TV chef Heston Blumenthal tours Nestlé's archives for Fantastical Food series

TV chef Heston Blumenthal returns to York

TV chef Heston Blumenthal with James Maxton at Nestlé

Heston Blumenthal with staff at the Star Inn The City

First published in News York Press: Photograph of the Author by , Business editor

TELEVISION chef Heston Blumenthal returned to York – shining a culinary spotlight on the city once again.

York will be appearing in Heston’s Fantastical Food series for a third time after camera crews followed the chef on a visit to Nestlé.

Heston, famed for his experimental approach to food, visited the factory in Haxby Road on Tuesday.

He toured the factory’s archives to learn about old chocolate recipes before turning his hand to recreating some treats from the past.

A spokesman for Nestlé said: “Heston was looking into the history of chocolate bars, and how they have developed through time.

“He looked through our archives, and researched the Quaker movement in York and the impact it had on workers and the chocolate they were producing.”

Heston’s visit followed a trip to York for his 2012 Christmas Special of the Channel 4 series, during which he visited Shambles as well as paying a visit to the Earl Grey Tea Rooms and Shambles Butchers.

For an earlier episode in the series, the Michelin star chef visited the Nestlé factory to find out the processes involved in creating chocolate bars.

Heston consulted staff to work out how to “supersize” Rolos, make the sourest Fruit Pastilles a human can taste and create the world’s largest KitKat.

Following his visit to Nestlé this week, Heston surprised staff at York’s new Star Inn The City restaurant by calling in with his crew for an evening meal.

Restaurant director Justin Brosenitz said: “It was fantastic. Heston is really top of his game so to have him here was great for us and a boost for the staff.

“He was very friendly, took lots of pictures for the staff, and signed a chef’s jacket which we’ll be putting on display.”

Heston and his team enjoyed sharing starters of posh prawn cocktail, surf and snout and beetroot ravioli, followed by steak for main, which was all washed down with rhubarb schnapps.

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9:37am Thu 27 Feb 14

allthingsconsidered says...

These TV people get a free pass to walk anywhere.How many local people have been in there.It's like Charlie and the Chocolate factory.I only imagined what secrets they were keeping that they never let us inside.Come on Nestle.Open to the public.It would be one of the best tourist attraction's in the UK if they did.!
These TV people get a free pass to walk anywhere.How many local people have been in there.It's like Charlie and the Chocolate factory.I only imagined what secrets they were keeping that they never let us inside.Come on Nestle.Open to the public.It would be one of the best tourist attraction's in the UK if they did.! allthingsconsidered
  • Score: 13

11:02am Thu 27 Feb 14

yourkidding says...

o no you don't want to go round you would only see what they want you to see.
o no you don't want to go round you would only see what they want you to see. yourkidding
  • Score: 1

11:09am Thu 27 Feb 14

Fabius the Delayer says...

I Think the people at Speck savers had a bet on as to wether they could get anyone to ware those Specks
Red hat rhymes with .. ????!
I Think the people at Speck savers had a bet on as to wether they could get anyone to ware those Specks Red hat rhymes with .. ????! Fabius the Delayer
  • Score: 2

1:40pm Thu 27 Feb 14

MouseHouse says...

This bloke is way way up his own backside. Pretentious idiot.
This bloke is way way up his own backside. Pretentious idiot. MouseHouse
  • Score: -5

9:40am Fri 28 Feb 14

smudge2 says...

He looks like Johathon Ross's wife.
He looks like Johathon Ross's wife. smudge2
  • Score: 0

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