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Heston Blumenthal

Heston Blumenthal

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First broadcast: Sun 29 Oct 2006

Chef, Broadcaster, Restaurateur

Kirsty Young's castaway this week is the chef Heston Blumenthal. He is one of only three chefs working in Britain today to be awarded three Michelin stars and last year his restaurant, The Fat Duck, was named the best in the world by a panel of 5,000 food experts.

His speedy rise to the top of his profession is little short of extraordinary. He has only ever spent a week in a professional kitchen and taught himself classical French cookery. He became fascinated by the science of cooking and has become the Willy Wonka of modern cuisine - dishes he's created include mango and douglas fir puree, salmon poached with liquorice and, most famously, snail porridge. But he acknowledges his success has been largely due too to his wife's support and now wants to change the balance of his life towards spending more time with his young family.

[Taken from the original programme material for this archive edition of Desert Island Discs]

Choices

Lili Boniche

1.

Lili Boniche

Ana Fil Houb

Performer: Lili Boniche

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M.A.S.S.

2.

M.A.S.S.

Man with the Harmonica

Performer: M.A.S.S.

The Sunburst Band

3.

The Sunburst Band

Every Dub

Performer: The Sunburst Band

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Bobby Womack

4.

Castaway's favourite

Bobby Womack

Love has Finally Come at Last

Performer: Bobby Womack

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Paco de Lucía

5.

Paco de Lucía

Entre Dos Aguas

Performer: Paco de Lucía

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Dr. Rubberfunk

6.

Dr. Rubberfunk

Harry the Guitar

Performer: Dr. Rubberfunk

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Ilham al-Madfai

7.

Ilham al-Madfai

Chal Chal Alayea el Rumman

Performer: Ilham al-Madfai

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Giuseppe Verdi

8.

Giuseppe Verdi

Grand March (from Aida)

Composer: Giuseppe Verdi

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Book

On Food and Cooking: The Science and Lore of the Kitchen by Harold McGee

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Luxury item

Japanese knives

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