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Cooking With Tongs: A Contentious Subject Among Chefs

Do You Cook With Tongs?

Kitchen TongsTongs: they might not sound like the subject of titillating conversation, but in the culinary world, they're actually quite a contentious topic. On the Top Chef DC finale, Michael Voltaggio described them as "white trash," and Momofuku's David Chang has known to have had an outburst or two about the utensil: cooking with them, he explained to The New Yorker, displays "disrespect for the entire restaurant."

David Chang, call me an irreverent home cook, but with all due respect, I'll use my tongs all day long. Tongs in the kitchen: are they trashy or classy?

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danakscully64 danakscully64 6 years
It's not that I'll never touch them, I just never use them except for flipping my Quorn Chik'n Nuggets in the oven :P
bsanf3 bsanf3 6 years
I use them to flip meats, that's about it.
RoaringSilence RoaringSilence 6 years
The only time I've ever used them was to flip steaks and burgers on a grill. I don't get what makes them "trashy" to some people though. They're useful. Who cares what you cook with?!
danaruth danaruth 6 years
I love my tongs! You can flip chicken or whatever you are browning easily, without puncturing the meat and letting the juices out, like you do with a fork. I used them to get my canning jars out of their water bath the other day. I have no idea why anyone would consider them trashy. I'm curious what other perfectly useful tools these elitists consider trashy - a plastic cutting board? A potato peeler? Geesh, get a grip! (No tongs pun intended.)
fuzzles fuzzles 6 years
Maybe they were considered trashy because they have goofy fathers like my Dad...who still sneaks up on my Mom while she is cooking and plays "grabass" with them.
tigr3bianca tigr3bianca 6 years
I was just using tongs to flip corn tortillas while frying them. I don't use them often but why in the world are they considered trashy? My mom couldn't live without them, she loves to use them for everything I usually just use a fork or chopsticks for.
lekatvt lekatvt 6 years
I have more than one set I use them so much! I'm not a professional or trained chef, I'm just making dinner for my family, Tongs make that easier.
amber512 amber512 6 years
It's not that I wouldn't touch them, but I don't cook anything that I'd need them for.
xxstardust xxstardust 6 years
Honestly, I don't cook with them often - I really only use my tongs for tossing up popcorn after I've buttered and salted it. I don't consciously not use them, though, I'm just more apt to grab a fork with flipping things in a frying pan or whatever. How on earth are tongs rude? Working in a catering hall, I know we have tongs out the wazoo - we'd never survive without them! Guess we're trashy ...
fuzzles fuzzles 6 years
How else does one flip large amounts of sizzling bacon safely and efficiently? Cooking without them is disrespect to the bacon! Oh, and they are also essential for getting errant olive pits out of a kitchen sink disposal. ;)
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