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Adur restaurant wins Eat Out Eat Well award

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A Shoreham restaurant has won a gold award for producing healthy, tasty food produced locally.

Cafe Artisan has been given a five-star hygiene rating and full marks for offering healthy menu choices which are lower in sugar, salt and fat after an inspection by Adur District Council’s food hygiene inspectors. And now the restaurant has become the first to join Adur and Worthing Councils’ new healthy eating project called Eat Well.

Under the scheme restaurants awarded top marks by our inspectors will donate a tasty recipe to local residents as part of a campaign to encourage healthy eating. Alongside the recipe a nutritional therapist will explain the benefits of some of the ingredients.

Wendy Anderson, Environmental Health Practitioner and project lead for Eat Well said, “We want to capture people’s imagination about food and ingredients. We’d like to see people cooking and eating the good stuff, not simply because it’s healthy but because they enjoy it. For example, choosing a mango over a Mars bar because they love the taste. “It’s not about the latest diet fads but about inspiring people to eat good food all the time because when the body is in a good place nutritionally you function better.” The restaurants joining the healthy eating project will be those given an Eat Out Eat Well award which is only awarded after visits by food hygiene inspectors like Wendy at Adur and Worthing Councils.

Left to right: Cllr Dave Simmons, Ian McWhirter

Cafe Artisan owner Ian McWhirter said he was delighted to receive his gold award and to be the first to contribute a recipe to the Eat Well project. Cafe Artisan’s recipe is for pomegranate and quinoa salad.

“Our food is not cheffy. It’s locally sourced, locally produced fresh produce with low food miles,” he said, “I am dedicated to serving healthy food and it’s great that the council are behind us. Healthy eating is becoming a national food movement.”

Ian received his award from Executive Member for Health & Wellbeing, Cllr Dave Simmons, who said, “Congratulations to Cafe Artisan on achieving the gold award for Eat Out, Eat Well. It’s important to encourage people to eat well when they are out and about in Adur.”