Everdure by Heston Blumenthal
When one of the world’s most inventive chefs sets his mind to redesigning the humble barbeQue, the results are spectacular. presenting Everdure by Heston Blumenthal.
The name Heston Blumenthal transcends the realm of food. More than an award-winning chef, his is a name associated with innovation, imagination and the ability to seemingly create magic on a plate. He is an innovator, a game changer and held in the highest regard by fans, critics and peers alike. In equal measures, he is a culinary scientist who challenges the way we think about food and cooking.
Recently, he turned his attention to redefining the backyard barbeque.
“I have genuinely always loved barbeques,” Heston says in an interview about his range of Everdure barbeques. “There really is something pagan, kind of caveman-like about it. You just feel as if you are part of evolution.”
And a backyard evolution Heston has created. In collaboration with Australia’s most esteemed barbeque producer, Everdure, this imaginative chef has turned his creative juices to evolving the barbeque as we know it to create a stunning range that will allow the everyday chef to barbeque food like never before.
How did this barbeque revolution happen? Well, Heston is recognised as a genius when it comes to looking at situations, questioning why they exist and devising solutions to make them better. It is one of the hallmarks of his personality and is even the motto on his own official coat of arms.
"I was told I was eligible for a coat of arms. At the bottom, on a scroll, you have to put a motto and mine was, ‘question everything’. The question everything approach is exactly what I did with barbeques." explains Heston.
“Why do they all need to basically be the same? Why does convenience have to dominate over quality? So, this process of questioning everything started to throw up some really exciting ideas.
“The next stage for me was to find the leading experts, the best barbeque manufacturers in Australia and that was the beginning of the development of my range of barbeques with Everdure.”
Heston collaborated with the design team at Everdure. Many questions were asked, many more ideas were aired and the innovation process began in earnest. And it wasn’t just a slight tweak to current ideas – it is a complete transformation, more revolution than evolution.
“Having spent the last 20 years of my life tirelessly working to try and get a greater understanding of all the ingredients that we use, to get the best out of them, I have developed so many techniques over this time, I thought, well wouldn’t it be great to encapsulate those and put them into a barbeque range and create a range of kits that would completely transform barbeques.”
The result is Everdure by Heston Blumenthal. “I can say this because I am one, a three Michelin star chef, but if I were to start a new genre of three Michelin star barbeques, that is what this range would be, and that is what this range is.”
There are two ranges in Everdure by Heston Blumenthal: charcoal and gas.
“Both of them have features that have never been seen before on a barbeque,” says Heston. “For the charcoal range, the geniuses at Everdure come up with this ignition system – it is just a button.
“You put some charcoal into the middle of the barbeque and you press the button – and that’s it. Within 10 minutes you can cook on it. This is the first time in the world that a charcoal barbeque lights with the press of a button.”
In the charcoal range, there are three models; the Hub, the Fusion and the Cube.
“The Hub is the big boy, so called because it brings people together and generates an incredible amount of heat. It is always good for a barbeque to have too much heat, rather than not enough, because you can take it away – you can move the coals around,’ explains Heston
“The Fusion is a bit more bijou, and it looks like a piece of furniture. It is an ultra-modern design. But then thinking about that, we thought why not do a little one that you can take on picnics or to the beach. The Cube was born. It is light, very compact and once again, very stylish.”
The convenience of gas
The other range of Everdure by Heston Blumenthal is a gas range. It offers the reliability and familiarity of cooking with gas, but also offers the power and control to take your barbecuing to the next level.
“I understand why so many people enjoy cooking with gas barbeques because it is convenient,” levels Heston. “With the gas range, the big one is the Furnace it has three burners, the smaller version is the Force. They are the most powerful controlled gas barbeques in the world.
“People have a recipe that they love doing, maybe a Sunday roast or a rib of beef, but they’ll cook it inside, they won’t do it on a barbeque. Now they can, because this kit gives you the flexibility, control, safety and the knowledge your barbeques will never taste the same again.”
Try Heston's BBQ lobster roll recipe
Since its launch, Everdure by Heston Blumenthal has wowed fans and critics alike. The range has already won multiple Red Dot Awards for high quality design, a coveted 2017 iF Design Award for exceptional functional design, as well as a gold winner at the International Design Excellence Awards (IDEA).
“If I was to sum up the entire range, it is basically taking the sum of the 20 years worth of knowledge I have developed in my professional career in the kitchen into a highly specialised barbeque kit,” says Heston. “These are barbeques I think people would love to have – beautifully designed and all unique. ”
Where to buy Everdure by Heston Blumenthal
Everdure by Heston Blumenthal is available at Harvey Norman. For more details and a range of Heston’s delicious barbeque recipes visit everdurebyheston.com