Elite Food Safety Training  provides 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”? Elite Food Safety was born out of his passion to not only keep the public safe, but to help guide food service workers and establishments in creating safe kitchens and settings for their customers.  

Our mission at Elite Food Safety is to ensure our students are continuing to learn long after their class has ended.  We also strive to educate our students in a way that the knowledge they receive is retained and used professionally and personally daily. 

Our Instructors are trained to use a wide variety of teaching methods to keep the classes entertaining and interesting.  We use videos, quizzes, handouts, role playing and more.  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 this blended learning approach. This approach helps students listen, watch and retain key food safety lessons.  Our students are able to go back to their place of business and be a real leader in food safety. They successfully lead their teams and are confident in the knowledge they have obtained.  

You will always remember taking one of our classes!  Need a fun team environment for your staff?  We can help with that too.  


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.




image_Sam_chef (1).jpg

My name is Sam Derr.  I have been a certified ServSafe© Instructor and Proctor for the past 13 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”. Also, as we now come into the post “COVID-19” world where food safety is even more important than ever to help restaurant owners with a high degree of operations and creative ways to maximize sales.  I focus on keeping the studying and course material exciting, engaging and sharing new data and food safety information relative to the industry while focusing on safe food practices daily that are always 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.

  • NEHA Member

Thank you for trusting Elite Food Safety Training for your training needs.  Please meet the rest of my team: