A popular café in King’s Sutton has become the first catering business in the South Northamptonshire district to receive gold recognition in a healthy eating award scheme.
Reg’s Café on Richmond Street was given the Eat Out, Eat Well Gold Award by the district council for its commitment to providing healthy eating options.
The Eat Out, Eat Well award scheme is supported by the council and has been developed to reward caterers who make it easier for their customers to make healthy food choices when eating out.
Councillor Dermot Bambridge, portfolio holder for environmental services, said: “The Eat Out, Eat Well scheme benefits both caterers by promoting their business and consumers by helping them make healthier food choices when eating out.
“As the demand for healthier food choices continues to grow, it is great to see businesses like Reg’s Café making a commitment. We are keen to continue working with food businesses within the district and encourage caterers to contact us to find out more.”
In total there are three levels – bronze, silver and gold – and the level of the award is based on a scoring system that takes into account the type of food on offer, cooking methods and how it is marketed and promoted to customers.
Gold awards are only given to establishments who have achieved an outstanding score in a healthy eating assessment, following the completion of an accredited Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH) training course.
Alison Howe, owner of Reg’s Café, said: “As a newly established business in Northamptonshire, we are delighted to already receive recognition for our efforts to provide healthy options for our customers.
“When I first heard about the scheme, my first question was – what can we do better to get a gold award? Through the training we were able to better understand the scheme and learn how to modify our menu and make further changes to the way we cooked certain items. It was a valuable course and I’d recommend it to other caterers looking to go for gold.”
The award is open to any business serving food to the general public, including takeaways, cafés, sandwich shops and restaurants.
The next training course for the CIEH Level 2 Award in Healthier Foods and Special Diets will take place on Wednesday, April 13 and Wednesday, April 20 from 2pm to 5.30pm at The Forum, Moat Lane, Towcester.
Both sessions need to be attended in order to complete the course and further details can be found on the council’s website at www.southnorthants.gov.uk/food-hygiene-courses.htm
Alternatively, email the Health Protection Team at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01327 322281.