Heston Blumenthal, owner of the three Michelin-starred Fat Duck restaurant in Bray, Berkshire, is apparently a Government collaborator. According to the website caterersearch.com, he told delegates at the Cheltenham Science Festival in Gloucester that he is a year into a Government-backed project with the NHS and Reading University to improve hospital food.
Speaking this summer, the highly inventive chef said the project was looking at ways to rejuvenate the dining environment in hospital and improve the flavour of food in the mouth. FFS... where else would you want to improve the flavour of food?
Heston isn’t the first TV chef to try to reform NHS catering. The Better Hospital Food Programme (which was scrapped in 2006) was launched by the Department for Health in 2001 with Lloyd Grossman as its mascot.
Earlier this year, Heston’s restaurant suffered an outbreak of a vomiting and diarrhoea virus which closed the Fat Duck for three weeks. I’m not really sure the NHS needs something like that. After all, some hospitals are perfectly capable of doing that sort of thing on their own!