Shaun stepped into the kitchen hoping to see welcoming smiles. After all, it was
his first day at work. However, all he could see were grim and fierce faces.
Shaun quickly hurried to his station and started chopping mountains of onions.
They made him cry and his eyes were red.
Suddenly, a big burly chef by the
name of Gusteau came barging in from the restaurant.
"Ah, my comrades! He has come again!" he wheezed heavily as he tried to catch
his breath. His tight uniform did not help at all. There was a collective gasp
as all the chefs froze for an instant. All except Shaun, who was still crying
Meanwhile, in the restaurant itself...
"I don't care! I have sampled everything on the menu and I now long for
something different, unique, and fabulous! Nothing reptilian, amphibian, nor
smelly please! Or I'll get the chefs fired!" a fiery order was heard. The
unreasonable order was from Mr Frederick Fonso, the richest man in town. No one
knew why he did not want any reptilian or amphibian-based cuisines. These were
supposed to be exotic expensive dishes befitting a rich man like him. Well, the
truth was, Mr Frederick Fonso was frightened of these animals!
Back in the kitchen, the chefs were having a furious discussion. Then, all
eyes began to turn to Shaun, who was still crying at the corner. All the chefs'
lips curled upwards as they plunked a live snake and two drowsy frogs in front of him.
"Whip up a storm, Shaun," gushed Chef Gusteau, his jelly-like belly
quivering. He grabbed a huge slab of smelly tofu and put it right in the middle
of the animals.
Shaun was aghast! He did not know what to do! For a moment, he stood rooted
to the ground.
"COOK!" shouted the Head Chef and immediately Shaun's hands became a blur!
His pots clanged as he prepared the ingredients in front of him.
Finally, the grand ingredient. Chef Shaun nearly passed out himself for he
was holding a vile-smelling slab of smelly tofu! It was simply putrid!
The terrible smell chased all the chefs away. Still, he persevered.
At last, the dish was ready.
Chef Shaun had to present it to Mr Frederick Fonso himself. All the other
chefs craned their necks to see what would happen. Mr Fonso took his silver
spoon and delicately scooped up the thick soup. He
pouted his mouth and slurped a little. Immediately, his eyes grew big and he
started to cough!
"Why! Why! This is the ... the... BEST dish I have ever tasted!" he
spluttered noisily. "This meat... I have never tasted it before! These sweet
legs... what are they? And the smell... well... it is different! I like
it! I LIKE IT!" he yelled like a lunatic.
From that day onwards, Mr Frederick overcame his fear of reptiles and
Thanks to Shaun, the restaurant became renown for that particular dish and
everyone from all walks of life came to try it.