Heston Blumenthal: Diagnosed With ADHD; Encourages Schools To Stop StigmaBy Jane Reed, UniversityHerald Reporter
Famous celebrity chef Heston Blumenthal who is known for his appearance in Master Chef and restaurant "The Fat Duck" shares his opinion about the school system.
Blumenthal admits that he was recently diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). At the age of fifty, he points out that the current school system is outdated and has stigmatized kids with ADHD.
The culinary expert points out that it is because of the Victorian system that these kids with special needs are being branded, as reported by the Telegraph. According to Heston, the Victorians measured everything and this includes women. He explained that the Victorians even measured the bottom of the skirt and the top of their shoes.
When Heston learned that he had ADHD this year, he said he would not change himself at all, as reported by Times Education Supplement. In order for kids with ADHD to succeed, they need to be taught to not be afraid of failure. But he stresses that the Victorian school system is turning them into robots. Teachers should learn to create a system that these kids can embrace.
Having ADHD, Blumenthal admits that he is difficult to live with. But often times, people with ADHD are stereotyped. He recalls going upstairs and come down with something he was looking for months ago. However, he could not recall what he was looking for in the first place.
But regardless of his condition, he has become a successful chef and professional in the culinary world. He has already an established restaurant in Berkshire (The Fat Duck) and has amassed Michelin stars in various restaurants.
Heston Blumenthal is an advocate of cooking and he believes it covers all the subjects. These include chemistry, physics, biology and even history. According to the celebrity chef, food is the only thing that keeps everyone human. He hopes to see food as a compulsory subject in schools someday.
Take a look at Heston behind the kitchen in "The Fat Duck."