Celebrity chef Heston Blumenthal has withdrawn from this weekend's Margaret River Gourmet Escape after the death of two of his top chefs in a traffic crash in Hong Kong on Monday.
Event organisers Brand Events said yesterday that Blumenthal had chosen to return to Britain because of the tragedy. The two young chefs worked at Blumenthal's Fat Duck restaurant, in Berkshire.
The biggest event during the three-day festival, tomorrow evening's Icon Dinner, was being held to honour Blumenthal. "It will still be cooked by top Australian chefs Tetsuya Wakuda, Neil Perry and Peter Gilmore as planned," Brand Events managing director Michael Hodgson said.