I'm sure there are some of you out there with similar concerns, so I wanted to post this email I got, as well as my response:
"Too many of us SF diners have gotten stomach problems from so-called nice clean restaurants. This should not be merely about respect for the chef. Instead it should be about respect for the health of your customers! Your credibility is being shot if you think your email recipients would even consider that the former is more important than the latter. Also, your proposal to change the law implies restaurant chains are as not as clean as small restaurants, when we all know it's far more likely to be the opposite!
A diner and his friends who are tired of expecting a stomach problem every few months of dining at so-called nice clean SF restaurants."
"Thanks for the input. I think that all these issues are important, and the truth of the matter is that gloved hands are not any cleaner (and often much dirtier) than washed bare hands. Having worked in restaurant kitchens, people with gloves on are much less likely to change those gloves when changing tasks (taking out the garbage then cutting vegetables), than someone is to wash their hands. It's really just a truism of the logistics of working in a kitchen. I definitely am not downplaying your desire to avoid getting sick (food poisoning sucks!), but this is not the solution, its just a mirage of safety that actually makes you less safe.
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