Two "uniquely talented" chefs at Heston Blumenthal's Fat Duck restaurant were killed when their taxi was crushed between two double-decker buses in Hong Kong.
The men, Briton Jorge Ivan Arrango Herrera, 34, and Swede Carl Magnus Lindgren, 30, were killed in the accident on Monday along with the taxi driver, Wong Kim-chung.
Mr Blumenthal opened The Fat Duck, in Bray, Berkshire, in 1995 to critical and popular acclaim. It was awarded three Michelin stars in 2004 and a year later named as the world's best restaurant. "They were both senior members and great and dear friends. They will be sadly and deeply missed," a spokeswoman said.
A Hong Kong Police Force spokesman said three men died and 56 people were injured in the collision, with the casualties ranging in age from seven months to 90 years old.
He said that the first bus hit two private cars at a junction before crossing into the oncoming carriageway. He added: "It then rammed on to a taxi and a bus which were travelling uphill. The taxi was trapped between the two buses." The 57-year-old bus driver was arrested on suspicion of dangerous driving causing death and bailed.