Adventist school canteen wins prestigious award

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Left to right: Hanna Stekla (NCC secondary principal), Whitehorse Mayor Bill Bennett, Dores Fame (NCC canteen coordinator), Tracie Hailey (NCC primary deputy principal) and Springfield Ward councillor Prue Cutts.

An Adventist school canteen in Victoria has received a prestigious local government award.

Whitehorse Council recently named Nunawading Christian College (NCC) canteen as one of its three Food Premises of the Year winners. The canteen topped more than 800 other schools and sporting clubs in the community groups category.

NCC canteen serves healthy vegetarian and vegan food options from a range of international cuisines.

Canteen coordinator Dores Fame said the food is prepared daily “with love and joy”.

"This [award] is yet another evidence of God's blessing on our school as we continue to trust His leading and guidance."

School principal Chris Cowled said the canteen had been recognised for its level of excellence in food safety, handling and cleanliness.

“NCC has been proud to have consistently gained a 5-star rating for its food hygiene assessment, gaining a Certificate of Commendation in 2018,” he said.

“This [award] is yet another evidence of God’s blessing on our school as we continue to trust His leading and guidance.”

Whitehorse Mayor Bill Bennett said the three award winners had demonstrated a commitment to the highest safety standards in food handling and hygiene.

“This is a great outcome for the winners as these awards recognise and honour the hard work that goes into staying up-to-date with safe food handling practices, training staff, and constantly monitoring the premise’s food handling and storage practices,” he said.

The awards are part of the council’s 5 Star Food Hygiene Assessment program, which aims to improve the safety of food being manufactured, handled, stored and sold in the municipality.