Heston Blumenthal's The Fat Duck restaurant regains three Michelin stars

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Celebrity chef Heston Blumenthal's restaurant The Fat Duck has regained its three Michelin stars to rejoin the elite club of world eateries.

The maverick culinary inventor's high-end venue lost the trio of stars in 2015 after he took it 10,000 miles to Melbourne, Australia, for a year.

But at the unveiling of the 2016 stars and 2017 UK and Ireland Michelin Guide - held live for the first time - it was announced the 50-year-old's £255-per-person restaurant in Bray, Berkshire, had rejoined the exclusive group.

Blumenthal told the event at the Institution of Engineering and Technology: "I didn't expect to be coming up and standing here.

"It's taken me by surprise, just fantastic."