Food makeover

Scarborough's new TV celebrity chefs, Sharon Ellis(left) and Pat Bell, head chef and catering manager at Scarborough Hospital, who have starred in James Martin's BBC1 series Operation Hospital every day this week, transforming the food served at the hospital. He introduced baguettes, but tried to ban custard, which is Pats' and the patients favourite!  113667f   09/09/11
Scarborough's new TV celebrity chefs, Sharon Ellis(left) and Pat Bell, head chef and catering manager at Scarborough Hospital, who have starred in James Martin's BBC1 series Operation Hospital every day this week, transforming the food served at the hospital. He introduced baguettes, but tried to ban custard, which is Pats' and the patients favourite! 113667f 09/09/11

SCARBOROUGH Hospital’s restaurant has been buzzing after finding fame on a week-long BBC TV series.

Operation Hospital Food with James Martin was aired every morning last week and hospital catering manager Pat Bell says the response has been “overwhelming”.

Pat, who has worked at the hospital for 21 years, has been inundated with messages of support from all over the country.

Two women even came from Northallerton to have a meal in the hospital restaurant having watched the show.

Pat said: “We’ve had a mega week, it’s been mad! The restaurant has been so busy and we’ve had people coming in and ringing up asking to meet us.

“It’s been totally overwhelming. We didn’t expect anything like this.”

Head chef Sharon Ellis, who also features on the show, said: “I’d been dreading Monday and was very nervous how it would all come across, but it’s been fascinating to watch.

“We’ve wanted to put new ideas forward for a while and James has really pushed it for us.”

Pat told the Evening News that people have been sending in CVs and ringing up from as far afield as Wales wanting a job in the hospital kitchens.

She said: “I even got recognised in Tescos the other day!

“I never thought in a million years that people would take us to heart as much as they have.

“Everybody has been so supportive. I think everyone in the hospital has had the telly on this week!”