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Pampered Chef: Bookings First Show Disaster....

  1. momoffour

    momoffour Novice Member

    Well, it was kind of a disaster... sales were JUST at $150. anyway, I actually CUT my self!!! I was trying not to let anyone see it was bleeding but it was too bad. So anyway,,, I was SOOOO embarrassed. Thank goodness it was people I knew. My neighbour though sat closest and probably noticed... man is she going to give me a hard time tomorrow.

    Oh well...its over and I just need some rest! Yikes.

    I REALLY need to reherse more and keep a sheet more at hand. I guess you learn from your first show and probably other shows.

    I cant believe I CUT MYSELF!! UGH!

    Sep 13, 2005
  2. cookerup

    cookerup Guest

    It Happens...

    Don't feel so bad. I know exactly how you feel about cutting yourself --- really klutzy!! I KNOW because I did the same thing at a show last spring. I was slicing open the bread ring for the Savory Sandwich Ring with my hand on the inside of the ring and I cut my finger. It bled, too, so I had to borrow a bandaid from my host. How embarrassing! But I didn't want it to drip on anything. I was mortified. Since then, when I make that recipe I bake it at home and slice it open before I take it to the show.

    Don't knock yourself out about it. If cutting yourself is the worse thing you ever do at a show, you'll be OK.

    Sep 13, 2005
  3. Stephanie S

    Stephanie S Member

    Just Shake It Off

    I've been there too, only instead of a cut it was a burn. I took the pizza stone out of the oven using the rack. I then left the rack on the counter to cool, and transferred the stone to the round wovenware. Anyways, 2 seconds after doing that, I turned back around and grabbed the hot rack with my bare hands!!! I could hear the skin sizzle. Out of instinct I threw the rack across the counter - everyone jumped and the dog yelped! I said I was fine, but I really wasn't, the burn was blistering. Since I didn't want to draw anymore attention to myself I decided to clutch a wet cloth the remainer of the show, using the cover that I was wiping my hands...
    Sep 13, 2005
  4. Sk8Mom209

    Sk8Mom209 Advanced Member Gold Member

    We've all done it.

    Anne don't be discouraged. We have all had shows that barely qualify and a year ago, doing my first sole festival, while unpacking my display items, I reached into my crate grabbed the apple wedger. Let me tell you, I personally know why PC began making the protective cover last spring!

    My thumb was cut so bad, it bled for at least four hours - the first 2 of which I did not have a bandage. In the booth alone and my mother had to walk the 2-3 miles across town to the Longs, and back to bring me one. When no one was around I held my thumb above my heart, but once the festival opened I used the underside of my apron as the bandage and applied pressure! It was impossible to shake hands, write receipts, or anything. As soon as I would release the pressure, it would start gushing again.

    Don't let it get you down, you have the diaster behind you and you have FABULOUS shows ahead!
    Sep 13, 2005
  5. ChefSandyK

    ChefSandyK Member

    It happened to me, too

    Actually, the skin on my hands just "broke" apart during my first show...I have really "girly" hands and sometimes this happens when my knuckles get too dry. It taught me a valuable lesson....ALWAYS BRING GLOVES WITH YOU!!! I don't think anyone would care if you had to stop to put a bandaid on, but I think it makes them feel better if you put gloves on over it. If there's nothing wrong with my hands, I don't wear them...but I'll always have them from now on, just in case. :)

    Have a great day,
    Sep 14, 2005
  6. momoffour

    momoffour Novice Member

    Thanks for all your kind words :) I did actually stop and put a bandaid on..I also put some gloves on over it. Thank goodness I had them :) I joked later on when using the food chopper that I dont even think "I" could get hurt using it. lol.

    I also switched to a duller knife when I continued.. I think Iwas too nervous to go back to that one...not to mention it is probably a good idea to not use a knife that just sliced my finger to prepare the rest of the food. lol YOu could REALLY tell the difference in how well the knives cut the tomatoes.

    Anyway, thanks for the encouragement!

    Sep 14, 2005
  7. rwesterpchef

    rwesterpchef Advanced Member

    Boo-boo's of all kinds at shows!

    I think all of us have (or will) nick ourselves at one time or another during our careers. We are used to working on counter-high bartops at our houses; but at shows we work on unfamiliar levels, we're talking and looking at the guests rather than always at the food, it's easy to do. (I should know ;) ). I have cut or nicked myself at shows on the knifes, the apple wedger, who knows what else.
    I wouldn't be able to share your joke about the chopper being "harmless". YES, I have cut myself on the chopper. I was unloading it from the dishwasher, it slipped & I tried to catch it. The blades went across two of my fingers. The first time I tried to use the US&G, I did so without the guard. Need I say more! To make it worse, I was cutting lemons and the acid was not cut-fingers friendly!
    As for switching to the dull the knives...I make a comment in my shows that you WANT to use sharp knives. More cuts and injuries occur due to using dull knives. They slip easier because of the required pressure you try to use to make them cut effectively. Good sharp knives will glide easier through the food, making it much safer for your fingers.
    Lastly, I always keep two bandaids in my tool-turn-about....just in case. (I seem to cut two fingers at a time when I do injure myself)
    Sep 14, 2005
  8. monica_sweetconsultant

    monica_sweetconsultant Advanced Member Silver Member

    youre not alone

    I can feel all of your pain. so far i havent cut or burned myself at a show. my place is at myhome. the first time i used my chopper i was trying to be all proper and scrub everything perfectly...you know what i mean. well lets just say i cut my middle finger pretty bad. the whole time i was bleeding i was laughing and my husband thought i had lost my mind. i just told him to be glad it wasnt a show. i did have to go to the show with a big bandaid on my finger though. and just a few nights ago i was making grilled cheese sandwiches and the butter popped up on my hand. now i have a horrible burn mark all the way up my index finger again. dont know what it is about that finer!!! i have a show next week....should be interesting explaining that one. after all we are such professional chefs right? lol
  9. chefloriray

    chefloriray Guest

    Thank goodness my bad cut was right after the show. I was transferring the left over taffy apple pizza onto a paper plate with the slice and serve. The server slipped and sliced down my finger and my nail--it was bad! It bled horribly. I almost passed out. I waited til it quit and finished packing up. On my way home I called my sister and told her about it so she was waiting for me when I got home-a 30 minute drive. When I unwrapped it she thought I could have used stiches but I opted not to. Then here came my mom and step dad to help out. My step dad was helping clean it up and I felt very faint but held on. I even had to wear a plastic splint so I wouldnt hit it or knock it on something. It took a long time to heal but didnt lose my nail, as others thought I would. So even though the slice and serve doesnt look dangerous..IT IS!!!
    Sep 14, 2005
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