Heston Blumenthal has been awarded the 2017 Diners Club® Lifetime Achievement Award at The World's 50 Best Restaurants, it has been announced.
The largely self-taught British chef behind the Michelin-starred The Fat Duck in Bray and Dinner by Heston Blumenthal in London will receive the award at The World's 50 Best ceremony in Melbourne on 5 April 2017, which will be live-streamed on Fine Dining Lovers.
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."
Last year, The Fat Duck regained its three Michelin star status after extensive renovation. Dinner currently sits at number 45 on The World's 50 Best Restaurants list.
To coincide with The World's 50 Best Restaurants 2017, the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival sponsored by S.Pellegrino and Acqua Panna will be hosting a series of masterclasses with eight of the world's best chefs.