Plastic Chef Neelix

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(Neelix does not seem to understand basic food safety principles)
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Many good chefs are known to tinker with recipes in order to improve upon them or to overcome a missing ingredient that isn't available.  Neelix does not do this well, and in fact he finds ways to force his own versions of dishes on those he is serving, even when every part of the original recipe is available.<ref>[[VOY]] "Faces</ref>  He seems to think that no matter what he is told, his special additions are always an improvement, and he is flummoxed at the very idea that someone could dislike his new version of the dish.  Even the names of his dishes reflect this attitude; the best example of this is his "Even Better Than Coffee Coffee Substitute," as the name itself implies that if you don't like it, there must be something wrong with you.
 
Many good chefs are known to tinker with recipes in order to improve upon them or to overcome a missing ingredient that isn't available.  Neelix does not do this well, and in fact he finds ways to force his own versions of dishes on those he is serving, even when every part of the original recipe is available.<ref>[[VOY]] "Faces</ref>  He seems to think that no matter what he is told, his special additions are always an improvement, and he is flummoxed at the very idea that someone could dislike his new version of the dish.  Even the names of his dishes reflect this attitude; the best example of this is his "Even Better Than Coffee Coffee Substitute," as the name itself implies that if you don't like it, there must be something wrong with you.
  
This includes the addition of spices that he is constantly told that the patrons can't stand. The ingredient in question is a rhizome called "Leola root".  Neelix adds it to everything, sweet or savory.  He claims that the root is extremely nutritious, but since it is used like ginger, his claims on the matter are ''very suspect''.  Leola root is so despised that the only time anyone even ''considers'' voluntarily eating it is when the two of them ([[Tom Paris]] and [[Harry Kim]]) are ''starving'' in an alien prison!<ref>[[VOY]] "The Chute"</ref>
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This includes the addition of spices that he is constantly told that the patrons can't stand. The ingredient in question is a rhizome called "Leola root".  Neelix adds it to everything, sweet or savory.  He claims that the root is extremely nutritious, but since it is used like ginger, his claims on the matter are ''very suspect''.  Leola root is so despised that the only time anyone even ''considers'' voluntarily eating it is when the two of them ([[Tom Paris]] and [[Harry Kim]]) are ''starving'' in an alien prison!<ref>[[VOY]] "The Chute"</ref> When a [[Tuvok|Vulcan]] can't eat your version of his favorite dish without making a face of disgust you really know you are doing something wrong!
  
 
He goes so far as to insist that when food is smuggled out of his kitchen because [[Seska|someone]] wanted to make a dish their way rather than his, some type of punishment is required.  He does this even though any authority on the matter is self-imposed in the first place (at least [[Chakotay]] doesn't gratify him by actually enforcing it).<ref>[[VOY]] "State of Flux"</ref>  It's understandable on a minor level that he would try to convince people that using locally available supplies is a worthwhile effort, but if something does not please the pallet of a patron (let alone your ''entire clientele''), you shouldn't force it onto them.  No, this is not the same as convincing children to eat their vegetables, as the items he insists on adding are only flavor enhancers, not items of any real nutritional value.  The impression is that if someone was allergic to something, he'd ''still'' put it in their food and make them eat it anyway.
 
He goes so far as to insist that when food is smuggled out of his kitchen because [[Seska|someone]] wanted to make a dish their way rather than his, some type of punishment is required.  He does this even though any authority on the matter is self-imposed in the first place (at least [[Chakotay]] doesn't gratify him by actually enforcing it).<ref>[[VOY]] "State of Flux"</ref>  It's understandable on a minor level that he would try to convince people that using locally available supplies is a worthwhile effort, but if something does not please the pallet of a patron (let alone your ''entire clientele''), you shouldn't force it onto them.  No, this is not the same as convincing children to eat their vegetables, as the items he insists on adding are only flavor enhancers, not items of any real nutritional value.  The impression is that if someone was allergic to something, he'd ''still'' put it in their food and make them eat it anyway.

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