Heston Blumenthal's new restaurant launches today
As previously announced by Buro 24/7, The Perfectionists' Café takes inspiration from Heston Blumenthal's In Search of Perfection television programmes and book series, in which the scientific experimental chef has explored and reinvented Britain's favourite dishes through his unique, creative approach.
"You cannot achieve perfection – it's entirely subjective," Heston explains. "As a perfectionist, you can continually try to improve things, even if that means just turning everything upside down and starting again. We have had some incredible fun trying to make the best ever versions of these dishes, including using kit from cement mixers to paint sprayers and even a few explosions along the way! But that organised chaos produced some incredible techniques – and subsequently some fantastic results. The point is, you will never be quite satisfied. It's an endless pursuit, but when you add to the mix a bit of our quintessentially British eccentricity, that's when the fun really begins. For me, The Perfectionists' Café is about the realisation of that journey in an actual café; it's about everything we questioned and about harnessing the very excitement of that journey for the diner."
Coincidentally, the name 'Heston' already has a historic connection to aeronautics in the Heathrow area. In 1929, Heston Aerodrome was built there as one of the first airports to service London, and five years later, Heston Aircraft Company – which would eventually help build the Spitfire aeroplane – was founded.