About Heston's Feast
Tuesdays at 9.30pm
Chef Heston Blumenthal creates a magnificent feast inspired by the excesses of the Roman Empire.
About the show:
Heston becomes a gastronomic timelord 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 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. Through each programme, he will create a spectacular mouthwatering historical feast complete with all the sumptuous, orgiastic, excessive mayhem our ancestors took for granted.
Chomping his way through key moments in culinary history our gastronaut recreates feasts including Henry VIII's Feast of Beasts, the Roman shagging-food orgy of Caligula and Alice's Banquet in Wonderland for a room stuffed full of demanding celebrities, hard-nosed critics and hungry revelers, all bracing themselves for the feast of their lives.
Heston uses the different dishes on the menu for the feast to map out a fascinating timeline of how our tastes and techniques have developed into the food habits we share today, and as the dishes come to life, so do the lives of the people who ate them. Did the Romans really eat parrot tongues and sows' nipples? Why were the Victorians so titillated by jelly? And were medieval chefs actually putting live birds inside their pies?
Researching incredible historic dishes takes Heston on a remarkable journey across Britain and the rest of the World as he puts together his incredible feast menu. He'll re-discover our bizarre taste for the bloodsucking lamprey in the rivers of Latvia, go after the ancient Roman delicacy of dormouse in the forests of Slovenia, and hitch a ride with New Jersey fishermen on the trail of turtle meat.
But Heston's not just interested in simply recreating the past.
He wants to add his own modern touches to his historic recipes to
turn them into incredible dishes for the 21st century. And because
he needs to create a feast his guests will remember for the rest of
their lives, he's going to pull out all the stops - expect plumes
of dry ice, pyrotechnic explosions and food that stimulates the
senses in ways you never thought possible.
Heston's under pressure to crack the ancient culinary codes in time for the magnificent feast, and as the diners spill into the room and take their seats, he wonders: will these old school dishes inspire us to create new ideas that move us onto the next exciting level of 21st century cooking, or will he have a riot on his hands?