Because this happened to me in a restaurant I frequent in the Boston area, I'm posting my question here.
Does anyone know if it's a law that line cooks where plastic gloves in restaurants in Ma.?
First of all, this is a place that I really like and it's cafeteria style and it's an exceptionally clean restaurant. Impeccable really. But it's not a hospital setting, where I know that plastic gloves are required. However, with this kind of setting, you see your food being cooked. And you slide your tray and order, then slide a little more and they hand you your dish. So you can see everything that is going on. With that being said, I went with an acquaintance for breakfast this morning and with hardly anyone in the place there because we went really early, she asks the guys "you don't wear gloves when you handle food?" All he handled was the toast, he used a spatula to handle everything else. I was aghast, but said nothing and slid to pay for my order. I heard the gentleman say to her that "he doesn't wear gloves, because he doesn't have to" and that he serves over 5 thousand customers and no one has every asked him that question before. This guy is in his late 60's and is from Greece, and I could tell he was upset with her.
Was she right?
I am not trying to start an argument, nor do I want to get this guy in trouble if the law says he suppose to wear gloves. But, if my dc eats at a restaurant that she can't see into (which are many), would she see "no gloves".
As I said, I never think of this kind of thing. I believe that chefs clean their hands so often, that it's not really necessary. And whose to say that someone who did have gloves on, couldn't cross contaminate food anyway.
Also, I cook and entertain in my home a lot and never wear gloves. I never see chefs on TV ever wear gloves. Only in a hospital cafeteria have I ever witnessed people wearing them.
And if this post is in the wrong spot, I apologize.