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Spain’s famed Sant Pau restaurant to close

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BARCELONA — Spanish chef Carme Ruscalleda last Friday announced he will close his celebrated San Pau restaurant, in the northeastern Catalonia region, which has been awarded three Michelin stars since 2006.

Describing it as a “natural” decision, the 66-year-old Ruscalleda told Catalan radio Rac1 “I don’t want to do this work without passion and energy.”

The restaurant will close it doors for the last time on Oct. 27.

This year Ruscalleda celebrated 30 years at the helm of San Pau, situated in the coastal town of Sant Pol de Mar, turning the restaurant into the only one in Spain with three Michelin stars.

The first of the coveted stars was awarded in 1991, the second five years later.

After it is closed, Sant Pau will be transformed into a bar run by his daughter with an area dedicated to the study of cuisine, where Ruscalleda will dedicate himself to gastronomic innovations.

“This isn’t a farewell or retirement, It’s a reinvention,” Ruscalleda assured.

His two-starred restaurant in Tokyo will remain open. — AFP