Heston Blumenthal to open new outlet at Heathrow

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Editor 10th March 2014
Heston Blumenthal’s latest establishment, The Perfectionists’ Café, is set to open at Heathrow’s Terminal 2 in June this year. This new arrival will be situated in the newly developed Queen’s Terminal with the concept and menu of this latest venture having been discussed for the past year and a half between Heston and his team led by group executive head chef Ashley-Palmer Watts and head chef Julian O’Neill. Heston said: “The demands of an airport outlet are quite different from our other restaurants. Some guests will have very little time to spend with us and others, in transit or with longer check-ins, will have time to linger. “The restaurant will of course cater to both, but we want to deliver food that is fun and familiar – food that is stimulating to the palate and at the same time easy to enjoy.” The Perfectionists’ Café will cater to travellers who want exceptional food, quickly. It aims to provide fast, friendly and informal service, in keeping with the traditional café style. Inspired by the “In Search of Perfection” TV series based on Heston’s years of research and development work, the menu at The Perfectionists’ Café will celebrate some of Britain’s favourite dishes and embrace the eccentricity of Great British invention. For example, dishes will include burgers made by grinding all the meat grains in the same direction for maximum juiciness while traditional fish & chips will be served with the ultimate crunchy batter and pizzas will be cooked in the first ever wood burning oven in an airport. Heston continued: “When we made “In Search of Perfection” we travelled to Naples in Italy and spent hours researching the exact temperature of pizza ovens that deliver the perfect crispy but chewy base with meltingly soft topping. We knew that could only be achieved here with the right oven, so it was really fortunate we were able to incorporate one into the design.”

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The  Staff Canteen

The Staff Canteen

Editor 10th March 2014

Heston Blumenthal to open new outlet at Heathrow