Heston Blumenthal chokes during live show

Heston Blumenthal

Heston Blumenthal

TV chef Heston Blumenthal almost chocked on a piece of steak during a live theatre show and had to run of stage to dislodge the lump of meat.

TV chef Heston Blumenthal almost choked on a piece of steak during a live theatre show.

The culinary expert - who suffers from a rare condition in which his throat goes into spasm when he eats certain foods - gagged on the lump of meat and had to rush off the stage as he couldn't breathe.

Speaking about the incident in Sydney, Australia, Heston told the Sydney Sunday Telegraph: "It was like a living nightmare. There are certain foods where my esophagus spasms: red meat, tuna, chicken breast. I've been to doctors but it's quite a risky operation to fix."

"I had to put my fingers down my throat to dislodge the piece of food. Once I dislodged the steak, I ran back, grabbed the hand mic and literally fell on stage in time.

"I couldn't breathe properly. I can laugh about it now but it was very scary."

The audience were oblivious to Heston's drama and were entertained by Dame Edna Everage while the chef tried to remove the trapped meat.


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