I admit that when it comes to the use of “colorful language,” I take my cue from the great Gordon Ramsay. I find that it gets worse when I am in the heat of things, and the swear words fly out of my mouth.
Of course, things can get out of hand. People have misunderstood what I was swearing about, and took it as I was swearing against them.
So, what were some of the responses?
I think it really comes down to the intention behind the swearing. If you’re telling someone to fuck off in a joking manner and they understand this, I don’t see an issue. Same with just general swearing at things/situations, assuming that none of the customers hear.
However: if you’re swearing at someone in anger or doing it to try to offend them/piss them off, then you should probably fuck right off. – EbriusOften
I never call any of the staff insulting things but I jokingly swear all the time at/in conversation with them. My boss however seems to think that we should all call each other sweetie or some shit and always says something. But fuck! Im aussie, be more insulted when I call you mate or sweetie than when I call you a cunt. – taniastar
I’m going to try this approach. It can be so hard to hold back when you want to tell someone exactly how much of an incompetent f-ing idiot they are at times. Swearing at the situation releases the frustration without sending anyone home to cry into their pillow. I struggle to find the balance between being the authority and being kind to people. – ontothebeach
I lead by example and do not swear myself. Rarely can you catch me use swear words. As a result, most of my summer staff withhold swear words around me. Yes, I hear ‘F’ bombs on occasion, but as a rule we run a clean kitchen (double meaning!).– Seabeecook
The best tidbit I came away with is this answer:
Swearing a’la Ramsay is sooo crude, so predictable, and so boring, F-this, Sh*t that, etc.
People, we are artists, creators of new and exciting things, we don’t need old boring stuff to get our message across.
Say, for instance a cook is moving too slow. The standard expletitive would be something like “Move your (deleted) arse”. Bore-ing! there’s no real initiative there for creativity, about as bland as fried ham steak with a pineapple ring.
Instead, say something like ” You know, I’ve seen heroin addicts on the nod move faster than you, are you going to get any work done today?” or
“You call that clean? The raccoons leave my garbage cans cleaner than that when they go diving for the moldy Kraft single slices at the bottom of the can”
That’s not to say we can’t use bodily function or fluid comparisons to get our message across, but there is a protocol, and proper terminology.
For example: “What did you do to that lemon curd? It’s so sour it’ll pull my foreskin right through my rectum” or “What do you mean you want a side of risotto, but with no extra charge? I wouldn’t give you the little wisps of steam from my morning dump without charging” or “You’ve been texting for 10 minutes now, and you’ve already had your break and you still want to get paid for this? You have your head so far up your rear, your sphincter muscle thinks it’s your tongue”
But to swear like Ramsay? Nah, no creativity, no class. – foodpump
When it comes to the kitchen, it’s all about relationships with your coworkers. You can’t afford to breed misunderstanding by using foul language. For me, it pays to keep the language clean.
Knowing what some of the people have said in the poll, how will you handle swearing in your kitchen? Let me know in the comments below!