So, I was watching this episode of Semi-Homemade with Sandra Lee on the Food Network today (July 17, 2014) — Eating Light, with jerk chicken and grilled peaches.
Anyone who cooks with chicken knows that you don’t touch the chicken with utensils and then reuse the utensils on something else. Anyone who cooks with chicken knows you don’t put raw chicken within a couple inches of any other food that is cooking on the grill pan.
I would certainly expect someone on Food Network to know better.
But what do I see?
Sandra Lee opens the jar of jerk, bestowing praise upon it for having all those spices. She grabs a spoon. She spoons jerk onto the chicken and uses the back of the spoon to spread the sauce over the raw chicken.
Then she dips the spoon BACK into the jar to get more and uses the spoon to spread the jerk over another piece of raw chicken. Then she dips the spoon BACK INTO THE JAR A THIRD TIME and uses the back of it to spread the jerk over the chick. FOUR TIMES she does this. The editor tried to cut it out, but how can it not be obvious to anyone with two brain cells to rub together.
Sandra Lee committed one of the worst food faux pas ever.
Then she uses a pair of tongs to put the chicken onto the hot grill pan. Two of the pieces are within an inch or two of the peaches at the other end. And she uses THE SAME TONGS to flip the nearly cooked peaches.
So not only did she cross-contaminate into that big jar of jerk, but now she’s carried it over to the peaches.
She should have waited until the peaches were done and then placed the chicken. Anyone with a brain knows you don’t put raw chicken on a pan with cooked items.
I did post my observations on the Food Network Facebook page. My direct post was never approved (of course) and one of my comments to someone else’s similar comment was outright deleted.
So here I am, posting where they cannot take it down. It’s on tape for everyone to see. I don’t know why they think they can hide it by deleting comments. It’ll be seen EVERY TIME that episode airs.
I wonder. Is this why the episode isn’t available for watching on the site? Maybe they should pull it from the rotation entirely if they can’t handle one of their cooks being so blatantly reckless.