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The Prime Minister sat down with master baker Prue Leith for breakfast this morning but on the menu for discussion were listeria and NHS reform, not soggy bottoms and baking tips.

The Great British Bake Off judge has joined a government review of NHS food, which is set to examine whether a greater number of hospitals can provide in-house catering.

The pair enjoyed fresh fruit and yoghurt with cups of tea in the garden of 10 Downing Street. 

Prue Leith and Boris Johnson sat down for breakfast at 10 Downing Street this morning

Prue Leith and Boris Johnson sat down for breakfast at 10 Downing Street this morning

The official Downing Street Twitter account posted photos of the meal which was prepared

The official Downing Street Twitter account posted photos of the meal which was prepared

Celebrity cook Leith has previously criticised the current standard of hospital meals and called for NHS trusts to make appealing and nutritious food on-site for patients.

She said: 'Millions of pounds are wasted in hospitals with food ending up in the bin, unpalatable food being the main complaint.

'I'm delighted that, at long last, Downing Street and the Department of Health have decided to do something about it.

'A hospital meal should be a small highlight, a little pleasure and comfort, and it should help, not hinder, the patient's recovery.' 

The pair were photographed chatted animatedly after it emerged she would advise a government review into NHS hospital food

The pair were photographed chatted animatedly after it emerged she would advise a government review into NHS hospital food

There have been several celebrity led reviews into hospital food over the years including by Lloyd Grossman and Heston Blumenthal - but a campaign group concluded £50m has been wasted for zero improvement in quality

There have been several celebrity led reviews into hospital food over the years including by Lloyd Grossman and Heston Blumenthal - but a campaign group concluded £50m has been wasted for zero improvement in quality

It comes after the announcement Leith will advise a Government review into hospital food following the deaths of six people due to a listeria outbreak.

A 'root and branch' review launched by the Department of Health and Social Care on Friday will examine whether the number of hospitals catering in-house can be increased.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock called for the comprehensive review in June after six people died after contracting listeria from pre-packaged sandwiches and salads either purchased on site or given out by hospital staff.

The review will also consider whether kitchen facilities can be changed to bring more chefs into hospitals as well as using less frozen food and sourcing local fresh produce where possible.

The review will examine the quality of the estimated 140 million meals provided to patients each year, as well as staff meals.

The review was announced as a former health chief blamed 'systematic failures' in public health for 17 deaths linked to separate outbreaks of listeria and streptococcus earlier this year.

In July, NHS Mid Essex Clinical Commissioning Group confirmed 13 people had died in an outbreak of invasive Group A streptococcus.

Writing in the Journal Of The Royal Society Of Medicine on Friday, Professor John Ashton, former north-west regional director of public health, warned that years of austerity and cuts to local authority budgets had stripped the ability of environmental health departments to keep up with threats.

The review has been welcomed by Prime Minister Boris Johnson.

He said: 'Since entering Downing Street, my focus has been clear - to make sure our world-class NHS has everything it needs to

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