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Heston Blumenthal to open Melbourne version of Fat Duck on February 3

Published:  17 September, 2014

The Australian version of Heston Blumenthal's Fat Duck restaurant is to open in Melbourne in February 3 2015 with reservations being taken from October 8.

Demand for places at Blumenthal's Australian venture are expected to be enormous as the chef takes his three-starred Michelin restaurant Down Under for the first six months of next year.

Blumenthal said the reaction to him opening up the Fat Duck in Melbourne has been "absolutely overwhelming". "I am utterly humbled by the reception," he added.

The Fat Duck is to open up in Melbourne's Crown Tower Resorts in the Southbank area.

Blumenthal is promising Australian diners that he is taking "every bite" of his multi course tasting menu with him, including his famous "Sound of the Sea", Mad Hatter's Tea Party and Snail Porridge dishes.  "Eevery whisper of nostalgia and emotion, every aspect of the flawless service, and every team member" will move to Australia for the six month period.

The Australian restaurant will include a Chef's Table for four people, situated at the front of the pass - something which is not possible at its English home in Bray.

The Fat Duck will close in England in December for the Christmas holidays.

As demand for places is expected to be so high anyone looking for a table will have to register to enter a ballot system and successful diners chosen by random. The ballot opens at 9am October 8, Australian Eastern daylight time, and runs through to October 26 with registrations being taken on the dedicated website

The system will not allow multiple applications from one person. Anyone lucky enough to get a table will find out on November 10. It will cost AU$525 a head.

The restaurant itself will be open for lunch and dinner between Tuesday and Saturday. The last service will be on Saturday August 15  2015.

When the Fat Duck returns to the UK it will be replaced by a permanent version of its Michelin-starred restaurant, Dinner, at the Crown Melbourne Resort.