Heston's In Search Of Perfection

August 2017

S1 Ep7 - Spaghetti Bolognese

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Heston travels to Italy to break down and dissects the humble but delicious spaghetti bolognese, with versions from the traditional to the radical being tried and tested. First, Heston travels to the Bologna region of Italy and to the Trattoria Della Gigina, where he is surprised to find the famous meat sauce served with fresh tagliatelle rather than spaghetti. As he continues investigating recipes for the sauce, Heston heads to Modena to meet chef Massimo, who reveals his most radical sauce re...
July 2017

S1 Ep6 - Roast Chicken

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It's back to basics as kitchen alchemist Heston Blumenthal tackles a classic Sunday roast - chicken with all the trimmings. Heston and his lab manager, Chris, begin by choosing the top bird - the French poulet de Bresse. The roast potatoes are next and the chef not only selects the ideal spuds for the job but also conducts an experiment to determine whether those parboiled in salted or unsalted water provide the best results.
February 2017

S1 Ep3 - Steak And Salad

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Steak And Salad - In search of the tastiest steak, Heston’s first port of call is New York. Here, he meets celebrated BBQ chef Adam Perry Lang. Together they look at how the age of the meat affects its flavour by conducting a taste test with cuts of beef ranging from three days old to 12 weeks old. Having established the optimum age for a piece of meat, Heston’s focus turns to breed, comparing similar cuts from different cattle to find a meat that’s flavour stands out from the rest. (Ep.3) (Fro...

S1 Ep2 - Black Forest Gateaux

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Black Forest Gateaux - Continuing his quest for culinary perfection, Heston Blumenthal travels to Germany’s Black Forest in an attempt to revitalise the region’s famous gateau and transform it from tired Seventies favourite to 21st-century taste sensation. Heston’s journey begins with a visit to Baden Baden and the 250-year-old Café Konig, which claims to have invented the Schwarzwalder Kirschtorte (aka Black Forest gâteau). The chef is given access to the café’s recipe for the famous cake by ...
September 2016

S1 Ep5 - Pizza

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Pizza - Heston Blumenthal takes on junk food and tries to prepare a pizza superior to those that arrive on the back of a moped or from a freezer. Unsurprisingly, Heston begins his journey in Naples. Italy, the home of pizza. Back at his lab, in Bray, Heston starts work on preparing his own margherita pizza. Testing dough for the base, Heston compares hand-worked dough with that made in an electric mixer. With all the ingredients in place, Heston attempts to cook his pizza in less than two minut...

S1 Ep4 - Fish And Chips

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Fish And Chips - Chef Heston Blumenthal’s crusade for culinary perfection becomes more complex as he struggles with batter and potatoes in his quest for a superlative plate of fish ‘n’ chips. To get his taste buds bursting, Heston stops off at his old haunt, Micky’s, in Paddington, where the smell and the atmosphere bring back some savoured childhood memories. He then makes his way to Cornwall to track down the star of this Great British classic - the perfect white fish. In Looe, fish expert St...

S1 Ep1 - Bangers And Mash

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Bangers And Mash - British classics sausages and mashed potato, and treacle tart with ice cream, get the Blumenthal treatment. Heston’s search for perfect pork takes him to Ludlow on the Welsh border to visits the annual food and drink festival’s most popular event: the sausage competition. The chef then turns his attention to dessert and, whilst assistants Jocky and Mary Ellen experiment with different syrups in the lab, he visits the University of Reading to test his filling in a gas chromato...
July 2015

S2 Ep9 - Heston's Perfect Christmas Dinner

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Heston's Perfect Christmas Dinner - Heston makes a Christmas feast for Terry Wogan, Kirsty Wark, Dara O'Briain, Rob Brydon, Richard E Grant and Sue Perkins. The guests are given mulled wine that is hot and cold in the same glass and edible Christmas baubles filled with salmon mousse. Then a panel is opened to reveal the dining table, nestled amidst a snow covered forest of Christmas trees. Via video link, Heston explains to his guests what they are eating, and the story of its creation. (S.2,Ep...

S2 Ep8 - Trifle

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Trifle - Culinary alchemist Heston Blumenthal makes his version of the common English trifle. Unimpressed by an instant trifle kit, Heston meets with food historian Ivan Day. Together they milk a cow into a bowl of cider in an attempt to recreate the trifles of yore. A trip to Spain secures the perfect sherry and gives Heston the idea to use black olives. Food scientist Jon Prinz uses a tampon to teach Heston what makes custard taste creamy, and Heston makes his own hundreds and thousands. (S.2...
June 2015

S2 Ep7 - Risotto

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Risotto - Culinary alchemist Heston Blumenthal recreates favourite dishes. To make a perfect risotto, he visits two Italian chefs: one uses gold leaf and saffron, the other instant coffee and anchovies. Visiting Italian rice producers, he learns the importance of ageing the rice in barrels. The simplicity of the dish is almost Heston's undoing as he struggles to come up with a twist, before realising that his risotto should be flavoured with rice. (S.2,Ep.7) (From the UK) (Food Series) G CC