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Diners at his three Michelin star restaurant, The Fat Duck in Bray, Berkshire, can look forward to such mouth-watering surprises as ice-cream curry and fish eyeball cocktail.

Heston Blumenthal‘s love life is, however, even more unpredictable.

Three days ago, I revealed that the TV chef, 56, had split up with Stephanie Gouveia, the mother of his youngest child who had been regularly described as his ‘wife’. 

'I have found my other half': Heston Blumenthal announces he's engaged to French businesswoman Melanie Ceysson

‘I have found my other half’: Heston Blumenthal announces he’s engaged to French businesswoman Melanie Ceysson

Friends of the French estate agent told me she had, in fact, never legally married Blumenthal, who is 21 years her senior.

Now, I can disclose that he’s found love with another French woman, Melanie Ceysson. 

And they’re already engaged. ‘I have found my other half,’ he tells me from France, where they are living in a national park.

Split! Earlier this week, it was revealed Heston had split from his 'wife' and the mother of his youngest child Stephanie Gouveia after they unofficially married in 2018

Split! Earlier this week, it was revealed Heston had split from his ‘wife’ and the mother of his youngest child Stephanie Gouveia after they unofficially married in 2018

Blumenthal’s spokeswoman was reported to have said that he married his previous girlfriend, Stephanie, in the Maldives in 2018. 

However, her spokesman told me this week: ‘Marriage should be recognised by legal authorities. This wasn’t. What happened does not constitute a marriage in a legally binding sense.’

This time, the chef insists the ceremony will be legally binding. ‘I am going to get officially married to Melanie,’ he tells me.

Blumenthal, who attended £22,530-per year Latymer Upper School in West London, declines to give more details about his new fiancee.

They are understood to have been a couple for some months. She is thought to be in her 30s and worked with him, having previously been employed in the hospitality business in France.

In addition to his five-year-old with Stephanie, Blumenthal has three children with ex-wife, Zanna, whom he divorced in 2016.

During their marriage, he had an affair with U.S. cookery writer Suzanne Pirret, who has said her favourite things are ‘food and sex’.

Friends of Stephanie say she never legally married Heston, who is 21 years her senior, even though his spokesman was reported to have said they exchanged vows in 2018

Happier times: Friends of Stephanie say she never legally married Heston, who is 21 years her senior, even though his spokesman was reported to have said they exchanged vows in 2018 

Zanna stood by Heston during his rise to cheffing stardom and he admits she brought up their three children as he grafted in the kitchen.

When asked why their marriage ended during an interview with the times, Heston said: ‘Who knows? People always search for one reason and life is more complex. 

‘Certainly, my ex-wife was a huge reason for the success of the Duck… Someone had to take the kids to school and do all that work and look after the house, because I was never there.’

During their marriage, Heston had an affair with U.S. cookery writer Suzanne Pirret, who has said her favourite things are ‘food and sex’.

Heston moved to Provence, France, in 2018 in order to live near L’Oustau de Baumanière, the three-Michelin-starred restaurant he first visited age 16.

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He credits the restaurant for kickstarting his desire to become a chef. Heston claims he returned to ‘rediscover the magic’ of cooking after falling out of love with it.

Heston remains strongly connected with his UK restaurants including the Fat Duck.

First wife: Heston and his first wife, Zanna, the mother of his first three children, divorced in 2016 after deciding to separate in 2011 (pictured together)

First wife: Heston and his first wife, Zanna, the mother of his first three children, divorced in 2016 after deciding to separate in 2011 (pictured together)

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