Barcelona (AFP) - Spanish chef Carme Ruscalleda on Friday (July 6) announced she will close her celebrated Sant 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 its doors for the last time on October 27.
This year Ruscalleda celebrated 30 years at the helm of Sant 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 her daughter with an area dedicated to the study of cuisine, where Ruscalleda will dedicate herself to gastronomic innovations.
"This isn't a farewell or retirement, It's a reinvention," Ruscalleda assured.
Her two-starred restaurant in Tokyo will remain open.