Heston Blumenthal

Our hearts go out to Heston Blumenthal, who last week was forced to close his beloved flagship restaurant, the Fat Duck, following a food scare.

Read Guide Girl for the latest developments….

His decision to close the restaurant before the environmental health officers even knew about the situation illustrates what many people already knew about him - that he is one of the most considerate chefs you could ever wish to meet.

Inevitably, this will have financial ramifications for him, but we hope this isn’t something that is sustained – 2009 is going to be tough enough for many operators – and so it’s good to know that he hopes to reopen later this week

Hats off to him for putting on such a brave face and for giving us a lesson in morality. Read Guide Girl for the latest developments….

Fat Duck unlikely to reopen this week>>