AKA Heston Mark Blumenthal
Birthplace: London, England
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Executive summary: The Fat Duck
Head chef at the Fat Duck, a restaurant in Bray, Berkshire, England, which was awarded its coveted third star by the Michelin Hotel and Restaurant Guide in 2004. Blumenthal is noted both for his scientfic approach to gastronomy and his unpredictable flavor combinations -- for instance, the Fat Duck's "Degustation Menu" lists smoked bacon and egg ice cream, snail porridge, and chocolates infused with leather, oak, and tobacco. Inspired toward molecular gastronomy by Harold McGee's On Food and Cooking.
The Fat Duck was forced to close for two weeks in February 2009, after an outbreak of norovirus sickened some 500 diners.
Wife: Susanna (3 children)
Officer of the British Empire 2006
Risk Factors: Sciatica
Author of books:
Family Food: A New Approach to Cooking (2004, cookery)
In Search of Perfection: Reinventing Kitchen Classics (2006, cookery)
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