Cream Of The Crop
Heston Blumenthal wins The Diners Club® Lifetime Achievement Award 2017
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.”