Per Se, owned by celebrated chef Thomas Keller, was cited by the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene for seven violations, five of which are considered critical. Among the most critical of these violations was rotting fish, soiled hand towels being used within the kitchen and shockingly enough, no hand washing facility and/or soap in the food prep area of the kitchen. The "rotting fish" violation, as far as health is pretty self explanatory. The soiled towels and no washing facility or soap may seem minor, however this can cause cross-contamination of bacteria, which can lead to serious health violations.
Per Se is one of the few American restaurants to have earned three internationally famed Michelin stars and is considered one of the finest restaurants in America.
When Per Se was contacted by NBC News in New York, they had no comment on the recent findings by the Board of Health.
The new cookbook from Chef Larry Edwards, "Edwardian Cooking: The Unofficial Downton Abbey Cookbook", is now available worldwide and features 80 dishes from the era of the most acclaimed television show in the history of PBS, Downton Abbey.