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Heston Blumenthal uses tampons as palate cleansers

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Heston Blumenthal has revealed that he likes to use tampons as palate cleansers.

He told The Guardian that the high absorbency of tampons makes them ideal for soaking up juices in the mouth between courses.

He said: "If you drain the moisture in your mouth you experience richness, creaminess and sweetness more intensely... and there is really nothing much more absorbent than a tampon."

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However, the famous chef has insisted that his three-Michelin-starred restaurant The Fat Duck in Bray, Berkshire, will not be offering tampons to diners.

The 46-year-old said: "There is no way I am thinking of serving tampons to people in a restaurant."

Blumenthal was inspired to use tampons by British food scientist Jon Prinz when they worked together in a Dutch lab.

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He revealed: "You sit there and it grows and sucks the moisture out and just gets quite wet, swollen and woolly. Although it is quite funny sitting there with the little string coming out of your mouth."

The chef is impressed by what the tampon can do to the tastebuds.

"If you have a spoonful of ice-cream then put a tampon on the tongue for a couple of minutes, when you eat the ice-cream again the taste will be richer," he explained.

"It's certainly not something I would do for culinary enjoyment purposes, but it's an interesting way to explore the taste receptors in our mouth."

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