What makes me sick is when people log onto these blog sites and obviously have some type of axe to grind. Not only is everything this guy has written slanderous but it is clearly a feable attempt at discrediting someone who has worked very hard to get to the next level. This guy - so called theword is full of it! I have been a viewer of The Cooking Guy for years - since he was on local govenment access tv. My husband and I have been to more than one class of his both in his Red Kitchen and also at a local cooking store and we have seen him out publicly just by accident running into him shopping, in the airport, etc. I can say with absolute certainty that Sam is the real deal. He is completely genuine and gives a lot of time to anyone who recognizes him out and about - taking pictures, signing autographs and just chatting - even if it cuts into time with his family who have often been with him when we have seen him. His classes are REALLY fun and yes...we have seen him wash his hands. He runs a very clean operation and we wish that he still had classes so that we could have some more fun. I want to know where this theword guy gets off talking about bathroom handwashing. Does he hang out in public restrooms waiting to see if someone does or doesn't wash hands? If so- I am sure there are LOTS of folks who fill that bill. Besides - get a life and wash your own hands theword! I agree with the other posting...who cares if he touches his dogs and goes back to cooking. Who is he cooking for any way? Probably himself and his family so who cares. He didn't do it at the classes and if he did- guess what? He washed his hands. Sam has to be doing something right - he's gone from 2 minute spots on the morning news to government access to local tv (with 8 Emmy awards so far) and now a national show. The entertainment value alone is great but his recipes rock! I will continue to be a fan of the Cooking Guy both locally and nationally and I stand behind the fact that at all of the times I have run into him - he has been as personable and regular as anyone I know.