Media Release

Michelin-star Norfolk chef making meals in QEH kitchen to say ‘thank you’

Michelin-Star chef Galton Blackiston will be swapping the kitchen at Morston Hall for kitchen at QEH on Thursday 7 May when he cooks for patients and staff to say ‘thank you’ the hospital’s impressive response to COVID-19.

Norfolk born Galton is supporting the ‘Help NHS Heroes’ campaign which is seeing food supplies being provided to hospitals and NHS workers. Galton has taken his donation one step further – showing his fantastic support for his local hospital – and instead of preparing and sending meals in for staff to enjoy he has agreed to visit QEH and prepare, cook and serve food in our very own kitchen.

His recipe of Daube of Beef with creamy mashed potato, rustic ratatouille and Norfolk asparagus will be cooked using ingredients donated by local businesses, Barsbys, True Foods, and Jonny Cave. The beef is being supplied from the Estate of HRH Princes Charles.

Tom Amery, Managing Director from The Watercress Company, said “We are delighted to be able to help support Galton Blackiston and his work for NHS Heroes. It is our privilege be able to provide key ingredients for his chosen recipes to feed patients and staff at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital. They are in for a real treat as the choice of beef being used has been exquisitely reared at Maiden Castle Iron Age Hill Fort, followed by a 32-day dry ageing process overseen by award-winning butchers Ben and Rob from our sister company Brace of Brothers in Poundary.

Not only will this provide our hard-working staff with a warm hearty meal, it will also act as a huge morale boost for staff as they enter into week the seventh week of treating and caring for patients in West Norfolk and the surrounding areas suffering from Coronavirus.

Galton said: “I am delighted to be a part of the Heroes charity, which has been a supply lifeline in so many ways to our NHS. So, when they asked me to get involved with hot meals for key workers, my natural choice of hospital was Queen Elizabeth. It’s a real pleasure for me and the wonderful support I’ve received from suppliers to be able to feed our amazing frontline NHS and some of the patients at QEH. The pressure is on to create something memorable!”

Stewart Nimmo, QEH’s Catering Manager, said “We are looking forward to welcoming Galton to our kitchen. My team are very excited to have been given the privilege to support Galton in delivering these meals to our patients and staff. This is further evidence of how Coronavirus has brought local communities together. We have received such fantastic support over the last weeks and months for which we couldn’t be more grateful.”

The NHS Heroes campaign is committed to the singular mission of protecting the welfare and wellbeing of NHS workers, from physical to mental health to day-to-day necessities. The Queen Elizabeth Hospital is extremely grateful to have been chosen as one of the beneficiaries.


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A media package will be released on Thursday 7th May and also post visit.