World-renowned chef dies aged 66

Juli Soler, who co-ran the world-acclaimed Spanish restaurant El Bulli and discovered top chef Ferran Adria, has died aged 66.

Adria said that Soler died at his home near Barcelona. He said on Twitter that it was "the saddest news I wish that I have never had to bear".

On arriving at El Bulli in north-eastern Spain in 1981, Soler was an essential figure in one of the world's most influential restaurants.

Alongside Adria, he maintained the almost unattainable Michelin three-star status for more than a decade.