By Andy Sambidge
UK celebrity chef says he considered bringing world famous restaurant to emirate before deciding on Melbourne
UK-based celebrity chef Heston Blumenthal has revealed that he considered moving his world famous restaurant, The Fat Duck, to Dubai.
The emirate, which has a burgeoning restaurant scene and boasts a number of other celebrity chef-branded eateries, was on the shortlist for Blumenthal while his UK headquarters undergoes a refurbishment next year.
In the end, Blumenthal plumped for Melbourne to temporarily relocate for six months in 2015.
But in an interview on British TV this week, he revealed: "We looked at Vegas, Dubai, some ski resort, and the south of France. All these offers came in."
Blumenthal unveiled his plans for the restaurant, which will be moving to Melbourne’s Crown Casino in February 2015, earlier this year.
The Fat Duck is currently located in the village of Bray, west of London.
The relocation has been two years in the making, and the new restaurant will seat around 45 people and have a staff of approximately 70.
Gary Rhodes, Pierre Gagnaire, Jamie Oliver and Atul Kochhar are among a growing number of famous chefs who have opened restaurants in Dubai.