Yesterday, I had to take the ServSafe certification course. This is a requirement by the state to become a licensed restaurant manager. The good news is that I will soon be licensed, and if I choose to find a job closer to home, I would be able to take those certifications with me.
I understand the need for classes like this, really, I do. I even managed to learn a few things along the way. We learned how to implement a crisis management plan (please God, don’t let me ever need that knowledge), where to get the state food code, things to look for in the store to make it beyond the required minimums, etc. For the most part, it was common sense.
What struck me was the amount of time they spent on washing hands. Yes, it’s critical that hands are washed regularly. I think anyone who goes out in public knows that the health department requires employees to wash their hands after using the restroom. I was truly surprised to see an entire 20 minute section devoted to handwashing on top of the many other times it was brought up.
I guess it all comes back to my theory of food karma. Many years ago, I realized that part of my reasoning for always washing my hands and never doing anything to someone’s food no matter how much they pissed me off is because by doing these things, I will get the same in return when I go out to eat. I know the chances are slim, but I think that delusion may be the only thing that allows me to eat out!