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Axtell Food Safety

 Axtell Food Safety (formerly Kent Food Safety & Ford Training) was founded in 2006 by David Axtell. We provide a range of accredited food safety, health & safety, HACCP and Allergens training wherever you are.

We also provide food safety audits to food businesses, which provide an independent assessment of your food safety practices. We pride ourselves on running fun, interactive training sessions, using things such as; an ultraviolet handwash demo/practical, dead food pests, card games & quizzes to bring your courses to life. All courses can either be run online with Zoom, or at your premises. Please contact us to discuss your own requirements.

Why choose Axtell Food Safety?


By using Axtell Food Safety, you will get:


– all courses are run by qualified trainers who are Environmental Health Practitioners 

– our auditors and trainers have practical experience within the food industry

– all of our courses, whether remotely on Zoom or at your premises, are interactive, relevant, engaging, and fun

– all courses can be run at a time to suit you, including evenings and weekends

– our Highfield Qualifications courses are regulated qualifications and so recognised by enforcement authorities

– our courses are recognised by MCA and so suitable for those workin at sea

-our courses are brought to life using real life examples and case studies, with chance to ask any questions




Our interactive training 

We use a range of teaching methods and training aids to ensure the training is memorable and effective. We use quizzes, card games, sample questions, group work and case studies. Ultraviolet handwashing experiments are used to demonstrate effective handwashing

Meet the Team

Dave Axtell

Owner / Lead Trainer

Whilst running an accredited Highfield Qualifications training centre, David teaches subjects including health and safety, food hygiene, risk assessment & haccp in care homes, pubs, restaurants, takeaways, schools, gyms, hotels, bakeries, nurseries, people working at sea and for contract catering companies. Having now trained well over 2000 accredited courses in a range of subjects, David has more than enough experience to make even the most tedious course interesting!

Having a first class honours Environmental Health degree and NEBOSH National General Certificate, David also carries out safety audits in the UK and abroad for national and international Caterers, Retailers, Hotel brands and Restaurant chains.

“After working in catering for 16 years,” says David, “I have sat through many courses – some good, some not so good. Since becoming a trainer I have been determined to make sure that all courses I run are interactive, fun, relevant, and informative, not the ‘very long, boring day’ which some courses can turn into.”

David’s experience includes:

  • 6 years Kitchen Manager and Chef Trainer experience for branded restaurants: setting up, recruiting, training staff and food safety audits for new and existing pub restaurants.
  • 10 years chef experience in care homes, contract catering, restaurants and pubs.
  • Check out my LinkedIn page: https://www.linkedin.com/in/davidaxtell1/

Calvin Hanks

Safety Trainer

Having trained as a chef then undertaken what was the HCIMA professional exams, Calvin moved in hotel food and beverage then General Management.  He has run multiple catering  and hospitality businesses and likes to keep hands on in the kitchen.  To complement his MSc in hospitality management, he is currently working on the dissertation to achieve an MSc in Environmental Health. 

Calvin has a wealth of experience in event management and is ideally palced to run a range of food safety and health and safety courses, and carries out food safety audits. 

Mark Coates

Safety Trainer

Mark was an accomplished General Manager who has 20 years’ experience in all aspects of the hospitality industry both in the UK and the USA. He worked for Pizza Hut and Mongolian Barbeque UK before taking his skills to the USA for 7 years to help Mongolian Barbeque US implement their expansion programme.

He has also worked for Holiday Inn (U.S), The Palm Restaurant Group (New York), Austin Grill (U.S) and Henley Regatta, to name a few. With Marks experience, his courses are always well received, being well placed to speak from experience. Marks runs Food Safety courses, along with Health & Safety, Manual Handling, and COSHH.

Nick Dore

Safety Trainer

I am currently delivering bespoke training courses and Highfield Qualifications courses.

I am approved to deliver Level 2 – 4 Food Safety, Level 3  – 4 Health and Safety, and Level 3 Award in Food Allergen Management for Caterers.

    I have worked as a food safety advisor and trainer since 2003. I hold a Certificate in Education (Level 5 training qualification) and prior to this I managed pubs and restaurants.

    We work with hundreds of companies 

    from smaller aspirational businesses to some of the most respected global brands.

    Industries we cover

    We are happy to tailor any of these qualifications to include your businesses policies.

    Cafes & Takeaways

    Care Settings & Hospitals

    Childcare Settings

    Schools & Universities

    Groups & Churches

    Food Manufacturers

    Golf Clubs, Hotels & Spas

    Event Catering

    Pub & Restaurant Groups

    Food Retailers

    Super Yachts & Ships

    Pubs & Restaurants

    Give us a call on 01843 482252 to find out more or to make a booking

    What people say about us

    Don’t just take our word for it – here are just some of the lovely messages we receive

    “Feedback from our staff included, ‘The enthusiasm of the trainer and laid back approach which enabled me to take more in’.”


    Ethelbert Children's Services, Kent

    “We chose Axtell Food Safety for their expertise, and will definitely be using them again in the future.


    Exclusive Butler School Ltd, Middle East

    “The course was extremely relevant to our business and the staff enjoyed it, I will definitely use Axtell Food Safety again”


    Reflex Nutrition, Sussex

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    Kate White
    Kate White
    Really would recommend Dave’s course it’s was thorough with great communication and easy to follow considering it... was online! Would recommend to all thinking of doing it thank you againread more
    Elena Gandillon
    Elena Gandillon
    Just did the course for Food Safety with Axtell and it a great additional knowledge and certificate! The course is well... organized, personalized (even with COVID), and the exam was also well prepared. I recommend it for all the chefs!read more
    Gigi Rosenfield
    Gigi Rosenfield
    Dave’s course was really thorough and he is extremely helpful ! He’s a great teacher and turned around a bad... experience I had with another company. I couldn’t recommend his class more and he made it possible to get the certification I was looking for through these tough times! Thanks again Dave!read more
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    Emily Alice Booth
    Excellent course with an even more excellent tutor! The materials sent out were really informative, and sent as soon... as booked which was ideal if you want to print out in advance. The delivery of the class was excellent, with plenty of opportunities to ask questions. The course being remote made no difference to the level of learning, I was engaged throughout the entire course. The exam being done remotely was easy to set up and follow instructions, and Dave was extremely helpful and contactable when I had a few issues! MCA approved course too! Thank you again Axtell!read more
    Chloe Hegg
    Chloe Hegg
    Dave was brilliant in explaining all the required information for the exam! He used his own experiences to make the... course enjoyable - highly recommend for stews!read more
    Monika Radics
    Monika Radics
    Thank you Dave for the training which was very informative and well presented. Would definitely recommend the course.
    Allie Williams
    Allie Williams
    Professional, relevant, accurate training delivered with knowledge, experience and expertise. Would highly recommend to... anybody looking to understand and undertake any aspect of food safety training.read more
    Rosie Thompson
    Rosie Thompson
    Very informative and educational course. I feel well prepared to start my new career and can’t thank Dave enough for... all of his help and advice throughout.read more
    Chris Cornish
    Chris Cornish
    Can’t recommend enough. Makes food safety so easy to understand and tailors your learning based around your... business/experience. 5*read more
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    Iolanda Preda
    Great and useful training on HACCP Level 3.
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    Serena Louise
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    Gigi Rosenfield
    Gigi Rosenfield
    00:25 20 Oct 20
    Awesome course! Dave was very thorough and totally turned around a bad experience I had with another company! I highly recommend this course.
    Monalisa Corodescu
    Monalisa Corodescu
    16:10 15 Oct 20
    Professionalism, Promptly, Sufficiently . Highly Recommend ! Thank you Axtell!
    Chloe Hegg
    Chloe Hegg
    16:06 15 Oct 20
    Course was efficiently ran with personal touches added to make it enjoyable! Highly recommend Axtell!
    Hannah Briley
    Hannah Briley
    14:42 26 Aug 20
    David was a great teacher and very helpful with any questions I had! I highly recommend using his services
    Candace Wise
    Candace Wise
    13:44 22 Jul 20
    Dave Axtell is an experienced and knowledgeable tutor. The remote classroom session gave me the understanding and confidence I needed to pass the Food Safety L2 exam online. The course was personalised, with plenty of opportunities to ask questions and go over course content again for clarification.
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