heston.jpgThree-Michelin-starred chef Heston Blumenthal has been forced to close his Bray restaurant, the Fat Duck, following a food scare, according to Telegraph.co.uk.

The article stated that dozens of customers had reported feeling unwell after eating at the restaurant, however, initial tests conducted by environmental health officers as well as the restaurant’s own food safety consultants have been negative.

Blumenthal closed the restaurant on Tuesday and reservations for have been cancelled.

It went on to say that no date has been set for the restaurant’s reopening.

He told the Telegraph: “After 14 years of work, to come to the point where you have to close the restaurant is upsetting. The Fat Duck for me is very much a labour of love. The samples have all come back negative. It’s very strange. We called in the environmental health officers and they said it could be a non-specific virus which is going around.”

On Wednesday night, Blumenthal lead a brigade of Michelin-starred chefs who cooked alongside the students of South Downs College for a dinner in aid of The Ark. The dinner raised just under £20,000.