Hospital chef claims ‘good egg’ award

pat bell
pat bell

THE catering manager at Scarborough Hospital has spoken of her pride after the trust was awarded for its work with celebrity chef James Martin.

Scarborough and North East Yorkshire Healthcare NHS Trust was among some 40 hospitals, educational centres and local councils to be presented a Good Farm Animal Welfare Award.

The award was presented by Compassion in World Farming for Scarborough’s efforts to help improve the welfare of millions of farm animals.

The awards, in three categories – Good Egg, Good Chicken and Good Dairy - recognise commitment to improving the lives of animals by sourcing only higher welfare eggs, chicken or dairy produce for their catering. Scarborough was delighted to win a Good Egg Award. Pat Bell, Catering Manager at Scarborough Hospital, attended the event to collect the award and to speak about the work that the Trust has been doing with Saturday Kitchen presenter Martin, who trained at Yorkshire Coast College and grew up in Ryedale.

He worked alongside Scarborough Hospital chefs earlier this year to change the way hospital food is created for a week-long BBC series which was broadcast in September.

She said: “We are delighted to have received a Good Egg award which shows our commitment to using cage free hens. As part of the filming for Operation Hospital Food we visited a farm that rehomes battery hens and it was really quite distressing to see images of the hens when they first arrived at the farm. We are proud to say that all our eggs now come from happy hens.

“We are still working towards the Soil Association’s Bronze Accreditation and will be looking into the criteria for the Good Dairy and Good Pig Awards for next year.”

Jenny Jones, Green Assembly Member and former chair of London Food addressed the audience, and spoke passionately about her bid to improve the food we eat as a nation.

TV chef Allegra McEvedy helped present the awards.