I’ve recently finished reading Heston Blumenthal: The Biography of the World’s Most Brilliant Master Chef by Chas Newkey-Burden. Heston Blumenthal is an eccentric English chef and owner of The Fat Duck, a three-Michelin-starred restaurant in Bray, Berkshire which has been voted Best Restaurant in the UK and received a perfect score of 10/10 every year since 2007 by The Good Food Guide.
In the 2013 edition of The Good Food Guide two of Blumenthal’s restaurants, The Fat Duck and Dinner by Heston Blumenthal were voted in the top 20 restaurants in the UK, with The Fat Duck ranked number 1 and Dinner by Heston Blumenthal ranked 19. Additionally, The Fat Duck was voted best restaurant in the world in 2005 by Restaurant magazine. Since that date, The Fat Duck was awarded 2nd place in 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009, 3rd in 2010, 5th in 2011 and 12th in 2012. Dinner by Heston Blumenthal was awarded 9th place in 2012.
Sadly this book couldn’t be rated in a similar fashion. I found it deeply ironic that the front cover has a picture of Heston in front of a lit pot because the author completely failed to capture any of Heston’s “flame”. The start of the book focuses on his childhood and background, but the book then moves onto a dry drivel bringing none of the excitement which Heston’s cooking brings. Sadly too much of this book was a blow by blow description of what happened in various tv shows – not behind the scenes but what could be seen on screen. Badly written and badly spelt too. I found it a challenge to finish this book and so won’t be recommending it.