Firefighters from Boston are to appear on BBC1 show The Food Inspectors tonight.
Green Watch were filmed in October as the show’s host Chris Hollins assessed the cleanliness of the mess room for the TV show, which reveals food hygiene levels in kitchens of restaurants and takeaways throughout the country.
Matt King, who facilitated the filming for the day, said: “The food inspector swabbed the kitchen and, although it looked quite clean and tidy on the surface, it turned out to be quite a different story under the microscope.”
The inspectors turned up higher levels of bacteria than expected, but this has led to changed hygiene habits – such as the use of anti-bacterial wipes.
Despite perhaps not being as spotless in the kitchen as they had hoped, the crew still managed to set a good example for viewers by working some important cooking safety messages into the show.
Matt said: “We tied some fire safety messages into their messages about hygiene – for example by emphasising that keeping your kitchen clean not only reduces bacteria, but reduces fat and food build-up around the grill which may lead to a fire.”
The crew also had the chance to show off their operational response on a shout and were filmed doing some BA and ladder drills.
Matt said the director called the whole crew ‘amazingly professional’ and was very satisfied with the footage.
He added: “It was a lot of fun, and pretty tiring, but all the guys really enjoyed it – and we learnt a bit about food hygiene in the process.”
The Boston crew’s episode of The Food Inspectors will air tonight on BBC1 at 8pm.