It’s no secret that hospital food isn’t gourmet, but it is edible…usually. Patients should at least be able to enjoy their meals, though. One hospital in particular (*cough* The Ottawa Hospital *cough*) serves such horrible food that even the hospital’s CEO could barely stomach it.
After receiving a woman’s letter asking for changes to be made since the food was so inedible (she even called the hospital eggs a “yellow puck of sadness”), The Ottawa Hospital CEO Dr. Jack Kitts decided to try out the hospital’s food firsthand. He committed to eating the food three times a day for a week with his team, and let’s just say he was less than thrilled by the underwhelming meals.
“Our management team has recently eaten hospital food for a week and agrees with your observation that we need to improve the presentation and taste,” said Kitts in a response back to the woman.
Now, the hospital will be working to improve its food and deliver more modern, flavourful and diverse meals to the patients. Some of the new meals will include salad plates, quinoa, fresh sandwiches and will even start to cut down on the more stewy dishes.
But this isn’t the first time someone’s complained about the hospital food. Apparently, the hospital’s been hearing food-related complaints for years.
“The tradition has been make it bland and let them spice it up at the bedside,” said Kevin Peters, the director of Food Services, because so many patients have dietary restrictions. Peters goes on to explain how the hospital may even hold buffets and flexible meal times for patients in the future.
By the sound of it, the food at The Ottawa Hopsital can only get better from here.