HESTON Blumenthal is currently filming in Torbay as part of his latest television series.
The Michelin-starred chef is in the port for a Channel 4 series Heston's Fantastical Food which is to focus on the dishes which built Britain.
His crew were due to film around Brixham harbour and on the replica of Sir Francis Drake's Golden Hind.
However the attraction was also closed on Wednesday whilst scenes for the programme were shot.
The replica of the historic Golden Hind was turned into the weirdest chippy in town when Heston took it over for the day.
Sir Francis Drake may be spinning in his grave at the thought of the great British fish and chips dish being ‘deconstructed’ by the eccentric chef, but that’s exactly what happened when Heston filmed his latest fantastical food series onboard the Brixham-based ship.
There was no mistaking Heston’s wacky touch as the ship was bedecked with a great monstrous animatronics fish with big serrated teeth and bulbous bulging eyes, a chippy counter and menu board offering all sorts of strange treats.
There were smoke and pyrotechnics too and plenty of crew members setting up shots and filming Heston in action.
The not so loquacious TV chef could not spare 15 seconds out of his busy filming schedule to speak to the Herald Express, but after being ambushed as he walked off the Golden Hind, all Heston would say was: “It’s my second time in Brixham. I absolutely love it.”
However Golden Hind owner Simon Read, said having the TV chef on board his boat for the two-day shoot was a great honour and a brilliant boost for Brixham.
He said: “I received a call from his production company. They wanted to film in Brixham. They came to do some recce and fell in love with the Golden Hind. They wanted to include it in their latest fantastical food series.
“They completely transformed the ship in a weird fish and chips shop.
“It’s a great honour to have him on board.”
Mr Read said he tried one of Heston ‘deconstructed’ fish and chips creations, a mixture of fish and pea inside a biscuit-like chip with mushy peas sorbet.
He said: “It’s delicious but quite different.”
The Michelin-starred chef, who owns the three-star Fat Duck in West Berkshire is in the port for a Channel 4 series Heston’s Fantastical Food which is to focus on the dishes which built Britain.
Two filming crews with four cameras have taken over the Brixham tourist site.
Many black T-shirted members of ‘Heston’s Crew’ could be seen buzzing about the port’s harbourside, filming on board the Golden Hind and going to and from the Old Market House fish restaurant nearby where Heston’s people have been using the kitchen to prep the food used on the show.
General manager, Rhys Heavens, said: “We allowed them to use our kitchen to prep their food. Heston and the crew have been having lunch with us and also had a dinner buffet for 25 people last night.
“Heston had a crab salad without the bread and the friends who had lunch with him had Brixham fish and Dartmouth crab. They really enjoyed it.
“Heston loved the food. he’s not the first celebrity we’ve had here but I’m over the moon he came here. It’s a great honour.”
Heston also tried the food at the Elephant Michelin-star restaurant across in Torquay where he enjoyed local dishes of Brixham hake, Galmpton mussels and Paignton crab.
Brixham and Torbay councillor Mike Morey said: “Having Heston in Brixham is good for the town. It gives Brixham a high profile and will hopefully attract even more visitors.”
Keith Williams, vice chairman of the Brixham Chamber of Commerce added: “Brixham is fast becoming the top destination in South Devon to come and dine and anything that puts the town on the map is good.”
The latest Channel 4 food series is expected to air in the autumn.
Heston enjoyed lunch on Wednesday at the Old Market House and fans Tweeted photographs as he walked along the harbour.
Janice Geer on holiday from Manchester with her daughter Charlotte said: "I'm a massive fan. We came to Brixham to go crabbing and just bumped into him".