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Anyone who has visited Dexter House will know that lunch there can be a bit special but it is always great for it to be officially recognised.

So we are delighted that the Catering Team at Dexter have been awarded the Gold in the Tower Hamlet’s Food for Health Awards – recognising caterers that have made healthy changes to menus to reduce calories, fat and sugar.

A spokesperson from The Tower Hamlets NHS who run the initiative commented:-

“This initiative was born out of the Government’s Healthy Weight Healthy Lives Strategy and NHS Tower Hamlet’s local strategy with the same name. Our Award is focused on obesity prevention so criteria are mainly aimed at reducing fat content, and therefore calories. There are three strands to the award and a Gold winner must meet all the criteria starting with the relatively easy Bronze level, then Silver and finally Gold. Dexter House won the Gold because they meet all the criteria for the three strands.”

Councillor Ahmed Omer, the Mayor of Tower Hamlets said: “I am delighted to present these awards, which we believe are the first of their kind in the country. It’s fantastic that we have had such interest in this award scheme already and I am really pleased to be giving recognition to businesses in our borough which have been awarded so far.”

Councillor Anwara Ali, Lead Member for Health and Well-Being said: "This is a big step forward for us as a Healthy Borough and I'm pleased that local businesses are supporting this important work."

Alan Palmer – Head Chef at Dexter House was delighted with the award and commented:-

I’m fully behind our focus at etc.venues of serving ‘Brain Fuel’ to our delegates to make sure they stay focused and alert in the afternoon. My challenge is then to make the food really appetising and tasty as well and this award is great recognition that we are doing a good job. With the right ingredients and good cooking skills food can be healthy tasty and satisfying at the same time – come and have lunch with me at Dexter House and I’ll show you how.

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