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Survey: Do you care if your sushi chefs wear gloves?

Chemicalkinetics Aug 28, 2013 07:30 PM

I have been to more than a few sushi restaurants. Many of the sushi chefs do not wear gloves, while many do. I personally know that wearing the gloves is not a comfortable experience for them. However, the idea to wear the gloves is to prevent the chefs' hands directly touching the food.

http://www.servingsafefood.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/sushi-gloves.jpg

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How will you feel when you walk in a sushi restaurant to only find out the chef is not wearing gloves? What is your feeling about wearing gloves?

1) Favorable (I always prefer gloves because they are cleaner than hands).
2) Neutral (I don't care).
3) Unfavorable (his hands are cleaner than the raw food. Gloves can only hindering his skill to make better sushi).

Thanks for your vote.

  1. g
    GH1618 Dec 20, 2013 12:40 AM

    I don't think I've ever seen a sushi guy wear gloves. There would be no point to it because they don't handle anything except the food.

    I go to a coffee shop where employees prepare food and operate the till. They have disposable gloves for food prep but are clueless about the protocol.

    Nurses, on the other hand, are rigorous about adhering to glove protocol. That's because it is for their own protection.

    1 Reply
    1. re: GH1618
      Chemicalkinetics Dec 20, 2013 10:32 AM

      Actually, I must say that I have seen more sushi chefs here wear gloves than not. I know. It is weird. I am starting to see more and more. I don't know if it is a New Jersey thing.

    2. m
      mwhitmore Sep 4, 2013 09:08 AM

      Another point: Sushi and sashimi are uncooked, right? Except that, in many cases, the temperature of the fish is changed by contact with the sushi master's hand. Deliberately. Gloves would interfere with this.

      1. JMF Sep 3, 2013 02:36 PM

        3. Never seen a sushi chef wearing gloves. Just about every sushi chef I have observed washes their hands after making each order. As a matter of fact I get kind of grossed out with how filthy the gloves I've seen people wearing in some places. I agree with the others who say that hands get washed more often than gloves changed. Also, the vinegar in the sushi rice is an antiseptic. Sushi chefs hands are way softer, cleaner, and more healthy than the general public, and I've read research that they very rarely if ever get nail infections.

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        1. re: JMF
          Veggo Sep 3, 2013 02:54 PM

          Another reason why a sushi chef will not touch a cash tip - it's filthy.

          1. re: Veggo
            Bill Hunt Sep 3, 2013 08:22 PM

            At THAT point, I would expect the gloves to come out, but not before.

            Hunt

        2. j
          JayL Sep 3, 2013 10:49 AM

          In my experience (nearly 15 years of restaurant management and/or ownership) people wash their hands way more often than they change gloves.

          With bare hands I can feel the grime and wash often. With glove a person can't feel and think they are clean...they have gloves on after all...

          1 Reply
          1. re: JayL
            Bada Bing Sep 3, 2013 12:44 PM

            Interesting point. I realize I've developed the habit of washing my hands extremely often in the kitchen, pretty much everytime I move from thing to another with any kind of hand residue. My sister visited last Summer--she's a physician herself, and she noticed how often I washed my hands before I noticed it.

            One of the things that brings this out most is working with whole chicken: there I bet I wash my hands 4-6 times just getting the chicken in the form and seasoning situation I want prior to cooking. Tongs help, but still....

            Likewise, it amazes me how cavalier some people are about chicken or other well known (cross-)contamination ingredients, and those people always seem just fine.

          2. Bada Bing Sep 3, 2013 03:46 AM

            I like hands-on. Count me a 3.

            1. v
              virtualguthrie Sep 2, 2013 11:08 PM

              I've never seen a sushi chef wearing gloves and if I did I would probably leave immediately.

              1. Chemicalkinetics Sep 2, 2013 07:57 PM

                Final results. Vast majority of people (93%) prefer the sushi chefs use their bare hand, and the rest (7%) of the people do not have strong preference.

                ahuva 3
                alliegator 3
                Bill Hunt 3
                bobbert 3
                Delucacheesemonger 3
                girloftheworld 3
                INDIANRIVERFL 3
                JonParker 3
                jrvedivici 2,3
                klyeoh 3
                Motosport 3
                mwhitmore 3
                petek 3
                pinehurst 3
                Puffin3 ?
                ricepad 3
                sal_acid 2
                Sushiqueen36 3
                tcamp 3
                treb 3
                Tripeler 3
                Veggo 3
                Veggo 3

                 
                3 Replies
                1. re: Chemicalkinetics
                  Bill Hunt Sep 2, 2013 09:04 PM

                  Hey, how come Veggo gets two votes? Was it the proctologist thing?

                  Hunt

                  1. re: Bill Hunt
                    Chemicalkinetics Sep 2, 2013 09:13 PM

                    Thanks. Fixed it now:

                    ahuva 3
                    alliegator 3
                    Bill Hunt 3
                    bobbert 3
                    Delucacheesemonger 3
                    girloftheworld 3
                    INDIANRIVERFL 3
                    JonParker 3
                    jrvedivici 2,3
                    klyeoh 3
                    Motosport 3
                    mwhitmore 3
                    petek 3
                    pinehurst 3
                    Puffin3 ?
                    ricepad 3
                    sal_acid 2
                    Sushiqueen36 3
                    tcamp 3
                    treb 3
                    Tripeler 3
                    Veggo 3

                     
                    1. re: Chemicalkinetics
                      Bill Hunt Sep 3, 2013 08:20 PM

                      Now, I did not mean to rob Veggo of any points - not sure what he could use those for, but maybe a set of Henkles knives and block?

                      Sorry Veggo - you get an extra Cuban, and maybe even an extra glass of Port.

                      BTW, we are shutting down the property for a few months, while we do a major renovation, and I will be adding about 300 extra btls. in two Miele coolers, and in one, I hope to move up a few bottles of VP, for more ready access vs the official cellar. You get to pick, when we do our "Cellar-bration" event, with the new kitchen. I will make sure that there ARE extra Cubans, just for you.

                      Hunt

                2. Delucacheesemonger Aug 29, 2013 07:08 PM

                  Actually find these results gratifying, would have assumed many would be in the 1 area, am happy hounds seem to edge towards the 3 area.

                  1 Reply
                  1. re: Delucacheesemonger
                    c oliver Aug 29, 2013 07:16 PM

                    As Sam pointed out, some of us live in a "magic house."

                  2. whs Aug 29, 2013 06:54 PM

                    I have never seen a sushi chef in Japan wearing gloves. I've never seen a sales person use gloves to touch a baguette in Paris.

                    1. petek Aug 29, 2013 06:07 PM

                      3

                      1. Veggo Aug 29, 2013 05:32 PM

                        Latex gloves are for Subway employees, safecrackers, and proctologists.

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                        1. re: Veggo
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                          Sushiqueen36 Aug 29, 2013 06:03 PM

                          Actually, here in Oregon we have to use non-latex for food service.

                          But I get your point. :-)

                          1. re: Veggo
                            girloftheworld Aug 29, 2013 06:17 PM

                            and if the right shade of black...certain industry workers my parents pray I never become

                            1. re: Veggo
                              Bill Hunt Sep 2, 2013 09:02 PM

                              Proctologists should wear gloves!!! I mean, who knew? I think that it's time that I had a heart-to-heart with one of my Drs.

                              Hunt

                            2. Chemicalkinetics Aug 29, 2013 05:06 PM

                              Thanks for your inputs. I knew the results will lean toward "3", but didn't expect it to be so overwhelming:

                              ahuva 3
                              alliegator 3
                              Bill Hunt 3
                              bobbert 3
                              Delucacheesemonger 3
                              girloftheworld 3
                              INDIANRIVERFL 3
                              JonParker 3
                              jrvedivici 2,3
                              klyeoh 3
                              Motosport 3
                              mwhitmore 3
                              pinehurst 3
                              Puffin3 ?
                              ricepad 3
                              sal_acid 2
                              Sushiqueen36 3
                              tcamp 3
                              treb 3
                              Tripeler 3
                              Veggo 3

                               
                              1. Delucacheesemonger Aug 29, 2013 11:45 AM

                                3 as well, even when used to work in food, looked and seemed so cheesy, especialy sushi.
                                They always seem to wash their hands often.

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                                1. re: Delucacheesemonger
                                  p
                                  Puffin3 Aug 29, 2013 01:51 PM

                                  Let's get real. By the time you put the food, any food, in your mouth, in any restaurant it's been handled by dozens of people. Your server just left home after her big dog licked her hands and face after licking another dogs bum. Did she wash her hands before she put your rolls in the basket? Maybe. Maybe not.

                                2. pinehurst Aug 29, 2013 11:45 AM

                                  3

                                  1. Motosport Aug 29, 2013 11:43 AM

                                    What was the world like before all of this glove craziness? If a chef washes his hands it's enough for me.
                                    My 90 year old godfather often says: "what doesn't kill you makes you stronger!"
                                    You should see his refrigerator!!

                                    1. alliegator Aug 29, 2013 10:45 AM

                                      3
                                      Cranking out good sushi requires dexterity. I've never met a latex glove that improved my dexterity, and I'll assume most sushi chefs haven't either.

                                      1. jrvedivici Aug 29, 2013 09:29 AM

                                        2-3

                                        1. Veggo Aug 29, 2013 07:24 AM

                                          3. Never seen them used.

                                          1. Chemicalkinetics Aug 29, 2013 06:59 AM

                                            Holy crap. This is a very one-sided survey. I didn't expect this....

                                            1. m
                                              mwhitmore Aug 29, 2013 05:41 AM

                                              3. For your typical teenage nose-picker, yes. But sushi masters are clean or they are nothing.

                                              1. s
                                                sal_acid Aug 29, 2013 05:23 AM

                                                Doesn't matter to me. Sushi is meant for instant consumption...no time for bugs to proliferate.

                                                1. i
                                                  INDIANRIVERFL Aug 29, 2013 05:10 AM

                                                  3 Unless the chef is a typhoid carrier, no big deal.

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                                                  1. re: INDIANRIVERFL
                                                    Bill Hunt Sep 2, 2013 09:00 PM

                                                    Check to make sure that his/her first name is not Mary.

                                                    Hunt

                                                  2. t
                                                    treb Aug 29, 2013 04:49 AM

                                                    3. Hands are fine if they're kept washed and clean.

                                                    1. r
                                                      ricepad Aug 28, 2013 09:25 PM

                                                      No gloves. I have never seen an itamae wearing gloves, but if I did, I would go somewhere else.

                                                      1. s
                                                        Sushiqueen36 Aug 28, 2013 08:48 PM

                                                        Gloves give a false impression of cleanliness. We are conditioned to wear gloves to protect OUR hands - not what we are touching (think winter gloves, cleaning gloves, surgical gloves). I have seen so many instances (not in sushi establishments) of gloved food service workers taking money, talking on their phones or on break. I highly doubt that those workers, when returning to food prep, toss those gloves, wash their hands and then put on new gloves as they're supposed to.

                                                        I'll take bare, clean hands, thank you.

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                                                        1. re: Sushiqueen36
                                                          Bill Hunt Aug 28, 2013 08:51 PM

                                                          Yes. It is not neurosurgery, but sushi.

                                                          Also, I cannot imagine rolling a perfect roll, with those little plastic gloves on. Maybe it can be done, but I would not want to try.

                                                          Hunt

                                                          1. re: Bill Hunt
                                                            c oliver Aug 29, 2013 06:49 PM

                                                            I hope my surgeons haven't any problems!

                                                            1. re: c oliver
                                                              Bill Hunt Sep 2, 2013 08:58 PM

                                                              I highly doubt that they will. If they do, call me, and I will pull some strings to get you into the "best."

                                                              BTW - the Neurosurgeons, who I know, DO wear gloves, but seldom make sushi in the OR.

                                                              Hunt

                                                              1. re: Bill Hunt
                                                                sunshine842 Sep 3, 2013 03:39 AM

                                                                oh, the mind boggles.

                                                                1. re: sunshine842
                                                                  Bill Hunt Sep 3, 2013 08:15 PM

                                                                  That is what they do - work on the "mind."

                                                                  Hunt

                                                          2. re: Sushiqueen36
                                                            tcamp Aug 29, 2013 06:28 AM

                                                            I agree. I'll go with 3.

                                                            1. re: Sushiqueen36
                                                              b
                                                              bobbert Aug 29, 2013 07:10 AM

                                                              Exactly! Gloves protect the glove wearers hands and little else. He wipes his nose with his gloved hand and the rolls some sushi, he's fine.
                                                              No to gloves. Yes to washing hands often.

                                                              1. re: bobbert
                                                                Chemicalkinetics Aug 29, 2013 08:14 AM

                                                                So, do you think the gloves are really to protect the sushi chefs? I have often seen people in sandwich shops wear gloves too, but that is another topic.

                                                                Based on what I read, it is for the foods, and not for the chefs:

                                                                "HACCP (Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point) is a prevention based system to assure food safety. It is used throughout the food industry whether is be on the farm, in a manufacturing plant, or in a retail operation. It is a system that identifies and monitors hazards to food and identifies key processes in the flow of food where these hazards can be controlled"

                                                                - See more at: http://www.servingsafefood.com/consul...

                                                                1. re: Chemicalkinetics
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                                                                  Sushiqueen36 Aug 29, 2013 09:35 AM

                                                                  The gloves are supposed to be there to protect the food but I think bobbert was agreeing with my point that our brains are conditioned to think that gloves are there to protect our hands. When you get something disgusting on your hands, your instinct is to wash them... because you can FEEL it there. When it gets on a glove, you may not realize it (or care since your hands are clean under the gloves) - how many times have you seen the people in sandwich shops wash their gloved hands?

                                                                  We know WHY the "food police" think that gloves protect food but in practice, it's a flawed idea.

                                                                  1. re: Sushiqueen36
                                                                    Chemicalkinetics Aug 29, 2013 10:49 AM

                                                                    Thanks for sharing. Much appreciated.

                                                            2. Bill Hunt Aug 28, 2013 08:45 PM

                                                              Gloves? Not so much, but clothes? Definitely YES!

                                                              Hunt

                                                              1. k
                                                                klyeoh Aug 28, 2013 08:25 PM

                                                                3

                                                                1. Chemicalkinetics Aug 28, 2013 08:12 PM

                                                                  Here is a short chip of sushi chefs with gloves on:

                                                                  http://youtu.be/IlfYOd5-jBM?t=30s

                                                                  1. JonParker Aug 28, 2013 07:56 PM

                                                                    Never seen a sushi chef wearing gloves, never want to. Also, what gotw said.

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                                                                    1. re: JonParker
                                                                      Bill Hunt Aug 28, 2013 08:46 PM

                                                                      Now, if they are wearing a full HASMAT suit (with oxygen attachment), then I might worry a bit.

                                                                      Hunt

                                                                    2. Tripeler Aug 28, 2013 07:53 PM

                                                                      3) I have yet to see someone wearing gloves making sushi. Sounds pretty weird to me.

                                                                      1. a
                                                                        ahuva Aug 28, 2013 07:51 PM

                                                                        I'd prefer my sushi hand - and not glove - rolled. hands are washed, and I feel they have a better feel for, and control over, the food when the hands are ungloved.

                                                                        1. girloftheworld Aug 28, 2013 07:37 PM

                                                                          3--- gloves are no cleaner than bare hands that are kept washed... the wrinkels can harbor bacteria and actually give the wearer an artifical sense of cleanlieness due felling "oh I have gloves on" when actually the gloves should be changed as often as the hands should be washed.

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