Juli Soler, the man behind the world acclaimed El Bulli restaurant, dies aged 66
Juli Soler, who co-ran the world-acclaimed restaurant El Bulli and discovered top chef Ferran Adria, has died aged 66.
Adria announced that Soler died at his home in Rubi, near Barcelona.
Adria said on his official Twitter account that it was "the saddest news I wish that I have never had to bear".
On arriving at El Bulli in 1981, Soler was an essential figure in what became one of the world's most influential restaurants.
Alongside Adria, he revolutionised diners' experiences to the point that El Bulli maintained the almost unattainable Michelin three-star status for more than a decade.
El Bulli, located in Montjoi cove in north-eastern Spain, was closed in 2011 to start the Bulli Foundation, a food research centre.