Date: 20/12/2010

Dearne Valley College (DVC) is seeing stars.

The diner facilities at the Manvers Campus have been awarded five stars for excellent hygiene standards after recently been inspected by Environmental Health Officers from Rotherham Metropolitan Council (RMBC).The Food Hygiene Star Award is a National bench mark letting customers know that the observed food hygiene standards at the Wath based college are providing customers with the highest possible standards of cleanliness in preparation and service.

The on-site visual inspection took around two hours with a representative from RMBCs Neighbourhoods and Adult Services Environmental Health Team speaking with Trish Finean, DVC Catering Manager and the team.  Trish along with a team of nine catering assistants, prepare, cook and serve hot and cold meals to approx five hundred DVC students, members of staff and visitors every day. Offering healthy options each day, the catering team cook and serve a variety of food choices in modern equipped catering facilities.

Paul Edwards, Head of Estates and Retail Services commented: "Coming from a catering background as a Catering Tutor at the college, I know firsthand how hard it is to achieve this award. The excellent star food hygiene award is testament to the hard work that the catering team do in order to maintain high standards within the Diner area. Trish and the team should be very proud of themselves”.

Trish from Wombwell, Barnsley who has been in the catering trade for over 40 years came to the college three years ago having worked for the NHS as part of the five-a-day team and led on many healthy food campaigns and whose continued aim is to offer healthy options for all.

Trish Finean, DVC Catering Manager went on to say: "To receive the award is great news for all the catering team and indeed for the college. To know the students and staff are provided with healthy food options in a clean and well maintained kitchen is very rewarding”.

The certification will last for 18 – 24 months when a re-inspection will take place. The five star rating can be seen on the national online Scores on the Doors website at http://www.scoresonthedoors.org.uk/council/rotherham-metropolitan-borough-council

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