The great chef stepped forward and stooped to inspect the dish presented by the seventh contestant.

“Very well presented,” he pronounced. “In the French style, as one would expect.”

With a silver knife and fork he carved a sliver of the meat, which he popped into his mouth before chewing furiously. His face was a picture of concentration.

“Ah! No no,” he frowned. “This will never do! I am afraid that your liver is far too overcooked, and criminally under-seasoned. Its very disappointing.”

Crestfallen, the pale young cook limped from the room. The bandage at his side began to seep.

[First posted Tue Oct 13, 2009]


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