Saturday, May 16, 2015

THE SUPER SPECIALIST COOK

THE SUPER SPECIALIST COOK
A Teaching Story
Re-Told By
VIKRAM KARVE

During the collapse of a dynasty  a rich Chinese official was able to secure as his cook  a special cook who had escaped from the Imperial Palace Kitchen.

Proud of her  he issued invitations for his friends to come and taste a dinner prepared by his newly acquired Imperial Cook.

As the day was approaching  he asked the cook to prepare a royal dinner.

The cook replied she had specialized in snacks – and hence she could not prepare the entire dinner.

“You specialized in snacks? What exactly did you cook?” asked the official.

“Oh  I helped make the patties for the dinner,” she replied.

“Very well  then  go ahead and make some nice patties for my guests,” the official said.

To his consternation  the cook announced: “Oh  No  I cannot make the entire patties. “super-specialized” in chopping up the onions...”

“So you can chop onions...?”

“No – not all onions – I super-specialized in chopping up the onions for the stuffing of the patties of the Imperial Dinner.”

VIKRAM KARVE
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