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Last Updated: Friday, 16 January, 2004, 07:14 GMT
Village hogs top restaurants
Heston Blumenthal
Heston Blumenthal is one of the fastest chefs to gain the three stars
Two out of only three restaurants in the country to be awarded three coveted Michelin stars are now based in one Berkshire village.

The Fat Duck, in Bray, has had its rating increased from two stars to three, and means local villagers are now spoilt for choice when looking to eat out.

The nearby Waterside Inn, run by Michel Roux, is one of the other two UK restaurants to have achieved the industry accolade.

The third is Gordon Ramsay's restaurant in Chelsea, London.

Heston Blumenthal, head chef and proprietor of The Fat Duck, is one of the fastest chefs to gain the three stars, having earned his first just five years ago.

Tobacco ice cream

Among the dishes which earned him the stars were snail porridge and tobacco ice cream.

Speaking from a conference of top chefs in Madrid, the 37-year-old from Bray said: "The trouble with cooking is that it is so manual - you clear up, you go home when you finish and then start all over again the next day.

"So you have to stay focused and that takes a lot of concentration over the course of several years.

"I just put it down to hard work."

Paul Cordle, spokesman for Michelin guides, said: "The stars are given for the quality of the food.

"However, when you get to that level you will find the surroundings will be in keeping as well."




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