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    Benedikt is in the hotseat!

    Benedikt is our next contender for the hotseat!

    I'll get the ball rolling...
    1. If you where given the opportunity to take one of the new Virgin Galactic space flights, would you do it?
    2. What is the most unusual food you have ever eaten?
    3. What is your favourite season?

    Thanks for being in the hotseat!

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    Blonde, Brunette, or redhead?

    What's your craziest sexual fantasy, and have you fulfilled it?

    Have you ever been with more then one woman at a time?

    Have you ever had a gay experience?

    Do you like ice cream?

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    Which restaurant was your favorite in Lipetsk ?
    Amsterdam or Uzbek restaurant under the hotel Lipetsk (i cant recall the name of the unfortunately)

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    Welcome, Benedikt

    1. What is your favorite area/place to be in Austria, and why?
    2. What is your favorite area/place to be in Russia and/or Moscow, and why?
    3. As you are a professional cook, do you get asked by guests to come to the table - and what is it they say more often "good job, we've enjoyed it" or "geez, that tasted horrible, get some skills man!?"?
    4. Can your wife cook better than you?
    5. How long are you planning to stay in Russia for?

    ...more to come

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    my answers might surprise you...

    Quote Originally Posted by AussieinMoscow View Post
    Benedikt is our next contender for the hotseat!

    I'll get the ball rolling...
    1. If you where given the opportunity to take one of the new Virgin Galactic space flights, would you do it?
    2. What is the most unusual food you have ever eaten?
    3. What is your favourite season?

    Thanks for being in the hotseat!
    1.no, i rather stay with my feet on terra firma
    2. mopani worms in hot chilli sauce, in south africa. braised sinew from the hind leg of a deer, in china,tasted actually quite nice, only the description is a little bit aquard.thinly frozen reindeed meat,carpacco with a more fancy name, when working in siberia.
    3. summer of course, and warm and sunshine, makes one wonder why i am here. on the moscva river we still have 50 cm ice, from where i can see it.
    There is no greater treasure then pleasure....

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    Quote Originally Posted by BrandonL View Post
    Blonde, Brunette, or redhead?

    What's your craziest sexual fantasy, and have you fulfilled it?

    Have you ever been with more then one woman at a time?

    Have you ever had a gay experience?

    Do you like ice cream?
    1.does one EVER know the real color of a woman's ahir. my wife is a stylist...
    2.every man has fantasies, that's why playboy and penthouse is so successfull. and i also have, rolling in bed with two eurasian girls,by far the most beatifull women, and i worked many years in asia.... and no, it did not work out.
    3. if that counts, when i was a 1st year chefs apprentice, we tried to sow each other who can squirt farther, but actual sex,no.
    4.Movenpick, the best. and when working in china, we had ice cream from sour milk or kefir, a dream, never seen since.
    There is no greater treasure then pleasure....

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    i am back from lipetsk

    Quote Originally Posted by SpinaPubica View Post
    Which restaurant was your favorite in Lipetsk ?
    Amsterdam or Uzbek restaurant under the hotel Lipetsk (i cant recall the name of the unfortunately)


    the casinos, officially, are all closed, the spenders have left and so had all the expats. i am back in Moscow now.
    AMsterdam was super, but far to pricy, the usbek restaurant was one of 'ours' the chef there amda a super plov and excellent shashlik.
    all gone now. the hotel owner has taken back the restaurant, gone down to the dogs.
    the next six month i will be on a ship, the tichy don, going back and forwards moscow-st.pete, 11 times.
    There is no greater treasure then pleasure....

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    Quote Originally Posted by mattology View Post
    Welcome, Benedikt

    1. What is your favorite area/place to be in Austria, and why?
    2. What is your favorite area/place to be in Russia and/or Moscow, and why?
    3. As you are a professional cook, do you get asked by guests to come to the table - and what is it they say more often "good job, we've enjoyed it" or "geez, that tasted horrible, get some skills man!?"?
    4. Can your wife cook better than you?
    5. How long are you planning to stay in Russia for?

    ...more to come
    1.where i grew up, a littel village called Krobathen,in Carinthia, about 20 km out of Klagenfurt the provinces capital, still
    has no shop,no butcher or baker,no church but 2 gasthauses (pubs..)
    2.Russia,i liked siberia very much, was there only in summer, amazing place and people.
    Moscow: Strogino,where we live, a huge park across the road, some 1000 or 10 000 ha, don't know, can walk the dog, in summer the grass is so high, can sunbath in the nude, no serebrany bor with zillions of people there.
    3. indeed i do for good results ut i am also not afraid to go out whe na guest comlains, even i still do make mistakes. but i nthe end, most of the time, we have a vodka,and part as friends, and most important, the guest WILL return once more.
    4. my wife is an excellent cook and also cooks at home. after all, most of the time i am not at home at lunch or dinner time. but she cooks differently good. she cooks russian food at home and i cook my style, and we all enjoy a good meal. or just a light snack.
    5. we plan to be around for awhile, but we are not averse, in our 'old age' to move to a warmer place, and that does not exclude overseas but also can be 'Sotchi'.

    ...more to come [/QUOTE]
    There is no greater treasure then pleasure....

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    actually both

    Quote Originally Posted by drtnsnw View Post
    French fries or baked potato?
    and this is no plug for them but i like kroshka kartoshka they make nice baked potatoes and i like their fillings. and since i am not on a diat or so, i splurge, at least four or five extras...
    There is no greater treasure then pleasure....

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    Let me kick off by saying you are a superman

    So what is you favorite dish? Are you addicted to desserts, souses or just non-sweet meals?

    Do you eat breakfast, dinner or lunch (or both)? I asked because i have heard that chiefs must test all that they cook so they must not be hungry.

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    hello, i have understood from the posts that you are working as a chef in moscow, so i thought i would ask you some questions relating to this ...

    where are some good buffets in moscow? is the any place that does a good breakfast buffet?

    Do many filipinos work as chefs in moscow?

    how do russians learn to become a chef? 4 years apprenticeship?

    what do you think of russian chefs?

    how much money can a run of the mill cooker make in moscow?

    how much money does a dishwasher make?

    who is usually doing this sort of work, uzbekis?

    do you think that an uzbechka would be a good business in austria?

    do the russians tip alot...

    are there any good hungarian resturants in moscow

    what is better, austrian or hungarian cusine?

    how did you end up in moscow

    alot of questions, i wont be offended if you dont answer them all!

    danke schoen!

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    thanks flakez, but i am just a man...

    Quote Originally Posted by FlakeySnowballer View Post
    Let me kick off by saying you are a superman

    So what is you favorite dish? Are you addicted to desserts, souses or just non-sweet meals?

    Do you eat breakfast, dinner or lunch (or both)? I asked because i have heard that chiefs must test all that they cook so they must not be hungry.
    being Austrian of course any good sausage is the key to my heart. sauerkraut is not needed, but a good mustard and good dark bread. and a zipfer beer.

    i eat a good breakfast, as it is supposed to be, still at home,coffee, a piece of dark bread, some cheese, a yogurt, i make them myself. i am not a friend of eggs, fried or otherwise, once every two weeks is enough.
    for lunch and dinner i have seldom time. but i try to sit down and have at least a salad. salad for me is leaves and greens, no mayo, no Olivier or vinaigrette.
    evenings no more food, not for reasons of dieting, just i am not hungry. and i don't feel like. but when i am at home, some fruits, maybe another yogurt or some tomatoes and cucumbers.
    i am not a particular health freak, no calorie counting. i just eat when and what i feel like. not lunch because it is noon or dinner because it is evening. even on my days off, it can happen that i just skip food a day or two. BUT i must have coffee, good, no plonk, and always with milk and sugar. 4 or 5 mugs a day.
    alcohol in moderation. a glass of wine with good food or a beer.
    in the evening i like a southern comfort with ginger ale. but the REAL one, still made with whiskey and peaches, not the other gunk. hard to find, not in Moscow and not in every duty free. so it is a real treat...
    sweets, i am not to fond of, instead of all that gunky cream, rather a platter with sliced fruits or a nice, smelly, cheese.
    There is no greater treasure then pleasure....

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    many questions at once....

    Quote Originally Posted by sis View Post
    hello, i have understood from the posts that you are working as a chef in Moscow, so i thought i would ask you some questions relating to this ...

    sorry i am not in Moscow,have not been for several years. the provinces pay much better and QUALITY,KNOWLEDGE AND AGE are appreciated there. ( i am 60...)

    where are some good buffets in Moscow? is the any place that does a good breakfast buffet?

    all the big hotels do a good breakfast buffet, and in my opinion, the holiday inn chains, lots of business people there, are an excellent value for money.

    Do many filipinos work as chefs in moscow?

    not that i know, but the (river) ships are replacing russian staff, special
    in the service, and where the guests are foreigners, with Filipinos. the Russians don't want to learn English and it is very hard to communicate with tourists.

    how do russians learn to become a chef? 4 years apprenticeship?

    they go to a college or trade school, come out full of theory but have no idea how to make a good demi glace or beef bullion. basically they are useless and you have to train them from day one.

    what do you think of russian chefs?

    most of them full of themselves, attitude stinks, know everything better, but are unwilling to learn. with very few exceptions. if they have worked with a foreign chef for a few years they change, but in the beginning it is very hard.

    how much money can a run of the mill cooker make in moscow?

    check out the 'HH' site, job offers are there, from cook to sous chef to chef.

    how much money does a dishwasher make?
    in moscow 10 to 15 000 rubles. but they all work 2 days on and 2 days off, so many of them have another job.

    who is usually doing this sort of work, Uzbeks?

    no, dishwashers are mostly elderly ladies, who hit you over the head with their wet, stinking rags if you try to interfere, or god forbid, try to teach them a better and correct way how to wash dishes. even if you have a dishwasher...

    do you think that an uzbechka would be a good business in Austria?
    doing what? washing dishes, for that we have plenty other people...

    do the russians tip alot...
    no they are mean, they don't appreciate good food and good service. no culture yet, all that still has to be learned.

    are there any good hungarian resturants in moscow

    not that i know of one

    what is better, austrian or hungarian cusine?

    half the austrian cuisine COMES from Hungary, when it was still the k+k monarchy

    how did you end up in moscow

    i was working in Greece as a chef/teacher in a hotelschool. we were offered to come to Moscow during the summer break to open a restaurant, the ship Alexander Blok, if someone still remembers.
    the contract was for 6 month, i am now 20 years here...

    alot of questions, i wont be offended if you dont answer them all!

    danke schoen!
    bitte sehr...
    There is no greater treasure then pleasure....

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    thanks for answering my questions...
    Very informative. I would never have thought that a chef could make more money in the provinces than in moscow...Maybe the villagers are a little smarter than the muscovites. I guess in the provinces, and maybe even in moscow, you would be a monopolist if you had a restaurant that serves good food

    In general i think food in russia is pretty lousy, and it has a lot to do with the russian chefs, as you say, not wanting to learn. In russia if you go to a stolovka, they will be serving up the same old grechka golobsi and kotleti that they were serving up in the soviet times. You would think that in 50 years you could learn you to cook something new, especially if it is your job.

    I was some time ago in Dubai, I noticed that chefs are usually from the philippines. I remember I went to TGI Fridays (a chain restaurant), and ordered some food. Out of interest i went to the Moscow TGI Fridays, and ordered the same dish - the fillipinos somehow managed to cook the same food better than the russians

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    but remember,no russian, no job...

    Quote Originally Posted by sis View Post
    thanks for answering my questions...
    Very informative. I would never have thought that a chef could make more money in the provinces than in moscow...Maybe the villagers are a little smarter than the muscovites. I guess in the provinces, and maybe even in moscow, you would be a monopolist if you had a restaurant that serves good food

    In general i think food in russia is pretty lousy, and it has a lot to do with the russian chefs, as you say, not wanting to learn. In russia if you go to a stolovka, they will be serving up the same old grechka golobsi and kotleti that they were serving up in the soviet times. You would think that in 50 years you could learn you to cook something new, especially if it is your job.

    I was some time ago in Dubai, I noticed that chefs are usually from the philippines. I remember I went to TGI Fridays (a chain restaurant), and ordered some food. Out of interest i went to the Moscow TGI Fridays, and ordered the same dish - the fillipinos somehow managed to cook the same food better than the russians
    at least in the places where i worked, i was hired specifically because i was not so young anymore and laso i could speak the lingo.i had also done additional training for the sanitation requirements, could go withe purchsaser to the local amrket and tell the difference from a young bul land an an old sausage cow. work is very ahrd and difficult, before they accept you, they try to get to you, to test yo uwhat yo uknow and how much you know, but once you have taken that hurdle it is fine. and most of all, NEVER have i been cheated out of my salary or some other 'left' things in the provinces, but plenty time in Moscow. From foreigners, 'friends', russians and other assorted cretins. if i could get back all the money that is still owed to me ( with interest...) i could nicely retire, and this is no joke.
    There is no greater treasure then pleasure....

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