Having worked in quite a few different catering settings, I find out quite a lot about food that the customers don't have a clue about.
For example where I work the paninis are ready made and frozen, and they're just put in the panini oven for a few minutes to cook.
In my other job, the puddings are all frozen and are microwaved. So 'Fresh chocolate cream cake' is a bit misleading!
Also the 'curry of the day' which was Chicken Korma yesterday, there was some portions left over from the last time it was curry of the day which have been frozen and kept. I know that's not bad, but it's a bit misleading 'Curry of the day - freshly prepared curry today' bla bla.
This is so true. I saw a panorama documentary on 2 things. 1 on sandwiches where people sneezed in them and use very old and off meat, and disguise it with dressings.
2 in restaurants...gosh it was so shocking.
That's why when I do go out, I make sure I know what's going on in the kitchen (got contacts).
Aside from "fancy" restaurants, In some chains of Macdonalds some of the staff put their "own white liquid" in the mayonnaise.
This is why I never get mayonnaise from there, or even by the crappy unhealthy **** they serve.
Some guy I worked with at mcdonald's used to be the single most unhygienic person I've ever encountered. He'd wander about scratching his nuts/poking his earwax/picking his nose then prepare food without washing his hands, he'd sneeze onto burgers, he'd drop bread on the floor pick it up and use it anyway, he looked like he hadn't had a shower in about a year and he hardly spoke English so you couldn't even explain to him that what he was doing was wrong. Disgusting.
I made sure to always make a fresh burger for my breaks.
My faith in eating out has been restored by working in a fine dining place for the last 11 months. When I used to work in a basic pub lunch kind of place, the tricks of the trade almost put me off wanting to ever eat out again! Countless amounts of nutritionally empty, frozen veg, unrecognisable processed meats, cross-contamination, not taking care with food etc. But I started as a waiter in a really reputable restaurant last summer and the amount of care and effort the chefs put into the food is fantastic and we all do our best to treat the customers well. I now find myself looking for reviews of restaurants before I go and try to aim for the more high-end stuff.