Heston Blumenthal has always been a trailblazer in the world of culinary arts and someone I have always admired from afar. Revered by many as one of the most creative chefs on the planet, Blumenthal has many restaurants, television shows and his global stature has made the British chef a household name across the world. And although his Michelin-starred restaurant The Fat Duck in Berkshire, England slipped in last year’s ‘World’s Best Restaurants List,’ he still has a portfolio brimming full of interesting ventures that excites me, if not foodies across the world.
I recently found a blog post from Parking4Less, a UK-based company remarking on his latest venture this year during the renovation of the UK’s flagship airport. As we all know Blumenthal is known for thinking outside the box and has decided to launch his new restaurant in London’s Heathrow Airport. The restaurant, which is named the Perfectionists’ Café is located in the newly renovated Terminal 2.
The restaurant features many of the innovative dishes that took pride and place in the wonderful ‘In Search of Perfection’ TV series that Blumenthal starred in. It was launched in July of this year and is said to offer customers a very British menu built on nostalgia and celebrates British culture to its fullest.
I think Blumenthal had many reasons to launch his new restaurant in Heathrow airport, even though people initially scoffed at the idea. Firstly, Heathrow services approximately 191,000 people daily, so the customer base is huge, and I think this was at the forefront of his thinking. The way in which, airport food is being offered is improving rapidly, and for Blumenthal to be at the head of this has allowed him to gain a lot of exposure for the Perfectionists Café.
The newly renovated Terminal 2 is also said to feature many groundbreaking engineering, architectural design and art. So, it seems Blumenthal and his unique take on culinary creations was a perfect fit for the terminal’s newfangled surroundings.
Since its launch in July, unsurprisingly the Perfectionists’ Café has been a success and it is slowly helping change the dynamics of how airport food is perceived and served. Where will Blumenthal’s next venture pop up? Only time will tell…But one thing is for sure, I’d love to sample the delights the Perfectionists’ Café has to offer.
Written by: Ashley Nixon