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Chefs' Thanksgiving Horror Stories Slideshow

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Michael Mina, Michael Mina Restaurant

"On Thanksgiving, my wife will follow me around and clean as I’m cooking. So one time I had out a pot of water on the side of the stove, and my wife thought that the pot was dirty so she moved it and put soap in it. So I took all of the drippings, you know the gold when you’re cooking turkey, and poured it all into the pot after cooking the turkey for two hours. All the juice was in the pot with soap. And that, that sucked.

When I started stirring it I was like, 'Wow there’s a little liquid in here.' And I put the flour in and I started stirring it and I was like, 'That doesn’t look right.' I tasted it and I was said, 'Diane? Did you put soap in this pot?' I had to start all over again. I had to take some of the bones off the turkey, brown them, basically make a quick turkey gravy. It wasn’t the best."