Look out for this distinctive blue logo in food businesses throughout Cornwall and you’ll find among others, restaurants, cafes and hotels where healthier eating and food safety and standards matter.
The Cornwall Healthier Eating and Food Safety (CHEFS) Award was launched at the Eden Project in October 2005. It is awarded by the food safety and trading standards officers at Cornwall Council working in partnership with the Health Promotion Service and change for life.
The award has four levels, namely the prestigious platinum (achieved after receiving the gold award on three separate assessments), gold, silver and entry level.
Over 100 food businesses in Cornwall have achieved the CHEFS award, each having to demonstrate a least a broadley compliant standard of food hygiene, offer healthy options on their menus and source some Cornish ingredients in order to qualify for it.
The aim of the scheme is to:
- reduce food borne infection
- reduce levels of obesity/excess weight
- increase food sustainability
- increase economic impact of Cornish food industry
- recognise and reward caterers who adopt and maintain a high degree of food safety and standards as well as offering their customers healthier options/choices on menus.
The award links with several national and local documents on health including:
- Food Standards Agency Guidance
- Department of Health’s Healthy Weight, Healthy Lives
- Cornwall PCT’s Health of Population Report
- Cornwall and isles of Scilly Healthy Weight Strategy
- Cornwall Council’s Health and Wellbeing Strategy
The CHEFS award has received national recognition on the food-vision website which aims to promote safe, sustainable and nutritious food to improve local community health and well-being.
If a business is successful in gaining an award they will get a certificate and window sticker to display. They will also be added to a list of current winners which will be displayed on our website (see who’s got one?)