In early April, the St. Mary’s County Health Department awarded its prestigious Gold Star Award to the kitchen staff at the IAM’s William W. Winpisinger Education and Technology Center, located in Hollywood, MD.
“I have to give credit where credit is due,” said Winpisinger Center Kitchen Supervisor Cecilia Murphy. “I have four cooks and four assistants. There are two cooks and two assistants per shift.”
The county’s award is given annually to food service facilities that achieve superior food safety standards. Environmental health specialists at the health department regularly inspect nearly 500 food service facilities in St. Mary’s County to ensure food safety is being adequately addressed.
“I am extremely proud of our staff and our facility, this recognition is well deserved,” said IAM International President Bob Martinez. “The IAM has always known what St. Mary’s County has just announced. The Winpisinger kitchen staff is second to none in my book. Our members can’t say enough about the quality of food and service at the Harbor.”
“I am incredibly proud of the W3 kitchen Staff; they do a remarkable job week in and week out for the membership. Receiving the Gold Star Award from the County Health Department is reflective of the Kitchen Staff’s hard work and attention to quality in every aspect of their job. Not only do they prepare and serve great food, but they do so in manner that consistently exceeds required food safety standards. The Gold Star Award is really tough to earn; very few food service operations ever receive the Gold Star Award – it’s quite an achievement.”
The select few food establishments that achieve this high level of compliance receive a certificate and a window sticker designating them as Gold Star establishments. Recipients also receive special recognition from the Maryland General Assembly.