Man finds GOD in Eggplant
Posted by Warm Southern Breeze on Thursday, July 10, 2014
Apparently, for some, the kitchen is their church.
From our “See? God IS real – this eggplant proves it!” files comes this item:
Workers at a Baton Rouge restaurant say they saw the word ‘GOD’ in their eggplant.
Baton Rouge restaurant employee finds ‘GOD’ in sliced eggplant
Posted: Jul 08, 2014 12:06 PM CDT Updated: Jul 08, 2014 4:19 PM CDT
BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) – When an employee at Gino’s Restaurant in Baton Rouge cut into an eggplant Monday, he found “GOD.”
Chef Jermarcus Brady couldn’t believe what he was seeing. “I saw a miraculous image formed by the seeds,” said Jermarcus Brady. “It spelled out the word God!” Chef Brady has many responsibilities, one being cutting, salting and sauteing eggplants.
“When you sliced into it, the pattern showed from the seeds that were forming in the inside the letters G-O-D as God,” said Brady. “I couldn’t think of anything. I just had to tell somebody to come look at it.”
Brady showed the eggplant to the owner of the restaurant and fellow coworkers and took photos, but he believed it was meant to be shared with everyone.
Brady says he is no stranger to life’s struggle, and his faith has gotten him through. He raised four kids on a limited income before becoming a chef. He says the significance of the rare eggplant seeds aren’t lost on him.
“Through the road, he’s showing me that ‘hey, I’m real’ and that’s the only thing I can depend on,” said Brady.
The restaurant’s co-owner, Gino Marino, has been in business for nearly 50 years and says with a find this rare, it is something he will never forget.
“You could cut one million eggplants and you’d probably never see that again, it’s that rare,” said Marino. “God is within us and he has different ways of showing it in our lives, and this is just one way of showing it.”
Whether it is divine intervention or not, it does not matter to Brady. “I don’t know what it means. All I know is it tells me ‘hey, he’s real’ and there’s nothing that can change my mind about that.”
Gino’s is an Italian restaurant near I-10 and College Drive in Baton Rouge.
Holy eggplant! What do you do with a #blessed vegetable?
Earlier this week, a line cook at Gino’s Restaurant in Baton Rouge, La., was prepping eggplant and getting ready for the evening shift. He was in the middle of a batch when he noticed something peculiar: God — right there — in the eggplant.
“You can probably slice a million eggplants, and never get that result,” Gino Marino, one of Gino’s owners, said Wednesday. “You probably have a better shot of winning the lottery.”
You see it there, pictured above? G-O-D! Spelled out! In all caps!
The line cook called over his co-workers, Marino said. Photos were snapped and posted to Facebook, as one does. Then, the media heard about it.
Media like local news station WAFB, which filed this report:
“I know what I saw and what I experienced, and it happened within a two-minute time frame,” Marino told The Post when asked if anyone (eggnostics?) had suggested it was a hoax. “I’ve still got the eggplant.”
Being among the first to glimpse the Holy Eggplant? Amazing, Marino said. The response that followed? Tremendous. So now what? Uh … well … about that …
“I really don’t know how to age eggplant,” Marino said. “I don’t know the best way to keep an eggplant like that. But you can still see the configuration.”
Honestly, though, what do you do with a half-cooked slice of eggplant that literally contains the word
of G-O-D? At present, it’s wrapped up in the restaurant’s freezer and turning a wee bit brownish. Up next? Who knows. It’ll probably get vacuum-sealed, Marino says. Does anyone have a better idea?
“I got no plans with it,” Marino said. “I don’t know what to do with it. I’m just gonna keep it, I guess.”
Might as well. It could be worth something someday. The eggplant joins a number of headline-making religious food items, some of which sold for big bucks. There was Potato Chip Jesus, Banana Peel Jesus, and who could forget Cheeto Jesus:
If you’re interested, there’s currently a Jesus hot chocolate mug for sale on eBay (Description: “The face of Christ appeared in the hot chocolate on the side of this mug”). Or for $40, a Jesus grilled-cheese press could be yours.
Or you could probably just visit Marino’s restaurant and ask him to open up the freezer. It might still be there! After all this, would you throw it away?