Media Release

Charlie Hodson becomes QEH Chef Patron

The Queen Elizabeth Hospital in King’s Lynn has announced a partnership with renowned Norfolk chef, Charlie Hodson to become their QEH Chef Patron.

The well-known local chef, Charlie, of Hodson & Co Deli & Cheese Room and Charlie’s Norfolk Food Heroes, will support QEH in raising awareness of the health benefits of good nutrition and loan his nationally accredited expertise in the creation of new patient and staff menus.

Charlie has supported the QEH, his local hospital, throughout COVID-19 by cooking meals and supporting fundraisers and staff initiatives.

He said: “Since the beginning of COVID -19, I have seen many organisations go above and beyond in their local communities, even when they were struggling themselves. Businesses stepped up and realised the monumental task our NHS had on its hands.

“Throughout COVID-19 my relationship with The Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Kings Lynn, under the amazing leadership of Caroline Shaw, CEO and Laura Skaife-Knight, Deputy CEO and their team, has developed and I know they have worked tirelessly like every other member of the NHS within the UK to support of community through these unprecedented times.”

No stranger to QEH kitchens, Charlie and The Victoria Inn team joined the catering team in creating ‘Pork three ways’ and ‘butternut squash & celeriac terrine’ for QEH colleagues in June.

He continues: “I was lucky enough to be part of the team for the ‘kitchen takeover’ at QEH alongside the Victoria Inn & Holkham Estate. It was here I had the privilege to meet Stewart Nimmo, Catering Manager, and his team, and I subsequently found myself in awe of how hard they work, under such tough circumstances during these challenging times.”

Charlie will be working alongside Stewart and Hannah Lodge, Head of Dietetics, in his new role as Chef Patron, all of whom are committed to providing a range of high quality food and drink for patients and staff alike.

“This solid friendship has been born with all at QEH from a chance tweet between myself and Amanda-Jane Weir, Head of Staff Engagement, all those months ago! I am truly honoured to have been asked to become a Patron of the hospital. I am delighted to be able to give something back to a hospital that has given so much to me and was at the forefront of my own personal road to recovery and for that, I am forever grateful.”

Caroline Shaw, Chief Executive at QEH, commented: “I’m absolutely thrilled that Charlie has decided to become our Chef Patron. I’m really excited for Charlie to work with our fantastic catering team. Our teams work so hard all year round to feed our patients and staff and I’m grateful that Charlie is recognising this and wants to be involved.”

-ENDS-

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