Cream Of The Crop

He­ston Blu­men­thal wins The Din­ers Club® Life­time Achieve­ment Award 2017

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The World’s 50 Best Restau­rants list is com­piled by votes from an in­flu­en­tial group of over 1,000 in­ter­na­tional lead­ers in the restau­rant com­mu­nity. The panel in each re­gion are made up of food writ­ers, crit­ics, chefs, res­tau­ra­teurs and highly re­garded ‘gas­tronomes’. Mem­bers list their choice in or­der of pref­er­ence and based their ex­pe­ri­ences within a visit in the past 18 months. There are no strict vot­ing rules. 2017’s list was just re­leased and cel­e­brated chef He­ston Blu­men­thal of The Fat Duck and Din­ner by He­ston Blu­men­thal has been awarded Din­ers Club® Life­time Achieve­ment Award.

Ac­knowl­edg­ing this new hon­our, Blu­men­thal said, “I am hon­oured, thrilled and re­ally quite ex­cited to be given The Din­ers Club Life­time Achieve­ment Award. For me, this award is par­tic­u­larly spe­cial be­cause my peers vote it. 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”.

The award cer­e­mony will take place on 5 April 2017 at the Royal Ex­hi­bi­tion Build­ing in Mel­bourne, Aus­tralia. Blu­men­thal is a self-taught chef and no stranger to the culi­nary world. Aside from a two-week stint at Ray­mond Blanc’s Le Manoi aux Quat’ Saisons in the UK, he had no for­mal train­ing. His multi-sen­sory ap­proach to cook­ing and ex­per­i­ment­ing challenged culi­nary norms and earned him great ac­co­lades in­ter­na­tion­ally.

Over the last decade, Blu­men­thal has forged a hugely suc­cess­ful TV ca­reer with shows in­clud­ing He­ston’s Feasts and He­ston’s Fan­tas­ti­cal Food. Some famed recipes in­clude snail por­ridge and egg-and­ba­con ice cream, where an ap­pre­ci­a­tion for art and sci­ence placed him at the fore­front of a gas­tro­nomic rev­o­lu­tion. His first Miche­lin star was gained in 1999, the sec­ond in 2002, and the cov­eted third one in 2004. In 2005, The Fat Duck came in as the world’s top restau­rant.

Wil­liam Drew, Group Edi­tor of The

World’s 50 Best Restau­rants said,” 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 and make him a wor­thy win­ner of the pres­ti­gious Din­ers Club® Life­time Achieve­ment Award”.

“Din­ers Club In­ter­na­tional wants to con­grat­u­late He­ston Blu­men­thal on his work in the culi­nary in­dus­try and for win­ning the Din­ers Club Life­time Achieve­ment award,” said Sh­eryl Yas­ger, Vice Pres­i­dent of global ad brand and mar­ket­ing for Din­ers Club In­ter­na­tional. “We value our in­volve­ment in this award and in pro­vid­ing our club mem­bers dis­tinc­tive din­ing priv­i­leges at world-renowned es­tab­lish­ments around the globe.”

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