Restaurant Featured In TV Programme Receives Poor Food Hygiene Rating

April 5, 2014

A Coventry Indian restaurant which was featured in a BBC 1 documentary has scored a poor score of 1 in a recent food hygiene inspection. Food hygiene ratings are rated from 0 to 5 with 0 meaning that urgent improvement is needed.

The Restaurant Man programme followed mum-of-ten Nahida Mahmood setting up Desi Fusion in Warwick Row in June 2013. Inspectors found when they visited that restaurant staff were unsure of basic food safety practices. They also discovered that wash hand basins were missing, and a fridge with mould and dirty seals.

A cutting board was seen by inspectors which had been used to chop up raw and ready to eat ingredients without cleaning or disinfecting. The chef at the time of the inspection was unsure of the temperatures food needs to be cooked at in order to kill bacteria. There were also no stock control systems in place.

Inspections capture a specific time and businesses can improve their ratings and current situation. The food hygiene rating is not a guide to food quality.