Must chefs really wear latex while they cook?

Must chefs really wear latex while they cook?

Must chefs really wear latex while they cook?

Previously published Slate articles made new.
May 8 2006 11:55 AM

The Gloved Ones

Should chefs really have to wear latex while they cook?

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Last night, Slate food writer Sara Dickerman won a James Beard Journalism Award for "Down With Gloves," her piece on the pros and cons of latex in the kitchen. In the piece she cops to having worked without: "Most cooks I know—including me—hate wearing gloves in the kitchen. That's probably why you can find so many of us ignoring health-department regulations that prohibit touching food with bare hands." She also explains the problem: "Gloves are no fun. They make your hands clammy; they make you clumsy; they don't do well with heat. When you use a mandoline, little slivers of glove always seem to land in the food. And, yes, as with sex, the sensual pleasure of cooking is dulled when there's latex in the way."