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Potted chef biography: Heston Blumenthal

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heston blumenthal 2012 the fat duck - 2012_HESTON._29-(credit-Neal-Haynes).jpgPerhaps the most famous figure on Britain’s contemporary culinary scene, Heston Blumenthal is a self-taught chef whose iconic flagship, The Fat Duck, was voted one of the top three restaurants in the world from 2004-2010. Blumenthal opened The Fat Duck in the tiny Berkshire village of Bray in 1995, initially serving classical French cuisine, but slowly developing the scientific approach for which he is now famous. His individualism paid off handsomely and the restaurant gained its third Michelin star in 2004; two years later Blumenthal was awarded an OBE for his services to the hospitality industry. His first London venture, Dinner by Heston Blumenthal, was launched in 2011; one year later, it was voted number nine in Restaurant magazine’s 'World’s 50 Best' list – the highest new entry. Blumenthal also owns The Hinds Head and The Crown at Bray, both of which showcase more traditional British cuisine. He has written columns for The Guardian, T2, The Times and GQ, and has hosted television series such as In Search of Perfection and Heston’s Feasts.

Dinner by Heston Blumenthal: Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park, 66 Knightsbridge, London SW1X 7LA; 020 7201 3833
The Fat Duck: 1 High Street, Bray, Berkshire SL6 2AQ; 01628 580333
The Hinds Head: High Street, Bray, Berkshire SL6 2AB; 01628 626151
The Crown at Bray: High Street, Bray, Berkshire SL6 2AH; 01628 621936

Read Square Meal’s interview with Heston Blumenthal (published in January 2011).

© photography by Neal Haynes.