'I Poured Turkey Drippings Into Soap' and More Thanksgiving Horror Stories

Richard Blais, Spike Mendelsohn, and more chefs share their worst Thanksgivings ever

Chefs' Thanksgiving Disasters


Everyone has that story of the turkey coming out too dry, or grandma forgetting to defrost it beforehand. Even chefs. 

We surveyed a good number of chefs to ask their Thanksgiving horror story, and while plenty had instances of Thanksgiving gone wrong, some were prepping for their first time hosting Thanksgiving ever. Donatella Arpaia plans to take over Thanksgiving this year, because of the birth of her baby. "I’ve always gone to my mother’s house. This is the first year I'm taking over," Arpaia told us. "Everyone has enlisted me to do Thanksgiving and Christmas. So to do a sit-down dinner for 25 people and it’s an Italian family, and they’re very opinionated, we’ll see what happens." 

And while some Thanksgiving horror stories might be tame, it helps to know that even chefs are human. Click on through our slideshow to hear some worst-Thanksgiving-ever stories from Michael Mina, Richard Blais, and more.

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