Dishing the Dirt

We’ve all heard horror stories about what goes on behind the scenes in restaurants but rarely do we witness the evidence. In a new series currently being screened on ITV 1 we catch a glimpse of what the customers don’t see of Britain's £70 billion food industry.

Presented by celebrity chef Phil Vickery and Rebecca Wilcox, daughter of Esther Rantzen and Desmond Wilcox, the programme shows undercover footage that takes viewers into restaurant kitchens. Environmental health officers are then brought in to shut down establishments with cockroaches in the kitchen and mice droppings on chopping boards. In the third episode, which will be aired on 3 November, reporters with hidden cameras go undercover working as waiting staff in the Around the World in 80 Dishes restaurant. Researchers for the programme contacted Delia Cannings, the Education, Training and Development (ETD) Lead with the Association of Healthcare Cleaning Professionals (AHCP) and asked what cleaning methods she would recommend. Delia advised ITV Studios that In Depth Managed Services are experts in deep cleaning techniques and suggested that she supervise a team to clean the restaurant kitchen. In Depth operatives arrived at the restaurant in Birmingham’s Brindley Place after the evening’s service and were filmed while they efficiently and correctly steam cleaned the kitchen and equipment until 2am the following morning. Environmental health officer Phil Keighley said: “We just turn up unannounced and take them as we find them. If I can help a business, I will do so, but I’m more concerned about protecting the public.” In Depth Sales Director, Lloyd Ansermoz said: “This was an excellent opportunity for In Depth to demonstrate how to properly clean restaurant kitchens. We are very proud to have been asked to show everyone the correct procedures and hope that other restaurants follow our example.” For further information on In Depth Managed Services telephone 0845 6052251 email or visit ENDS Words 296