HYPNOTIC HESTON WORKS HIS MAGIC
WHEN Heston Blumenthal walks into MasterChef headquarters the contestants have a meltdown. Every. Single. Time.
With MasterChef now in its seventh year and Blumenthal a series regular since season two, you would think they’d know the inventive UK chef is coming.
But judge George Calombaris says they melt – like butter – before going wild. It’s not Beatlemania, it’s Blumenthalmania.
“It’s hilarious watching their reactions, it’s almost comedic. He has that aura about him,” Calombaris told TV Guide.
Talking to the British celebrity chef it makes sense.
Heston, or ‘H’ as he is called by friends, has a hypnotic quality. Our interview veers into subjects including Edwardian cookbooks and dinner parties for kings.
He animatedly chats about live chickens being presented on the royal dining table only to wake up from their slumber, run down the table “upsetting goblets and what not”, before being killed in front of their diners and stuffed with mercury and sulphur. After being roasted a “sulphuric reaction” occurs and creates a clucking noise (which he then imitates).
Blumenthal jokes this is the challenge he has set for his MasterChef contestants this week.
“Imagine what that would do to ratings?” he chuckles.
Jokes aside Heston does take our top 11 contestants on an Australian history mystery box journey. He has been studying up since moving his Fat Duck restaurant to MasterChef homeland Melbourne earlier this year, so he knows his bush tucker.
“Over the last couple of trips here I have been learning a lot more about Australian native food,” he says.
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