Heston Blumenthal has been given the all clear to reopen The Fat Duck today (12 March), although the source of the ‘food poisoning’ outbreak is still to be identified.
Blumenthal closed his three-Michelin star restaurant in Bray after initially receiving 40 complaints of vomiting and diarrhoea last month (rising to 400 after media coverage), claiming the decision ‘was a major one, but morally and technically there was no option.’
After a thorough investigation by the Health Protection Agency (HPA) and a loss of over £100k, The Fat Duck has been given the all clear to reopen, although they are still awaiting the results of several tests.
A statement from the HPA said that despite a thorough risk assessment of the business being carried out, ‘so far no one source (of the outbreak) has been identified,’ and the investigation will continue for ‘some weeks in order to build a more complete picture.’
Blumenthal on the other hand was ‘delighted’ to be able to reopen his restaurant, and said: “Whilst the HPA and the local Environment Health Office (EHO) are still awaiting outstanding test results we cannot comment further, but obviously we are overjoyed to be able to get back to business as normal.”
Initial testing by the EHO earlier this month hinted toward a non-specific virus being the cause of the outbreak, but the HPA will continue to work with Blumenthal and The Fat Duck until the investigation is completed.