He is the chef renowned for making the ordinary incredibly extraordinary.
And when he came up with a Christmas pudding with an orange in the middle, the dessert was so popular it was even being sold on eBay.
So this year, Heston Blumenthal has decided on another dessert using a very Christmas classic: Brussels sprouts.
Blumenthal is a master of curious food, famous for innovative dishes like the Meat Fruit – a ‘mandarin’ made with chicken liver parfait – at his restaurant, Dinner by Heston Blumenthal and The Fat Duck’s famous Bacon and Egg Ice Cream.
He says: “The dishes that have caused the biggest response from our guests at The Fat Duck are those that look like something they’re not. What can be more fun at Christmas than playing with your guests’ minds and taste buds with a dessert that will leave everyone talking?’
In 2011 Heston’s Christmas pudding with a whole orange inside was sold for £13.99 at Waitrose and flew off the shelves so fast the supermarket had to increase its orders.
But it still sold out in droves and the desserts were listed on eBay – with prices up to £500. The dessert featured a Valencian cured orange, but as it took seven weeks to produce them it was impossible to replenish stocks quick enough to meet demand.
only a few thousand more are likely to be produced as supplier Northern Foods has bought up the complete supply of Valencian cured oranges – the crucial ingredient – which are limited.
The chef’s new dish is a dessert comprised of a pile of sprouts doused in gravy.
However it is good news for sprout haters as non sprouts are used in the dish itself.
It has a green chocolate dome shell which, when drizzled with warmed salted caramel sauce, melts to reveal 18 green profiterole ‘sprouts’ filled with a lime-flavoured Crème Patissiere.
The dessert’s green shell, which is textured to look like a giant version of the festive vegetable, is made with white chocolate turned green by adding spirulina, a natural colouring. The choux pastry profiteroles are filled with a Crème Patissiere flavoured with lime.
It has been made for Waitrose and will be available on December 13.