Caterer Amadeus has become the first business in the UK to receive accreditation for conference centre food provision that promotes mental health and well-being.
The in housed caterer at the International Convention Centre (ICC) in Birmingham has gained accreditation from educational charity Food for the Brain for its menus at the venue.
To achieve the required standard the venue received multiple visits from brain accreditation relationship manager David Titman over a six-month period, who helped the caterer change its processes and food provision.
Executive head chef Simon Hellier worked with Titman to create a menu that supported the philosophy, methodology and nutrition recommended by Food for the Brain.
The new menu includes mid-morning boosters such as fruit and flapjacks, lunch options including poached chicken, roasted tomato and pepper sauce and basil, and superfood salads such as thyme roasted butternut squash and pumpkin with sunflower seeds.
Craig Hancox, Amadeus general manager for the ICC, said: "This was a rigorous audit with numerous site visits outlining in detail what was expected of us and highlighting the areas we needed to adapt to ensure we fulfilled the accreditation requirements. It was important for both us and Food for the Brain that we didn't devalue the accreditation in any way.
Food for the Brain Foundation chief executive Jenna Mosimann added: "This accreditation recognises that the ICC offers nutritionally balanced menus which support energy, concentration and performance, and help promote better mental and physical well-being.
"The accreditation recognises that the ICC and Amadeus has achieved high standards of nutritional excellence and are well-balanced to support mental well-being concentration and performance."
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