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Okay, I had no idea where to post this so I'm posting here....

I now have to relive this experience, so bear with me. In all fairness I have to say I'm a germ-a-phobe. I'm the type that washes fruit and veggies with soap, cleans her bathroom with a toothbrush and has separate cleaning towels for everything. I even wash them separately.

That said, I'm a Pastry Chef who has to complete an internship at a bakery. I chose this particular bakery because its been in business for a great number of years, the staff seemed nice and it was close to home.

BIG MISTAKE! The first 10 minutes set the tone for what was to be the most terrible experience EVER!

I had to fill tarts. I was asked to get some raspberries out of the fridge. I get my rasberries out, I am ready to wash them, and I'm told, no don't wash them. I was then told to please "ask questions" before doing anything. For using common sense??!! icon_eek.gif

Against my will I had to put these raspberries, possibily full of pesticides and gosh knows what else on these tarts. I was then told to get some strawberries and blueberries out of the fridge. Again, no washing involved. Well, the same person who told me to "ask questions", takes a knife she was using on something else (can you say, cross contamination, folks?), and starts cutting these strawberries and places them on tarts.

She then opens the blueberry packaging. Some blueberries fall on the floor, she picks them up and puts them right on the tart!!!

I thought I was going to faint! That wasn't the worst of it! There's more but I don't want to gross you guys out. The kitchen itself was dirty and no matter how many times I said to myself, "When in Rome..." I just could not take it.

Now I am forced to ask the hard question, what if this is the industry standard? I clearly have to choose another site - But how will the germ-a-phobe in me survive? icon_cry.gif
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post #2 of 128
That is SOOOOOO Not the standard!!! It can't be!!!I'm sorry for you crappy experience... Maybe you should report them!!
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I temporarily tried to run my cake business from a licensed and legal restaurant. It was sooo horribly dirty and gross. The floor in the kitchen was constantly slick from grease. When I mixed batter in their 20 qt mixers, black "gunk" would fall off the mixer into my batter (that day I went home and cried).

One time, the owner's wife was mixing up some egg salad for a catering. She stuck her finger in the bowl she was mixing it in, and then licked it off to taste it, then offered the bowl to her daughter. The daughter did the same thing. Then she offered it to me, she wanted me to give my opinion. I looked desperately around for a clean spoon. When she saw me hesitating, she snapped, "oh, just stick your finger in there, Kelley, no one cares!" icon_eek.gif

Licensed and legal doesn't mean squat. The only way to make sure if it's clean is if you're the boss.
post #4 of 128
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Oh kelleym that is soo gross! I'm sorry you had to go through that.

I just don't understand. It doesn't take long to get a spoon. I've seen people do that time and time again and it never fails to gross me out!

I used to have spoons ready in school because if I saw someone put their finger in my bowl I wouldn't eat the finished product.
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I once took a class at a local bakery, and it had the filthiest kitchen I've ever seen. My friend went in there to wash her hands, and I passed her on the way out as she warned me to not touch anything in there! The double sink was full of dirty, greasy water on both sides, and there was stuff everywhere. The place hadn't been cleaned in God knows how long. The worst was when I went into the bathroom, and saw that they hadn't cleaned that in a year either, and they also had baking supplies (bags of mix, etc) and other things that they sold in the retail part of the shop stored on shelves and on the floor in there. It kills me to know that people actually pay for cakes from that shop...If they asked to see the kitchen before they paid they'd run screaming!

There's another bakery here that has a reputation of being filthy, too, but I've never seen that one for myself. My "sources" say that the guy who decorates the cakes smokes while he does it and that he regularly knocks ashes out of the ashtray all over the counter where he's working.
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Oh, I forgot another one...One of the other students in my pastry class said that this happened while he was working for the chef in the Harvard Univ. faculty kitchen (this was years ago, so it's probably not the same person who's there now, by the way.) The chef was showing him how to do something with the pastry bag, and in between squeezes he would lick the tip to clean it off! Squeeze, lick, squeeze, lick, squeeze, lick...Pastry, anyone?
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Tallulah, yuck! I feel so bad for you. I am somewhat of a germ-a-phobe myself and know a lot of people are sooo cavalier about cross contamination; but what you witnessed is wrong on every level. If you can, walk away. They need to be reported, but in reality, do you want to be the one who does it? Would they not put two and two together? Maybe not, it seems they lack a little in the common sense department...
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post #8 of 128
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OMG! So gross! Where is the "vomit" emoticon when you need it?!

My belief is you treat your customers like you treat your mom. Would you serve your mom something you picked up off the floor!? I wouldn't!

Licking a bowl is the same as (sorry) spitting in someone's food. I wouldn't spit in my mom's cupcake before handing it to her.
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post #9 of 128
Where's Gordan Ramsey "Kitchen Nightmares" when you need him?
post #10 of 128
omg
im not a germaphobe but that would totally kill me.
You say its an internship- is it through your culinary school?? if so you should have an advisor for this internship- I would definitely say something to the advisor about it.

Geez,
the more of these stories I read the more convinced I am that I will just eat at home.
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post #11 of 128
That awful! I sometimes wonder what goes on "behind the scenes" at food prep/service establishments. (And yes, I've seen those "chef revenge" shows on television. Yuk!)

Don't worry, I know you'll find a place in which you can be comfortable working. Keep looking ~ and good luck! icon_smile.gif
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post #12 of 128
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That's the problem, you don't want to be the one who reports them. Especially if they have been in business for so many years.

You start to wonder, how many times has someone gotten sick? If so, would they be able to pinpoint where?

Would they just blame it on the sandwich they had for lunch and not the cupcake they had for dessert?

Food for thought: Where is the Health Department? How often do they visit? Why does this go unnoticed?!

"Sigh"
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post #13 of 128
and people wonder why you might rather bake from home than have to deal with someone else's mess-my home is my castle and my restaurant/bakery would be even cleaner!!
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post #14 of 128
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Originally Posted by Tallulah



Food for thought: Where is the Health Department? How often do they visit? Why does this go unnoticed?!

"Sigh"



Probably too busy busting Jenny Homebaker (of which I am proud to be one!), who does have a very clean kitchen & working practices but isn't allowed to bake there! icon_rolleyes.gif
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post #15 of 128
I agree that most of that story is really gross I just always see two sides okay so first washing fruits and vegetables with water or soap makes no difference then if you left them full of pestecidesbecause the only thing that can take off most of the pestecides is to use a specific produce cleaner and just curious what did she cut with that knife? if it was fruit or vegatables it was probably fine, now on the other hand dropping the berries on the floor, absolutly disgusting, and I am not saying I dont believe you cause I have worked mostly as a waitress and I see people do gross stuff all the time, when I worked at applebees all of the servers used to pick food off of the plates like fries and stuff them in their mouth and proceed to do it again and of course not washing their hands
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