Blumenthal is of course no stranger to Melbourne, having temporarily relocated The Fat Duck there in 2015 while the original was undergoing renovation, and then launching a second Dinner... in the city. The Fat Duck was awarded the title of World's Best Restaurant at The World's 50 Best Restaurants 2005.
"After 20 years of The Fat Duck, I now feel like I’m just starting – and those 20 years were my apprenticeship. The future is very, very exciting,” said Blumenthal of the news.
William Drew, Group Editor of The World's 50 Best Restaurants added: “A pioneer, an entrepreneur and a creative force, throughout his distinguished career Heston Blumenthal has challenged the way we eat and inspired a generation of chefs. His passion, energy, imagination and thirst for change have enriched global gastronomy."
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