Elite Food Safety Training was established to provide ServSafe© food safety training to anyone that is looking for more than just a “conveyor belt course”. We’ve seen promises made by other training groups to give you “what you want” however, do any of them give you what “you need”?


At EFST we understand time is money, that’s why we provide a safe, professional conference room style training facility that will help your retention of ServSafe© study material using a blended learning approach. This blended learning approach helps students listen, watch and retain key food safety lessons.

We want you to enjoy your training and at the end feel like a real food safety manager equipped the knowledge you’ll need to handle any food safety problem.



My name is Sam Derr.  I have been a certified ServSafe©  Instructor and Proctor for the past 10 years.  I was professionally trained as Sushi Chef at the world famous California Sushi Academy.  My training was given by Toshi Sugiura and Zoran Lekic. I know and understand the physical and mental strength it takes to run a restaurant operation.  I also provide ServSafe food safety training and Sushi oversight training for many U.S. Military Commissaries as "Sushi Sam".

The fast paced and ever changing environment inside a kitchen can be extremely complex especially when handling “Sushi”. I focus on keeping the studying and course material exciting and practicing safe food practices daily is my #1 priority.  

In addition to being a certified ServSafe© Instructor and Proctor, my credentials include:

  • National Restaurant Association-Allied Member

  • Food Allergen Specialist

  • National Environmental Health Association Food Safety Auditor

  • National Environmental Health Association HACCP Manager

  • Professional Sushi Chef

  • Certified Sake Advisor

  • Consult for Military Deli & Bakery Services to provide oversight for over 100 Sushi locations within the U.S. military segment.

  • Very knowledgeable of Military food segment safety and public health. 

  • Restaurant OSHA Instructor.