HESTON Blumenthal has confirmed he is in negotiations to open his first restaurant in London.
The pioneering chef - who has won international fame at the Fat Duck in Bray - said this week: "We`re in serious discussions but it`s not a done deal yet.
"It`s with a site in London, a very good site in London, but I haven`t signed anything. Fingers crossed, I`m hoping we might get something one way or the other in the next month - by decided I mean agreed on.
"It certainly won`t be happening for, I`d say, a couple of years."
Blumenthal, 41, is one of only three UK chefs with three Michelin stars, did not give any clues about the site in question, but said that if he decided to go ahead with the London venue, it would be at the "smarter brasserie level" and not a Fat Duck.
Blumenthal is known for his creative gastronomy, with unusual dishes such as nitro-scrambled egg and bacon ice cream and the Sound of the Sea, where diners listen to crashing waves on an MP3 player while consuming edible sand and sea water.
Blumenthal is now also focusing on historic British dishes such as beef royal, based on a royal feast in the late-18th century. He plans to dispense with the a la carte menu at the Fat Duck next March or April and to introduce a tasting menu of historic dishes alongside the experimental menu of dishes such as snail porridge