Dinner at The Fat Duck is not simply a meal, it is an adventure – astonishing, delightful, utterly inventive and delicious in equal measure. Billowing cauldrons of dry ice producing frozen vodka meringues that explode with a burst of lime in your mouth or an edible beach accompanied by the sound of the sea or a smoking box of moss emitting the smell of the forest as you eat a multi layered delight of taste combinations. The wit and sheer imagination of it all put me in mind of the magnificent Tudor feasts I have portrayed in Queen's Gambit – a pie containing live frogs; a cockatrice with the head of a peacock, the body of a pig and the head of a swan; a sugar warship floating in mercury with firing canon. To me the same Tudor spirit of invention and humour and the idea of feasting as entertainment rather than simply nourishment lives on in Heston Blumenthal's truly extraordinary creations.
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