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post #16 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
post #17 of 128
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Originally Posted by Tallulah

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.



Gross, but SO true!
post #18 of 128
Having worked in a restaurant for quite a few years (which turned me into the germ-a-phobe BTW). Unwashed fruit and tasting with the finger is nothing compared to some of the stuff I have seen! Let's just say NEVER EVER send your food back to the kitchen...NEVER! Better to starve and get it taken off your bill...did I say NEVER! NEVER!

That being said...I would find some where else to work. You are there to learn and get experience right? So don't learn from some one who can't even grasp the common sense of washing fruit. I think it will be a waste of your time.
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post #19 of 128
You know how people say if you ever worked in a restaurant you'd never want to eat there... SO TRUE! I worked for about a month at a grocery store bakery. While the work area was clean, the fruit they used was DISGUSTING. Again, nothing got washed. They used berries that had mold and the limes that were cut up and used as garnish were often well past expired. I just hope no one ate the garnish!

And I once saw the decorator stick her hand down in the giant vat of frosting to the wrist! Ewww.
post #20 of 128
Unfortunately, I was told by the Health dept. that they are more concerned with food temps and food storage than cleanliness of a food establishment.

Sorry all fruit gets washed you just dry the berries well and carefully as to not damage them. If something hits the floor it goes in the trash! And if you need to taste a product use a clean utensil!

Report them...you can do so anonymously.
post #21 of 128
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Originally Posted by cakesdivine

Unfortunately, I was told by the Health dept. that they are more concerned with food temps and food storage than cleanliness of a food establishment.



I have the same information from my county's Health Dept. In fact, it's right there on their web site:
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During an inspection, demerits are given for any deficiencies in the acquisition, storage, handling, and preparation of food found during the inspection. Demerits are not given for items such as dirty floors and walls.



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post #22 of 128
I worked in a "nice" restaurant when I was in high school, and it was so gosh darn disgusting, I couldn't believe it. When they were slammed, there were things like mashed potatoes, meat, gravy, butter, all over the floor, the waiters stepping in it, yuck! The silverware was hardly washed-put in a big bin and then hosed off by an illegal worker with a hose. Seriously, a garden hose hooked up to the sink. No soap. Vomit.
I think I've told this story before, but one of the "chefs" scooped ice cream out of the carton with his HAND, and left fingerprints on the scoop of ice cream in the bowl and expected a server to serve it to the customer like that.
post #23 of 128
I must say that there is one reason I love living in Toronto. The health dept is so thorough when they go through the kitchens of restaurants and bakeries..actually anywhere food is made. I have seen the list of things they check for and I think it is a count of about 402 or something like that.

I would definitely ask/demand to be put into another work placement. How are you supposed to enjoy yourself and your school if you are made to do things that are just wrong. Not all kitchens are as immaculate as the ones we keep at home but come on....common sense is definitely important.

Good luck hun, sounds like you may need it.
post #24 of 128
When I did my food hygiene course the instructor told us to always destroy any food we left on our plates at restaurants because he'd seen far too many places just replate people's left overs. Yuck! That course was enough to put me off ever eating out!
post #25 of 128
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I can't believe that is what the Health Department bases their judgement on. I completely understand that storage, handling and prep of food are important, but I think of it this way:

If you go to a friend's house and her stove has layers of grease on it, her fridge still has that dried up juice stain from last week and her dishes still have gunk of them, would you eat there? I know I wouldn't!

Cleanliness of an establishment is just as important as the handling of the food. It is your first impression.

Again, "sigh"

In other news, I told my advisor I would not be returning to that site based on what I saw (this will haunt my dreams for years to come).

They were really understanding and were even glad I told them. They will no longer suggest that site to students going forward.
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post #26 of 128
I was lucky. The bakery I used to work at was soooooo clean. They were super picky about cleaning and not cross contaminating anything. They were particular about how you wore your hair, and if you had animals to please keep your work clothes away from them (the animals). They didn't want anything getting into or on the cakes that shouldn't be there.
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post #27 of 128
In my comunity there is a local TV News station that goes with a Health Dept. Inspector to establishments when they least expect it, and inspect their kitchens. Then once a week they ANNOUNCE it on the news, their news, and show pic. of the place and show the list of how many demerits that particular restaurant got and why. They check like 4 or 5 every week and then they also announce the name and interview the ones that have NO demerits, and place a big Award sticker on a visible place for all to see. When you see the cockroaches going everywhere in their kitchens, the food on the floor, mice droppings, etc on TV, it's DISGUSTING, by next week they anounce that they already "fixed" everything and are up to date with Health Department. Anyway, who wants to eat there anymore? thumbsdown.gif I have never seen them check bakeries. Maybe I will give them a call and ask them. icon_smile.gif
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post #28 of 128
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That is the way it should be nickshalfpint! Half the staff wasn't wearing something on their head and I thought it was a standard!
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post #29 of 128
I worked in a restuarant during HS and they were super clean. I started out as a dishwasher, then moved to waitressing and cooking. We were told if it was a slow time to clean and thats what we did. The place was always spotless. Another woman I know who use to own a restaurant said when she walks into a restaurant she goes to the bathroom. If the bathroom is not clean then the kitchen probably isnt either. And she wouldnt eat there.
post #30 of 128
Since this is a bit in line with some of the other comments, this is one that gets to me. I love to watch cooking shows, but ewww, people who use the spoon they are stirring something with to taste the product, then plop it right back in to stir it some more.

TOTALLY gross. There are many hot chefs that do this (some who don't), but it always amazes me when I watch a cooking show and see this. I think they should know better, especially if they have their own restaurants.

Just my two cents.
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