As an anniversary gift soon after my older daughter was born, my husband paid for a personal chef to cook us some meals. It cost about $300 for 16 portions, which ended up being close to $20 each. Kind of a lot of money for food you're eating out of a box from your freezer. But admittedly, the food was really, really good, and it was a rare treat. (The baffling thing was that after the chef delivered the food, she asked, "What would you like me to make for you next week?" Did she honestly have a clientele that was paying her $300 per week for food for one person?)
Anyway, a year later, we decided to hire her again. This time one of the dishes we asked her to make was salmon.
Overall, I thought the quality of the dishes she made was not quite as good as a year earlier. But one thing that really surprised me was that I found bones in the salmon. Now it's not like I'm some kind of salmon connoisseur, but I like salmon a lot, and I eat it a good amount, and this was possibly the first time I'd ever found bones in a professionally cooked salmon. I mean, I get salmon at freaking Chili's and it doesn't have bones in it.
So obviously, I was sort of pissed off. I emailed her about it and this was her response:
I tried to get all the bones out of the salmon but some of them you just can't feel. Sorry about that.
Basically, she acted like it was unavoidable that there would be bones in the salmon. I say this is bullshit. If I'm paying $20 per portion, I want salmon that doesn't have bones that are going to stab the back of my throat.
Finally, she refunded us half the money for the salmon dish. (I actually tossed it after finding the bones because I was so disgusted.) Obviously we never hired her again. And I checked just now and her website is gone.