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Top UK restaurant closed as 400 diners taken ill (top-rated Fat Duck restaurant)
Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 3/6/09 | Tim Castle

Posted on 03/06/2009 7:01:26 PM PST by NormsRevenge

LONDON (Reuters Life!) – British health officials said on Friday they were investigating 400 potential cases of food poisoning linked to top-rated Fat Duck restaurant, run by celebrity chef Heston Blumenthal.

The award-winning restaurant in Bray, Berkshire, is known for its chemistry-inspired dishes such as bacon and egg ice cream and snail porridge, with many courses frozen in liquid nitrogen.

Blumenthal voluntarily closed the restaurant last month after around 40 diners complained of diarrhea and vomiting.

The Health Protection Agency said the number had risen to 400 after media coverage of its investigation.

"This is a very complex outbreak," said Graham Bickler, a regional director at the agency.

The agency said its probe would extend to all those who had eaten at the restaurant since late January, whether they reported being ill or not.

The restaurant, which has had a three-star rating from the Michelin guide since 2004, is co-operating fully with the investigation, the agency said.

Diners often wait months for a reservation at the Fat Duck, which seats 40 people and charges 130 pounds ($185) a head for its 17-course tasting menu.

(Excerpt) Read more at news.yahoo.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events; United Kingdom
KEYWORDS: closed; diners; fatduck; foodpoisoning; restaurant

1 posted on 03/06/2009 7:01:26 PM PST by NormsRevenge
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To: NormsRevenge

I would be taking a close look at the kitchen help.


2 posted on 03/06/2009 7:02:47 PM PST by cripplecreek (The poor bastards have us surrounded.)
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Wiki .. fwiw

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Fat_Duck

The Fat Duck is a restaurant run by chef Heston Blumenthal in Bray, Berkshire, England. The restaurant is known for its menu of unusual dishes, created following the principles of molecular gastronomy: examples include “snail porridge”, “sardine on toast sorbet”, and “salmon poached with liquorice”.


3 posted on 03/06/2009 7:03:37 PM PST by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed.)
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To: cripplecreek

Things like this make me more inclined to take my meals at home. I seldom eat out—or have fast food either. With the influx of no telling what sort of diseased illegals aliens coming into the country, I think there could be large outbreaks of diseases like cholera.


4 posted on 03/06/2009 7:05:17 PM PST by basil ( It's time to eliminate all "Gun Free Zones")
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To: NormsRevenge

We JUST got through watching Rattatouie with my kids.


5 posted on 03/06/2009 7:05:47 PM PST by autumnraine (Freedom's just another word for nothing left to lose- Kris Kristoferrson VIVA LA REVOLUTION!)
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To: NormsRevenge

That menu would give anyone a bad case of flaming hoop.


6 posted on 03/06/2009 7:07:00 PM PST by rickmichaels (Proud to be culturally insensitive)
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To: rickmichaels

molecular gastronomy

I’ll pass 8-}


7 posted on 03/06/2009 7:08:08 PM PST by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed.)
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To: NormsRevenge
"dishes such as bacon and egg ice cream and snail porridge,...40 diners complained of diarrhea and vomiting...the number had risen to 400"

That would make for some projected streams that would be fairly ugly.


8 posted on 03/06/2009 7:08:40 PM PST by familyop (combat engineer (combat), National Guard, '89-'96, Duncan Hunter or no-vote, http://falconparty.com/)
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To: NormsRevenge

My son got food poisoning today after eating breakfast out with his grandparents. Poor kid had to drive 10 miles home after checking out of school with is gut trying to blow out the lower end.


9 posted on 03/06/2009 7:09:09 PM PST by Rebelbase
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To: cripplecreek

> known for its chemistry-inspired dishes such as bacon and egg ice cream and snail porridge, with many courses frozen in liquid nitrogen.<

My money’s on the liquid nitrogen.


10 posted on 03/06/2009 7:10:16 PM PST by max americana
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To: familyop

Don’t give the Food Network any ideas for new shows. Chopped comes to mind.

or Better yet, send a couple of their iron stomach I’ll eat anything once show hosts.


11 posted on 03/06/2009 7:11:24 PM PST by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed.)
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To: max americana
You don't have to be a rocket scientist to be a cutting edge chef but..

Heston Blumenthal

12 posted on 03/06/2009 7:14:42 PM PST by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed.)
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To: NormsRevenge

Boy, you don’t expect this out of a top restaurant. Inexcusable, really.


13 posted on 03/06/2009 7:15:16 PM PST by LibWhacker
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To: basil

I think I have good reason to be concerned about all the somalis working in food processing plants.


14 posted on 03/06/2009 7:15:46 PM PST by cripplecreek (The poor bastards have us surrounded.)
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To: NormsRevenge

Snail porridge|shudder}


15 posted on 03/06/2009 7:16:15 PM PST by skr (May God confound the enemy)
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To: NormsRevenge

When it comes to food, nothing in London should ever be ‘top-rated’.


16 posted on 03/06/2009 7:19:08 PM PST by Hoodat (For the weapons of our warfare are mighty in God for pulling down strongholds.)
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To: LibWhacker

3 star Michelin is up there.. a real shame.

No way I would pay 185 bucks to try and eat 17 courses

but I bet the dessert is good.


17 posted on 03/06/2009 7:19:44 PM PST by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed.)
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To: NormsRevenge
Muslim problems?

Poisoning food with feces is detailed as a tactic in the Al-Qaeda manual found a few years ago by British intelligence. story here

An Algerian chemist is found guilty at Bristol Crown Court of contaminating food and wine by using his own urine and faeces. story here

Two shop-owners were today fined for selling chocolate cake - which had been sprinkled with human faeces. [snip} Shop owners Saeed Hasmi, 25, and Jan Yadgari, 23, were fined £1,500 for selling food unfit for human consumption. story here

A man who is accused of waging a urine and faeces-spraying campaign at two supermarkets, a pub and a bookshop caused £700,000 damage, a court heard yesterday.

Sahnoun Daifallah, 42, is alleged to have squirted a brown, foul-smelling substance from a spray container at four businesses in Gloucestershire on May 14 and 16 last year.
story here

A cab driver in Dallas, Texas, was allegedly caught on surveillance video sprinkling dried fecal matter on cookies and pastries at a grocery store, according to a Local 6 News.

Police said that during an investigation, they found a pile of human feces by his bed. Investigators believe Nahidmobarekeh would dry the feces, either by microwave or just letting it sit out, grate it up with a cheese grater and then sprinkle it at the store.
story here

Have fun Googling for more. I used the string: feces urine muslim "food contamination"

18 posted on 03/06/2009 7:30:14 PM PST by ApplegateRanch (If Liberalism doesn't kill me, I'll live 'till I die!)
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To: Rebelbase
I got food poisoning last 4th of July. I had made myself some pesto with what I had not realized were outdated ingredients. The vomiting hit me as we watched the local fireworks display from the roof of our house. I ended up needing to us some of my mother's Depends. I was sick for two days. I haven't had any pesto since.
19 posted on 03/06/2009 7:32:48 PM PST by stayathomemom (Cat herder and empty nester)
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To: NormsRevenge
but I bet the dessert is good.

You can have my bowl of bacon and egg ice cream, then.

20 posted on 03/06/2009 7:34:26 PM PST by PAR35
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To: stayathomemom

5 years ago I got violently sick with some kind of bug on a 3 day surf fishing trip. I’d binged on olives and smoked fish the night before and to this day I cringe at the thought of eating either. And this past fall I got the 2-day stomach flu after binging on fresh apples the night before. I’m gonna miss my apples!


21 posted on 03/06/2009 7:47:12 PM PST by Rebelbase
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To: Rebelbase

You mention olives. My grandfather would not eat ripe olives. If I remember correctly, he had a couple of relatives die after eating some. Mind you,this would likely have happened over 100 years ago. I don’t know what sort of canning techniques were used.


22 posted on 03/06/2009 7:52:18 PM PST by stayathomemom (Cat herder and empty nester)
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To: NormsRevenge
Diners often wait months for a reservation at the Fat Duck, which seats 40 people and charges 130 pounds ($185) a head for its 17-course tasting menu.

There must not be a depression yet if people will pay that much to eat ca ca.

23 posted on 03/06/2009 8:34:04 PM PST by Mike Darancette (We have nothing to fear but Obama himself.)
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To: NormsRevenge

A good deal of the “sick’ population may be suffering”BID” Syndrome.

That’s “Barrister Induced Disease” for those on this side of the pond.


24 posted on 03/06/2009 8:37:51 PM PST by GladesGuru (In a society predicated upon freedom, it is essential to examine principles,)
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To: NormsRevenge

I think they changed the name of the restaurant to from Fat Duck to Dat F*cks.


25 posted on 03/06/2009 9:05:07 PM PST by MadMax, the Grinning Reaper
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To: NormsRevenge

It gets me here. I can't give you any excuses for it - there are no excuses. I've been meaning to spend more time in the restaurant recently, but I haven't been too well ,.. things aren't going very well back there. The poor cook's son has been put away again, and poor old Mrs Dalrymple who does the washing up can hardly move her poor fingers, and then there's Gilberto's war wound - but they're good people, and they're kind people, and together we were beginning to get over this dark patch ... there was light at the end of the tunnel . .. now this . .. now this...

26 posted on 03/06/2009 9:08:27 PM PST by dfwgator (1996 2006 2008 - Good Things Come in Threes)
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To: NormsRevenge
Seems to me they might be trying just a bit too hard to be different for the sake of being different. I consider myself a fairly adventurous diner, open to trying new things, but do cauliflower and chocolate jelly make a good combination? Or scallops, caviar, and white chocolate? And does Douglas Fir puree really go with anything?

Their current a la carte menu:

MENU SAMPLE FOR A LA CARTE

NINETY EIGHT POUNDS

STARTERS

CRAB BISCUIT
Roast foie gras, crystallised seaweed and oyster vinaigrette

CAULIFLOWER RISOTTO
Carpaccio of cauliflower and chocolate jelly

LASAGNE OF LANGOUSTINE
Pig’s trotter and truffle
(Eight pounds and twenty five pence supplement)

ROAST SCALLOP
Scallop tartare, caviar and white chocolate veloute

RADISH RAVIOLI OF OYSTER
Goat cheese and truffle, rissole of fromage de tete

MAIN

POT ROAST LOIN OF PORK, BRAISED BELLY
Gratin of truffled macaroni
(Nine pounds and seventy five pence supplement)

SADDLE OF VENISON
Celeriac, marron glace and sauce poivrade; civet of venison with pearl barley and red wine
Venison and frankincense tea

SOLE VERONIQUE
Champagne fluid gel, triple cooked chips

BEST END OF LAMB
Ice-filtered lamb jelly, braised tongue and cucumber
Hot pot of lamb neck, sweetbread and oyster

ROAST TURBOT
Mushroom carpaccio, mussels, artichokes and jelly of verjus
Turbot and langoustine royale
(Six pounds and twenty five pence supplement)

DESSERTS

DÉLICE OF CHOCOLATE
Chocolate sorbet, cumin caramel

CHANTECLERC APPLE
Fromage blanc, apple milk caramel and vanilla ice cream

MANGO AND DOUGLAS FIR PUREE
Bavarois of lychee and mango, blackcurrant sorbet and green peppercorn jelly

BLACK FOREST GATEAU

GALETTE OF RHUBARB, NEROLI SCENTED YOGHURT
Crystallised coconut and rhubarb sorbet

CHEESE
(Available as an additional course at thirteen pounds and fifty pence)

An optional 12.5 per cent service charge will be added to your bill
These prices are subject to change

27 posted on 03/06/2009 9:29:27 PM PST by southernnorthcarolina (Tagline under official review.)
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To: skr

I’ll have the snail porridge, with extra slime.


28 posted on 03/07/2009 4:53:57 AM PST by ViLaLuz (2 Chronicles 7:14)
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To: southernnorthcarolina

Yech.

Pig’s trotter?

Yeeeecccccccchhhhhhhhhhh.


29 posted on 03/07/2009 4:56:03 AM PST by ViLaLuz (2 Chronicles 7:14)
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To: NormsRevenge

No way I would pay 185 bucks to try and eat 17 courses


From my experience with “destination dining”, many of those courses are a single bite.

And delicious, no matter how silly or weird the name tries to make them sound.


30 posted on 03/07/2009 7:56:13 AM PST by Atlas Sneezed (Are you ready for "Obamageddon"?)
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To: Beelzebubba

I wish they did that on cruises. :-] single bite would allow you to experience more variety.

you can always grab a pizza or hotdog later if you’re still hungry.


31 posted on 03/07/2009 7:58:09 AM PST by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed.)
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To: southernnorthcarolina

There’s nothing on that menu that doesn’t sound absolutely delicious to me.


32 posted on 03/07/2009 8:00:33 AM PST by Atlas Sneezed (Are you ready for "Obamageddon"?)
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