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Heston Blumenthal Gets his Scientific Drink on with Sherry!

By tikichris Last edited 102 months ago
Heston Blumenthal Gets his Scientific Drink on with Sherry!
Sherry & Food Pairing with Heston Blumenthal

Oh Sherry, there’s no reason to be all alone anymore! “Culinary alchemist” Heston Blumenthal (of Fat Duck fame), with scientist Professor Don Mottram of Reading University, has discovered a group of compounds known as diketopiperazines (try saying that drunk without offending someone) in Sherry. Apparently, these diketopiperazines are thought to accentuate the taste and flavour of “umami-rich” foods. In case you haven’t caught the blurps, umami is a newly discovered fifth tasting sense beyond sweet, sour, bitter and salty.

Huh? All ya need to know is that Sherry is yummy and goes well with a variety of meats, fish, cheese and more. According Mr Blumenthal, “Here we have scientific evidence to suggest what foodies across the globe have always known: that Sherry is a perfect wine to accompany food. And quite simply, Sherry gives these kinds of food an extra dimension of pleasure.” More about diketopiperazines et al at tenstartapas.com.

So what’s this gotta do with London? Well, Heston and pals unveiled their findings at Shoreditch House last night and kindly invited Londonist along to sample the findings. We think Blumenthal might be onto something with this new fangled science as we learned last night that Scotch eggs (with a layer of caramelized pork) go swimmingly with Pale Cream Sherry and that Eccles cake (with Stilton and Sherry butter of course) and Cream Sherry is a winning combo. And a simple salad of peach, rocket, Balsamic vinegar and almonds with a little Amontillado is about as good as it gets! We also learned that we really really (really!) need to make it out to Fat Duck some time for a bite (or maybe a Sherry tasting expedition to Jerez?). Shoreditch House is a pretty happening spot to drink too.

Photography by Chris Osburn. More shots from the event here.

Last Updated 30 September 2008

squirrellypoo

Sounds very cool! Do I get any points for having eaten at the Fat Duck, and for also having been in Shoreditch House?

tikichris

Double points with checks and gold stars!

M@

Oo, oo, do I get bonus points for discussing Heston's ice cream with the Earl of Onslow, after we'd just witnessed the queen turn her august nose up at it?

tikichris

Sure you can have some points for that, M@. However, I'll need to deduct one point for going "oo,oo" at the beginning of your comment.

Sorry.

timg

umami is recently discovered? do you do any research at all before you write?

tikichris

Yeah, you've got a point. There was that French dude back in the early 1800s and, of course, the Japanese have been savvy for ages.

I reckon I should have written something along the lines of "newly discovered by the mainstream" or "now widely accepted fifth taste element."

Thanks for keeping on top of things!
Chris