A paramedic ate celery and a colleague jokingly put a prawn on a dying man's chin as he was given shock treatment, a hearing has been told.
Clive Greedy is accused of eating the celery in the kitchen of the heart attack patient, who later died in hospital on the Isle of Wight in 2006.
It is claimed colleague John Jones put a prawn on the man's chin, to see if it would become cooked.
A panel is considering if Mr Greedy's fitness to practise has been affected.
Mr Jones was dismissed following the incident, while Mr Greedy, after first being given only a formal verbal warning, was also dismissed.
He appealed, and went to an employment tribunal, but both moves were unsuccessful, the Health Professions Council (HPC) heard.
Darren Claydon, an emergency care practitioner, was first on the scene, followed by Mr Greedy and Mr Jones, an ambulance technician.
Mr Claydon told a hearing in London on Monday: "My attention was called to Clive Greedy, by him saying, 'Nice celery'.
"He was holding a piece of celery, with bite marks, and a piece missing from it.
"It appeared to me he had been eating the celery. I saw him chewing."
Mr Greedy, who was working for the Isle of Wight Ambulance Service at the time, is not present at the hearing and is not represented, but denies the allegations.
Nicola Hill, for the HPC, said when the patient's wife was told that there was an investigation into whether Mr Greedy had been eating, she said: "I was disgusted to learn of Clive Greedy's conduct.
"I could not believe any individual would act in such a manner."
Mr Claydon said the incidents happened as the medical team were giving shocks in an attempt at resuscitation.
"John Jones took my attention away from the monitor by jesting with a prawn that he had taken from a sink, in a colander, and said 'Does anybody want a prawn?' and held it out and gestured with it."
Mr Claydon turned back to the monitor, then became aware that a prawn was on the chin of the patient.
He said: "There were prawns only in a colander in the sink in that kitchen, and the last place I saw the prawn was in Mr Jones's hand.
"As I looked down and noticed this prawn he said: 'Let's see if we can cook a prawn'.
"At this point I felt it acceptable to deliver the shock, the shock was delivered and the prawn was removed.
"I said: 'What are you playing at?"'
Later as their efforts to revive the patient continued, he became aware of Mr Greedy and the celery, he said.
Asked how he had felt about the incident, he said: "Disbelief, and feeling very uncomfortable about the situation. I said 'How can you behave like this, what if the wife comes in?'."
Mr Claydon said he later reported the incident.
He did not think the team could have done any more for the patient clinically than they did, but he had felt that the actions he reported were morally and ethically wrong.
The hearing continues.
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