Chef Recruitment For Schools - Ready, Steady, Cook!

What would you cook using only the ingredients in the picture?

You’ve got 45 minutes. Ready, Steady, Cook!

Head Chef Trade Test

This is the practical part of the recruitment process we use to find the best head chefs to work in schools we support. Interviewing is all well and good, your candidate may be able to ‘talk the talk’ but can they ‘walk the walk’?

The proof is in the pudding

We can also establish or support your in-house catered catering operation. Or if you prefer to outsource your catering department, we can manage your catering service tendering process for you. Please get in touch for a free advisory call.

Nansen Green Catering Consultancy




Working with Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea and Westminster Schools

Dominic Green, Senior Catering Consultant and director at Nansen Green Catering Consultancy has been awarded the contract with Health Education Partnership to tender the catering contracts catering contracts for nine Westminster and Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea schools.

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Working with these prestigious boroughs is a privilege and to be involved with supporting schools to procure their preferred service provider is such an honour.
— Dominic Green MCIEH MIH

Mentored at Bournemouth University by Albert Roux Sr and the following three decades catering experience at all levels within both private and public sector hospitality roles has provided Dominic with a wealth of experience to bring to his clients.

His business acumen and understanding of the School Food Plan, Healthy Schools London Award and Health Early Years Award places him perfectly for schools wishing to explore their catering requirements, either in-house managed or outsourced.

SPOT THE DIFFERENCE

 

THE GOVERNMENT IS PLANNING COMPULSORY FOOD HYGIENE RATING STICKER DISPLAY IN 2019

WHICH ESTABLISHMENT WILL YOUR NEW CUSTOMER’S

PREFER TO EAT IN?

Are you ready to display your business’s Food Hygiene Rating sticker?

  • Do you dread the Environmental Health Inspector’s visit?

  • Are you confident your next EHO inspection will result in a 5 rating?

  • How would loosing your 5 Star Rating make you feel?

  • Are you staff up to speed with recent food safety law changes?

  • Are your staff aware of the consequences of a food safety breach?

  • Are you aware your Food Hygiene Rating is available online or on an app for all to see?


Scoring below 5 is no longer an option; customers are now expecting the highest food safety standards possible.

The 43%.......
“Research shows that 43% of customers take into consideration hygiene ratings when choosing where to eat. That’s nearly 1 in 2 customers that could be lost due to a sub 5 rating.”
— Food Standards Agency

Get ahead of the competition with a “5 Star Food Hygiene Rating”

CONTACT US NOW

NANSEN GREEN CATERING CONSULTANCY

(t)   020 3633 5229

(w)  www.nansengreen.com

“FOOD SAFETY INSPECTORS INSIDER’S TIPS TO A 5 STAR FOOD HYGIENE RATING”

5 STAR  FOOD HYGIENE RATING…. GUARANTEED

5 STAR FOOD HYGIENE RATING….GUARANTEED

The Food Inspector's Busman’s Holiday 

My wife panics every time I comment on a food safety concern when we dine out, “am I going to get ill, will the kids get ill, how will we manage if we are all ill?”
In recent years to create marital harmony when we eat out I now keep quite when I peak into a restaurant kitchen and see a chef lick his finger, see a dirty rag used to polish a plate or a waiter huff on a glass. All will be fine I think to myself with fingers crossed.  

The savaging media, Twitter, Facebook and TripAdvisor have made customer comments very powerful and potentially damaging to hospitality business. One wonders why many high end establishment are still very complacent with simple every day hygiene practices. Our summer holiday highlighted these complacencies  on two different occasions.

Washroom woe - We stayed in a lovely country house hotel and spa in the West Country for a couple of nights, beautiful design, fantastic facilities, excellent food however my enjoyment was interrupted by a personal bug bare of mine. Picture the gent’s toilets in question, marble, mahogany, linen hand towels, piped jazz music, hand moisturiser….. but NO soap!

I am sure you are thinking, soap runs out, the house keeper visits every hour, this happens.....

WAIT....I reported he lack of soap to the hotel reception first at 7.30pm, again at 10pm and astonishingly a third time after breakfast the following day at 10.30am. No male guests ( or staff members) spending a penny or even more had been able to wash their hands properly with soap. I hate to think what the consequences could have been if one or more of the 100+ male guests had diarrhoea symptoms, a potential for spreading bacteria around the hotel like wild fire. We returned home unscathed thankfully but who knows if there were any other guest memories spoilt by the consequences of a lack of proper hand washing facilities?  

Ironically, the hotel in question has a well-known spa brand and sells soap around the world by the lorry load!!

BBQ bandits - The sultry summer has made alfresco dining such a pleasure in recent weeks and caterers of all sizes are capitalising on the popularity of outside eating. The pleasure associated with cooking alfresco outweighs the risks when simple, common sense precautions are made. Detailed and well intentioned HACCP food safety principles however often fly out the window (if there is one!) when the orders start stacking up and the staff pressures begin to rise.

Picture the scene, the sun is setting, cold beer glasses running with condensation, the smell of caramelised meat is in the air.... very tempting. The serenity of the country house garden masks the adrenaline pumping behind the charcoal grill, service was in full swing.  On the face of it the external makeshift kitchen looked practical but for someone in my shoes the facilities were no better than you would expect at Glastonbury (but with a high end meal price attached) and in my opinion a nightmare waiting to happen, and happen it did right in front of my eyes.....

Raw chicken on the same chopping board as cooked, hands moulding raw kofte and then unwashed delicately placing salad garnishes, sticky hands wiped on oven cloths tucked into aprons, filthy oven cloths used to clean smears off serving plates......

To the untrained eye service may have looked presentable and very professional, chefs in whites with striped aprons, kitchen French commands, hands in blue vinyl gloves.  Gloves were however unchanged, hands unwashed, a melange of raw and ready to eat ingredients…… a trail of bacterial contamination from start to finish.

Needless to say we passed on the alfresco option and moved into the main restaurant where food hygiene calm was restored.

Can’t wait until our next food safety experience; why not arrange your own food safety audit inspection with Nansen Green Catering Consultancy to ensure your catering establishment is on track for food hygiene excellence and 5 star ratings and reviews.

Achieving a “6 Star Food Hygiene Rating”

Achieving the unachievable, the ultimate food safety prize, the Holy Grail.

Back to reality!

The maximum Food Hygiene Rating currently available is ‘5’ however aiming for the coveted ‘6’ should always be the aim of catering businesses to ensure a ‘5’ Hygiene Rating is achieved and maintained at every inspection.

At Nansen Green we strive for the top score possible, a ‘5’ Hygiene Rating with no deductions, this is our coveted ‘6’ rating.

The Food Hygiene scoring system allocates points for failures during the Environmental Health Practitioners inspection, scoring between 0-15 points results in a ‘5’ Hygiene rating and scoring 50 or more results in a ‘0’ Food Hygiene Rating. Our aim at Nansen Green is to always ensure our clients achieve the highest scores possible with no points deducted across the three inspection categories, Food Hygiene Procedures, Structural Compliance and Confidence in Management.

A recent re-inspection at one of our clients achieved just that, Excellent in Every Respect - the Holy Grail.

Nansen Green's '6' Food Hygiene Rating

Nansen Green's '6' Food Hygiene Rating