Top European chefs are heading to far-flung places for René Redzepi of Noma it’s to Japan for personal development. Here, Blumenthal talks about moving the Fat Duck to Melbourne
The entire staff of Heston Blumenthal’s restaurant The Fat Duck, once voted number one in the world, were summoned last Sunday evening to a mock-Tudor building across the road from the three-Michelin-starred mother ship in the Berkshire village of Bray. Champagne and canapés had been laid on for the 70 staff, but Blumenthal himself was not there. He was in Australia, preparing to address his team via Skype. When he had finished talking there was silence.
“It was only when they all started cheering and clapping that I realised they weren’t stunned. It was just a few seconds’ delay,” Blumenthal says.