Stevenage bartender concocts a 24-carat cocktail for celebrity chef Heston Blumenthal

Aaron Gilbert has his taste-blending skills looked over by celebrity chef Heston Blumenthal.

Aaron Gilbert has his taste-blending skills looked over by celebrity chef Heston Blumenthal. - Credit: Archant

A Stevenage bartender had his taste-blending skills looked over by celebrity chef Heston Blumenthal on Monday in the final of a cocktail-mixing competiton.

Aaron Gilbert, who works at Salt & Good in The Plaza, was successful in a qualifying round and took on five rivals in the final at the Hind’s Head, Heston’s Michelin-starred pub in Bray. The award-winning chef and TV presenter was one of the judges for the prestigious competition.

Aaron, 26, was presented with a box containing unusual ingredients and tasked with inventing a gin cocktail out of them within an hour.

He fashioned a drink called Immortality, based on a classic gin fizz – gin, shiso leaves, prickly pear, egg white and lemon juice were coupled with a 24-carat gold syrup that Aaron made himself.

The drink was then lengthened with soda.


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Competition was tough and sadly Aaron. who has lived in Hitchin all his life, wasn’t in the mix for a top three place.

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