Chef creates spectacular cake in support of NHS staff at Queen Alexandra Hospital

A CHEF who has been furloughed due to the coronavirus pandemic has turned his culinary talents to making a cake for NHS staff at Queen Alexandra Hospital.

By Neil Fatkin
Friday, 17th April 2020, 4:30 pm
Updated Friday, 17th April 2020, 5:08 pm

As well as being a gesture of gratitude for the dedicated bravery of front-line staff battling the dangerous disease it also promotes the important public message to ‘Stay Home’, ‘Protect the NHS’ and ‘Save Lives’ - the same message seen on the daily government press briefing.

Jordan Thompson, 28, from Portsmouth, said: ‘While it will be nice for staff to hopefully have a slice of cake, for me it’s all about the message.

‘While most people are now adhering to social distancing I think it’s scandalous that a small minority are still putting lives at risk by not following government regulations - it infuriates me.’

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Chef, Jordan Thompson, with his cake for the NHS (right). Jordan presents the cake to staff at Queen Alexandra Hospital (left).

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Jordan, who normally works as head chef at the Crate and Apple pub in Chichester, was inspired to bake the cake after talking to his neighbour, Marion Moffat, who is a matron at QA.

‘Marion normally works with stroke patients but some of her time at the moment is spent on the coronavirus ward. She is working such long hours and I just wanted to do something to show my appreciation of the amazing work they do.

‘Hats off to the NHS - they are like a well oiled machine,’ said Jordan.

Chef, Jordan Thompson's cake with an important message to support the NHS.

The chocolate sponge iced gold cake was presented to Marion and other QA staff on Friday morning.

Marion said: ‘Jordan approached me about a week ago to talk about his immense admiration for the staff in the NHS and how he wanted to make us a cake. This has been driven by him and is a really wonderful gesture.

‘I work with Older Person’s Medicine at the hospital so we will make sure the cake is distributed across medicine and urgent Care. Jordan is a great chef and so I’m really looking forward to trying a slice.’

Chef, Jordan Thompson, presents his cake to QA matron, Marion Moffat.

The cake presentation follows on from Thursday night when residents across the region showed their appreciation for critical workers with a round of applause as part of the Clap for our Carers campaign.

Jordan, who has trained alongside celebrity chefs including Marco Pierre White and Jean Christophe Novelli, added: ‘I’ve been trying to keep busy since being furloughed and making this cake has allowed me to do something worthwhile and productive.’

The talented chef has also been posting cooking tutorials on his Instagram page for people to follow.