Oops. We all know President Trump loves a well-done steak and "beautiful" chocolate cake, but you might want to think twice before dining at his lavish Mar-A-Lago Club in Palm Beach, FL. The kitchen at POTUS' favorite retreat — which he's referred to as the "Southern White House" — was recently hammered with 13 health code violations, as reported by the Miami Herald
Some of the most egregious things on the list?
- Fish that was to be served raw or undercooked hadn't undergone proper parasite destruction. (The kitchen staff was told to cook the fish or toss it out.)
- Raw meats, which should be stored at 41 degrees F, were kept at dangerously high temperatures: chicken was 49 degrees, both duck and beef were 50 degrees, and ham was a whopping 57 degrees.
- Coolers weren't maintained in proper working order, and the staff was ordered to have them emptied and repaired.
Less serious violations included water at the hand-washing sink that was too cold to sanitize hands, and rusty shelves in the walk-in coolers. The state health inspectors chose not to shut down the kitchen during their January 26 visit, deciding that it met minimum standards.
As Uproxx pointed out, this may explain why Trump insists on a thoroughly-cooked steak — and why he likes to smother it in ketchup.
It also might explain why our commander-in-chief is fixated on restaurant cleanliness, which he says is the reason he loves fast food. "One bad hamburger, you can destroy McDonald's. One bad hamburger and you take Wendy's and all these other places and they're out of business," Trump said during a town hall debate in February 2016.
"I like cleanliness. I think you're better off going there than someplace you have no idea where the food is coming from," he explained.
And in the case of Mar-A-Lago, it seems like that's probably true.
The Feast is Bravo’s digital destination serving culinary inspiration and essential food news. Like us on Facebook and visit daily for diet and wellness trends, kitchen hacks and tools — and the buzziest celebrity, chef, and restaurant happenings you need to know about right now.