Heston Blumenthal's Last Supper

Heston Blumenthal is known for is innovative and unusual style of cuisine, which is often inspired by the history of English gastronomy.  Based in London, his restaurants include "The Fat Duck," and "Dinner by Heston Blumenthal."  He is the author of six cookbooks and the recipient of three Michelin stars.

What would be your last meal on Earth?

Sunday roast.  It would be roast beef (you know the French call us les rosbif) with Yorkshire pudding, carrots confit with caraway salt, and runner beans with shallots, braised radishes, and chopped parsley.  Roast potatoes, absolutely.  Red wine sauce made with the roasting juices of the beef, red wine, and little pearls of rendered beef fat.  Slices of bone marrow with some parsley bread crumbs gratinée on the slice.

What would be the setting for the meal?

Up a mountain somewhere.  I'd finish off by attempting to ski down as long a slope as there was.

What would you drink with your meal?

1990 Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Domaine Beaucastel Hommage à Jacques Perrin.

Would there be music?

Since I would be skiing, afterward I would want to listen to something a bit energetic.  I'd probably play "The Effect on Me," by Mint Royale.

Who would be your dining companions?

Lunch with the family.  Then we all would ski together really quickly down the slope.

Who would prepare the meal?

Me.  I'd have to.  I couldn't get someone else to make my last supper.  I wouldn't do the washing up, though.

Melanie Dunea