Health conscious cooks grab the gold

jpco 5-3-14 Brookfield Day Nursery wins eat out eat well award (Pic by Jon Rigby) SUS-140303-113722001
jpco 5-3-14 Brookfield Day Nursery wins eat out eat well award (Pic by Jon Rigby) SUS-140303-113722001

Health conscious caterers have been awarded for helping diners to eat nutritious meals.

Eighteen cafes and restaurants have received silver and gold Eat Out Eat Well awards from Crawley Borough Council(CBC).

The scheme rewards caterers who make it easier for their customers to make healthy choices when eating out.

Eateries have been judged using a scoring system that takes into account the type of food on offer, cooking methods, and how the meals are promoted to customers.

Busy Bees Nursery, in Sutherland House, Russell Way, won a gold award.

Ana Heller, the nursery chef, said her main aim was to provide the children with fresh ingredients.

She said: “I talk to parents whenever I possibly can and tell them what I do so they can carry on at home with what we do here.”

Mrs Heller added that none of her food was fried, instead it was all oven baked.

Brookfield Day Nursery, in London Road, also scooped a gold award.

Heather Griffiths, the nursery’s cook, has been in her role since the nursery opened in 2000.

At the nursery canteen, Mrs Griffiths caters for around 60 children from the age of three months to five-years-old, with a number of different dietary requirements.

She said the best way to get children to try new healthy food, was to get them eating around a table with friends.

She said: “When they see each other eating something they decide they would like to try it as well.”

St Catherine’s Hospice, Malthouse Road, has received a gold award, for the second time, for its coffee shop and its patient menus.

The coffee shop serves the relatives and loved ones of patients, plus staff and volunteers can eat there too.

Wayne Stephney, front of house services manager, said the hospice catering team prided itself on providing the patients and their visitors with food they enjoy, no matter what their preferences.

He said: “Our aim is to give people a choice over what they eat.

“Patients can be on our wards for a couple of weeks, with relatives and friends visiting every day.

“It’s important that we offer a wide choice of healthy foods, as well as traditional comfort foods, so they not only have a choice but can find something that really appeals to them too.”

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