SUPERSTAR chef Heston Blumenthal brought his brand of culinary magic to HMS Victory.
He was on board the ship as part of his new TV series, which looks at the history behind some of Britain’s most iconic dishes.
His visited the dockyard after discovering that salt beef has its roots in Nelson’s era.
His research found that in the early 1800s beef preserved in salt was crucial to Admiral Lord Nelson’s navy during the Battle of Trafalgar.
Aboard HMS Victory, Heston explored the lower poop deck where the public and naval officers were treated to a historical naval meal – lobscouse, a type of beef or lamb stew.
Giles Gould, enterprise manager at The National Museum of the Royal Navy, was delighted by Heston’s visit.
He said: ‘The whole day was simply fantastic.
‘We were absolutely thrilled that he’d chosen The Historic Dockyard, specifically HMS Victory, to explore the history of British food and engage with the area.’
Heston made no secret of his fascination with HMS Victory during the visit.
Giles said: ‘Being aboard such a historic ship provided the perfect backdrop to Heston’s exploration into our history and helped emphasise the spirit of the day.’
Mr Gould said he hoped Heston’s visit would create interest in the dockyard in younger people.
He added: ‘By coming to the Historic Dockyard, it allows a new and much more current audience, one that perhaps wouldn’t associate Portsmouth with deep historic culture, to discover and engage with our history in a very unique way.
‘I’m looking forward to watching the show’.
HMS Victory will feature in Heston Blumenthal’s Great British Food on Channel 4 next Tuesday at 9pm.