Miami Beach, FL, United States (4E) – With his hand probably still swelling from a recent brawl, actor Olivier Martinez leads the headlines again for a slew of health violations that restaurant Villa Azur, which he co-owns, has committed.
Out of 20 routine inspections conducted by the state of Florida’s Business and Professional Regulation in mid-November, 13 were marked critical violations, which are ‘likely to contribute directly to food contamination, illness or environmental damage.’
Some of these critical violations involve food and cutting boards stored on the floor in the storage room, food thawed at standing water and employees touching items and utensils without proper sanitation. The seven non-critical violations include employees preparing food without wearing hairnets and clean utensils and items not stored the right way.
Meanwhile, a spokesperson for Villa Azur, which opened just last March, told the Miami Herald, “The kitchen is very clean. We follow all the rules and regulation. We did have an inspection, but the inspector found no major violation.”
Despite the 13 critical violations, the Department has concluded, in the meantime, that there is nothing to feel threatened about. It recommended further review of the violations and a follow up inspection to the place, the exact schedule of which has not been released.