Healthier Catering Commitment

Consumers are increasingly aware of the relationship between the food they eat and their health. Manufacturers and retailers are seizing the opportunity to promote and market ‘healthy options’ of food. Sales of these products are growing rapidly. A substantial proportion of meals are being consumed away from the home or as takeaways.

The Healthier Catering Commitment is a London wide project supported by the London Mayor, the Greater London Authority and the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health along with the Association of London Environmental Health Managers.The scheme has successfully been implemented in 27 London boroughs and is continuing to grow rapidly.

The Healthier Catering Commitment recognises those businesses in London that demonstrate a commitment to reducing the level of saturated fat, salt and sugar in their food. It utilises the ‘small changes make a big difference’ principle and is designed for to be easily implemented and not a burden for businesses.

Eligibility

To be eligible to sign up to the HCC, it is a pre-requisite that businesses achieve ‘broad compliance’ standards or above, for their food hygiene standards. This means having a Food Hygiene Rating Score of at least 3* and above.

The scheme is designed to be implemented by a dedicated Environmental Health Officer (EHO) with support from Public Health, nutritionists and other interested parties across 32 London boroughs. Businesses wishing to take part in the scheme are assessed by a visit from an EHO and will be looking to see if the business meets the criteria set.

What's involved?

We have adopted a tiered approach which sets out different levels of commitment from businesses. In order to be an approved HCC premises, you must meet 8 criterial. There are 4 essential criteria and an extra 3 essential criteria for those who fry food.

Catering outlets will have the opportunity to make more of a difference and achieve a HCC Silver or Gold award. As well as maintaining the seven essential criteria for HCC, there will be additional criteria to aim for in order to achieve the Silver and Gold awards.

The areas covered are:

  • healthier frying including the types of fat and oil used to cook
  • reducing salt content
  • reducing access to sugary products including drinks and snacks
  • portion control, providing smaller portions and children’s meals

The Food Business Operators are encouraged to sign up to as many criteria as practicable and to aim for our prestigious Gold award. The assessor may request evidence to support particular requirements and will look at the way food is prepared during a site visit.

If the business meets the requirements for the HCC, they are awarded a Healthier Catering Commitment door sticker, a certificate, social media advertising as well as other media platforms. Business will also have an opportunity to attend our annual London Wide Awards Ceremony.  

What are the benefits?

The scheme is continuously promoted to increase public awareness through our website, through social media and advertisements in the local newspaper. You will have a dedicated Healthier Catering Commitment officer and the support and knowledge of professionally qualified nutritionists to help guide you through the scheme.

You will be given a HCC window sticker and a certificate to proudly promote your award on your premises. A list of award holders will also appear on the council website, which is regularly accessed by the general public.

The award helps to:

  • increase the number of customers visiting the establishment
  • increase secondary spending, as people remained in the establishment for longer

Apply

If you would like to join the Healthier Catering Commitment or have any questions, email healthycateringcommitment@westminster.gov.uk.

Find out more

A guide for business

Oils, fats and frying practices

HCC assessment form

HCC application form

Current award holders in Westminster

Business name Address
Cinnamon Spice 12 to14 Glenworth street, NW1 5PG
Ahl Cairo 13 Bell street, NW1 5BY
Moment Bakery 12 Blenhim street NW8 0EB
Kentucky Fried Chicken 149 Praed street W2 1RL
Sheila's Take Away 24a Craven terrace W2 3QH
Chicken Valley 330 Harrow road W9 3HP
LHA London LTD 11 Belgrave road SW1V 1RB
LHA London 38 Lancaster Gate W2 3NA
LHA London Sanderman-Allen House, 40 Inverness Terrace W2 3JA
Maroush Restaurant 21 Edgware road W2 2JE
Sam's Chicken 359 Harrow road W9 3NA
San Marco 10 London street W2 1HL
Mosob Restaurant 339 Harrow road W9 2HP
Le Maison Du Gateau 367 Harrow road W9 3NA
Crystal Fish Bar 407 Harrow road W9 3NF
Benugo Regents Park The Regents Park Golf and Tennis School
Benugo Hyde Park Hyde Park
Benugo St James Park St James Park
The Nest Cafe 549 Harrow road W10 4RH
Little Venice Fish Bar 264 Harrow road W2 5ES
Pakhtoon 7 Edgware road W2 2ER
Marble Arch News 24 New Quebec St W1H 7SF
Yaa Flamingo 1 Chippenham Mews W9 2AN
Perfection Chicken and Pizza 494 Harrow road W9 3QA
Les Douceurs De La Tentation 8 Fernhead road W9 3ET
Tothelo 2 Norfolk Place W2 1QN
Da Daniela Italian Canteen 60 Porchester road W2 6ET
Hazef 5 Hereford rd W24AB
Flavors of India 46 Gloucester Terrace W2 3HH
Lolita Sandwich Bar 21 Spring Street W2 1JA
Sandro's Sandwich Bar 22 Spring Street W2 1JA
Munch Thoughtful Catering Bradbury House, 1-5 Cosway Street NW1 5NR
Zonzo 342 Edgware Road W2 1EA
Poncho 8-12 Sheldon Square W2 6DQ
Roof Top Kitchen Alfies Antique Market, 13-25 Church Street
Sindian Grill House 73 Fernhead Road W9 3EY
Village Organic Bakery 43-45 Porchester road W2 5DP
DWP Caxton House 6-12 Tothill Road SW1H 9NA
Diyarbakirlilar Sofarsi 458 Edgware Road W2 1EJ
Iran Restaurant 59 Edgware Road W2 2HZ
La Portes des Indes 32 Bryanston Street W1H 7EG
Kurdistan Restaurant 394 Edgware Road W2 1ED
Micky's Fish Bar 332 Edgware Road W2 1EA
Melur London 175a Edgware Road W2 1ET
Al-dyaifa Restaurant 228 Edgware Road W2 1DW
Gogi Restaurant 451 Edgware Road W2 1TH
DJ's West Indian 616 Harrow Road W10 4NJ
M & B 494 Harrow Road W9 3QA
Anima Sarda 414 Harrow Road W9 2HU
Soor Restaurant 361 Harrow Road W9 3NA
Arincina 19 Westbourne Grove W2 4UA
Transport for London 33 Horseferry Road SW1P 4DR
Victoria House 39 Victoria Street SW1H 0EU
DEFRA Nobel House, 17 Smith Square
MOD Whitehall Catering Horse Guard Avenue

Last updated: 14 December 2017
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