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The Daily Dish: Most Celebrity Chefs Have Bad Kitchen Hygiene, Study Says

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Most Celebrity Chefs Have Bad Kitchen Hygiene, Study Says

Who doesn’t love getting cooking tips from Ina or barbecue secrets from Bobby? But viewer beware: You may emulate their sautéing skills, but don’t copy their food hygiene practices (or lack thereof).

 A recent study from Kansas State University which analyzed 100 random episodes of cooking shows aired on Food Network, The Cooking Channel, Amazon, Hulu, and more, found that the major of celebrity chefs don’t practice proper food safety on-screen. For example, chefs in only 12 episodes could be observed washing their hands after handling uncooked meat, and half of all televised chefs ate food with their hands while cooking; slightly more than one-fifth of them were seen licking their fingers while handling food. Were these chefs practicing proper hand-washing techniques off-screen and their actions cut for the sake of TV time constraints? Quite possibly, but reminding viewers of food safety techniques is imperative to their influence in the home chefs’ kitchens, and could help prevent the spread of foodborne illnesses.

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Are Chippys in Danger? Beloved British Fish & Chips May Soon Become Squid & Chips

Wheatlobsters, and coffee are already known victims of climate change, but the latest may come as a shock to Britons. Cold-water fish like cod and haddock are moving further north as temperatures rise, meaning that the iconic British meal of fish and chips might become endangered in the future. "In 2025 and beyond, we may need to replace cod and other old favorites with warm-water species such as squid, mackerel, sardine, and red mullet," Dr. John Pinnegar, director for marine climate change at the Center for Environment, Fisheries, and Aquaculture Science, said at the British Ecological Society's annual meeting on Monday, according to NBC News.  Somehow, “squid and chips” doesn’t have quite the same ring to it.

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These Were the Most Googled Recipes, Diets, Drinks, and Chefs in 2016

What did dinner in America this year look like? According to Google search trends, it was a green bean casserole and Brussels sprouts washed down with a glass of sangria or can of Budweiser. Google just released its top search trends for 2016 based on accumulative user data. Last year was dominated by pumpkin seeds and pizza, while 2014 was all about chicken recipes and margaritas. In 2016, the top recipe searches were for green bean casseroles, Brussels sprouts and hash brown casseroles, while Budweiser reigned king amongst beer inquiries, and sangria was the most searched-for cocktail. Anthony Bourdain — why are we not surprised? — was the chef people most wanted to learn more about.

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Pilot Congratulates Passengers for Finishing All the Booze on Board a Three-Hour Flight

You’ve heard of a party bus? Well, how about a party plane? Passengers aboard a recent three-hour-and 20-minute Southwest Airlines flight from Oakland to Kansas City were personally congratulated by the pilot for drinking all of the alcohol on board. The occasion? The plane was packed with Raiders fans who were gearing up for the big game against the Kansas City Chiefs. The unusually boozy flight was brought to the attention of the media by sports journalist Jimmy Durkin, who live-tweeted his experience. The flight back was probably pretty solemn, in contrast, because the Raiders lost that game 21-13.

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A World Surplus of Chocolate Means Lower Prices This Christmas Season

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Be on the lookout for cheap chocolate Santas and peppermint bark with slashed prices. Thanks to an exceptionally rainy season in West Africa, where more than two-thirds of the world’s cocoa is grown, there is now a worldwide chocolate surplus and prices are dropping, according to Bloomberg. At the same time, people are eating less chocolate and candy companies are packaging their wares in smaller sizes to appeal to health-conscious customers. The result? Too much chocolate and a market whose future is uncertain based on a reversal of the supply and demand continuum. This situation is in marked contrast to that during the past two seasons, when serious droughts in West Africa prompted concerns of a chocolate shortage