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."