British Chef Heston Blumenthal, of The Fat Duck and Dinner by Heston Blumenthal, has been awarded the 2017 Diners Club Lifetime Achievement Award.

The award is part of The World’s 50 Best Restaurants awards, which will take place on April 5th in Melbourne, Australia.

Heston Blumenthal is famed for his experimental dishes. His 40-seat restaurant The Fat Duck, which opened in 1995 in Bray, a small village in the UK, has seen him win numerous awards for its tasting menu and inventive and playful dishes.

He was awarded his first Michelin Star in 1999, his second in 2002 and his third in 2004. In 2011 he launched his first restaurant outside of Bray, Dinner by Heston Blumenthal, at the Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park, London. Blumenthal has also enjoyed success in Australia, and has enjoyed a successful television career, with several of his own shows.

Blumenthal said, “I am honoured, thrilled and really quite excited to be given The Diners Club Lifetime Achievement Award. For me, this award is particularly special because it’s voted by my peers. After 20 years of The Fat Duck, I now feel like I’m just starting- and those 20 years were my apprenticeship. The future is very, very, exciting.”

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