Daily Archives: March 23rd, 2009

The Fat Duck’s Food Furore

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The Fat Duck in Bray, Berkshire, England.

Foodie fanatics have made a bee-line to its unpretentious premises ever since it made headlines in 2005 as the best restaurant in the world by Restaurant magazine.To get a table at the 40-seat restaurant, you need to make reservations months in advance and you also need a fat wallet to take in the 17-course sampler menu which comes at around 130 pounds(USD 190).

The Fat Duck is a 3-star Michelin restaurant, about an hour’s train ride out of London,  run by chef Heston Blumenthal who specialises in molecular gastronomy (applying science to the art of cooking).

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MANGO AND DOUGLAS FIR PUREE, Bavarois of lychee and mango, blackcurrent sorbet. Molecular cooking at its best.

In February, the award-winning restaurant made the wrong kind of headlines when it was forced to close on February 24 after a total of over 400 diners were struck by diarrhoea and vomiting. Customers cried foul and the health authorities called in to investigate what was thought to be food-poisoning. However, all tests for causes of food-poisoning yielded negative results.

The Health Protection Agency , according to the Telegraph 20 March 2009 has now narrowed down the culprit to norovirus infection, commonly called stomach flu or viral gastroenteritis. 6 members of the staff were found to have been infected and presumably passed on the infection to customers. Find out more about this infection here.

Which goes to show- such viruses are no respecter of status or style. But viruses being viruses,the infection is self-limiting and diners are flocking back since the restaurant re-opened March 13.

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