FIVE STARS: Chef Matt Garson and resident Phyliss Seechin are thrilled that Jefferis Gardens has received a 5 Star Food rating as part of the council s food rating system. Photo: Max Fleet / NewsMail
FIVE STARS: Chef Matt Garson and resident Phyliss Seechin are thrilled that Jefferis Gardens has received a 5 Star Food rating as part of the council s food rating system. Photo: Max Fleet / NewsMail Max Fleet

Five stars goes to Jefferis Gardens

JEFFERIS Gardens is celebrating after being awarded the highest rating in the Bundaberg Regional Council's Eat Safe food safety scheme.

Village manager Stephanie Dobbin said the village was "ecstatic" to receive the five star rating and gave the award pride of place on the village's dining room.

"I just think for us, to have that on the wall is really good for us, people know it's safe to eat here," Ms Dobbin said.

Eat Safe is a food business regulatory rating scheme where all licensed food businesses in the region receive a food safety rating.

The rating is based on compliance with the Food Act 2006, the food safety standards and good management practices.

A five star rating means "excellent performer, fully compliant with the Food Act 2006" and "overall very high standard of food safety management practices".

Ms Dobbin said the rating was complimented by the popularity of their kitchen among Jefferis Gardens residents.

"I would say 97% percent of our residents eat the food from the dining room," she said.

"And we've got a lot of self catering units, but we've only got two people who don't use the service."

Jefferis Gardens head chef Matt Garson said he always aims to achieve the highest standard.

"Dealing with the elderly, you've got to be particularly careful," he said.

"I always like to think I keep a very clean kitchen so getting the five stars was just confirmation of that."



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