If you've been watching Masterchef Australia, then you've no doubt witnessed the way in which the remaining contestants went into hysterics over the arrival of acclaimed and award-winning chef Heston Blumenthal.
While reality TV does come with its fair share of crazy reactions, Heston Blumenthal is one of those chefs where you can certainly appreciate the craze. Regardless of whether you're personally a fan of his style or not, it's hard to deny that Heston has played a key role in revolutionising what is possible - and expected - of chefs.
Heston Blumenthal (left)
Heston Blumenthal and the multisensory experience
This no more apparent than the hand he's played in the emergence and popularisation of the food science of molecular gastronomy. That said, Heston prefers not to be labelled in accordance to this. Rather, he personally likes to be seen as a chef with a modern approach to what it means to create food and fantastic dining experiences.
A core aspect of achieving this comes down to the multisensory experience, which he notes as the whole process of enjoying a meal going beyond the plate, and including factors such as ambience, emotion and memory. All of these combined in a positive way turn a great experience into an unforgettable, timeless one.
This approach has led to great results, with his restaurant The Fat Duck (currently residing in Melbourne while its UK location undergoes refurbishment) being one of only four in Great Britain to have earned three Michelin stars.
Heston has made some truly fantastic dishes, including many using pork. Suffice to say, they're a little more elaborate than your usual affair. If you're up for taking any on, you can find a great list of them on insearchofheston.com!
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