I’ve got a golden ticket

I got a table at Heston Blumenthal’s Fat Duck while it is in Melbourne during their 6 month period starting from February 3rd.

Yes. You read that right.

I’m not Charlie Bucket in this story but rather the tap dancing Grandpa who gets to tag along and go for the magical ride. One of TimmyC’s work colleagues got one of the very few congratulatory emails that offered him a table for four at the very highly anticipated restaurant. Not just any table, the chef’s table, the one where you can view everything from behind the scenes, which has not been offered before at any of Heston Blumenthal’s restaurants.

I get the opportunity to visit the Willy Wonka factory equivalent in the fine dining culinary world where Oompa Loompas are replaced with wait staff direct from Bray, instead of the chocolate room there are signature dishes like ‘Sounds of the Sea’ and instead of leaving blue and round, I’ll be just round and rolled out the door after a 4.5 hr dining experience that money cannot buy (but they’ve still managed to find a price tag). The Fat Duck will have only 14,000 people to experience a “gastronomic journey of history, nostalgia, emotion and memory” during their six month stay in Melbourne.

I cannot wait!

Trust me, I was doing the Grandpa Joe dance when TimmyC was telling me on the phone that we got in on a table!

The Fat Duck details

I’ve been eagerly awaiting this news and you can find all the details in the article here.

The run down:

  1. An electronic ballot (open from 9am 8th Oct 2014) will determine who gets a reservation in this highly sort after restaurant which will seat about 50 people
  2. There will be a chef’s table (4 people) where guests will see the ‘behind the scenes’ food prep and talk to the chefs throughout the service, which has not been offered before in any of Heston’s restaurants
  3. They will contact the people who are lucky enough to get a table as well as the ones that aren’t
  4. The Fat Duck will be opened from the 3rd February 2015 for 6 months, after which it will turn into ‘Dinner by Heston’ when all the staff will return home back to the renovated original restaurant in Bray
  5. Heston himself will be there for at least half the time which will include the first and last month
  6. If you’re lucky enough to get in, it will cost you $525 a person for a 12-15 course of “pure food theatre”
  7. The menu will not be the same as the original UK restaurant

An electronic ballot seems fair enough, but 50 seats is not big at all for a restaurant with this much air of excitement and anticipation. I should start telling all my friends that all I want for my 30th birthday is to eat at The Fat Duck (so start clicking).

So it seems that the 8th of October 2014 is the date to write into your calendar folks!