Heston’s bad news for baristas

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He may be better known, if not notorious, for his signature snail porridge and bacon-andHESTON crop-egg ice-cream,
but in avant-garde British chef Heston Blumenthal’s three Michelin-starred restaurant, one of the biggest surprises comes after the elaborate four-hour 12-course meal: the coffee is from a Nespresso machine. And when he temporarily closes his The Fat Duck in Bray at Christmas to relocate to Melbourne for a six-month stay, opening in the Crown Towers Hotel in February next year, Australian diners will be sipping exactly the same brand as a follow-up to their meals. For, like a number of top chefs, including our own Tetsuya Wakuda and Shannon Bennett, he chooses to serve Nespresso for exactly the same reasons – the consistency of flavour, the ease of use of the pods and the space-saving machines. And, hey, if it’s good enough for George Clooney, who are we to argue? “I’ve loved cClooneyoming to Australia since my first visit in 2003,” Blumenthal told Title magazine on a recent visit to Margaret River. “It’s a great opportunity to set up here.” He’ll be bringing over his famed Tasting Menu, as well as a staff of 70 to service 45 diners a time. At the end of the six months, he’ll return to the UK, but leave a Dinner by Heston Blumenthal restaurant behind in its place as his first venture outside his home country. And, of course, those Nespresso machines. Heston’s Great British Food is on Thursdays  at 8.30pm on SBS TV.

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