CNN said that newspaper reports and the Hong Kong Police Force identified the dead as Carl Magnus Lindgren, 30, from Sweden and Ivan Aranto Herrera Jorge, 34, of Britain. Their taxi driver also was killed.
Blumenthal, who was in Hong Kong, identified the bodies of the two chefs, according to the Standard.
Reports say that the two chefs were killed after a bus barreling downhill hit two cars, crossed into the other lane and crushed their taxi against another bus, resulting in the three deaths and injuring 56 people, including the driver of the other bus, a baby and a 90-year-old. A police spokesman said the driver of the first bus was arrested for dangerous driving that resulted in death and was released after posting bail.
CNN reported that the Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong confirmed that the two chefs were hotel guests. "We are deeply saddened by this tragic event and our hearts and prayers are with their families and loved ones," said hotel communications director Nina Colls in a statement. A menu by Blumenthal with recipes that date from the 16th century has been offered at the Mandarin Oriental in London's Hyde Park, CNN said, and in an interview with a Hong Kong culinary magazine, Blumenthal mentioned the possibility of opening a Fat Duck at the Mandarin Oriental there.