The Fat Duck flies south

The Fat Duck

Restaurants open, close, and change locations every day. Usually it’s only noteworthy to the people in the local area. However, when the restaurant in question is Heston Blumenthal’s The Fat Duck, and when the move is not across town but across the globe, people pay attention.

As reported in The Guardian, the restaurant, including its staff, will travel to Melbourne this December and open in February at the five-star Crown Towers hotel. After six months, The Fat Duck will return to England, and the Melbourne venue “will be used for Dinner, to be opened under the supervision of long-time Blumenthal sidekick Ashley Palmer-Watts, who heads the London kitchen.” The move will allow renovations to proceed in the 17th-century building in Bray currently housing The Fat Duck.

Those of us in the U.S. will have to make do with Chef Blumenthal’s cookbooks, many of which grace the bookshelves of EYB members. His most recent effort, Historic Heston, was both an EYB pick for 2013 and has been nominated for a James Beard Foundation book award. Heston Blumenthal at Home is the most popular of his cookbooks amongst EYB members, and several of its recipes have been rated with five stars. If you have a favorite Blumenthal recipe or technique, we’d like to hear about it.


Photo courtesy of The Guardian

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  • wodtke  on  March 31, 2014

    I certainly hope things work out better for him down under than they did for Gordon Ramsey.

  • Jane  on  March 31, 2014

    I never ate at The Fat Duck but I did go to Dinner (for lunch!). I was having the set lunch (a comparative bargain) so didn't get to try the famous Meat Fruit (chicken liver mousse made to look like a mandarin). I did have a very good pig's ear salad and a wonderful chocolate dessert called Chocolate Bar. Would love to go back some time for a blow-out dinner.

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