AS the most Michelin-starred chef in the world, Joel Robuchon has garnered no less than 32 throughout his career. He’s achieved accolades such as Meilleur Ouvrier de France and Chef of The Century.
Robuchon arrived in Teulada-Moraira last week to judge the sixth edition of the ‘Gourmet Race’ and received a warm welcome from Teulada-Moraira Mayor Carlos Linares and sculptor Kiko Torres, who presented the chef with a gift.
He talked of his fondness for the municipality and the friends he has made there, having visited several times over the years.
Robuchon praised the Marina Alta for its local produce and the quality of its raw materials and revealed that in his restaurants, he only uses olive oil from Alcoy (Masia el Altet).
Healso revealed that, when asked by the New York Times where the best place to eat paella was, he recommended Restaurante Paco Gandia in Pinoso, Alicante, renowned for its rabbit and snail rice dish.
Robuchon even made a vindictive nod to Club Nautico Moraira, the venue for the Gourmet Race: “I am thinking about bringing my boat here.”