Adam Licht is one of the founding partners of Pescatore Seafood, Sushi & Noodles, and our driving Culinary & Quality assurance leader. He has 30 years of experience in the field with vast experience. He is a graduate of The Culinary Institute of America ’86, The University of New Haven School of Hotel Restaurant Management, Cornell Food & Beverage Management, Cornell Institute of Food Safety Part 117a Good Manufacturing Practices, NYC Department of Health Food Handlers Certificate, FSPCA Certified (Which is the newest Federal Regulation of the Food Safety Modernization Act FSMA) keeping Pescatore well above any local retail store’s compliance level. Seafood HACCP (Hazard Analysis & Critical Control Points) SQF Certified – These last two certifications are what basically runs all major food companies around the world and “not” wildly used on the small retail level – Adam felt it was necessary to run Pescatore to a higher standard, which they do each and every day. The staff at Pescatore are super highly trained in all aspects of pathogen control with rigorous safety measures in place and we have been working in this fashion for years. Our cold chain is monitored from Dock to your bag!
If you can remember FAT TOM at home you too can be safe….
FOOD – ACIDITY – TIME—TEMPERATURE—OXYGEN—MOISTURE
These are the items that are necessary for pathogens to grow – these are the items our teams look to control – if you know WHAT you are controlling that is half the battle.
So, let’s explore Fat Tom….and what we do and don’t do….
FOOD: Don’t leave food out, uncovered, in the temperature danger zone of 40-140 degrees F and we don’t cross-contaminate.
ACIDITY: We monitor pH levels in all of our RTE – ready to eat foods – making sure they are safe for YOU! We strive for pH levels of 4.5 in our salads.
TIME: Is critical on prepared foods and the CHILL step, getting the product back to below 70 degrees F within 2 hours and below 40 degrees F within 4 hours – we monitor this very closely.
TEMPERATURE: We temp everything – our forms have forms…from all of our received goods to prepared goods, to shipped goods in-between the commissary and the store. From the dock to the bag we like to say. Temperature is the enemy and we always WIN!
OXYGEN: O2 is not our friend – it steals shelf life from you and me. It also allows pathogenic activity a chance to enter our lives. So, therefore, if we are doing all of the above and we cover and wrap everything properly and mitigate O2 penetration we can eliminate this danger.
MOISTURE: This is just another ingredient we don’t want to enter the pathogen party. This moisture that can be from condensation picks up particles that can be harmful. We just don’t want it on our food so we do everything in our power to eliminate it. I hope after reading this everyone knows why we can’t be friends with FAT TOM even though we like him….
In addition to this we do much, much more and it would take another 100 pages to delve into all of it…. but rest assured we have an incredibly robust system in place and would be happy to share more at the store at any time.
Ron Licht is our VP of Purchasing and has been with the company for 12 years. His primary role is to ensure that:
- All of our national and global resources are within our Seafood HACCP guidelines and meet all of our specifications
- All of our vendors have to submit annual HACCP Compliance documents that we keep on file
Ron inspects every ounce of fish that comes directly through Hunt's point each morning at 4 AM for Quality Freshness and Temperature. This is a daunting task because our world moves fast and there is very little room for error.
Marcos Nunez is our Executive Chef and has been with the company for all 20 years. He has worked with our Seafood HACCP Program and SQF program in our Wholesale division in great detail. Marcos has an NYC Department of Health Food Handlers Certificate and he is ServSafe Certified. A true professional in every sense of the word, he is responsible for all the training of new chefs and he is the direct report to our Director of Ops Sean Cruz. Under his watchful eye, we have never had any issues and it has been smooth sailing for 2 decades.
In conclusion, Pescatore is just not your regular Fish and Sushi Store – a lot goes on before the show starts – we are nearly 24 hours a day working very hard to ensure a 100% safe and enjoyable experience for our loyal fans – to health and safety –
Pescatore C.A.R.E.S. – Covid-19-2020