I live in Portland and am attending culinary school. I've been trying to make time and money to check out some nicer establishments so I have idea when going into my externship of where I might want to go. Yesterday I went to a restaurant I was really excited about for lunch. They have the whole hip gastropub king of deal: where the food is a little expensive and classy but generally the place is laid back. They had an open kitchen and of course being a student I love to watch the cook's in action.
As I was watching a guy, who looked as if he was on the saute station, he took a spoon and tasted the food he was cooking. He then continued to use the spoon to scrape the food off the plate into the saute pan to keep cooking. He kept tasting with the same spoon and walking around the kitchen using the same spoon to put this and that into the saute pan. He double dipped probably like ten times at least. I was kind of in disbelief, what an idiot right? A few minutes later (still same spoon), he took a plate of chocolate sauce and spooned a big portion into another chefs mouth who was plating. He then went over to the sink, rinsed the spoon, wiped it on his sani rag, and continued to cook with it.
Maybe I'm so appaled because I just went through serve safe, though I still think that is unacceptable behavior. I'm pretty disappointed in the restaurant. Not only was the guy extremely cross contaminating into peoples food but all the cooks were watching him do it like it was nothing.