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Blumenthal's marriage ends after 28 years

Press Association logoPress Association 26/04/2017

The marriage of celebrity British chef Heston Blumenthal has come to an end.

The undefended "quickie divorce" obtained by his wife Zanna on the grounds of two years' separation with consent took just a few minutes at the Central Family Court in London on Wednesday.

The couple were not present when the decree nisi was granted by District Judge Anne Hudd.

Court papers said the marriage of Blumenthal, 50, and 52-year-old Zanna was solemnised in August 1991 at the Register Office in the District of Chiltern and South Bucks. They have three teenage children.

Heston Blumenthal and wife of 28 years, Zanna © Provided by Press Association Heston Blumenthal and wife of 28 years, Zanna

The 50-year-old chef is best-known for his eclectic approach to cooking, involving unusual taste combinations.

The maverick culinary inventor's Fat Duck eatery lost the trio of Michelin stars last year after he took it to Melbourne for a year.

The paperwork stated that Zanna Blumenthal had sufficiently proved the contents of her petition and was "entitled to a decree of divorce, the marriage having irretrievably broken down, the facts found proved being two years' separation with consent".

The divorce will not be made final until an application is made for the decree absolute, which can be done in six weeks.

The date of separation was given as the beginning of August 2011 with the couple having decided that the marriage was at an end two months earlier.

Since then, Zanna Blumenthal has lived in Marlow, Buckinghamshire, while her husband's address was given as Barnes, southwest London.

There was no order for costs.

Blumenthal said in the papers that "we have reached an agreement in financial proceedings which is in full and final satisfaction of all claims for legal costs including of this divorce suit".

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