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Cooking Show Hosts Need To Remove Jewelry When They Are Cooking!

I am watching Lidia Bastianich and she is making sausage at a shop and those bangle bracelets of hers are all over the raw meat. That is so unhygienic. She is a professional and should know not to do that. Hope no one bought those sausages she made because who knows where those bracelets have been! Gross.

It isn't just the women who mix food with rings etc on, Chef John Besh keeps his wedding ring on while mixing food. I don't recall if Jacques Pepin wears a wedding ring or not? I just remember what my old Home Ec teacher in High School used to say: " If you want Miss Botulism to come to dinner leave your rings, watches, and bracelets on!"

I feel the same about hair being tied back. People watch these shows to learn to cook and you should not only teach them to cook but you should show them how to be hygienic in the kitchen. Just my opinion, feel free to voice your own!

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  1. I so agree. I don't know how she cooks with all those bracelets on. I've noticed lots of chefs cooking with their wedding rings on: Tyler, Symon, Ming--heck even some of the women wear their big ol' diamonds (don't recall Chef Pepin wearing one). Giada's and Nigella's hair. I find it gross too. Ann Burrell totally freaks me out.

    1. Yeah, I'm not a big germophobe at all, but I see the jewelry as unprofessional and excessive. Too much stuff on the jewelry to contaminate the food they're mixing up with their hands (with which I have no problem whatsoever). Also the hair. Please restrain your effing hair, I don't care who you are. If you're cooking, you will shed hair into something.

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      1. re: EWSflash

        I've noticed Nadia G removing her jewelry (which can be large) before putting her hands into the food.

        1. re: paulj

          Laura Theodore (Jazzy Vegetarian) also takes off her rings and bracelets from time to time. What is it about loopy TV cooks being the only ones who get it?

      2. I agree. I seem to recall Paula Deen wearing these big old rings and I wondered how she will clean them off after getting her hands right into it.

        I keep my rings (and I wear a LOT of them all at the same time) in a little crystal bowl in the kitchen. Never wear them while at home. It was just easier because with cooking, baking, working around the house, and gardening, I didn't want them to get icky or lost.

        The hair thing bothers me too. I pull mine back in a twist because I'd be grossed out finding my OWN hair in food! Ick!

        1. Oh my gosh, this is a huge pet peeve of mine! I CRINGE when I see these people who should know better digging their hands into things while wearing rings and bracelets. Ugh! It's bad enough if it's a plain wedding band or something, but when it's an ornate ring full of crevices I wonder how on earth they get the food out of there. Nasty!

          1. Jewerly and long flopping flowing sleeves. Rachael Ray and Paula Deen would make me cringe.
            I haven't watched a lot of Guy Fieri, however I did notice on both DDD and Big Bite he did remove his "bling" before plunging his hands into something.

              1. I've gotten so I don't take TV cooking shows seriously. It like big time wrestling WWE. Maybe FoodNetwork should emulate the WWE disclaimer. ;-)

                "***Disclaimer: WWE would like to remind you that its Superstars are trained professional athletes. You should never try to emulate what they do in and out of the ring."

                Updated for TV Cooks

                "***Disclaimer: FoodNetwork would like to remind you that its Superchefs are trained professional cooks. You should never try to emulate what they do in and out of the kitchen."

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                1. The jewelry doesn't bother me at all. These are television shows. They're not serving this to paying customers.

                  1. I recall some group making a study of the food hosts and faulting them for not washing their hands in between different tasks. As a result, now while watching them I have to watch them make some big production of washing their hands. I don't really need to see that. The rings, however, ick me out. Why not just not wear them.

                    1. Regarding Lydia: my guess is she can't get those bracelets off those hands.....