Heston Blumenthal

Heston Blumenthal

The author of The Fat Duck Cookbook ...

Heston Blumenthal OBE is the chef and owner of The Fat Duck, a three-Michelin-starred restaurant in the village of Bray in Berkshire voted Best Restaurant in the UK by the Good Food Guide 2007. Blumenthal is famous for his scientific approach and has been described as a culinary alchemist for his innovative style of cooking. He attended the John Hampden Grammar School, High Wycombe. Apart from a week's work experience in Raymond Blanc's kitchen, he is self-taught. According to an interview with The Observer in 2004, he has been cooking "seriously" since the mid-1990s.

In 2005 he produced a series of six half-hour television programmes called Kitchen Chemistry with Heston Blumenthal which were transmitted on Discovery Science along with a book Kitchen chemistry, published by Royal Society of Chemistry and distributed to 6000 schools in the UK and Ireland. This was followed by two more series (with much higher production values) called Heston Blumenthal: In Search of Perfection and Heston Blumenthal: Further Adventures In search of Perfection in which he created dishes based on but different from British favourites like bangers and mash, fish and chips and spaghetti bolognaise etc.) and chicken tikka masala, hamburgers and peking duck.

Blumenthal signed a two-year deal with Channel 4 in March 2008, joining the channel's roster of celebrity chefs which already included Jamie Oliver, Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall and Gordon Ramsay. Blumenthal agreed to revamp the menu at a Little Chef motorway restaurant with his recipe ideas to be introduced in all 193 outlets.

In March 2009 Blumenthal began a short series of 45 minute programmes, called Heston's Feasts, showing Victorian, Medieval, Tudor, Christmas and Roman themed dinner banquets with various celebrities as guests. A second series of this was commissioned and began a few days after Easter 2010.

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Name: Heston Blumenthal

Date of birth: 27.5.66

Education: John Hampden Grammar School, High Wycombe

Born: High Wycombe

Current home: Berkshire

Similar authors: Ferran Adria, Marcus Wareing

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Heston's Fantastical Feasts

Heston's Fantastical Feasts

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Once upon a time there was a Chef called Heston who opened a small restaurant called the Fat Duck. At first, he served only simple French classics but gradually, as is the way of things, the Chef's curiosity got the better of him and he...
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Heston's Fantastical Feasts

Heston's Fantastical Feasts (Hardback)

by Heston Blumenthal

Format: Hardback 320 pages
Published: 03/05/2010
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC

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The Fat Duck Cookbook

The Fat Duck Cookbook (Hardback)

by Heston Blumenthal

Format: Hardback 532 pages
Published: 05/10/2009
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC

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In this beautiful, smaller format edition of the award-winning Big Fat Duck Cookbook, we hear the full story of the meteoric rise of Heston... Read more

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Further Adventures in Search of Perfection

Further Adventures in Search of Perfection (Hardback)

by Heston Blumenthal

Format: Hardback 320 pages
Published: 19/11/2007
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC

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Heston Blumenthal's TV series In Search of Perfection, shown on BBC2 in autumn 2006, was so popular and successful that he has been commissioned... Read more

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In Search of Perfection (Hardback)

by Heston Blumenthal

Format: Hardback 320 pages
Published: 02/11/2006
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One of the world's most renowned chefs, Heston Blumenthal has made his name creating such original - and some might say bizarre - dishes as... Read more

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Family Food: A New Approach to Cooking

Family Food: A New Approach to Cooking (Paperback)

by Heston Blumenthal

Format: Paperback 352 pages
Published: 04/03/2004
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd

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This is a book for all the family to use. It will encourage children to have a go at cooking with their parents. It will provide tips and advice on... Read more

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