High fives as foodies celebrate
Published Friday 16th March 2012
Former Minister Lord Rooker was guest speaker at a five-star event celebrating top-rated food businesses in Ipswich.
Lord Rooker, now Chair of the Food Standards Agency, addressed more than 100 delegates at the Town Hall event. The delegates represented the businesses - takeaways, restaurants and schools among them - that have been awarded a five-rating by the Borough Council's Environmental Health team.
The Council adopted the Food Standards Agency's rating system last year and the food hygiene team said: "From restaurants and takeaways to hospitals and colleges, our new online guide 'Ipswich Top Rated' lists those businesses with the very highest standards in food hygiene. This guide also has information to assist businesses gain and maintain a top rating."
One of Ipswich's five-rated schools is Sidegate Primary, and staff and pupils launched the day's events. The day ended with a 'Top Rated' celebration at the Town Hall, which was attended by the Mayor of Ipswich, Councillor John Le Grys.
Another five-star establishment is Suffolk New College. The Principal, Professor Dave Muller, said: "Our students are the chefs of the future. They have learnt to maintain high standards and will take them into the hospitality industry. The award is a reflection of the high standards which both The Granary and Shelley's Restaurant demonstrate on a daily basis."
A copy of the 'Ipswich Top Rated' Guide is available at www.ipswich.gov.uk.
One of Ipswich's five-rated schools, Sidegate Primary School children enjoy lunch with staff and Borough Councillors MacDonald, Ross and Terry