ‘Where the [expletive] were you? Why weren’t you here three hours ago?’ And I was like, ‘I couldn’t get away from it, I had to be there for dinner.’ ”

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