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Herrmann's serious about food safety

October 08, 2009|By MARLO BARNHART

BOONSBORO -- Christopher Herrmann got into the food/hospitality field on the ground floor -- washing pots while working as a lifeguard in Ocean City.

Now, after more than 30 years in hotel and restaurant management, Herrmann is all about food safety.

A resident of Boonsboro, Herrmann recently volunteered to speak on the subject at a gathering organized by the Boonsboro Task Force on Recycling.

"I am very serious about food safety," said Herrmann, a senior consultant with the Maryland-based company Sherwin Food Safety.

Herrmann has taught college-level courses and has been certified as a trainer and administrator for food safety certification programs by the National Restaurant Association and the National Registry of Food Safety Professionals. He holds a bachelor's degree from Florida International University and a master's degree from the University of Maryland.

His August presentation was designed to help community volunteers safely prepare and serve food for large groups. Some of the topics covered included shopping tips for safety, proper storage of foods, preparation safety, cooking essentials, chilling hot food, transportation of hot and cold food, reheating food, presentation and serving food.

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Herrmann said he got into teaching during his education in the food service industry and has taught classes throughout Maryland.

He has been an administrator at L'Academie de Cuisine Inc. in Maryland and produced three seasonal course catalogs that list 150 scheduled classes to the general public on popular culinary topics.

For two years, Herrmann was vice president of DCAC Inc., a Maryland company that provides continuing education to the fitness industry.

He also spent six years as office director of Hillcrest Nursery Inc. in Millers, Md., during which he expanded that firm's business systems and computer network in the business of growing plants.

In the 1980s, Herrmann worked at a number of hotels and resorts in food service for large conventions and smaller restaurants.

Not content with just speaking to groups, Herrmann said he is dedicated to giving the public as much information as possible about the safety of the food they prepare and eat.

To that end, Herrmann knows of a number of Web sites he recommends including safetables.org and foodsafety.gov.

Herrmann and his wife, Mary Lee, a computer programmer, have lived near Boonsboro for 11 years.

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