Heston Blumenthal’s two senior chefs killed in a horrific road accident during a promotional tour in Hong Kong.
Carl Lindgren, 30, from Sweden, was one of two staff employed at the Michelin-starred Fat Duck restaurant, who died after a double decker bus ploughed into the taxi in which they were travelling.
Reports last night claimed Mr Blumenthal had been in Hong Kong and was travelling in a separate cab at the time of the crash that also claimed the life of Briton Ivan Jorge, 34.
The Fat Duck was open as usual last night. A total of 46 chefs are believed to work in the kitchen. A restaurant spokesman said: ‘The entire team, as you may imagine, are devastated.’
Chef Raymond Blanc offered his support to those at the Fat Duck via his Twitter account. He wrote: ‘My heart and my thoughts are with the families of the 2 young chefs from the Fat Duck & with Heston & the whole team at this tragic time.’
Heston’s son Jack, himself an aspiring chef, tweeted: ‘2 chefs from the Fat Duck killed in a car crash in Hong Kong :/ My Best goes out to the friends and family and everyone at the Duck.’
He added: ‘So tragic RIP’
Scottish chef Neil Rankin tweeted his followers: ‘Tragic news. A waste of great talent. Condolences to the fat duck team.’
A former Fat Duck chef, Ben Godwin, also tweeted: ‘RIP…….Legends!’ in honour of the tragic pair.
Hong Kong police said the bus driver was arrested for causing death by dangerous driving and he has been released on bail.
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