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Spotlight on food safety at British Cookery Championships

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22 February 2012

The Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH) will sponsor the Food Safety Challenge at the British Cookery Championships for a second year running at the Excel Centre, London from 26 February to 1 March.

With some of Britain’s leading chefs vying for a number of coveted prizes, the CIEH’s continued involvement will ensure that participants are judged on their food safety skills and knowledge as well as their culinary skills.

Commenting, Geoff Ward, of the CIEH, said:

“The CIEH is delighted to sponsor the Salon Culinaire 2012 Food Safety challenge. We were very pleased with the enthusiastic response from all the chefs that took part last year and demonstrated such a strong commitment to food safety.”

“The CIEH’s continued support for this event aims to reinforce the message that the most important ingredient in any chef’s recipe is often an unwritten one – food safety knowledge. Complying with food safety standards will ensure a successful career for skillful chefs by protecting their businesses and their reputation.

Continuing, Geoff Ward, said:

“I have been advising food businesses for over thirty years about the importance of food safety. The key lesson I have learnt in my career has been that while governments can legislate in order to really ensure food safety you need to create a ‘safety culture’ within a business.

“Whether it is a large hotel chain or a beach side juice bar, it is about making food safety a completely natural part of the way people in the business do things.”

“Food safety should come as naturally to a chef as boiling an egg.”

“As well as highlighting and reinforcing the importance of food safety, this competition also promotes the partnership between the catering and hospitality industry and the profession.”

The CIEH will be awarding trophies, medal, certificates and prizes for competitors who demonstrate highest standards of food safety and hygiene.

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