Food Safety Week: Food is our product and food safety has to be our number one priority

Name: Sean Hopkinson

Job Title: Senior Food and Safety Officer

Company: Amadeus

Sean Hopkinson is the Senior Food and Safety Officer for Amadeus. With over 15 years’ experience within the catering industry firstly as an operator before moving in to food safety including working in both the private and public sector, Sean is responsible for ensuring that Amadeus comply with all Food Safety, Food Standards, Health and Safety and Fire Safety Regulations. As part of the UKHospitality food experts group Sean also helped shape the Industry Guide to Good Hygiene Practice: Catering 2016 and also regularly links up with the Association of Event venues (AEV) catering group to advise on Food Safety Legislation.   

Sean said: “Food is our product and so food safety has to be our number one priority and we pride ourselves on our 100% 5 food hygiene ratings across all of our businesses. With a dedicated team of just two internal food and safety advisors it means our operational teams are key to our success. We actively encourage and involve our operational teams when creating, reviewing and implementing our food safety management system. Coming from a catering background before moving in to food safety was a blessing as it always made me stop and think about the practical application of what we ask our teams to do and we always strive to make safe simple.  Moving forward and no matter how Food Safety Legislation shapes itself or how it is regulated Food will still be our product and so food safety will still be our number one priority.”

About Amadeus

With a kitchen boasting over 650 industry awards, it’s fair to say the Amadeus catering team know what’s required to deliver daring menus for every dietary requirement and budget imaginable.

We’re part of the NEC Group and we work with venues and event organisers who want to provide visitors with a unique and memorable food experience.

Consideration and innovation is evident on every plate. Whether that’s sustainably sourcing local produce, scrutinising nutritional values or adding a little live theatre to table service.

Our customer portfolio includes serving four million visitors per year at five world-class NEC Group venues as well as top external events and venues, including The Scottish Open, Cadbury World, Stoneleigh Abbey and Belfast Waterfront.

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