File photo of a kitchen. (Photo: Diner Series, Flickr Creative Commons)
The fourth quarter winners of 2013 were announced Thursday and recognized as "best-of-the-best" in maintaining safe food service operations in the city.
CINCINNATI -- Four times a year, the Hamilton County Public Health Department awards restaurants and schools in the Cincinnati-area with "clean kitchen awards" for those institutions who practice healthy and clean service habits.
The fourth quarter winners of 2013 were announced Wednesday and recognized as "best-of-the-best" in maintaining safe food service operations in the city.
More than a dozen schools and restaurants won this round of awards, including Skyline Chili, LaRosa's, Winton Woods Schools, Nordstrom E-Bar, Target, Finneytown Schools and Lincoln Heights Schools.
“People expect and deserve a clean and safe experience when dining in restaurants and food service facilities,” said Greg Kesterman, assistant Hamilton County health commissioner.
“We started the Clean Kitchen Award to recognize food service facilities in the County that are exemplary in maintaining clean, well-cared-for and ultimately, safe environments for serving food. Since we began issuing the award in 2011, it has really become popular with the County’s food service operations and we are seeing applications increase nearly every month.”
The requirements needed to win the award are to have fewer than three violations in the past two years, have no critical or repeat violations in the same time-frame, employ at least two staff members with Level 1 food handler certifications and at least one member with a ServSafe certificate and it must have a minimum of two years with inspected data on file with the Hamilton County Public Health Department.
The following businesses and schools were awarded: An asterisk indicates that they have won this award in the past. They are not listed in any particular order.