New chippy wins healthy food choices award
A NEWLY opened fish and chip shop has won an Eat Out Eat Well award.
The Ocean Bay takeaway on London Road, Kettering, is the first of its kind to receive the accolade.
Accredited by nutrition experts, Eat Out Eat Well encourages food businesses to offer healthier options on their menus. It also aims to show how healthier cooking practices, such as grilling instead of frying, and the use of lower-fat ingredients where possible, can make a big difference.
There are three levels of the award scheme – bronze, silver and gold – based on a scoring system that takes into account the type of food on offer, how it is prepared and how it is promoted to customers.
Ocean Bay’s owner, Xenophon Joannou, contacted Kettering Borough Council in July about opening a new fish and chip takeaway. The council’s environmental health officers met with Mr Joannou to offer advice on food hygiene matters and guidance on food hygiene legislation.
Once Ocean Bay’s menu had been finalised, it was assessed and deemed a qualifier for a bronze award. The menu includes healthier options such as salads, steamed or grilled fish instead of deep fried and jacket potatoes instead of chips. Mr Joannou’s interest in nutrition has continued and he is to attend relevant nutrition training courses to increase his chances of achieving a higher award.
Other recent winners include the Overstone Arms in Pytchley and the Latimer Park CDC Canteen at WM Morrison’s in Burton Latimer, which both received silver awards.
Eat Out Eat Well is open to businesses serving food to the general public, including takeaways, cafés, sandwich shops and restaurants. Find out how to apply at: www.kettering.gov.uk/EatOutEatWell
Those who sign up will be visited by specially-trained officers, who will look at the menu, the type of food offered, how it is prepared and how healthy options are marketed to customers.
Environmental health teams will also work with businesses and offer nutrition training and education to help them make improvements and improve their award where possible.
Shirley Plenderleith, head of environmental health at Kettering Borough Council, said: “Receiving this award shows you are a responsible business that puts its customers first and I would urge caterers to contact us to find out more.”