shebysuz Posted 23 Jul 2013 , 2:12am

AOk 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. :-(

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EasyParty Posted 23 Jul 2013 , 2:39am

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? :-(

therealmrsriley Posted 23 Jul 2013 , 2:54am

AI 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.

Annabakescakes Posted 23 Jul 2013 , 3:01am
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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! 

shebysuz Posted 23 Jul 2013 , 3:04am

AI 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!

shebysuz Posted 23 Jul 2013 , 3:08am

AYes! 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!

cakefat Posted 23 Jul 2013 , 3:10am

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

Phamilymama Posted 23 Jul 2013 , 5:00pm

AI 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.

sixinarow Posted 23 Jul 2013 , 5:06pm

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!!

JSKConfections Posted 23 Jul 2013 , 5:13pm

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

Rosie93095 Posted 23 Jul 2013 , 8:17pm

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!

sixinarow Posted 23 Jul 2013 , 9:12pm

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

Rosegin Posted 24 Jul 2013 , 1:56am

AFWIW 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.

BatterUpCake Posted 24 Jul 2013 , 2:15am

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

Annabakescakes Posted 24 Jul 2013 , 2:21am
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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! 

BatterUpCake Posted 24 Jul 2013 , 2:23am

Lol...sorry

scrumdiddlycakes Posted 24 Jul 2013 , 2:25am
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So I SHOULD NOT be scratching my bum and popping zits while baking?


mmm, extra protein.

mommychef Posted 27 Jul 2013 , 12:25pm

The hair-the hair flowing freely -especially on the Cupcake Challenge showsI always think-'do you work like that at your shop'?

shebysuz Posted 27 Jul 2013 , 1:37pm
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The hair-the hair flowing freely -especially on the Cupcake Challenge showsI always think-'do you work like that at your shop'?

YES! I  hope the free flowing hair is just so they will look their best on TV, but it still makes them look unprofessional to me.

kaylawaylalayla Posted 27 Jul 2013 , 1:51pm

AAgree. Most of them have internet business. And if I see you on a cupcake show with your flowing hair and slutty apron and tank top I will not be visiting you.

kaylawaylalayla Posted 27 Jul 2013 , 1:55pm

AWhere I used to work one of the managers tried to convince me that gloves where too expensive so we had to wash them. I only made minimum wage but you better believe that I started buying my own gloves. That was one "rule" that I would not be following. If you are having trouble making money Inyour business and ccleanliness is where you wanna cut costs then you don't deserve to be in business.

embersmom Posted 27 Jul 2013 , 8:14pm

The disregard of basic sanitation on these shows just boggles my mind sometimes, although in a way I can understand it:  You're on TV.  TV does not equal your shop.  Obviously FN gives them a lot of leeway in that regard...?

 

The corollary, though, is that if any of them dressed and/or did what they do on, say, Chopped, you'd better believe those judges would be jumping down their throats.  Plus I've never seen a cheftestant on that show with long flowing hair. If they have that kind of hair, it's either pulled back or clipped out of the way, which is how it's supposed to be.

 

Basic sanitation (besides the obvious) which I've learned through the years:

 

No nail polish

Nails cut short

Hair tied or clipped back -- nothing hanging around your face except for bangs

No rings nor bracelets if you're working with dough

If you cough, cover your mouth with your forearm or crook of your elbow

Always wash your hands before and after doing something

Always wash your hands between switching tasks

If you feel a sneeze coming on, for god's sake get away from whatever you're working on and turn your head (I had a boss who was big on this one)

No makeup -- it's going to smear in the heat

Wear gloves if you're handling something in front of a customer

Keep your work area as spotless as possible while you're working (I had another boss who was big on this)

 

I dunno...all of those are no-brainers for me :shrug:

shanter Posted 27 Jul 2013 , 8:51pm
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Originally Posted by embersmom 

 

The corollary, though, is that if any of them dressed and/or did what they do on, say, Chopped, you'd better believe those judges would be jumping down their throats.  Plus I've never seen a cheftestant on that show with long flowing hair.

 

I saw one episode of Chopped where a contestant did not have terribly long hair (looked like 4-5 inches), but he kept running both hands through it. Scott Connant got a dish with a hair on it and refused to touch it. The contestant had to do something to hold his hair back before the next round. I don't think he won.

kaylawaylalayla Posted 27 Jul 2013 , 8:55pm

AAlso a lot of people don't know to wash there hands before you go to the bathroom, in the bathroom and again when you return to the kitchen. And all jewelry is a safety hazard in the kitchen.

Annabakescakes Posted 27 Jul 2013 , 9:49pm
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Originally Posted by embersmom 

The disregard of basic sanitation on these shows just boggles my mind sometimes, although in a way I can understand it:  You're on TV.  TV does not equal your shop.  Obviously FN gives them a lot of leeway in that regard...?

 

The corollary, though, is that if any of them dressed and/or did what they do on, say, Chopped, you'd better believe those judges would be jumping down their throats.  Plus I've never seen a cheftestant on that show with long flowing hair. If they have that kind of hair, it's either pulled back or clipped out of the way, which is how it's supposed to be.

 

Basic sanitation (besides the obvious) which I've learned through the years:

 

No nail polish

Nails cut short

Hair tied or clipped back -- nothing hanging around your face except for bangs

No rings nor bracelets if you're working with dough

If you cough, cover your mouth with your forearm or crook of your elbow

Always wash your hands before and after doing something

Always wash your hands between switching tasks

If you feel a sneeze coming on, for god's sake get away from whatever you're working on and turn your head (I had a boss who was big on this one)

No makeup -- it's going to smear in the heat

Wear gloves if you're handling something in front of a customer

Keep your work area as spotless as possible while you're working (I had another boss who was big on this)

 

I dunno...all of those are no-brainers for me :shrug:

I think that the coughing on your arm is old thinking. It is a lot harder to wash your whole arm, than it is just to cough on your hands, then wash them twice, and scrub your nails. And if you are wearing gloves, anyways, by all means, cough on them, then go throw them away and wash your hands! Much better than dragging your germy arm around the bakery, bumping germs all over. 

 

And make-up? I don't touch my face, so there is not a problem with make-up, and it it is an issue of heat and sweat, I would much rather have make-up in my food than someone's sweat, yuck. 

Annabakescakes Posted 27 Jul 2013 , 9:51pm
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Originally Posted by embersmom 

 

The corollary, though, is that if any of them dressed and/or did what they do on, say, Chopped, you'd better believe those judges would be jumping down their throats.  Plus I've never seen a cheftestant on that show with long flowing hair.

 

I saw one episode of Chopped where a contestant did not have terribly long hair (looked like 4-5 inches), but he kept running both hands through it. Scott Connant got a dish with a hair on it and refused to touch it. The contestant had to do something to hold his hair back before the next round. I don't think he won.

ICK! He needed a hat!

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