Chefs from around the world have expressed their shock and sadness after the death of two Fat Duck chefs, who were killed in a car accident in Hong Kong earlier this week.
Jorge Ivan Aranto Herrera and Carl Magnus Lindgren, senior chefs at Heston Blumenthal’s three-Michelin-starred restaurant in Bray, died after a bus collided with their taxi and another bus on Monday.
The news has sent shockwaves through the culinary world, with chefs from around the globe paying tribute to the two chefs.
Among UK chefs expressing their condolences on social networking site Twitter were Michel Roux, owner of the Waterside Inn, also in Bray, who said: “Such sad news about Ivan and Carl. My heart goes out to their families. Too young to die. Deepest sympathies too for Heston & his team x.”
Raymond Blanc, chef patron of Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons, said on his Twitter account: "My heart and my thoughts are with the families of the two young chefs."
Daniel Clifford, chef patron of Midsummer House in Cambridge, said: “So sad to hear the news about the two guys from the Fat Duck thoughts go out to families and the Fat Duck team from Midsummer House team.”
Paul Ainsworth, chef proprietor of Number Six in Padstow, said: “All our thoughts with the family, friends and staff from the Fat Duck and Dinner so so sad. Paul, Emma and the team. RIP.”
Daniel Galmiche, executive chef of fellow Berkshire restaurant The Vineyard at Stockcross, tweeted: “So sorry to hear news of the loss of two talented chefs. The thoughts of all [of us] are with their families, Heston and his team.”
Head chef of John Campbell Restaurants, Olly Rouse said: "Thoughts go out to all friends and family... Such a great loss of talented Fat Duck chefs."
Internationally acclaimed chefs including Thomas Keller from the French Laundry; Rene Redzepi from Noma in Copenhagen; and Spanish chef Andoni Aduriz from Mugaritz also paid tribute (see below), while New York’s Momofuku chef David Chang’s simple five-word tweet: “My heart is so heavy,” was retweeted by two-star chefs Sat Bains of Restaurant Sat Bains in Nottingham and Daniel Patterson of Coi in San Francisco.
“Unimaginable - your chefs are your family. Condolences to the families, Heston & team Fat Duck.”
"My heartfelt wishes go out to the friends & family of The Fat Duck’s chefs Herrera and Lindgren."
"We are truly sorry to hear the bad news. Our Thoughts are with Heston, the Fat Duck team and both families."
Jorge Ivan Arango Herrera, known as Jorge, and Carl Magnus Lindgren, known as Magnus, were visiting Hong Kong for a private event, when their taxi collided with two buses.
Their cab was trapped between the two buses and the two chefs were locked in the compartment along with the driver before being rescued by firemen. However, all three had sustained serious injuries and were rushed to Pamela Youde Nethersole Eastern Hospital in an unconscious state, where they were later certified dead.
It has been reported that Blumenthal was travelling in a separate taxi at the time of the accident.
By Kerstin Kühn
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