Our talented catering team at City of Glasgow College University has been recognised with the prestigious Healthier Scotland Award at the delayed 2020 CIS Excellence Awards.
Fighting off stiff competition from some of the finest hospitality professionals, the team were praised for their innovative approach to deliver nutritious, well-balanced meals to those within the education sector.
Operations manager, Allison Miller said: “We are delighted to have won the Healthier Scotland Award in partnership with the College. Healthy choices are especially important in an educational environment due to the links between good nutrition, concentration and focus. We always want to offer the best to our students at such an important stage of their lives and development”.
Judges were impressed by the imaginative menus using locally sourced Scottish ingredients and marketing of the Healthy Me initiative, including the parsnip, pear and ginger loaf and freshly prepared broccoli, pear and kiwi juice, served in 150ml bottles, in line with the Government guidelines. The team also introduced free fresh fruit stands and offer taste tests of protein snacks and Healthy Me muffins baked by the pastry chef.
Judges applauded BaxterStorey for recognising the importance of educating the students about nutrition through various initiatives, including allowing students to join head chef Chris Bryden in picking vegetables from the rooftop garden to be made into soups. In partnership with Springboard, the team have introduced weekly workshops for school children to discuss the benefits of healthy living.
This year the Awards saw nominees across sixteen categories, including the Hospitality Educator Sector Award and the Wellbeing in Hospitality Award.
Regional managing director, Jeremy Wood commented: “As healthy eating continues to be important to our customers and clients, we recognise that we have a responsibility to provide delicious and nutritious food. At the heart of everything we do is a focus on using fresh, locally sourced, seasonal ingredients so that our food is inherently healthy.
“Achieving the Healthier Scotland Award is great recognition of how the team are making healthy eating more accessible and exciting for our students. From Essentials of Nutrition training courses to introducing our loyalty APP to encourage the uptake of fruit smoothies and healthy snack items, we ensure our food is fresh and seasonal, giving our customers choice to choose the best dish or snack to get them through the day”.