Heston Blumenthal is the latest celebrity chef to revamp hospital menus, and is working on more “exciting” meals for older people.

But will the average granny be chomping at the bit to try snail porridge and bacon and egg ice cream, favourites at his world famous restaurant the Fat Duck?

Surely it is a clever ploy to provoke a Jamie Oliver style backlash against “posh grub”, with patients demanding a return to cold potatoes and watery soup.