Heston Blumenthal has got married.

Heston Blumenthal

Heston Blumenthal

The 51-year-old chef tied the knot with Stephanie Gouveia - the mother of his youngest child - in a spontaneous ceremony shortly after proposing to her while on holiday at the luxury island of Soneva Fushi in the Maldives.

According to The Sun newspaper, staff at their hotel organised the ceremony and a Maldivian banquet after Heston asked for their help.

The couple exchanged vows in a non-religious ceremony on a beach at sunset.

A source said: "They are really happy. They had an intimate ceremony on the beach at sunset.

"They just had a few guests, who were at the resort, and their baby."

A spokesperson for the chef confirmed he and Stephanie, who is around 20 years his junior, had decided to "seize the moment" and got married.

The representative said: "Heston and Stephanie are delighted to announce they've got married.

"They were spending some quality time together and decided to seize the moment."

It was revealed in February that the couple had welcomed a child into the world together late last year, but no details about the tot, including their name or gender, have been revealed.

His spokesperson said at the time: "I can confirm Heston and Stephanie have had a child at the end of last year, but we won't be giving any further information."

The culinary expert already has three children with ex-wife Zanna;

Zack, 25, Jessie, 22, and Joy, 20.

Heston split from Zanna in 2011 and their divorce was finalised last year.

Prior to finding love with Stephanie, he was in a five-year relationship with American cookery book author Suzanne Pirret.

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