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post #1 of 77
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Ok so I may be a little OCD but I get really grossed out watching cake shows on tv, especially Cake Boss. No one wears gloves and they over handle everything. The guys in the kitchen look sweaty and dirty. The women all go hang out in the kitchen hovering over the cakes with their hair hanging over them. I don't like to see all these ungloved hands touching the fondant and cake. Buddy took his bare hands to press chocolate shavings onto the side of a chocolate ganache cake too. I understand baking can get your clothes dirty from flour and icing etc, but it just bugs me that they can't at least create the illusion of a clean environment for the sake of television. I saw another cake show where the guy took his bare ( hairy too) hand and scraped out the buttercream from the bowl like a spatula. I've seen Duff walk an uncovered cake thru a dusty horse stable for a delivery and so much more! It is hard for me to watch. Am I being unreasonable? I can't be the only one that feels this way. icon_sad.gif
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Completely agree with you! It is driving me crazy too! I don't even talk while I am working on the cake as I read that while a person talks there are tons of tiny saliva bubbles come out. Gross! Can you imagine when a bunch of people talk and laugh around a cake? :-(

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I have to agree and thought I was alone on this. I watched a cake show where a guy with HAIRY arms stuck his bare arm in a deep bucket of icing and "stirred" it with his hands. I couldn't believe it! I can't explain why it disappoints me when I see these shows not exactly practicing clean habits for these expensive masterpieces.
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I have to agree and thought I was alone on this. I watched a cake show where a guy with HAIRY arms stuck his bare arm in a deep bucket of icing and "stirred" it with his hands. I couldn't believe it! I can't explain why it disappoints me when I see these shows not exactly practicing clean habits for these expensive masterpieces.

Wow, that is horrible! 

 

I get sickened when I see them touch on their faces and then touch on the cakes, and the hair going everywhere... UGH! 

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post #5 of 77
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I watch them touch their hair, their face, even touch phones and other germ playgrounds and then go right to putting their greasy sausage fingers all over the cake. I imagine when the camera is not on , they wipe their noses, scratch themselves, maybe even sneeze and cough on the cake. I really appreciate when cooking/ baking shows edit and stage scenes to create a more visually pleasing show. I mean, isn't that what food stylists and set people do?
Whenever I go into a bakery I watch for these things. If i see a decorator using bare hands and then answering phones and handling money I do not patronize that shop at all!
post #6 of 77
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Yes! I saw the hairy arm guy! It was Amazing Cakes I think. He was making a big beach / tiki hut cake with " sand" snd " water" etc... It was SLOPPY! I like my buttercream without hairs in it, sheesh!
post #7 of 77

I feel the same way too. Too many hands touching everything that's meant to be eaten. It's gross.  

post #8 of 77
I can't remember what show it was but I saw a guy walk on a plywood support board to build the internal support system. Next thing I see, they are slapping on sheets of cake and frosting it on the bare plywood. Blech! I highly doubt they cleaned or covered the plywood.
post #9 of 77

This is why I don't like to go out to eat at restaurants anymore!! I've watched too many "Restaurant Impossibles" I don't trust any one now!!

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post #10 of 77

I was watching Cake Boss the other night and was thinking the same thing! They are not very sanitary at all...they had a spinning cake and it was scraping the cake it sat on...raw plywood...so splinters too?  Never seen gloves on any of them.  They do look sweaty and dirty! lol...icon_smile.gif

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post #11 of 77

I agree, they are just gross. I have seen them on Cake Boss leaning over cakes and dripping sweat on the cake because they were working in what looked like a wood shop!

post #12 of 77

Hairy arms and sweat...sounds...yummy. 

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post #13 of 77
FWIW washed hands can actually be cleaner than gloves. When people wear gloves their hands don't feel dirty, so they don't always change their gloves as often as they should.
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So I SHOULD NOT be scratching my bum and popping zits while baking?

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FWIW washed hands can actually be cleaner than gloves. When people wear gloves their hands don't feel dirty, so they don't always change their gloves as often as they should.

Absolutely. I posted earlier about seeing someone wearing gloves for making sandwiches, and also sweeping and running the register. Same gloves. 

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So I SHOULD NOT be scratching my bum and popping zits while baking?

Oh gross! 

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