Healthier Catering

About the award

The Healthier Catering Commitment is a London award scheme designed to encourage takeaway outlets to consider how they prepare, cook and promote their food to support customers to eat healthier.

The award acknowledges businesses that are actively promoting healthier cooking practices that reduce the level of saturated fat, salt and sugar. With high rates of obesity and type 2 diabetes amongst Brent residents, eating foods high in saturated fat, salt and sugar contributes to these illnesses.

To achieve the award, takeaway stores need to show a range of healthier practices such as using healthier oils (rapeseed, sunflower, corn oil) instead of lard or palm oil, limit salt usage, promote water and low sugar drinks, and consider healthier sides such as salad, sweetcorn or jacket potatoes as an alternative to chips.

Consumers are becoming more aware of healthy eating, and by gaining the award, takeaways could increase customer satisfaction and sales while improving the health of their community.

Don’t be afraid to ask your local takeaway store what type of oil they cook with and encourage them to sign up to the award!

How to sign up

Most catering businesses are eligible to take part in the scheme provided that the business has a food hygiene rating of three stars or above.

You will need to meet a minimum of eight criteria, from a list of 22 that include conditions in relation to the use of fats, oils and salt and the availability of lower sugar drinks and snacks, and fruit and vegetables.

There are four compulsory criteria, and for businesses which fry food, a further three. You are obviously encouraged to consider signing up to more than eight criteria and they are wide ranging and varied so you will find something that applies to you!

If there are some criteria that have not been met, you will be given feedback with details of areas to improve on and further support to achieve the award.

If you would like to join the scheme, the first step is to download and complete the application form and assessment criteria below. 

Please email completed forms to healthyliving@brent.gov.uk

 

Benefits to businesses

The award is free and can attract new customers. Businesses will receive free advice and support to provide healthier options to gain the award.

Consumers are becoming more aware of healthy eating, and by signing up to the Healthier Catering Commitment you could increase both your customer satisfaction and your sales.  

When you have achieved the award, you will receive a free certificate and sticker to display and promote your healthy catering status in your window. Those takeaways that achieve the award will receive recognition on the Brent website and in local publications.

Making healthier changes to your menu, you will save money by using less oil, salt and providing smaller portions.

We believe that the Healthier Catering Commitment can contribute to improving the health of the Brent community.

 

Who has the award?

 The following businesses have successfully achieved the award:

Business

Address

Date achieved

Manhattan Chicken and Pizza 2 Neeld Parade, Wembley HA9 6QU March 2016
Vale Farm Sports Centre Watford Rd, Wembley HA0 3HG March 2016
Walli’s Chicken 385 High Rd, Wembley HA9 7DT March 2016
Sakonis 127-129 Ealing Rd, Wembley HA0 4BP March 2016
Sam’s Chicken 245 Kilburn High Rd, Kilburn NW6 7JN December 2015
Sam’s Chicken 358 High Rd, Wembley HA0 2AA December 2015
The Sandwich People Cricklewood, London NW2 6YT 9 November 2015
American Charcoal Grill  3 Wembley Hill Road, London HA9 8AF 21 August 2015
Shambhu's, Vegan Caterers Shambhu website 23 March 2015
JJ's Sandwich Bar 496 Church Lane,
London, NW9 8UA 
3 September 2014
Accuro (catering company) Willesden Centre for Health, Robson Avenue 2 September 2014

Food For Thought

15 High Road,
London, NW10 2TE
1 September 2014
Sam’s Chicken 177 Edgware Road, London NW9 6LP 23 June 2014
Sam’s Chicken 1 Grand Parade,
Forty Avenue, Wembley HA9 9JS
23 June 2014
Sam’s Chicken 47 High Road,
London NW10 2TE
23 June 2014
Sam’s Chicken 439 High Road,
London NW10 2JJ
23 June 2014
Sam’s Chicken 84-86 High Street,
London NW10
23 June 2014
Sam’s Chicken 642 Kingsbury Road,
London NW9 9HN
23 June 2014