Gold rating for the Chefs at Budock Vean

Darren Kelly, head chef at Budock Vean Hotel in Cornwall

The chefs at Budock Vean Hotel are used to plaudits for their outstanding cooking and now it has been officially crowned for being as healthy as it is delicious.

The Budock Vean has won a Cornwall Council Gold “CHEFS” gong – the Cornwall Healthier Eating and Food Safety award - which recognises commitment to offering healthy menu options and using locally sourced food. This accolade followed swiftly after Food Standards Agency inspectors awarded the hotel their top mark of 5 for Food Hygiene.

“This isn’t exactly ‘news’ to us because we’ve always sourced the vast majority of food for our restaurant from within just a few miles of the hotel,” says owner Martin Barlow, “but it’s absolutely great to get this prestigious seal of approval for the fact that the food we serve our guests is as healthy as it’s tasty.”

Cornwall is famous for producing some of the best food and drink in the country and the Budock Vean’s guests return year after year to dine on the best and freshest local fish and meat, drinks and cheeses, vegetables, fruits and other delicacies.

Head Chef Darren Kelly and his team have also long been committed to giving guests varied menu options and if this involves less calories without forgoing the flavour, then they are happy to oblige.

“We pride ourselves on serving amazing food which meets the wishes and needs of all our guests,” he says. “Here in Cornwall we’re spoilt for choice with all the fantastic ingredients produced right on our doorstep – so the creative process is always a pleasure.”

The “CHEFS” awards were launched in 2005 by Cornwall Council’s Public Health and Protection Service in partnership with the Eatsome Programme – part of the NHS Health Promotion Service and the Change 4 Life initiative.

The Council’s cabinet member for Homes and Communities Geoff Brown says, “This is a prestigious award and the staff at the Budock Vean are to be heartily congratulated. The CHEFS award scheme encourages businesses to promote local produce and that can only be good for the community as a whole.”

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