Gardens police: Chef struck with ladle in kitchen tiff over chicken’s temperature

Palm Beach Gardens police say Rong Mei was cooking chicken at Sun Hai Valley Restaurant in Palm Beach Gardens when the chef came by with criticism Wednesday afternoon:

Rong Mei

Rong Mei

The temperature Mei was cooking the chicken at was “not hot enough,” according to the police report.

After a verbal argument, Mei grabbed a steel ladle and hit the 53-year-old chef in the head three times, causing him to bleed.

Mei, who faces one charge of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, was released on his own recognizance Thursday, according to Palm Beach County court records

Mei, 60, who works at the restaurant near the intersection of PGA Boulevard and Prosperity Farms Road, was arrested Wednesday evening.

After the alleged attack, the chef was taken to Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center where he received eight staples to close the wound on his head, according to the police report.

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