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Michelin-Starred Fat Duck Chefs Killed in Hong Kong Crash

Michelin-Starred Fat Duck Chefs Die in Hong Kong Car Crash
The Fat Duck is located in the village of Bray, Berkshire, U.K. Photographer: Press Association via AP Photo

Nov. 21 (Bloomberg) -- Two chefs working for Heston Blumenthal’s Michelin three-star restaurant, The Fat Duck, were killed in a car crash in Hong Kong, the city’s police said.

Carl Magnus Lindgren, 30, and Jorge Herrera, 34, died after the taxi they were traveling in was crushed between two double-decker buses on Nov. 19, said Florence Lui, assistant information officer at the Police Public Relations Branch.

The driver of one of the two buses lost consciousness before the crash, Lui said. The 53-year-old driver of the taxi, Wong Kim-chung, died in the incident, which occurred at 11:38 a.m., she said.

Two senior members of Blumenthal’s culinary team were staying at the Mandarin Oriental in Hong Kong on business, Nina Coll, the hotel’s director of communications, said in an e-mail, declining to identify the guests.

Blumenthal was shown in a video on the website of the Oriental Daily exiting the Victoria Public Mortuary yesterday morning, dressed in a black t-shirt.

The restaurateur opened Fat Duck in 1995 in a converted 450-year-old pub located in the village of Bray, Berkshire, in Britain, according to its website.

The restaurant’s tasting menu, which costs 195 pounds, features snail porridge, salmon poached in a licorice gel and wine gums, and requires roughly 3 1/2 hours to consume.

Muse highlights include James Russell on architecture.

To contact the reporter on this story: Frederik Balfour in Hong Kong at fbalfour@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Manuela Hoelterhoff at mhoelterhoff@bloomberg.net

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