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Entry from October 11, 2016
“How many cooks does it take to change a lightbulb?” (joke)

A restaurant version of the lightbulb joke is:

Q: How many cooks does it take to change a lightbulb?
A: Five. One to screw it in and four to tell you how they did it at their last restaurant.

The joke was posted on Kitchen Knife Forums on May 30, 2014. Another answer (cited in print since at least 2002) is that cooks don’t change lightbulbs.

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Resident spammer 2002
1/15/02
(...)
Q: How many cooks does it take to screw in a light bulb?
A: They’re cooks you idot !

WebFoodPros.com
By Peachcreek (Peachcreek) on Thursday, August 01, 2002 - 10:19 am: Edit
How many chefs does it take to change a lightbulb?
CHEFS DON’T CHANGE LIGHTBULBS!

How many managers does it take to change a lightbulb?
OMG! MANAGERS KNOW HOW TO CHANGE A LIGHTBULB?

How many waitstaff does it take to change a lightbulb?
Actually 4, maybe 5. One to tell the busboy to do it, the rest to tell the manager that changing lightbulbs isn’t in their job description.

How many dishwashers does it take to change a lightbulb?
All of ‘em. But heck, at least you aren’t the one doing dishes.

How many cooks does it take to change a lightbulb.
Only one. Because if you have more than one they will disagree on the method.

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herbzet
12/22/08
(...)
Riddle: How many cooks does it take to change a light bulb?
Answer: None. The dishwasher changes the lightbulbs.

Kitchen Knife Forums
Doing a stage…
Chuckles
05-30-2014, 09:52 AM
^^^ reminds me of a joke ^^^
How many cooks does it take to screw in a lightbulb?
Four. One to screw in the bulb and three to watch and talk about how they did it at their last job.

Reddit—TalesFromYourServer
How many servers does it take to screw in a lightbulb? (self.TalesFromYourServer)
submitted June 23, 2014 by Picrophile
That’s not my fucking side work! That asshole Brian should have done that last night ugh I’m the only one who does anything around here!

Reddit—KitchenConfidential
How many cooks does it take to change a light bulb? (self.KitchenConfidential)
submitted February 2, 2015 by Margravos
Six.
One to change it and five to tell you how they did it at their last place.

Brian Graybill
‏@Brian_Graybill
How many cooks does it take to change a light bulb? -6, one to change it and 5 to tell you how they did it at their old place. @Sloop9
12:58 PM - 2 Feb 2015

Chefs are Jerks
‏@chefsarejerks
How many cooks does it take to unscrew a lightbulb? 5, 1 to unscrew it and 4 to tell you how they did it at their last restaurant
7:25 PM - 25 Apr 2016

Jimmy Greene
‏@Its_LittleBear
How many cooks does it take to change a light bulb?
5.
1 to change it, 4 to say how they did it at their old restaurant.
12:25 AM - 28 Aug 2016