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In California, chefs fight for bare-hand contact

In this photo taken Tuesday,March 11, 2014, pantry cook Alicia Palenyy uses her bare-hands to put cheese on a salad at the Hock Farm restaurant in Sacramento, Calif. Under a bill signed last year by Gov. Jerry Brown, chefs and bartenders in California must keep bare hands off food going straight to the plate or the drink glass, and must use gloves or kitchen utensils such as tongs. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)
In this photo taken Tuesday,March 11, 2014, pantry cook Alicia Palenyy uses her bare-hands to put cheese on a salad at the Hock Farm restaurant in Sacramento, Calif. Under a bill signed last year by Gov. Jerry Brown, chefs and bartenders in California must keep bare hands off food going straight to the plate or the drink glass, and must use gloves or kitchen utensils such as tongs. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)
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SACRAMENTO, Calif. — As the happy hour crowd poured in on a recent weeknight, the kitchen and bar staff at Hock Farm restaurant scrambled to meet the incoming orders. One used her hands to toss locally grown Romaine hearts with anchovy dressing in a metal bowl, while another, facing diners from behind a marble countertop, used his fingers to sprinkle cojita cheese and red onion into chicken tacos. A gloveless bartender wedged an orange slice ...

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