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September 18, 2014

The Fat Duck Prepares To Take Flight, Opening 3rd February 2015 In Melbourne

By Neharika Padala

Earlier this year the lauded British chef announced that he would bring his award winning restaurant, The Fat Duck, to the renowned Crown Tower Resorts in the cultural hub of Southbank, Melbourne. Today he named 3rd February 2015 as the opening date and announced how to make a reservation at his ground breaking first international restaurant.

In an unprecedented move for any restaurant, much less a three Michelin starred restaurant celebrated for the very magical – and very technically precise – multi sensory gastronomic journey that it provides to its guests, The Fat Duck will temporarily relocate to Melbourne almost in its entirety. Every bite of the multi course Tasting Menu, every whisper of nostalgia and emotion, every aspect of the flawless service, and every team member will move half the world away and call Australia home for half a year.

Even design pieces from the original building in Bray, UK will make the journey. Doors to the restaurant in its idyllic English village will close in December for the holidays as they usually do, only to reopen two months later to the southern hemisphere’s warm February sun and the heady urban buzz of Melbourne. Food enthusiasts from continents afar will find one of the world’s most acclaimed restaurants on their doorstep, with Heston’s iconic dishes such as “Sound of the Sea”, Mad Hatter’s Tea Party and Snail Porridge right at their fingertips.

Anyone – anywhere in the world – who would like to make a reservation at The Fat Duck in Melbourne will need to register for the ballot system. All available reservations for the restaurant’s entire six-month visit to the Crown Melbourne Resort, including reservations for the Chef’s Table, will be allocated through the ballot process. No further reservations will be added once successful applicants have been randomly selected and the ballot process is complete.

Everyone seeking a reservation at The Fat Duck Melbourne will be directed to the dedicated ballot website to register their entry – Ballot entries will be accepted from 9:00am Monday 8th October through midnight Sunday 26th October 2014 (Australian Eastern Daylight Time). Multiple ballot entries by the same applicant will be excluded, so potential guests only need to register for the ballot once. After the registration period closes and all registered ballot entries are gathered, a draw by an impartial third party will indiscriminately select successful applicants. As the draw is made from the entire pool of ballot entries, “first come, first served” does not apply. Whether someone is the first or last to register their ballot entry during the open registration period will have absolutely no bearing on the outcome.

The Fat Duck at Crown Melbourne will be open for lunch and dinner Tuesday through Saturday beginning Tuesday 3rd February 2015. The last service will be dinner on Saturday 15th August 2015. Open for only six months in its alternate home almost 17,000km from its first home in Bray, it is a very unique event. Guests should anticipate about four hours to complete their multi-sensory gastronomic journey of history, nostalgia, emotion and memory. The cost of the menu is AU$525 per person, exclusive of beverages. Taking into account both the dining room and the Chef’s Table, the restaurant will accommodate 50 guests each service. Tables will be available with seating for either two or four guests with a very limited number of six seat options available each service.

(Source: The Fat Duck, Crown Resorts)

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