Collier Row schoolboy is Heston Blumenthal ‘mini me’

11:11 20 March 2012

Double trouble: Haydon and Heston

Double trouble: Haydon and Heston

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If ever there was a Heston Blumenthal ‘mini me’ this picture is the proof in the pudding.

It was double trouble in the kitchen when Collier Row youngster Haydon Gill, 10, teamed up with the celebrity chef as part of a new Waitrose advertising campaign.

The St Patricks School pupil donned a chef’s hat and retro glasses for the advertisement, which sees him playing a young Heston in the 1970s.

Proud mum Michelle, of Collier Row, said: “He really is a ‘mini me.’ When you ask people to guess which celebrity chef he’ll be playing, they all say ‘Heston Blumenthal’.

“He loved it. They’re both as loopy as each other. He doesn’t just look like him, he’s as crazy as him.”

And the Year 6 pupil, who has been performing since he was just three-years-old, may just end up taking after the famous Fat Duck restauranter yet.

Michelle added: “He does like to cook for himself and come up with all sorts of weird and wonderful concoctions – just like Heston.”

The advert, which airs on March 21st, promotes Heston’s new Earl Grey and mandarin hot cross buns, created for the supermaket.

In the 30 second ad, a nostalgic Heston reminisces about his childhood, and enjoying a hot cross bun.

Heston said: “As a child, I always used to eat hot cross buns with a cup of tea. I loved the excitement of Easter, and all that chocolate, being just around the corner. The nostalgia of those familiar aromas of fruit and spice is what inspired me to create these new hot cross buns. These days, I have a cup of Earl Grey to sip with my freshly toasted hot cross buns - the crisp crust covered in melting butter.”

Of his co-star, the chef said: “Haydon is a real character. It’s been interesting to see a mini version of me in glasses and a school uniform wandering around!”

It seems that ‘mini’ Heston has a great deal in common with his co-star, as Haydon is a budding chef with a taste for unusual combinations of flavours, just like his lookalike.

Haydon said: “My favourite food is fish fingers and custard. Dr Who eats it and it’s delicious. I told Heston to try it while we were on the set together and he said he would! I like weird combinations of food. My perfect hot cross bun flavour combination would be chocolate and Parmesan. I love strong cheese. Maybe Heston could make one for me!”

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