Mr Chess Man is a mysterious man. A young, debonair Swedish chap in his mid-twenties, Mr Chess Man arrived in the UK for a week of extraordinary fine-dining. The Sportsman, The Dorchester, Gordon Ramsay on Royal Hospital Road and The Ledbury were just some of the places he visited during his few days here.
Classic combinations of Vodka & Lime Sour, Gin & Tonic and Campari & Soda were offered as mousses, and our selection was dropped into liquid nitrogen to create a solid ice-cold cocktail ball dusted with green tea. The citrus notes were heightened with an essence sprayed into the air over our heads, conjuring up images of gin and tonic or the delicious bitterness of campari and soda on a summer's day.
The fourth course, and one of the best in my opinion was what many believe to be Heston's signature dish - "Snail Porridge". Served with with Iberico Bellota ham and shaved fennel, this bright green porridge was outstandingly good - richly flavoured with plump, unctuous snails, liquorice hints from the shaved fennel and the refreshing parsley notes.
As I listened, I savoured the delicious cuts of sashimi (mackerel, yellowfin tuna and halibut) on a bed of "sand" (crispy baby sardines blitzed to the texture of breadcrumbs and mixed with tapioca flour) and different coloured seaweed. The shellfish foam was intensely flavoured and helped to unify the diverse elements of the dish.