Chef Fined For Licking Toads In The Kitchen

The chef at a Japanese restaurant in Iowa was fined $335 after health department officials watched a video of him licking and kissing toads, then putting them in his mouth and then back on the prep table, in the restaurant’s kitchen. His brother taped the stunt and posted it on Facebook.

The chef explained to WHOTV that it was the end of the evening and the kitchen was closed, and that it was just “a dare to myself, if I can lick a frog or kiss a frog.” The owner of the restaurant apologized for the chef’s behavior by saying he’s a “funny guy” who lacks training. “It’s his fault and my fault too. He’s not supposed to bring frogs in the restaurant.” Yeah, really you should make that rule clear when you hire an employee.


“Chef in hot water after licking frog, posting video on Facebook” [WHOTV via BoingBoing]


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  1. seth_lerman says:

    It’d be OK if it were a French restaurant.

  2. SPOON - now with Forkin attitude says:

    what if it were on the menu?

  3. namcam says:

    cane toads perhaps?

  4. lehrdude says:

    Must have been PRINCE spaghetti day???

  5. tresser says:

    i can assure you that this toad licking is very likely the -least- of your worries in the back of the house.

  6. pecan 3.14159265 says:

    What part of “Japanese restaurant in Iowa” doesn’t set off alarms?

  7. Elusive Pastry says:

    Butthead: “Anything?”
    Beavis: “Nope.”
    Butthead: “Are you sure you’re lickin’ right? uhuhuh.”
    Beavis: “Uhuhuh, yeah.”
    Butthead: “I don’t get, it supposed to pack an awesome buzz.”
    Beavis: “Ptui! Hmmmmm, tastes like chicken. Here toadie, toadie.”

  8. GuyGuidoEyesSteveDaveâ„¢ says:

    No family guy video warning you NOT to lick the toad?

  9. The Brad says:

    Give up the toad.

  10. GuyGuidoEyesSteveDaveâ„¢ says:

    And then? No “and then”!

    So were they worried about the chef catching diseases or the frogs catching a disease?


    Closing time,
    Open all the doors and let your toads into the world.
    I know who I want to lick my toad.
    I know who I want to lick my toad.
    I know who I want to lick my toad.
    Lick my toads.

  11. soldstatic says:

    i’d like to point out this guy goes by TaiMaiShu, which is an ‘asian’ rapper from a while back. Pretty funny, stupid, stuff but still funny. Just wondering if there is a connection here.

  12. ArcanaJ says:

    The hell is it about Facebook that all idiot roads lead there? Done something stupid, illegal, dangerous or just plain gross? Hey! Put it on Facebook!

  13. SanDiegoDude says:

    As if Midwest sushi wasn’t dangerous enough to eat… ick!

  14. jason in boston says:

    I’m not not licking toads!

  15. Sarcastico says:

    Must have been the toads whose secretions get you high.

  16. Cantras says:

    Whew, it’s in Davenport. I was a little worried since I go for sushi a bunch.

    The still on that video is gag-worthy.

  17. Big Mama Pain says:

    You can’t see the other cook out of the video shot, rubbing down all the prep surfaces with raw chicken. Seriously, this does not show that he put anyone in harm’s way. If I was prepping raw chicken, other than putting it in or around my mouth, I’d be handling something that is potentially covered in salmonella and placing it on a prep surface-if I made a video of that, would I get fined, too? It doesn’t show the chef then preparing food without washing his hands or the table, which would be the actual breach.

    • erinpac says:

      I think it might be more a live animal in the kitchen thing than a licking ick germs thing. There’s another article that says they’re his pets and he brings them to work in the kitchen daily; after the ticket he was told they stay out.

  18. smarmyjones goes cattywampus says:

    You stay classy Davenport.

  19. BoredOOMM says:

    That is not fish in your suishi!