Tag Archives: Restaurant Industry

In Case You Needed Another Reason

I mentioned a couple of posts ago that I was renewing my Food Handler Certificate this month in the event that I ever work as a cook again.  The one-day course is to teach the essentials of proper cooking temperatures, storing, etc., as correct food prep and practices can go a long way in preventing food-borne illnesses. It also covers personal hygiene, kitchen cleanliness and other areas that can impact public health but it mainly focuses on the food.  Here’s a quick fun fact for you: over half of food-borne illness occur from food cooked in the home and over 75 percent of food-borne illnesses are a result of inadequate temperature control. Continue reading

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Animals and the Restaurant Industry

Next month I’m signed up to renew my Food Handler’s Certificate here in Toronto.  It’s not a difficult course – it’s one day of training with a multiple choice exam at the end.  Once you pass, you get a little card and pin and the Certificate is valid for five years.  The point of the course is to learn proper food handling, e.g., required cooking temperatures, how to avoid cross-contamination, how to store foods properly, and so on.  It’s a useful thing to have should I ever return to the restaurant industry and this will be my fourth time taking it but my first as a vegan.  It’ll be an interesting day in that over half of it will be spent learning the proper techniques for preparing and cooking dead animal parts. Yay. Continue reading

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