Ken is such a nice man.
Phiz..I may have been wrong about the ladle, it was the iron rod with a hook that they use to move hot pans from burner to burner. It looked like a ladle to the guests that saw it.
I had a center table for the 16-day Transatlantic so enjoyed Ken every night. He visited with us a LOT and told some stories of the 'old days' and his first job on a cruise ship. Ken helped me get the group two tables dead center in the MDR for the 6-day. We only got to see Ken the first night and think he did the right thing by taking it easy the rest of the cruise.
This happened just after the MDR was opened for 1st seating (JH reported 2nd) on the second night.