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Published April 6th 2014
The famous Fat Duck is flying south to Melbourne
Heston Blumenthal, celebrity chef extraordinaire and the man who makes dry ice an indispensable tool in the kitchen, is packing up his three Michelin starred The Fat Duck restaurant, from its base in England and moving it to Melbourne's Crown Towers Hotel next February for six months. And that's not all.
In the heady world of celebrity chefdom Heston Blumenthal is way up in the stratosphere. He's a renowned author and the creator of bacon-and-egg ice cream and snail porridge. He focuses on multi-sensory cooking because eating is the only thing that we do that involves all the senses. He has starred in numerous TV shows and his restaurants include The Fat Duck and The Hinds Head in Bray, Berkshire and Dinner by Heston Blumenthal in London. The Fat Duck, once voted the best restaurant in the world, has received a perfect score of 10/10 every year since 2007 by The Good Food Guide.
This will be Heston's first restaurant venture outside the UK. For his adventure in the antipodes he is bringing his entire The Fat Duck team with him to Melbourne while his restaurant, housed in a 1640s building, undergoes some necessary renovations. What a way to celebrate The Fat Duck's twentieth birthday.
Don't think this is just a flighty pop-up, though. Once the team has migrated back north for the summer, their temporary space at Crown Melbourne Resort will be usurped by the permanent fixture of Dinner by Heston Blumenthal under head chef, Ashley Palmer.
This is a huge coup (or should that be coop?) both for Crown and the Melbourne dining scene in general. It may be a long time to wait until February 2015 but the phones have been running hot at Crown since the announcement was made last week. If you're salivating for red cabbage gazpacho or salmon poached in a liquorice gel you can register your interest in The Fat Duck with Crown online now, and you will be kept informed of developments.