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Tributes flow for Fat Duck chefs killed in car crash in Hong Kong


British Chef Heston Blumenthal is pictured at the entrance to the Fat Duck restaurant in Bray, Berkshire, on March 12, 2009.



Tributes have flowed for two chefs from the Fat Duck, the flagship restaurant of celebrity chef Heston Blumenthal, killed in a car accident in Hong Kong this week.

According to CNN, the chefs — Carl Magnus Lindgren, 30, from Sweden and Briton Ivan Aranto Herrera Jorge, 34 — died when a bus hit two cars, crossed into the other lane and crushed their taxi against another bus.

An investigation was underway into the crash, which also killed the driver of the Fat Duck chefs' taxi and injured 56 people, including a baby and a 90-year-old.

Blumenthal, who was in Hong Kong, identified the bodies of the two chefs, according to Britain's Evening Standard

The chefs were in Hong Kong to cook a series of private meals alongside Blumenthal at the invitation of the Mandarin Oriental Hotel.

According to the New York Daily News, international chefs and the food community took to Twitter and Facebook to express their condolences to "the Fat Duck family."

Momofuku chef David Chang in New York tweeted "my heart is so heavy," a post retweeted by Daniel Patterson of Coi restaurant in San Francisco and TV chef Tom Colicchio.

Thomas Keller of The French Laundry in the Napa Valley wrote:

Christian Cotton, of Terre à Terre restaurant in Brighton where Jorge worked before leaving to go to the Fat Duck in 2006, told the BBC:

"He started as a commis chef before he became chef de partie. I saw him about a year-and-a-half ago when he was visiting Brighton with his young child. We are really upset, a lot of us have been here quite a few years and knew him personally, we worked together and played together. He was an absolutely lovely chap, very gentle, lovely chef to work with. We were really pleased for him to get the job at the Fat Duck."