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freia | | Feb 6, 2012 06:48 PM

OK, so I'm watching Top Chef (we are a few episodes behind in Canada) and I've noticed that whenever the chef contestants are filmed during their off hours, they are all smoking.
I've noticed that with every season of Top Chef -- the majority of the contestant chefs smoke.
I've noticed that with pretty much every episode of Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares -- the chefs/cooks in the kitchen smoke.
I've noticed that with every season of Hell's Kitchen -- the majority of the contestant chefs smoke.
NOW
If smoking kills your sense of taste and smell, why are these chefs smoking? And how do they know if something tastes good or is properly seasoned?
Is this common in the restaurant industry? And if so, what the heck! It would seem to me that this is something that would really impact your abilities as a chef -- after all, you taste for a living. And how can you pass off something as properly cooked and seasoned if you can't freaking taste it properly?

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