We are welcoming our chef Jason on the blog to talk about the
delicious but healthy food you can find at the Helix visitor centre
My name is Jason Bradshaw and I am the Chef at the Visitor
Centre at The Helix. I have been working in the kitchen there since
the Visitor Centre opened in October 2015. I have had the pleasure
(and pain!) of working in catering all of my adult life and have 12
years experience in catering management and 10 years in hotel
management. This has allowed to experience both back of house and
front of house operations. This experience has been vital to
working at such a prestigious visitor attraction.
My main aim when arriving at the Visitor Centre was to make sure
we had a range of good quality food including
healthy options. The next was to build a team that was capable of
coping with the demand that thousands of visitors bring every day.
It was made clear to me after joining The Helix team that the food
had to be made onsite which is important to me as I believe you
have to have control over the quality of your produce.
While it is important to suit my own needs and that of the
business, I felt it important to get some independent recognition
for the food we produce. This is why I have been working with
Yvonne Traynor from NHS Scotland on achieving their Healthy
Living award. I am glad to say that this was achieved in
December and validates that we are providing healthy options to not
only children but adults too.
I am also pleased that we are able to offer deals on our food,
particularly for our regulars who support us, often on a daily
basis. We introduced the hot drink loyalty card in
November as a way of thanking our regulars but of course to turn
seldom visitors into regular ones! On weekdays over the winter we
are offering a hot food, cake and hot drink deal for £7.50 to
hopefully warm you up on those days!
Not one to rest on my laurels, I have been in discussion with
Visit Scotland with view to achieving their Taste Our Best
award which would be another great achievement for us. So
watch this space!
The plan in 2017 is to continue with the high standards we set
in 2016 but to also push ourselves to try new things. One of which
is our Alternative Valentines
Dinner which will challenge us but will prove (hopefully!) that
we have the skills and imagination to make the Visitor Centre even
more special than it already is. I thoroughly enjoy my job at The
Helix and work with a fantastic team both in the kitchen and the
wider Helix team. I hope they feel the same way about me!
To know more about our Food and Drink options at the
Helix, visit our dedicated page !