Wednesday, December 19, 2007

The most Christmassy programme ever?

I've watched Heston Blumenthal's Perfection series with mounting awe and childlike glee. This obviously isn't a cookery programme, it's an opportunity to watch the combination of artist, mad scientist, true English eccentric and shy little boy create something wonderful. Rarely has a programme captivated and left me as consistently open mouthed as this programme has.

The whole thing is utterly barmy. Of course it has it's critics, but they miss the point, this is not about conspicuous consumption, he's not telling us to head off to Oman to whittle Frankincense spoons for Christmas, he's making a piece of entertainment. His restaurant is about experience, it has the underlying philosophy that food is more than just taste, it is evocative and all the senses are involved.

That's why the programme works so well, because he takes you to the table through your TV. Watching that celebrity Christmas dinner party eat the meal was almost as good as eating it (atually I'm certain that's not true as it looked like a slightly otherworldly experience), their reactions were so pronounced and profound that you felt how good it was. It's rare I get all effusive, but I'm afraid good food always has done it for me, it's all about the atmosphere, this is the first programme probably since Floyd's that recreates that fabulous eating experince and you get it right through the screen.

Alright, I'll stop talking bollocks now.


Anonymous said...

He's mad as a brush - but the end result is divine. I've eaten in the Fat Duck twice and I can honestly say that I have never experienced food like it (well once in Spain at El Bulli, but even they had a Heston dish on the menu). Genius, but you feel he'd be equally happy just having a sandwich and a couple of pints with his mates.

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Span Ows said...

Nice one...I'll try and catch the programme elsewhere.

Happy new Year Six, all the best.

Paul said...

Happy New Year Six,

I liked Hestons programme on the perfect Chilli Con Carne. He suggested cooking the meat for five hours.

Mad as a bag of cheese but very watchable.

Les Paul Junior said...

Hmmm, this bloke sounds interesting! I must try and make sure I see him next time he's on the telly.

Whatever happened to Keith Floyd. I used to like watching him.

All the best to you and yours for 2008!