Zest at the Dumfries Campus of Dumfries and Galloway College has been recognised for their high standards of hygiene, cleanliness and food safety by being awarded an Eat Safe Award.

The Eat Safe award promotes excellence in food hygiene in catering businesses and is administered by Local Authority Environmental Health Departments in conjunction with Food Standards Scotland.
Eligible establishments are assessed for the award as part of scheduled food hygiene inspections, carried out by Officers of Dumfries and Galloway Council`s Environmental Health Service.
The Hospitality Department at the Dumfries Campus welcomed students to their new Hospitality Suite in August 2015. Students have enrolled a range of course to include City and Guilds Professional Cookery, NC in Hospitality and HNC Hospitality. These courses are related to careers paths in the hospitality industry such as:

• Bar person
• Catering/Restaurant Manager
• Chef
• Food Service Assistant
• Hotel Manager
• Kitchen Assistant
• Publican
• Receptionist
• Waiter/Waitress

The dedicated team at the college are teaching the students the fundamental aspect of the hospitality industry including customer care, food preparation, cookery processes, food hygiene, health and safety. The team are working closely with local businesses by means of an Advisory Board to ensure that current practices are reflected in the teaching. Students also have the opportunity to undertake work placement in a range of businesses during their course. The hospitality staff pride themselves on achieving the Eat Safe Award and this is reflected from delivery of the produce, production methods in the kitchen and finally the customers experience in the restaurant.
Dumfries and Galloway Council’s Economy, Environment and Infrastructure Committee Chairman, Councillor Colin Smyth said;
“I would like to offer my congratulations to the staff at Dumfries and Galloway College and in particular at Zest for leading the way with all their hard work and for going above and beyond the usual standards of food hygiene. Dumfries and Galloway Council’s Environmental Health officers are working with many businesses across the Region to continually upgrade food standards and protect people living, working and visiting our area.”
For more information and a full list of all the food businesses that hold the Eat Safe award, visit www.eatsafe.gov.uk

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The Students are the National Certificate Class of 2016 and the staff members, from left to right, are Laura Webster (Chef Lecturer), Catriona Grant (Front of House Lecturer), Sally Hammond (Hospitality Instructor and Technician) and Carol Turnbull (Principal and CEO).

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