Heston Blumenthal, born May 27th, 1966, is one of Britain’s most famous chefs, mostly known because of his scientific approach towards gastronomy, up to the point that he’s even referred at as “the alchemist”.
Blumenthal is the proud owner of The Fat Duck, a restaurant that has already earned three Michelin stars and was awarded as the best restaurant in the UK in 2007 and 2009, as well as the best restaurant in the world back in 2005 and 2006. Also, he’s won the Order of the British Empire (OBE) for his contributions to British gastronomy. Blumenthal describes himself as a “compulsive self-educated chef”, who studied French gastronomy by books and travels, where he visited restaurants, vineyards, cheese makers, slaughterhouses and whatnot to enlighten his mind and gastronomical investigation. Back in 1985, he married his wife and had 3 children, and up to this day, he claims they’ve been his biggest inspiration and influence in life, but it wasn’t until 1995 when he first opened The Fat Duck, which opened its doors five years later when he finally had developed the concept he was looking for on a restaurant. Blumenthal opened it with the idea of serving classy French food, but he was evolving and finding interest in science, so he started learning about physics, chemistry, and even psychology to create revolutionary meals and become the successful chef he is nowadays.
Blumenthal makes the most of what he calls Progressive Tasting. He discovered that, if you take flavor molecules from different sizes, we’ll notice the smaller one first and then, eventually with time, we’ll notice the bigger ones. That way, he developed the revolutionary and innovating concept behind molecular cuisine and makes people perceive flavors in the right exact way and order he wants them to notice and taste them.
Blumenthal claims to have found over 3500 food scents, from almonds to caviar, to white chocolate. That way, he mixes them in a huge variety of ways to create thousands of revolutionary recipes.
Eat with Your Brain
Blumenthal also made a name for himself for the way he makes the most of all of our senses when tasting his recipes. He blinds people or forces them to listen to really loud noises while eating, to try and determine the effect it could have on its tasting. There’s absolutely no denying on the fact that “The Alchemist” has been quite successful thanks to his ability to think outside the box, test boundaries and prove that there’s no reason why going out to grab a bite couldn’t be a life-changing experience. Nowadays, Blumenthal owns three restaurants in London and has made appearances in several tv shows, as well as published 7 books where he extensively discusses his cuisine and his findings. So, if you’re wondering what to eat while visiting London and have an extra buck to spare, you should look no further. Visit The Fat Duck and live a one-of-a-kind culinary experience you’ll want to tell your grandsons about.