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Best Kitchen Pranks from Valley Chefs

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With today being April Fools' Day, there's a good chance many of us will either be on the giving -- or receiving -- end of a practical joke.

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But in the restaurant world, pranks aren't reserved for special occasions; they're a regular occurrence. And whether they're done to take the edge off a stressful night, haze a newbie, or payback a co-worker, pranks in the kitchen can be brutal.

Just listen to some of the best of them from Valley chefs.