Carme Ruscalleda, the female chef with the most Michelin stars and owner of the restaurant Sant Pau, has decided to close this restaurant after 30 years’ success to start a new gastronomic phase.
The girl who wanted to be an artist
As a girl, Carme Ruscalleda was a good student, but she wanted to pursue a career in art. At the time, her parents were concerned and told her to open a shop. Carme reluctantly followed her parents’ advice. Nonetheless, talent always finds a way of revealing itself. In her case, Carme passed the time making coloured Catalan sausage and creative meat products in the shop’s delicatessen. That was her first contact with the food that would later come to be her creative raw material. It was the first step that led to a brilliant future in gastronomy.
The history of the Sant Pau, a female chef who cooks
The Sant Pau, located in Sant Pol de Mar (on the coast of Catalonia), opened its doors in July 1988. Its owners, Carme Ruscalleda and her husband Toni Balam, had never worked in a restaurant. The effort and consistency of the Ruscalleda-Balam duo, together with a trained, committed team, led the restaurant to receive its first Michelin star in 1991. The success and recognition began to roll in and later, their sons Raül and Mercé joined the project.
Carme Ruscalleda’s future
Carme Ruscalleda’s future will continue very close to the world of gastronomy. Apart from being linked to other restaurants she owns, like the Tokyo Sant Pau and the Mandarín Oriental in Barcelona, run by her son Raül Balam, she’s also due to open a pop-up in the Odyssey in Montecarlo.
One thing’s for sure, she won’t have her own restaurant again, but she’ll have more freedom to explore new directions. We can’t wait to see how this exceptional chef will surprise us next.
Video about the last dinner at Sant Pau’s Restaurant
Image’s source: Photograma of the video