About Us

 Kent Food Safety

Kent Food Safety (formerly Ford Training) was founded in 2006 by David Axtell, who personally oversees all the courses. 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. We can provide you with a tailored program if necessary, including your company policies and documentation. Please contact us to discuss your own requirements.

Why choose Kent Food Safety?

Not only do we provide training at your premises and remotely that is both interesting & interactive, but we will also:

  1. Provide the latest training materials, workbooks and guidance
  2. If you would like us to organise your training, we can keep a training record for you for all of your candidates and will keep you updated and send you reminder for when their refresher training is due. We also keep you regularly updated on the progress of your employees training, as often as you require (for example, if you running courses regularly, we can provide you with monthly reports on attendance of training)
  3. Give you an inclusive, competitive price with no add on`s, such as exam fees etc. Our prices are net, so the only addition (which will be included in the quote for you) is vat. Please use our booking enquiry form
  4. Respond to email and telephone queries the same day.²
  5. Offer discounted refresher training,  if you do your original training with us.³
  6. make training fun and enjoyable! – see our gallery below of some of our training aids
  7. offer discounts if booking multiple bookings. For a quote for a chain / brand, please contact us and we can discuss your requirements, and arrange to come and meet you for a chat.

²except due to unforeseen circumstances, ie power failure, broadband failure etc. We will keep you updated if this is the case.

³the discounted refresher training is available on option a, please click here for more details.

Our In House Courses

We will come to your premises and run the course for you, wherever you are, at a time to suit you. We can provide all equipment needed, and have run courses in various businesses so can be flexible and work with the space you have. We currently provide in-house group training in restaurants, hotels, food manufacturers across the UK, onboard superyachts, in care homes, cafe`s, and schools.

Our Courses

All of our courses are run using a mix of learning styles and using different training aids to make the training fun and memorable. See some of our training aids from the courses we run!


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.

View David Axtell's profile on LinkedIn

View David’s Blog: http://davidaxtell.blogspot.co.uk

Our other Trainers

All of our trainers we use at Ford Training are accredited by highfield qualifications, and bring with them a wealth of work & training experience.

Rachel Scott

Rachael has had a long and varied career in further education, where she held the post of Advance Pratitioner, and has had positions in the catering and retail sectors. Her interests in health & food led her to become a Nutritionist, and she is extremely passionate about good nutrition for optimum health so is able to pass on this knowledge & passion in the delivery of the nutrition course which she runs.

Daisy Silcock

Daisy comes from a food manufacturing background, having worked as a Hygiene Manager and Production Manager in various food manufacturers. With this experience in mind, she is well placed to pass on this knowledge in the courses she runs, whilst making the courses interactive & fun. Being an accredited trainer for CIEH, HABC and IOSH, she runs food safety courses from level 1 – 3, along with Level 2 awards in health & safety, HACCP, COSHH, and Fire Safety

Mark Coates

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.

Exclusive Butler School provides intensive butler training courses, superyacht and chalet steward/ess interior courses and butler/hospitality Training:

We chose Kent Food Safety to provide food safety training to our client’s staff members – 20 staff on-board their yacht in the Middle East.  The training was very successful, and we were very pleased with the level of training provided.  We chose Kent Food Safety for their expertise, and will definitely be using them again in the future.”

Ethelbert Childrens Services provide residential care and fostering services to children and young people who are unable to live with their own families.

Dawn said; “Initially we located Kent Food Safety online. After a meeting where we outlined our requirements, we began working with David in 2017. Feedback from our staff has always been positive. When asked what did you enjoy most about today? Replies varied from:-   The refreshing way the topic was delivered  –  Very informative, much better that previous trainer on this subject, thank you  –  All of it-  Open discussion and how he did PowerPoint  –  The level of depth he went in to the topic  –  The enthusiasm of the trainer  –  Very laid back approach which enabled me to take more in. We hope to continue using Kent Food Safety for any future training.”

Worthing Pier Logo

Worthing Pier`s Southern Pavilion has been recently refurbished and wanted some advice on how to achieve a 5 star food hygiene rating. We carried out an audit and provided a report of our findings and an action plan of suggested improvements.

Richard Bradley, Director of Worthing Pier: “We found Ford Training through an internet search and from our initial conversation Dave knew exactly what we were looking for as a new restaurant business. Dave carried out a food hygiene audit, wrote a report with recommendations and priorities and re-visited our premises to discuss his report. We found it easy to follow and logical. Dave also carried out a three hour level 1 award in food safety training session, which the staff found really useful and interesting. We were inspected the following week by EHO and were awarded 5 stars for our food hygiene rating!”

RPC       CIEH  Level 2 Award in Food Safety in Catering

Why did you book with Ford Training?     ” Local company offering comprehensive training at competitive prices. Flexible and accommodating for councils requirements”

Why would you use us again?                       ” The trainer had excellent communication skills and catered for all individuals needs in respect of training levels. Would most definitely use service again”

reflex logo                    HABC Level 2 Award in Food Safety for Manufacturing & Level 2 Award in HACCP in Manufacturing

” Reflex Nutrition is a leading sports nutrition company and therefore food safety is of the highest importance to us. The course was extremely relevant to our business and the staff enjoyed it, I will definitely use Ford Training again!”

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Right Track Nursery, Hertford

CIEH Level 2 Award in Food Safety in Catering

“The course was fun yet informative, loved the sweets!”

Clapham Lodge Care Home, Level 2 Award in Food Safety in Catering

“We were very impressed with the booking service for our catering course. It was quick efficient and very accommodating for our specific needs. The course itself was well run. The candidates worked hard and all passed with flying colours.”

Here is a selection of comments from our feedback forms from other courses we have run:

January 2020: Level 3 Food Safety in Catering, for a pub co, ‘video clips made the course relevant to my job, not sure about the taste in music though!? ‘

November 2019: Level 2 HACCP for Manufacturing, ‘jokes were predictable but lightened the mood. Dodgy taste in music! ?’

September 2019: Allergens awareness course for a preschool, ‘invaluable information on allergens, really interesting course ?’

December 2018: Level 2 Award in Food Safety in Catering, ‘really tailored the food safety course to suit our position on-board as food handlers’

April 2018: In-house health & safety training, ‘ made the course relevant to our setting, videos helped to break up the day.’ 

May 2017: In-house Level 2 Award in Food Safety, ‘ was really good having a trainer with a catering background, made the course easier to relate to.’ 

February 2017: Level 1 Food Award in Food Safety for a school,’ course was more interesting than previous hygiene courses i’ve been on, the cheesy music was funny!

September 2016: Allergens awareness course for a caterer, ‘ course was relevant, and informative, music made me smile!

February 2015: Level 2 Award in Food Safety in Catering “fun, interactive, interesting, kept my interest throughout the day.”

April 2014: Level 3 Award in Supervising Food Safety in Catering good use of visual aids made an otherwise dry subject interesting!”

November 2013: Level 2 Award in HACCP in Catering ” the handouts made the course easy to follow, course was well organised.”

April 2012: Level 2 Food Safety in Catering “found the tutor very knowledgable, interactive course, liked the humour!”

April 2012: Level 2 Health & Safety ” was expecting a very dull day but the tutor used relevant workplace examples & made it interesting”

March 2012: Level 2 Food Safety in Manufacturing ” Humourous tutor but didn`t like the pest & dropping samples!”

Dec 2011: Level 3 Supervising Food Safety in Catering: ” Found the card games & videos really broke up the day” 

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