Healthier Catering Commitment awards for local businesses

Cafés, takeaways, sandwich bars, restaurants and other businesses who have made small changes to their food preparation, which can have a big impact on customers' health, were recognised at Camden's first Healthier Catering Commitment awards ceremony.

The Deputy Mayor of Camden, Councillor Maryam Eslamdoust, presented Healthier Catering Commitment certificates to local businesses at an event held at Camden Council's Pancras Square offices yesterday (Wednesday 27 March).

To be eligible, food businesses must have satisfactory food hygiene standards and must meet a minimum number of healthier eating criteria from a choice of 25 – the more the better.

The award is aimed at local takeaways and catering premises and covers a wide range of outlets and business types, including fast food outlets, contract caterers, market stalls, and cafés.

This includes businesses who have had the award, which is part of a London-wide scheme, for a number of years and it has now been renewed, as well as other businesses who are achieving it for the first time. It is the first time that the certificates have been formally presented at an awards ceremony.

There were also three special awards - for the most improved and most innovative premises, as well as for the biggest increase in healthier sales.

The Healthier Catering Commitment is part of the Council's Healthy Weight Healthy Lives Action Plan. It is part-funded by public health colleagues but run by food safety officers in our environmental health, business and customer services department.