The Well Traveled Egg


"Saturday Night Live", was over and it was time for "Tomorrow with Tom Snyder". I'm not sure of the year, somewhere in the vicinity of 1975 or 76. This particular night Tom treated his audience to a fun video that's stuck with me over the years. The film showed the journey of the lowly egg--from hen to restaurant plate. No detail was too small to leave out, but it's the ending I remember best: a short order cook fries up the well traveled egg, sets it carefully on top of a burger, adds the top of the bun before sliding it into the window, where the waitress transfers it to the counter in front of her customer. The customer lifts the bun top, removes the fried egg and begins to eat his burger.
I was recently reminded of that film while watching a Jack in the Box commercial. Their newest menu item is a breakfast bowl. At first glance of their product, all I could think of was the process and if the young workers at Jack simply pull a package out of the freezer, take off the cellophane and pop it into the microwave. In the 70's when I worked at KFC, we made the coleslaw and potato salad from scratch. The mashed potatoes and gravy were also made at the restaurant, but all we did was add a few ingredients to the powders or mixes. I wonder how it's done today--from Applebees to MacDonald's. Is everything pre-made, taken out of a package, cooked in a microwave or on a grill, and then served to the customers?

2 comments:

Salem Man said...

I worked at Pizza Hut for a couple months, way back when, they were owned by Pepsico. They were trying to make it so that they didn't have any sharp knives in the kitchen for safety reasons. The only item that needed to be cut were the cucumbers for the salad bar. I imagine now they're working on getting rid of the pizza ovens.

KandN said...

Oh for Pete's sake! Am I crazy or is that just plain silly?
I will admit that while working at Sizzler, I turned 18 and was told to start using the electric slicer. The first day, I had to go to the doctor to have my pinkie stitched up (maybe 4 stitches). Nothing like onion juice in a cut to etch the event into your memory!