The WSJ recently reported that some chefs are banning certain utensils in their kitchens -- namely, the tong.
Money quote from the article:
"But, according to [Chef] Malouf, the ease of handling a pair of tongs for gripping ingredients leads to a slew of bad techniques that can bruise and rip apart your food.
Mr. Malouf isn’t alone. In a New Yorker article, David Chang of the Momofuku group of restaurants in New York flies into a rage at a young chef, who was among other things, “cooking with tongs, which was bad technique, it ripped the food apart, it was how you cooked at T.G.I. Friday’s—he should have been using a spoon or a spatula,” the story says. The passage stirred up a controversy among some cooking fanatics."
Quoted from the WSJ: "Tongs in the Kitchen? No Way" (read it here: http://blogs.wsj.com/scene/2010/12/14...)
I personally don't use tongs, as a my preferred weapon of choice is a pair of oversized chopsticks. But I can't really see how tongs could be so harmful. Sure, a large fork to stab at that steak on the grill might be a "no-no" ... but tongs?
Do you ban certain utensils or tools in your kitchen for fear of ruining your food?