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The culinary alchemist

Renowned chef Heston Blumenthal tells his incredible story that took a 16 year-old boy on a fascinating journey, breaking down the barriers between science and gastronomy.

In this event Heston Blumenthal, the ‘culinary alchemist’, will elaborate on his incredible journey that has taken a 16 year-old boy fascinated by the theatre and magic of the world of gastronomy on a voyage of exploration. A self-taught chef with no prior training, Blumenthal immersed himself in the rules and regulations of classic French cuisine – only to discover that for him this created more questions than answers. His unremitting quest for knowledge has seen him recognised throughout the world as one of the greatest modern chefs of our time. His fascinating journey involves associations with biochemists, perfumeries, sound technicians, psychologists and food historians to name but a few. His determination and relentless research have broken down barriers between science and gastronomy and his groundbreaking innovations have made him a leading light in a food movement of modernism that can be felt around the globe. His menu at his restaurant, The Fat Duck in Bray, Berkshire, allows his guests to enjoy a multi sensory dining experience, which always includes that essential Blumenthal ingredient – fun!


Heston Blumenthal | talks


Date and Time:

4 June 2008 at 7:00 pm


1 hour 30 minutes



Royal Institution
21 Albemarle Street
020 7409 2992

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Tickets cost £8, £6 concessions and £4 for RI Members

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