03/31/2014 06:31 EDT | Updated 05/31/2014 05:59 EDT

Heston Blumenthal's Fat Duck restaurant to relocate to Australia for 6 months

LONDON - The Fat Duck is heading Down Under.

Innovative British chef Heston Blumenthal has announced plans to pack up his Michelin-starred restaurant and fly it to Australia for a six-month stay.

The restaurant in the village of Bray, west of London, will close temporarily in January, and reopen in Melbourne's Crown casino the following month.

Blumenthal told reporters in Australia on Monday: "We are going to pick up The Fat Duck, the whole team, and fly them over here."

After six months the Fat Duck will go home and the Melbourne restaurant will reopen as Dinner by Heston Blumenthal.

The Fat Duck opened in 1995 and helped pioneer science-based "molecular gastronomy." Signature dishes on its 195-pound ($325) tasting menu include snail porridge and licorice-poached salmon.