Late and great French chef had a love for the Costa Blanca

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Joel Robuchon photographed on the Rock of Ifac Credit: Ayuntamiento de Calpe

DUBBED the best chef in the world, the late French legend Joel Robuchon gained a record of 32 Michelin stars, before succumbing this week to cancer.

He was closely linked to Calpe and the Marina Alta, as he had a residence in the town and maintained close ties of friendship with restaurateurs and entrepreneurs in Calpe

Joel Robuchon received the Spanish  “Jaume Pastor i Fluixá- 9 d’Octubre” prize in 1999 and collected the badge of honour from Calpe town hall, and during that occasion, he highlighted his love for Calpe and the Rock of Ifac, which he said provided strength and inspiration.

In fact, in his public appearances it was not unusual for Robuchon to talk about Calpe, which he visited every year on holiday.

The councilman of Tourism, Jan Van Parijs who was a close friend of the French chef, opined “the passion that Joel felt for Calpe and enjoyed” els bous al carrer “, visited typical restaurants, tried to climb the Rock every day, and said that in Calpe he felt at home.”

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