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Two senior Fat Duck chefs were killed in Hong Kong last Monday morning in a collision involving two buses.
The men – British chef Ivan Aranto Herrera Jorge, 34, and Carl Magnus Lindgren, 30, from Sweden – had gone to Hong Kong to take part in a private event with Heston Blumenthal.
The victims were travelling in a taxi when a bus came downhill at high speed and crashed into their vehicle. Such was the force of the collision that the taxi was pushed into a second bus waiting at traffic lights and became crushed between the two vehicles. The driver was also killed; all three victims had to be cut from the wreckage.
Reports in the Chinese press allege that the bus driver blacked out as the bus went downhill towards the lights; he has since been arrested on suspicion of dangerous driving. Blumenthal had to identify the bodies of his former colleagues.
A statement released by a spokesperson for The Fat Duck paid tribute to the two men, saying: ‘These two uniquely talented young chefs will be sadly and deeply missed.’
Scores of other top chefs, including Raymond Blanc and Noma's René Redzepi, sent condolences to Blumenthal, The Fat Duck brigade and the chefs’ families via Twitter.
56 others were injured as a result of the accident.