The Scars of Charlotte Chefs

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


(page 7 of 10)


The Flipside Café, The Flipside Restaurant: Jon Fortes

"I was in college still and working at a restaurant called Deja in Warwick, Rhode Island [in 1996 or 1997]. The restaurant was open about three days; it was an older restaurant they had redone and renovated. I pulled out a drawer, and as I did, the drawer fell. So my natural instinct was to catch the drawer, at which time a cleaver fell out and hit my two fingers. It cut through my tendons and down to the bone. I had to go to the hospital. To this day, there’s still some pain. But it was just a crazy situation. My chef that night was a younger guy, and he had called out sick that day. So I was running the kitchen, and [after I went to the hospital] he came in to cover my shift. I was at the hospital for about 12 hours. I came back to the restaurant, and he asked me to close. I sat there and just, with my hand wrapped up and all the stitches and stuff, kind of sat there and watched as the kitchen closed. … It was a rough day and a rough several months; I had to rehabilitate and try to get the motion back in my fingers and everything. I was able to grab pans with my other fingers; it probably took me about three months to get full mobility back in my hand. I went back to work the next day. I didn’t use that hand, and it was a pain in the butt.” 

Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleShow Tags


Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleShow Tags

More >> Partner Content

Catholic Schools Host Open Houses Reimagined

In partnership with the Mecklenburg Area Catholic Schools (MACS)

The Perfect Fall Getaway is Only 2.5 Hours from Charlotte

In partnership with Visit Patrick County

Affordable Getaway: This Natural Beach Near Charlotte is a Secret Oasis

In partnership with Edisto Beach

Live Music & Drink Specials: This SouthPark Hidden Gem is Our Favorite Fall Patio

In partnership with Village Tavern

Sign Up for our E-Newsletters

Stay in-the-know on restaurant openings, things to do, and all things Charlotte with our handy newsletters. SIGN UP HERE

Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleShow Tags