Television star Prue Leith, a judge on Channel 4 baking show The Great British Bake Off, is set to advise hospital caterers on how to improve food for patients.
The high-profile recruitment comes after the government announced in June that it was launching a review to improve the standard of hospital meals, of which 140million are served annually.
Leith said she hoped to help stop ‘unpalatable food’ being served to those in UK hospitals.
She joins a long line of famous-name chefs who’ve worked with the government to improve food standards – including Albert Roux, Loyd Grossman and, more recently, James Martin.
A 2013 report criticised £50million wasted on schemes that had failed to improve food quality in the NHS
The review will examine how meals are prepared, potentially increasing in-hospital catering and aiming to use more locally-sourced, fresh produce.
The cookery star said: ‘Millions of pounds are wasted in hospitals with food ending up in the bin, unpalatable food being the main complaint.
“I’m delighted that at long last Downing Street and the Department of Health have decided to do something about it. “A hospital meal should be a small highlight, a little pleasure and comfort, and it should help, not hinder, the patient’s recovery.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson welcomed the review, saying: ‘Guaranteeing hospitals serve nutritional, tasty and fresh meals will not only aid patient recovery, but also fuel staff and visitors as they care for loved ones and the vulnerable.”
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