Former Northampton College student Kathryn Holmes returned to Booth Lane to give catering students an exclusive insight into what goes on during a food safety inspection.

kathryn holmesNow working as a trainee environmental health officer for Birmingham City Council during a ‘sandwich year’ as part of a degree at the University of Wolverhampton, Kathryn returned to her roots to talk to the current students about the importance of food hygiene and explaining the process of inspectors’ visits.

She said: “It was good to be back. It felt strange to be walking back up to the main entrance again after two years away but I really enjoyed it. The students were great and really got involved, asking lots of questions and taking a real interest.

“While I enjoyed learning kitchen skills during my college course I didn’t want to work in kitchens so I’ve taken a different route. I love my job now and I’m keen to explain to the students what they can expect to happen when inspectors visit their premises in the future.

“Chefs are always looking for shortcuts and ways of becoming more efficient but it’s vital they don’t compromise on safety, particularly when public health is at stake.”

The talk saw Kathryn explain what inspectors are looking for during a visit and give invaluable advice on how best to prepare for inspections, how to react during the assessment and what steps they can take to ensure they meet latest legislative requirements.

Catering tutor Phil Martin said: “It was a pleasure to welcome Kathryn back to Booth Lane and I’m delighted she’s doing so well in her new career. It was brilliant for our students to hear first-hand from someone involved in inspections, which play such an important role in modern day-to-day kitchen life.”

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