Heston Blumenthal – Question Everything

00:00 Trailer.

02:30 Brian’s thoughts on the episode.

03:47 Brian’s introduction.

04:27 The experience Heston wants diners to have from eating his food creations.

11:40 Heston’s mantra, question everything and everything.

13:23 His story of the five senses and the emotions which he draws on to produce his creations.

17:46 Fear knocked on the door, faith answered, there was no-one there.

27:36 Where Heston’s curiosity and passion for food comes from.

34:43 How Heston succeeded despite the odds.

37:31 Our basic need for connectivity.

46:00 Communicating complex science in relation to food was difficult: do diners realise that connectivity?

49:07 Explanation of the symbolism incorporated in the design of his coat of arms.

56:52 Imagination enabled us to create shared beliefs.

59:51 The story of the raisin is mindful eating. Why a mindful cheese sandwich is one of his next projects.

1:03:04 Heston fears he has just created something that helps nullify the need for men.

1:06:56 How the process surrounding food makes us human.

1:12:33 Has Heston transcended food or has it always been about more than food?

1:16:14 Our children can show us what we have lost in life and that we should take time to just be.

1:22:46 Relax, Heston’s journey with meditation.

1:31:11 Did he ever want to quit?  Wanting his work to influence how we approach our food.

1:36:06 When Heston realised, he was not being true to himself and how it was affecting his kitchen.

1:40:48 Having come to that realisation how he began the process of change.

1:42:40 Big Bang or big black hole or one of Heston’s ventures down another rabbit hole!

1:44:48 You can’t quit when running a restaurant, you just keep going.

1:46:38 What he loves about Alice in Wonderland.

1:48:18 Reaction of French Chefs to Heston’s work. His next ambition for which there is a time and a place.

1:58:26 The influence he wants to have on the world.

2:01:32 The future of food.

2:25:01 What Heston thinks he may be doing in ten years.

2:30:48 Success secrets.

2:31:30 Best advice he ever received.

2:33:59 Heston has no regrets.

2:35:47 Brian’s summing up.


Heston Blumenthal on YouTube

Heston Blumenthal on Facebook

Heston Blumenthal on Wikipedia

Dinner by Heston Blumenthal

The Heston Team on Twitter

The Heston Team on Facebook

The Fat Duck restaurant

The Fat Duck on Instagram

The Fat Duck on Facebook

The Fat Duck on Wikipedia

The Fat Duck Group

The Hinds Head

The Hinds Head on Wikipedia



Heston Blumenthal at Home

The Fat Duck Cookbook

The Big Fat Duck Cookbook

In Search of Perfection

Historic Heston

Further Adventures in Search of Perfection

Heston’s Fantastical Feasts

In Search of Total Perfection

Family Food: A New Approach to Family Cooking


Topics discussed:

The Royal Society of Chemistry

The Royal Society of Arts (RSA)

Order of the British Empire (OBE)

In Search of Perfection (TV series)

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

Martin Yeomans’s Selected Paper on the case of smoked salmon icecream

Restaurant L’Oustau de Baumanière

Les Baux-de-Provence

In A Nutshell

Rat Park

String theory

Mr Benn (fictional character)




Great Oxidation Event

The Inflamed Mind: A Radical New Approach to Depression by Ed Bullmore

The Gardener and the Carpenter


Tai Chi

The Courage to Be Disliked





Dalai Lama talk

Turritopsis dohmii (Immortal jellyfish)

Bounce: The Myth of Talent and the Power of Practice by Matthew Syed

Riva, Barnes, London (restaurant)

Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A)

Garvan Institute of Medical Research

Science and Spiritual Practices by Rupert Sheldrake

The Fourth Phase of Water TEDx talk by Dr Gerald Pollack


People mentioned in this episode:


Will Greenwood

Jacques Chirac

Yuval Noah Harari


David Icke

Edward Bullmore

Tim Peake

Allison Gopnik

Alfred Adler

Constantine Sedikides

Andreas Antonopoulos

Matthew Syed

Malcolm Gladwell

Jordan Peterson

Rupert Sheldrake

Rupert Sheldrake 2

Peter Wiegold

Cleve Backster

Charles Darwin

David Attenborough



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This amazing as some of us know. The world is a network connected by engergy and vibrations.


i thouroghly enjoyed as a budding chef, an enthusiest about life and a questioner.


i’m grateful for this episode…..


I’ve heard of Heston, I’ve never watched him on TV, I’ve driven past the Fat Duck many times.
I haven’t watched that many videos on London Real but they’re always reasonably good.
I have to say that was the most interesting conversation I’ve ever sat(and stood) through. Wow


His knowledge of the history of earth is quite amazing…


Have on another episode with Heston! One of the best humans to listen to, storytelling is brilliant!


wonderful episode. got so much out of it. thank you, brian!!


Fantastic interview with an intelligent man.


Bring it on – so looking forward to the next installment of Brian and Heston diving down the rabbit hole.