Heston’s Feast

FOOD TELEVISION – Mondays from 5 November, 12.30pm, 4.30pm, 8.30pm

Heston Blumenthal – one of the world’s greatest chefs – sets out on a second set of gastronomic adventures, reinventing famous past or imagined feasts for celebrity diners. In each episode Heston recreates a spectacular mouth-watering feast inspired by stories such as Hansel and Gretel, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory as well as an eye-popping feast influenced by gothic tales of horror, all for a room full of demanding diners, ready for the most incredible meal of their lives. As the dishes come to life, so do the worlds of the people who eat them and one thing is certain, each feast is one that no one will ever forget.

FOOD TELEVISION – Mondays from 17 September, 12.30pm, 4.30pm, 8.30pm

Heston Blumenthal becomes a gastronomic time lord as he turns off his blowtorch, puts on his chef whites and travels back in time to culinary worlds that have gone un-tasted for centuries to find out if the future of food lies in the gastronomy of our past. Heston’s mission is to surprise jaded 21st century palates by scientifically reconstructing an inventive back-to-the-future banquet consisting of forgotten flavours, textures and taste sensations. In each episode Heston will create a spectacular mouth-watering historical feast complete with all the sumptuous, orgiastic, excessive mayhem our ancestors took for granted.

Top British chef Heston Blumenthal makes his first visit to New Zealand this week where he will prepare a swanky $7000-a-head dinner in Hawkes Bay.

Blumenthal is known to many viewers thanks to his show Heston’s Feast, which screened here on TV One, and for his appearance on MasterChef Australia last season.

The three-starred Michelin chef will prepare six courses for 65 guests, including John Key, at the Cape Kidnappers resort this Saturday.

US chef Thomas Keller and the resort’s kiwi head chef Dale Gartland will help in preparing the meal.

Blumenthal is considered one of the best British chefs of his generation, a title that was confirmed in 2004 when he became only the third English chef to be awarded three Michelin stars.

Source: Herald

9:30pm Tuesday, November 23 on TV One

Heston Blumenthal the inventor of snail porridge is back and this time he’s changing history with his food.

In each episode, Blumenthal explores a period of extraordinary gastronomic innovation, recreating ‘lost’ recipes, and discovering forgotten flavours and ingredients.

He explains to channel4.co.uk, “I’m really fascinated by historic cooking, my philosophy is that food should be fun – a delicious, spectacular adventure in which every bite is a surprise to the senses.”

This sense of adventure is evident in the lavish banquets he prepares in this series such as, a Willy Wonka feast based on Road Dahl’s Charlie And The Chocolate Factory. “It’s the perfect chance for me to become my own hero from the era,” says Blumenthal, “as I try to recreate Roald Dahl’s chocolate factory.”

Imagine the possibilities of taking some of Wonka’s ideas and turning them into reality. This is a food adventure in the extreme,” explains Blumenthal.

He also conjures up a fairytale feast inspired by his favourite stories which thrilled and scared him as a child including; Snow White, Cinderella and Hansel And Gretel.

And Heston goes ghoulish in an eye-popping gothic feast that takes inspiration from iconic works of horror such as Frankenstein, Dracula and Dr Jekyll And Mr Hyde.

The culmination of each of Heston’s culinary quests is a spectacular banquet laid on for a boisterous bunch of celebrity diners.

Missed an episode of Heston’s Feast? Full episodes are available online. Go to tvnz.co.nz and click the ‘Ondemand’ button.

10:30pm Sunday, October 25 on TV One

Heston Blumenthal becomes a gastronomic time lord as he turns off his blowtorch, puts on his chef whites, and travels back in time to culinary worlds that have gone untasted for centuries, on the new TV ONE series Heston’s Feast (tonight at 10.30pm).

Blumenthal’s mission is to surprise jaded 21st century palates by scientifically reconstructing an inventive back-to-the-future banquet consisting of forgotten flavours, textures and taste sensations. Through each episode, he will create a historical feast, complete with all the sumptuous, orgiastic, excessive mayhem that people’s ancestors took for granted.

Blumenthal says he doesn’t do food in an ordinary way. “I think food should be fun. A delicious, spectacular adventure with every bite being a delight to the senses. I want to create meals that people will remember for the rest of their lives.”

As head at one of the best restaurants in the world, Blumenthal says he takes inspiration from all around. “I’ve discovered lately that history has incredible ideas I can use. These aren’t dead recipes, these are the future of cooking.”

“I believe the future of cooking lies in the secrets of the past. So I’m on a mission to use myth science and history to create the greatest feasts ever seen,” he says.

Key moments recreated in Heston’s Feast include Henry VIII’s Feast of Beasts, and the Roman shagging-food orgy of Caligula – and all for a room full of demanding celebrities, hard-nosed critics and hungry revellers.

Episode one sees the culinary conjuror create a feast inspired by the food marvels of the Victorian age. But to give things a typically Heston twist, he’s using his favourite novel from the time – Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland – to theme his dishes. It is ‘Heston’s Mad Hatter’s Tea Party’ and his specially invited celebrity diners are in for a truly remarkable eating experience. On the menu: Alice’s body-transforming ‘Drink Me’ potion, mock turtle soup, edible insects and absinthe jelly served with flavoured helium balloons.