Staff spent their lunchbreak enjoying a fine-dining take on hospital food.
Staff at a major London hospital received a fine-dining take on hospital food today, when a celebrity chef took to the kitchen to serve Christmas dinner for those who will be working over the Christmas period.
One of the UK’s best-known chefs John Torode took over the canteen at Newham University Hospital in East London on Friday 22 November.
Employees from the hospital, including doctors, nurses, healthcare assistants and support staff were surprised with a two-course Christmas dinner designed and prepared by Torode and a festive makeover of the canteen.
Hardworking staff spent their lunchbreak enjoying Torode’s take on Turkey Wellington with all the trimmings, followed by poached pears and frangipane for dessert.
John Torode commented; “While most of us clock off for Christmas Day to spend quality time celebrating with our loved ones, not everyone gets to enjoy this – whether it’s because they are working or because they are sacrificing their day to help others.
A year-round job.
Nina Ives, a Junior Sister at Newham University Hospital, said; “I’ve worked the past two Christmases, over both Christmas Day and Boxing Day. I work in the Infection Prevention department caring for patients throughout the whole hospital so it really is a year-round job.
“It was such a treat to meet John Torode and enjoy a meal specially prepared by him. It was a lovely reminder that the time we sacrifice with our own friends and family at Christmas isn’t taken for granted and helps motivate staff at this time of year.”
One4all Gift Cards ran the campaign to reward those who miss out on Christmas dinner with their families to work or help others.
Aoife Davey, Group Marketing Director at the company said; “We’re delighted to offer this small gesture to the team at Newham University Hospital, as part of our campaign to give back to those who dedicate their time to helping others at Christmas.
“While this won’t replace a Christmas Day spent with friends and family, we do hope it’s gives these hardworking NHS workers a unique Christmas experience they remember fondly in years to come.”