“Culinary Arts Experts Required Immediately”

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Music – “The Food Trying Song” from Words That Rhyme With Orange by Ross King. Released: 2009

“Culinary Arts Experts Required Immediately”

(Multiple Positions Available)

(Perhaps this ad might have appeared in your local newspaper classifieds column “Temporary Employment Opportunities”)

Qualifications:

Must have well above average number of taste buds/receptors. 3,000 to 10,000 is the average range. Candidates with fewer than 15,000 will not be interviewed.

An excess of olfactory receptor neurons in the nose is mandatory. DNA testing will be required in order to determine if candidates have damaged or missing genes for detecting the following: cyanide, strychnine, belladonna, etc.

Remuneration will be commensurate with experience. Any candidate, in his or her former employ, with 10 years of full-time experience will be paid handsomely. Candidates with less than 2 years of experience are just lucky and will not be considered for the position.

A complete health record will be required from every candidate considered for the position, including emergency hospital visits and admissions for gastrointestinal and related disorders. Those candidates with more than one (1) hospital admission for such disorders will be immediately disqualified.

We do not offer any health benefits to our employees. From our experience, we have found that employees who become sick while in our employ, depart somewhat hastily, therefore, health benefits are redundant in this position.

Successful candidates are encouraged to purchase life insurance benefits for their next of kin, immediately upon hiring.

This is a full-time position and requires the successful candidate to be available on an on-call basis, 24/7. A cell phone and pager will be provided by the employer.

This position is not a desk job. The successful candidate will be required to appear at the employer’s location, upon demand, wherever the employer is and whenever the employer summons the employee. This is NOT a telecommuting position.

Lastly, the successful candidate must have an extremely high appreciation for food, it’s preparation, freshness and quality and be able to quickly determine if such food is suitable for consumption by the employer. Failure to do so will most likely result in the immediate death of the employee.

We do not discriminate on the basis of gender. Both male and female candidates are encouraged to apply. Candidates may, however, be rejected for other qualities or traits, which we deem unsatisfactory and/or distasteful (dictator employer dependent).

Resumes to:

Got Dictators?
P.O. Box xxxx
Anywhere in the world

OK, so, you get the drift. The “Culinary Arts Expert” is just a name I coined for a food taster, candy coated and the job description I made up (no kidding?) From ancient times, dictators, oligarchs and a whole bunch of not very nice people in high powered positions, have been at risk for being poisoned through their food. Even royalty were not exempt.

"Ah well, Marc Anthony, another taster bites the dust" (Photo credit:  the-kundalini.com)

“Ah well, Marc Anthony, another taster bites the dust” (Photo credit: the-kundalini.com)


The food taster typically samples the food brought to the important person, to determine if the food is safe to be consumed. If the food taster becomes ill or dies, well, the important person is alerted to this fact and lives another day to kill, enslave, jail or do whatever he does to harass people. Slow acting poisons, however, may not be readily detected until the damage is done.
"Oh Great Caesar...I think your signature salad tastes a little off!" (Photo Credit:  en.wikipedia.org)

“Oh Great Caesar…I think your signature salad tastes a little off!”
(Photo Credit: en.wikipedia.org)


Although there is speculation that even contemporary people of importance have food tasters, much of it is unfounded. Rumours that President Obama had a food taster circulated, when he allegedly refused to eat lunch with the Republican senators. Who could blame him? (no offense meant to Republicans) Adolf Hitler had at least a dozen food tasters, and one such taster was Margot Woelk.
Undated Photo of Adolf Hitler at a banquet table.  No doubt his taster has approved his meal and will live to see another day (maybe) (Photo Credit:  huffingtonpost.com)

Undated Photo of Adolf Hitler at a banquet table. No doubt his taster has approved his meal and will live to see another day (maybe) (Photo Credit: huffingtonpost.com)

Ms. Woelk tasted the food of the Nazi German leader’s life for his last two and half years, being pressed into “service“.

Margot Woelk, who tasted Hitler's food for the last two and a half years of his life.  Of more than a dozen of his tasters, she was the only survivor.  (Photo Credit:  www.smh.com.au)

Margot Woelk, who tasted Hitler’s food for the last two and a half years of his life. Of more than a dozen of his tasters, she was the only survivor. (Photo Credit: http://www.smh.com.au)

If she did not become ill, food was taken to Hitler at his military headquarters, where it would be served to him. Ms. Woelk and all of the food tasters lived each day not knowing if they would greet the dawn. This knowledge, apparently, did not become public until an interview in 2012, when she turned 95. Of all of Hitler’s food tasters, Woelk was the only one to survive after Hitler took his own life in 1945 and she managed to escape.
Adolf Hitler and Margot Woelk, one of his food tasters.  She turned 95 in 2012 and lived to tell the tale.  (Photo credit:  www.santafenewmexican.com)

Adolf Hitler and Margot Woelk, one of his food tasters. She turned 95 in 2012 and lived to tell the tale. (Photo credit: http://www.santafenewmexican.com)


Clearly, the faint of heart need not apply for this position.

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Cookbook lover and collector with a burgeoning collection of cookbooks. Reading and researching food trends, history of cooking techniques and technological advances in cooking, what we eat and why and cookbooks as reflectors of cultures is a fascination for me. As of November 7th, 2013, I hold the current Guinness World Record title for the largest collection of cookbooks: 2,970 at the official count on July 14th, 2013 (applaud now, thank you very much!) The current (unofficial) number is now 6,235. What next? More shelves?
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