About Us

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 working 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’.”

    Dawn

    Ethelbert Children's Services, Kent

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

    Clare

    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”

    Andrew

    Reflex Nutrition, Sussex

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    Noemi Alexandra Farkas
    Noemi Alexandra Farkas
    2021-06-11T10:01:47+0000
    Excellent course. David was very helpful , responsive and knowledgeable. Was a pleasure doing the course with him.... Highly recommend!read more
    Lara Moreira
    Lara Moreira
    2021-05-13T10:22:50+0000
    Dave was super responsive and accommodating. The course was exactly what I expected and at the end felt prepared for... the exam. Highly recommendread more
    Reann Leigh Elks
    Reann Leigh Elks
    2021-05-11T14:03:27+0000
    It’s a great course! Great atmosphere.
    Molli Szabó
    Molli Szabó
    2021-05-11T08:27:21+0000
    This is a very interesting course! I only can recommended it! David is a very prepared teacher, I really liked the way... of his teaching. May other course are boring, but NOT this one! Thank you for everything, I learnt a lot! Keep going! 🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼read more
    Melissa Gelling
    Melissa Gelling
    2021-05-10T12:53:29+0000
    The food and safety level 2 course was really good and we covered all topics. They really relaxed and welcoming.
    Cristina Patubo-Jacquemin
    Cristina Patubo-Jacquemin
    2021-05-08T16:22:08+0000
    Dave is very pleasing and welcoming. The course is informative
    Nehad Shikha
    Nehad Shikha
    2021-04-30T15:24:04+0000
    super trainer ... thank you Mr David for interesting course.
    Holly Manton
    Holly Manton
    2021-04-23T20:28:01+0000
    Very informative and easy to follow. Wasn’t sure what to expect but the zoom call was engaging and Dave made us all... feel welcome ☺️ Would recommend to everyoneread more
    Eva De Wilde
    Eva De Wilde
    2021-04-13T09:32:23+0000
    Highly recommended online course! Dave is an excellent tutor who made me feel secure in doing the examination. Thanks... Dave 🙏read more
    Tiffani Kalyvakis
    Tiffani Kalyvakis
    2021-04-13T06:06:03+0000
    During covid times, Axtell Food Safety has offered the most efficient way to still take food safety courses anywhere in... the world with all the help and guidance you need. Thank you Dave Axtell for the great webinar!read more
    Macey Koeppen
    Macey Koeppen
    2021-04-07T19:51:31+0000
    I highly recommend taking the Food & Hygiene Level 2 course through Axtell with Dave. Being able to take the course... online was great and it was a cost effective option compared to a lot of the other courses out there. Dave kept the course lighthearted and interesting! Leaving the four hour course, I felt very confident in my ability to take the exam. Thanks Dave and Axtell Food Safety!read more
    Nicola Lehmann
    Nicola Lehmann
    2021-04-07T08:27:54+0000
    Highly recommend taking the food hygiene L2 course. Being able to take the course online is great. Dave and his team... are professional with sending you all the information you need from start to finish, making sure there is no room for uncertainty. Zoom class was great with Dave keeping it light hearted and interesting, getting to know each person and making sure we were all comfortable with the pace and information. As well as making sure we were confident for the exam.read more
    Olivia Rancourt
    Olivia Rancourt
    2021-04-06T22:29:13+0000
    The course has an abundance of useful information about food safety. Dave was awesome and very helpful! Would highly... recommend to anyone who needs the food & hygiene safety course, to take it here!read more
    Emily Grace Morgan
    Emily Grace Morgan
    2021-04-01T17:03:50+0000
    I highly recommend taking Dave's course. It was pleasant and he makes it easy to learn and understand clearly. 10/10
    Georgia Harwood
    Georgia Harwood
    2021-04-01T14:34:37+0000
    The online course was very informative with lots of useful information to help you really understand how to implement... food safety skills in to the work place. I highly recommend this course to anyone looking to do their level 2!read more
    Russell Draper
    Russell Draper
    2021-04-01T12:12:16+0000
    Enjoyed level 3 online with Axtell Food Safety, underwritten by Highfield and recognized by the MCA. Dave’s super... knowledgeable and approached the topics with ease, humor and relevance. Highly recommended!read more
    Steven Rennie
    Steven Rennie
    2021-03-31T14:16:48+0000
    David is an excellent tutor,in-depth course work which is clear and easy to understand helpful and solid guidance... through the course.read more
    Shalaw Salihi
    Shalaw Salihi
    2021-03-29T14:49:53+0000
    Level 3 allergen management course, very effective and efficient way of training. Knowledgeable and informative and... able to tailor the conversation to different sectors. Great resources provided pre course and links to reputable sources of information for future reference. I will definitely choose Axtell Food Safety for future training requirementsread more
    Billie Wilson
    Billie Wilson
    2021-03-29T13:56:35+0000
    Very easy and efficient way to do the Level 2 Food Safety course. Dave was understanding and checked that we were... following and was quick to help out with any issues or questions. MCA approved certificate received a few hours after the exam! Would recommend 👍🏼read more
    Rose Smale
    Rose Smale
    2021-03-28T23:42:57+0000
    I needed to do my Level 2 course asap and Dave was very helpful and quick to get everything arranged. I work on a boat... and it is great to be able to get an MCA approved certificate online!read more
    Perry Stuart Schermuly
    Perry Stuart Schermuly
    2021-03-17T02:35:59+0000
    Good all round coverage.. Relaxed and informed.
    Millie Strath
    Millie Strath
    2021-03-05T14:52:43+0000
    Dave was brilliant made the course interesting and easy to follow, spoke to each of the participants regularly to check... we were all following and understood before completing the exam. Highly recommended!read more
    Melissa Bradley
    Melissa Bradley
    2021-03-01T11:28:25+0000
    I done the Food & Hygiene L2 catering course and I’m very happy I done it with Axtell, the day wasn’t boring and we had... a laugh! Everything explain was easy to understand and information was very accessible. I highly recommend Axtell food Safety to anyone who is unsure what company to got with, you won’t be disappointed.read more
    Zana Maric
    Zana Maric
    2021-02-26T15:53:07+0000
    Dave is great and the course Food and Hygiene lvl 2 is done in a very professional way. Highly recommend!
    Maša Đorić
    Maša Đorić
    2021-02-18T15:27:31+0000
    I highly recommend the level 2 Award in food and safety course. Dave is very professional and provides a great training... and assistance.read more
    Giacomo Seregni
    Giacomo Seregni
    2021-02-12T15:07:17+0000
    Super traning !!! Dave is frendly and Passionate. It follows you in all the steps and is Able to tranforming booring... staff to Interesting topics... Recomandet!!!!! Bravo!read more
    Sarah Manig
    Sarah Manig
    2021-02-12T05:05:45+0000
    I found the process extremely easy going and Dave was friendly, engaging and professional. Highly recommend
    Estelita Dandy
    Estelita Dandy
    2021-02-11T23:12:45+0000
    I really enjoyed the level 2 Food safety course. David is an awesome instructor, he made sure to explain everything... well which made it so much easier for me. I would 100% recommend his course, it’s worth it!read more
    Georgia Dillion
    Georgia Dillion
    2021-02-09T11:55:28+0000
    I highly recommend the Level 2 Award in Food Safety course it's Great and informative course. Dave is very... professional, and makes everything really easy to understand!! 🙂read more
    Chanty Anna
    Chanty Anna
    2021-02-08T19:14:27+0000
    Great course. Dave is super friendly and a very good teacher!
    Benedek Noémi
    Benedek Noémi
    2021-02-07T18:04:06+0000
    Great, fantastic and informativ course. Dave is very professional. I highly recommend the Level 2 Award in Food Safety... course for anyone looking to qualify in the Yachting Industry!🛥 Many thanks!😊read more
    Hannah Mizal
    Hannah Mizal
    2021-02-01T22:10:31+0000
    Dave is a great instructor with the Level 2 Award in Food Safety course. Very informative and done professionally. I... highly recommend this course to anyone looking to qualify in the food industry field and especially for the yachting industry.read more
    Massimiliano Cervi
    Massimiliano Cervi
    2021-01-29T17:50:20+0000
    Great service, training, assistance during all the setting up for the exam. Highly advised.
    Graham Williams
    Graham Williams
    2021-01-29T16:05:55+0000
    Good clear instructions, easy to follow
    Fraser Mckendry
    Fraser Mckendry
    2021-01-29T15:34:51+0000
    Very easy course to follow, even for those not too good on computers, would highly recommend thank you very much 👍👍👍
    Elliott Pearse
    Elliott Pearse
    2021-01-27T23:23:14+0000
    David’s very approachable and good at making you few comfortable. Very good course easy going and very informative... would recommend to anyone.read more
    J-Mae Sands
    J-Mae Sands
    2021-01-25T14:05:48+0000
    Fantastic and informative course! Definitely recommend. Dave was great to deal with and his response time to emails was... really quick if I ever had any questionsread more
    Richard Candiotti
    Richard Candiotti
    2021-01-25T13:08:03+0000
    Good examples, good explanation
    Katie Kendrick
    Katie Kendrick
    2021-01-24T21:13:35+0000
    A fantastic course - Interactive, insightful and informative! Would highly recommend!
    Gaz Stevens
    Gaz Stevens
    2021-01-20T11:41:55+0000
    A well structured course that you can do from the comfort of your own home.
    Lindi Whitfield
    Lindi Whitfield
    2021-01-20T11:01:43+0000
    It is a very well presented course, with good course material. There is excellent tech support to help with any... issues. The best part is you don’t have to travel anywhere and can get it done at home! I highly recommend this over any other course.read more
    Peter Walford
    Peter Walford
    2021-01-08T10:30:37+0000
    Great friendly professional service thank you
    Maggie Bucci
    Maggie Bucci
    2020-12-06T14:42:02+0000
    David was a great facilitator of this course and delivered the content in such a way that I felt engaged and easily... developed an understanding of the course content and its importance. I would highly recommend David's course to anyone considering it.read more
    Charlotte Hegarty
    Charlotte Hegarty
    2020-11-29T07:29:17+0000
    Excellent course, not only for job purposes but every day. The course was very easy to follow and the zoom is very... interactive making it interesting.read more
    Ally Bates
    Ally Bates
    2020-11-27T15:33:37+0000
    Highly recommend! Dave was very thorough and even though the exam was online it was so easy to follow!
    Kate White
    Kate White
    2020-11-22T16:53:21+0000
    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 Christiansen
    Elena Christiansen
    2020-10-20T16:17:15+0000
    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
    2020-10-20T00:31:31+0000
    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
    Emily Alice Booth
    Emily Alice Booth
    2020-10-15T18:12:25+0000
    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
    2020-10-15T16:09:01+0000
    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
    2020-09-02T18:07:36+0000
    Thank you Dave for the training which was very informative and well presented. Would definitely recommend the course.
    Allie Williams
    Allie Williams
    2020-07-22T17:40:56+0000
    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
    Chris Cornish
    Chris Cornish
    2020-06-22T15:48:11+0000
    Can’t recommend enough. Makes food safety so easy to understand and tailors your learning based around your... business/experience. 5*read more
    Iolanda Preda
    Iolanda Preda
    2020-06-17T13:38:00+0000
    Great and useful training on HACCP Level 3.
    Serena Louise
    Serena Louise
    2020-01-21T15:14:35+0000
    Very interesting and great delivery of the training 👍🏻
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    Axtell Food Safety
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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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