Two chefs from Heston Blumenthal's three-Michelin star restaurant The Fat Duck have been killed in a car accident in Hong Kong. The as-yet unnamed pair died after a crash involving a taxi and two double decker buses on Monday (November 19, 2012), reports BBC News.
A spokesperson for the restaurant in Bray, Berkshire, confirmed that both men were senior members of staff and described them as "uniquely talented young chefs". It is understood that the pair were in the city to open a new restaurant. The BBC's Hong Kong correspondent Juliana Liu said the men - a Swede and a Briton - were travelling in the taxi at the time. "It appears the driver of a double decker bus lost control and hit several other vehicles and another double decker bus. In the process, it trapped the taxi the men were passengers in between the buses. There will be a lengthy investigation and the Hong Kong Police Department are already calling for witnesses to come forward." As well as the two chefs, the taxi driver was also killed, while 50 others were injured. The statement on behalf of The Fat Duck read, "We can confirm two members of our team were tragically killed in a car accident. They were both senior members and great and dear friends. Two uniquely talented young chefs that were loved by everyone who worked with them. They will be sadly and deeply missed."
Blumenthal opened The Fat Duck in 1995. It was awarded its third Michelin star in 2004 before being named the best restaurant in the world.