Heston Marc Blumenthal OBE (born 27 May 1966 in London, raised in Buckinghamshire)  
     
 

Heston Marc Blumenthal OBE is the chef and owner of The Fat Duck, a three-Michelin-starred restaurant in Bray, Berkshire voted Best Restaurant in the UK by The Good Food Guide 2007 and 2009, and voted best restaurant in the world by Restaurant magazine in 2005. His restaurant has been a perennial runner-up to Ferran Adria of El Bulli in the world rankings, achieving 2nd place in 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009, and 3rd in 2010. Blumenthal is famous for his scientific approach and has been described as a culinary alchemist for his innovative style of cooking. Blumenthal's much-anticipated first London restaurant, Dinner by Heston Blumenthal at the Mandarin Oriental, will open in 2011.

Blumenthal is a proponent of modern cooking; he opened his own research and development kitchen in early 2004. It could be said that he is a molecular gastronomist, though he dislikes the term, believing it makes the practice sound "complicated" and "elitist."

 
   
   
     
 

One of his signature techniques is the use of a vacuum jar to increase expansion of bubbles during food preparation. This is used in such dishes as an aerated chocolate souffle?like dessert. The reduction in air pressure inside the jar causes bubbles to grow to a larger size. He has experimented with amplification to enhance the sounds, such as the crunch, created while eating various foods.

Blumenthal is a proponent of low temperature, ultra?slow cooking, whereby a joint of meat is cooked for up to 24 hours so as to contain the fat content while preventing collagen molecules from re-forming within the meat. In his In Search of Perfection series, he cooks a Bresse chicken at 60 degrees Celsius (140 degrees Fahrenheit). Ultra-slow cooking does not melt the fat or release many juices, making the creation of gravy impossible, but Blumenthal says that gravy is unnecessary as the meat itself is sufficiently moist .....

 
     
  Wikipedia : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heston_Blumenthal  
   
 
 
   
 
 
 
     
     
     
       
  1. Official website of the Fat Duck restaurant
 
       
  2. Heston Blumenthal recipes at www.bbc.co.uk  
       
  3. Blumenthal's biography