Carl Stevenson at Bondcare Summerfield House in Halifax has scooped the Food for Life Served Here Healthcare Champion award at the Soil Association Food for Life Served Here and Green Kitchen Standard Awards 2019.
The annual awards, which took place at London’s Living Room, City Hall, London, celebrate the best in sustainable and healthy food across the UK.
Helen Browning, chief executive, Soil Association, said: “Food for Life decided to establish an annual celebration to shine the spotlight on cooks and food providers from across the UK who are achieving great standards. There has been a doubling in the number of food providers engaging with our celebration of excellence, despite the turmoil and uncertainty facing the food service industry, and this is something we’re delighted to shout about. Cooks and food providers achieving our standards can therefore be rightly proud, confident and bold about providing the best in sustainable and healthy catering in the UK.”
Prue Leith CBE was joined by a panel of judges including Bee Wilson and Professor Tim Lang to celebrate the exceptional people and food providers who are making a difference and inspiring others through Soil Association Food for Life’s sustainable catering frameworks – Food for Life Served Here and Green Kitchen Standard. This year, the awards also celebrated the 10th anniversary of Food for Life Served Here and pioneering organisations who were early adopters.
Prue said: “The commitment of caterers to safe, healthy, sustainable and delicious food is absolutely vital if we are to tackle our current environment and health crisis. Today we are honouring great caterers who feed the public in all manner of places: nursery schools, care homes, hospitals, visitor attractions and workplaces alike. Congratulations to everyone getting a Food for Life Served Here award.”
The judges were looking for people and food providers with an outstanding commitment to embedding the Food for Life Served Here standards, who are going above and beyond in sourcing and serving healthy food that’s better for the environment and made with sustainable practice in mind.
For the Healthcare Champion award specifically, judges were looking for those going above and beyond to champion Served Here, who uphold the Served Here values and promote these in their healthcare setting. Judges commented: “Carl’s strong commitment to a good food culture shines through – not least in being an exemplar and leader for others in the region. Putting good food at the heart of good care has led to impressive results.”
Care home manager Carl said: “It’s about changing the mindset of people so that food becomes the key focus. Now we have the Bronze award and we’re healthcare champions!”