When I was preparing to start the business last year one of the main worries for me was the issue around food hygiene. I did my Level 2 food hygiene course and, as legally required, registered the business with Southwark 28 days before I started trading. I received a letter from them acknowledging this and that they would inspect my kitchen in the next month or so. I had done my part so it was now up to them to do theirs.
At the time I did notice that they had got the name of the business wrong (Cakes and Cookies) but I didn’t think any more about it as they had all the correct details so they knew where I was. Fast forward to three weeks ago and I still hadn’t had an inspection. On a completely different matter I emailed Southwark food department and they immediately phoned back! I asked the question I had about trading at markets and we got onto the subject of registering and inspections and he was surprised to hear that this had not happened as yet. I quickly told him about the name error and he changed it on his records. He asked when I would next be baking, I said the next day and he said he would come at 10am, cue panic!
Needless to say I spent the rest of that day cleaning the kitchen, it is already clean but it was a good opportunity to go through ingredients for expiry dates etc and to rearrange some of my equipment. My wonderful husband helped by hoovering for me and putting up with my paranoia! Next morning after the usual delivery to Bambuni I awaited my fate. He arrived on time and went through lots of questions, checked my record keeping, fridge, expiry dates etc and at the end said that as far as he was concerned all was in order and he would send out my food hygiene rating in the next week or so.
Although I knew that the kitchen was clean, that I follow all the right procedures and keep good records it was still a relief to hear the good news. And then yesterday’s post arrived and with it my rating, a big fat 5, the best!!
What a great feeling it was seeing that 5, really gave me a boost to know that I was doing all the right things. I have checked www.food.gov.uk but I am not listed as yet so will keep an eye on that and post the link when it is live.[read more]