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Heston Blumenthal named chef of the decade

29th January 2010

Heston Blumenthal has been named Chef of the Decade in a Sainsbury's Magazine poll. His fellow television chefs Gordon Ramsay and Raymond Blanc were runners up. Heston's Fat Duck restaurant is renowned for its unusual menu, dishes include snail porridge, mango and Douglas fir purée, and nitro-scrambled egg and bacon ice cream.

Jamie Oliver, who advertises Sainsbury’s on television, won Food Campaign of the Decade' for Jamie’s School Dinners – a campaign that prompted the Government to invest in healthier school meals. 

The chocolate manufacturer Green & Black, founded by Craig Sams and Jo Fairley was voted Brand of the Decade and MasterChef was named TV Food Show of the Decade. Braised lamb shanks was voted Dish of the Decade and Innocent, the maker of natural fruit drinks, co founded by Richard Reed, was rewarded with Food Product of the Decade.

Blueberries topped the poll as the nation’s favourite Ingredient of the Decade, edging out both cherry tomatoes and chorizo. Delia Smith won two awards for 'Cookbook of the Decade' and 'Recipe Writer of the Decade'. Her books – including Delia Smith's Complete Cookery Course and How to Cheat at Cooking – have sold more than 20 million copies worldwide. She was applauded for her simple, straightforward and gimmick-free recipes.

Helena Lang, editor of Sainsbury’s Magazine said: “As we say goodbye to 2009 we wanted to find out who and what had really influenced the shopping baskets and culinary skills of the nation's home cooks.

More than 800 Sainsbury’s Magazine readers were polled and the results were published in the February issue of the magazine.

The full results:

Chef of the decade: Heston Blumenthal. Runners up: Gordon Ramsay and Raymond Blanc.

Cookbook of the decade: Delia’s how to Cheat at Cooking. Runners up: The RiverCottage Year by Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, River Cafe Cookbook Easy by Rose Gray and Ruth Rogers.

TV food show of the decade: MasterChef. Runners up: Jamie at Home, Come Dine with Me.

Brand of the decade: Green & Black’s. Runners up: Dorset Cereals, Innocent.

Ingredient of the decade: Blueberries. Runners up: cherry tomatoes, chorizo.

Food product of the decade: Innocent. Runners up: Tilda steamed basmati rice pouches, Levi Roots’ Reggae Reggae sauce.

Recipe writer of the decade: Delia Smith. Runner’s up: Jamie Oliver, Nigel Slater.

Sainsbury’s product of the decade: Sainsbury’s tomato ketchup. Runners up: Sainsbury’s vanilla dairy ice cream, Sainsbury’s blackcurrant high juice.

Food campaign of the decade: Jamie’s School Dinners. Runners up: the government’s 5-a-day campaign, Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall’s Chicken out! campaign for a free-range future.

Dish of the decade: braised lamb shanks. Runners up: Thai green curry, posh fishcakes.

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