Many ignore the importance of clean aprons, hair nets, and germ-free hands, but without a proper personal hygiene, even a 5 star restaurant could go out of business overnight!
Funcooking.co.uk loves passionate cooking and tasty recipes, but we’ve decided to wrap up a handful of crucial tips that even professional restaurant crews should follow too.
Conversely, a well groomed chef is less likely to spread dangerous pathogens, resulting in healthier meals and happier meals. No matter if you work in a restaurant or simply cooking at home, nobody would want a poor level of hygiene. Below, we’ve listed 7 of the mandatory tips that will help any cooking enthusiast (or even professional chef) to maintain a conscientious and tidy attitude in the kitchen:
1. Hand Washing ALWAYS Comes First!
It’s difficult to prepare any meal without touching most of the products in the process, right? That’s why you should accustom yourself to follow proper hand washing habits.
A cook should never rinse soiled hands at the dish washing or food preparation sinks, but instead at separate hand wash basins or somewhere aside of your main working area. A conscientious chef should thoroughly scrub hands all the way to the elbow with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds after a restroom visit, cigarette break, or even raw food handling itself (especially meat).
2. Neat Fingernails Make a World of Difference.
In the kitchen, long n
ails often serve as a depository for a wide range of nasty germs. Even if you’re the strictest cook on the planet, it’s very easy to accidentally transmit a cocktail of bacteria right on top of the meal. Thus, both cooking enthusiasts and professionals should always keep their fingernails trimmed and filed as part of a mandatory kitchen cleaning routine.
Be particularly wary of nail polish – it’s quite common for a piece or two to chip and “season” the food, potentially causing poisoning or allergies. And if that happens, you better be ready for the consequences!
A less popular, yet mandatory rule for professional chefs is to always have efficient histamines at hand. Some people are not aware of their own allergies and being prepared is the best way to avoid the effects of an allergy reaction.
3. Disposable Gloves Are Meant to Make Food Handling SAFE
When handling food, especially raw meat and other quickly perishable products, the conscientious cook should always wear single-use gloves. Keep in mind that your employees will need to use at least several pairs a day, so those need to feel comfortable. Make sure you always have a pack of gloves in the kitchen. Gloves are torn apart pretty easily. Among the few things that might hinder the process of preparing a beautiful meal could be the size of gloves. If you fail to get the right size they will surely slip off and interrupt your workflow.
Once you’ve found the perfect middle ground, ensure that your kitchen always has a steady supply of fresh pairs of gloves, especially when cuts and injuries occur.
4. Hair Nets are Absolutely MANDATORY!
Let’s be honest here – nobody likes hair nets, but they’re the one sure way to avoid greasy strands of hair from entering your menu. A good chef should always keep their hair nice and fresh, as grimy hair tends to fall off quicker and promotes dandruff.
Obviously, this is especially important when you are about to serve your delicious piece of art, for you would not want to get hair in at the very end, would you?
5. Clean Garments Keep Germs at Bay
A conscientious chef will always use a clean garnet or aprine. A book is judged by it’s covers and until you serve the meal, looks are your prelude to the final experience. Regardless if you’re working as a professional chef in a restaurant or you’re putting the extra effort for your spouse, you simply have to keep a high level of hygiene. No matter how good you’re cooking skills are, having a big and greasy stain will surely discredit your effort.
6. Jewellery Is Not As Clean As It Looks
Sure, shiny necklaces and rings may look pleasing to the eye, but their enticing glimmer serves no purpose in the kitchen. In fact, their textured surfaces are often riddled with all kinds of dirt and harmful bacteria that could potentially spell a health disaster.
For this reason, it’s very important that you remove any rings and bracelets. A safe bet would be for ladies to leave their earrings aside as well. Although chances are slim, the risks are not worth it.
7. A Sneezing Chef is a Not a Good Chef.
Even if you strictly follow each and all of our tips so far, a sick cook is no good in the kitchen. A single sneeze contains up to 40, 000 droplets and 100, 000 germs, which is more than enough to contaminate an entire kitchen, not to mention dishes and products. As with most risky situations, prevention is the best way to avoid an unpleasant surprise. That’s why a simple mask is all you need to take your cooking up to a truly professional level!
If you have the flu, it is simply not worth the risk. Leave cooking aside and come back when you feel better.
Conclusion and takeaways:
When it comes to great cooking, keeping your oven clean is simply not enough. Any truly conscientious chef will take up hygiene to a professional level and our humble dash of tips are only scratching the surface. To wash your hands, keep your nails neat, to use gloves, remove your jewelry and ban sickness out of the kitchen, are only the start to an outstanding meal!
* We did this handy dash of advice in collaboration with D. Karra, a passionate blogger and oven cleaning professional at FantasticCleaners.com. Dmitry has seen the ins and outs of quite a few reputable restaurants as well as domestic kitchens and even outdoor barbeques.