Welcome to the spring edition of Coretalk
With over 550 establishments now holding the healthyliving award, and the first higher level awards about to be presented, we are eagerly anticipating the forthcoming award ceremony which you can read about in this issue.
Elsewhere in this edition you can find out about an opportunity for new applicants to receive help from a mentor, and how changes to the award criteria as set out in the guidance pack will affect you as a caterer.
We have a delicious spicy recipe from the first Indian restaurant to gain the award, so why not try it at home?
To keep up to date with all the latest award winners and news from the healthyliving award, visit our website at www.healthylivingaward.co.uk.
Rewarding excellence in healthier eating
Café Derran at the Auchterderran Centre in Fife is the first to achieve the new higher level award.
May 11th is a date set for celebration as the latest healthyliving awards will be presented at a prestigious ceremony. Over 200 recent award winners from across Scotland have been invited to the ceremony which will be held in the impressive surroundings of Perth Concert Hall. Those who have successfully renewed their awards for a second term will also be presented with their certificates.
The day promises to be a highlight of the calendar, and is a chance for caterers to come together to celebrate their achievements. The ceremony will be hosted by celebrity chef Nick Nairn, who will congratulate the winners and present certificates.
Award winners from the NHS will receive their certificates at a separate ceremony at a later date.
The day will also mark the launch of the higher level award, healthyliving award plus, and we will be welcoming Shona Robison MSP, Minister for Public Health, to formally introduce the new higher level. Several pilot sites have played an important role in testing the criteria, with a number going on to achieve the healthyliving award plus, and we look forward to the presentation of the first of these very special awards.
For the higher standard there is a greater emphasis on marketing and promotion of healthyliving choices, especially when positioning items at the point of sale. In addition, healthyliving choices must make up at least half of each menu section and at least seventy percent of the menu overall.
Following its launch, the new level will be available as an option to all caterers who have held the current award for at least two years (caterers who have already renewed their award may apply at any time). Caterers will be invited to apply for the higher level at the time of renewal.
Of course caterers may opt to renew their award at the standard level, which is already an admirable achievement, but for those aspiring to aim even higher, the new level of award provides a fresh challenge. It has been developed to reward excellence in provision and promotion of healthy eating, and we look forward to presenting many of these accolades in the future.
For more information about the higher level award, visit our website at www.healthylivingaward.co.uk.
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