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A taste of Navy life for Heston

By This is Devon  |  Posted: March 07, 2011

  • ABOVE LEFT: Heston, with trainee sailors, prepares for the assault course run (left)

    ABOVE: On parade, second from right

    RIGHT: During 'swimmer of the watch' training

    BELOW: Heston with Royal Navy chefs Gary Renner and Martyn Lewis onboard HMS Turbulent

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SUBMARINERS from Plymouth get a taste of celebrity cooking in Heston Blumenthal's latest "Mission Impossible" adventure this month.

The Michelin-starred chef tries out his unique cooking style on the crew of Devonport-based HMS Turbulent in the fourth episode of Channel 4's new series "Heston's Mission Impossible".

Heston spent time working with the submarine's chefs at sea and alongside.

But before he could introduce the sailors to his brand of cooking, he needed to learn the ropes from them.

Heston was filmed at HMS Raleigh, Torpoint, where he was taught what it takes to be a sailor. He took part in parade training alongside a class of new recruits and joined them for an assault course run.

He also volunteered to be the duty swimmer during "swimmer of the watch" training, jumping into the River Lynher from the Training Ship Brecon to rescue a dummy casualty.

HMS Turbulent's commanding officer, Commander Ryan Ramsey, said: "HMS Turbulent's ship's company thoroughly enjoyed having Heston on board.

"For the most part he was treated as any other sailor might be. He was given the opportunity to see how the submarine operates and also to take part in certain aspects of its operation.

"Not all of Heston's ideas were an immediate success with those on board – cooking meals that are popular for all with just £2.34 a day per man is not easy."

The experience taught the submarine's chefs and logistics department some valuable lessons.

Heston sent his two development chefs to the Defence Maritime Logistics School at HMS Raleigh to find out how the Royal Navy trains its junior chefs.

Heston also invited two of the instructors, Chief Petty Officer Jan Tremain and former Royal Navy Chef Bill Ferguson, who is now employed by VT Flagship, to his restaurant, the Fat Duck in Bray, for a cook-off challenge.

Bill said: "After years of watching Heston on TV and having had the pleasure of eating at the Fat Duck it was slightly daunting to be told I was going to be cooking against him on TV. However he put me at ease and was a real pleasure to work alongside."

Heston and his team also used the facilities at Raleigh to develop and prepare the food they eventually served up to the crew of HMS Turbulent.

Heston's Mission Impossible is a four-part series, which began airing on Channel 4 last month. The Navy programme is due to go out on Tuesday March 15 at 9pm.

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    steve, plymouth  |  March 07 2011, 11:11PM

    yes thats right only £2.34 a day to feed a ROYAL NAVAL person each day, thats less then someone in prison, and a police dog.