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Heston Blumenthal Opens Restaurant

Heston Blumenthal to Open Restaurant at Crown Casino

Written By Carla Harris

Heston Blumenthal

After scrapping plans to open a new restaurant in New York City’s luxurious Mandarin Oriental, world-renowned British chef Heston Blumenthal has finalized plans to begin a new venture at the Crown Casino and Entertainment Complex in Melbourne, Victoria.

Blumenthal rose to prominence as owner of the Fat Duck in Berkshire, England, which has been lauded for its exciting and experimental cuisine. The Fat Duck has been voted the best restaurant in the world by a number of top industry authorities. The prestigious Michelin Guide currently gives the restaurant its top rating of three stars. 

Blumenthal will close the Fat Duck’s Berkshire facilities for a period six months to bring his entire kitchen staff and extensive cooking operations to Crown Resorts in Melbourne. The casino resort will serve as Fat Duck’s temporary home from February to August of next year. During this time, the world’s foremost gastronomical connoisseurs will undoubtedly flock to Crown Resorts to sample Fat Duck’s signature dishes, including snail porridge with Iberico de Bellota ham and the Sound of the Sea, a seafood dish that asks diners to eat while listening to seagulls and crashing waves on a pair of earphones. Blumenthal chose Crown Resorts as his newest restaurant location, in part, because he considers Melbourne one of the “top five cities in the world for food."

When the Fat Duck moves back to the United Kingdom in August, the Crown restaurant will continue to operate as a version of Dinner by Heston Blumenthal. A two-Michelin-star restaurant, Dinner’s existing location in London is directed by former Fat Duck head chef Ashley Palmer-Watts.

In its ambitious attempt to recreate British culinary history, Dinner has crafted a number of innovative dishes such as Meat Fruit and Tipsy Cake with spit-roast pineapple and Bohemian Cake with grapefruit jam, chocolate mousse, and honey ice cream. In April 2014, Restaurant Magazine ranked Dinner by Heston Blumenthal No. 5 on its list of the World's 50 Best Restaurants.

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