Heston Blumenthal to open first fast-food restaurant at new Heathrow Terminal 2

Date:14-11-2013 08:58:47 read:8

Heston Blumenthal to open first fast-food restaurant at new Heathrow Terminal 2

Celebrity chef's new restaurant will feature 'British favourites' such as fish and chips and pizza

Heston Blumenthal has consulted with an oral physiologist to find the recipe for the perfect burger Photo: ANDREW CROWLEY

He may be the owner of a three Michelin-starred restaurant and a leading authority in multi-sensory cooking, but Heston Blumenthal's latest venture will see the chef attempt to break into the fast food market.

While Blumenthal has made a name for himself with signature dishes at the Fat Duck including snail porridge, and bacon and egg icecream, his next restaurant will serve simpler fare including fish and chips, burgers and pizzas.

The 130-seat venue in the departure lounge of Heathrow's new £2.5 billion Terminal 2 (T2) will promise a turnaround time of 11 minutes from order to cater for passengers in a hurry and will feature a wood-fired oven that can cook pizzas in just one minute.

It comes after fellow celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay opened Plane Food at Heathrow’s Terminal 5 in 2008. While Jamie Oliver has opened a branch of his Jamie’s Italian at Gatwick.

Airport chiefs will be hoping Blumenthal's food goes down better with passengers than his fare at Little Chef. His six-year association with the company ended earlier this year, with bosses saying his dishes were not popular.

For his latest venture, Blumenthal has consulted Holland-based oral physiologist Don Prince to find a recipe for the perfect burger.

Blumenthal, 47, told the Evening Standard: “A burger is most comfortable to eat when you don’t need to open your mouth anymore than the width of three fingers.

“The bun needs to give way so you can get all the layers in your mouth.”

He added: "This is an incredible project. There are so many different elements to consider when people are travelling.

"We want to deliver a broad spectrum of easy-to-enjoy, familiar dishes, from fish and chips to pizza."

Prices will be “in the same band” as Plane Food, where main courses cost £10-£17.

Heathrow's retail director, Muriel Zingraff-Shariff, said: "This new restaurant will certainly introduce a unique and original dimension to the airport eating experience at Heathrow."

Heathrow’s new T2 opens in June 2014, and will also feature a branch of healthy fast food chain Leon.

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