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Heston Blumenthal working on NHS hospital food project

09 June 2009 by
Heston Blumenthal working on NHS hospital food project

Michelin-starred chef Heston Blumenthal has revealed that he is attempting to do what Jamie Oliver did for school meals in the NHS with hospital food.

Heston Blumenthal, owner of the three Michelin-starred Fat Duck restaurant in Bray, Berkshire, told delegates at the Cheltenham Science Festival in Gloucester that he was a year into a Government-backed project with the NHS and Reading University to improve hospital food.

The lauded chef said the project was looking at ways to rejuvenate the dining environment in hospital and improve the flavour of food in the mouth.

The standard of hospital food has come under repeated attacks from consumer groups such as Which?

Blumenthal's involvement is not the first time the Government has tried to improve the standard of hospital food via celebrity chefs.

The Better Hospital Food Programme, scrapped in 2006, was launched by the Department for Health in 2001 with TV chef Lloyd Grossman as its figurehead.

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By Chris Druce

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