On Wednesday 1 February, Chelmsford City Council held a special event to celebrate some of the city's most nourishing food businesses.
Business owners and staff met at an informal gathering in the Council Chamber to celebrate their achievements. All who were invited either have five-start food hygiene ratings or are part of the Essex-wide TuckIN project, in which businesses pledge to reduce fat, salt and sugar levels.
Expert speakers from the City Council, Essex County Council and Ignite Business gave advice to attendees about the support available to Chelmsford's food businesses, from free workplace wellbeing training and start-up workshops to guidance with finding premises and funding opportunities.
Councillor Ian Grundy, Cabinet Member for Safer Communities, attended the event. He said, "It was great to meet the owners and staff of so many unique businesses and to see them doing so well. Chelmsford has a diverse, thriving food scene and we want to celebrate businesses which are contributing to healthy lifestyles. Next time you order in or dine out, I recommend checking the Food Ratings and TuckIN websites to make a well-informed choice."
To check the hygiene rating of a food business, visit ratings.food.gov.uk, and remember to check the window for a TuckIN sticker.