Heston Blumenthal Attends The Gourmet Escape

Heston Blumenthal, the self-taught celebrity chef, inspires students taking online culinary classes with his unique and creative cooking prowess. He brought his signature style to the Margaret River Gourmet Escape in Australia earlier this week for the three-day culinary event.

The executive chef and owner of the Fat Duck was invited to last year’s Escape, but was unable to make an an appearance. He and the rest of the restaurant world were mourning the loss of two Fat Duck chefs, Ivan Jorge and Carl Lindgren, who died in a car accident while on a promotional tour in Hong Kong.

Members of the media stood shoulder to shoulder, sat cross-legged on the floor and filled every empty space they could to hear a word from the famous chef. Blumenthal spoke with them for a little under a half hour and explained his fascination with the West Australia region.

“Australia is going through a food explosion,” he told reporters. “I have never seen anything like it. London chefs think they’re at the center of the universe. I think it is the effect of MasterChef which has changed everything. It’s right across the board. Last time I was here I was in a cab and was talking to the driver about toasted pita bread. I was thinking: “that would never happen in the UK.”

Blumenthal also revealed that patrons of his restaurant enjoy a delicious regional commodity – Australian truffles.

“We have been using Australian truffles which are incredible. This year, I’d say they are better than the Perigord ones that are coming out of France.”

After the press event, he enjoyed a glass of Leeuwin Estate Art Series Chardonnay during a photo shoot.

The Gourmet Escape is a yearly event that invites some of the best international and Australian talents to showcase new recipes and other treats. Forty-five of the world’s top-ranked chefs and sommeliers will attend. Twenty Chefs Hats recipients and representatives from eight Michelin-star rated restaurants and three establishments ranked in the top 50 in the world will also show up to make this one of the premier culinary events in western Australia. Escape will also feature gourmet lessons and sessions set in incredibly beautiful locations around the Margaret River wine region, such as the Sunset Soiree at the Fraser Gallop Estate and Winery. More than 11,000 people attended the event with more expected to arrive in 2013.

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