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Carme Ruscalleda, A Five-Star Woman


Lourdes Segade

Carme ruscalleda is the only woman in Spain that has a three Michelin star restaurant, the fourth in the world and the only one in the world to have a total of five stars (two more just got for her restaurant in Tokyo, Japan). Her Spanish restaurant, Sant Pau, is in Sant Pol de Mar, near Barcelona and she's got another Sant Pau in tokyo: same food and same spirits, the highest quality Mediterranean cuisine made from fresh seasonal products. Spending one day with her in the kitchen of the restaurant and also visiting her suppliers gives you an idea of the kind of woman she is, very optimistic, energetic and wise, and always a loving person of all people, products and processes that surround her. She's like her cuisine: beauty with soul. This story is just a portrait of her; a day in the life of Carme Ruscalleda.


 

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Carme Ruscalleda, Cook, in the kitchen of her restaurant. At her back, her son Raül (standing) and another cook. Co-owner of restaurant Sant Pau , she has just got the third Michelin star for the Spanish establishment. She is the first Spanish woman to get the three stars of the Michelin Guide

Sant Pol de Mar (Barcelona, Spain), Espagne - 14/12/2005

 

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Carme Ruscalleda, Cook, gives instructions to one of her collaborators in the kitchen of her restaurant. Co-owner of restaurant Sant Pau in Barcelona, Spain, in Tokyo, she has just got the third Michelin star for the Spanish establishment. She is the first Spanish woman to get the three stars of the prestigious Michelin Guide

Sant Pol de Mar (Barcelona, Spain), Espagne - 14/12/2005

 

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Carme Ruscalleda, Cook, gives instructions to one of her cooks. Co-owner of restaurant Sant Pau in Spain and Tokyo, she has just got the third Michelin star for the Spanish establishment. She is the first Spanish woman to get three stars of the Michelin Guide.Sant Pol de Mar (Barcelona, Spain)

Sant Pol de Mar (Barcelona, Spain), Espagne - 14/12/2005

 

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Carme Ruscalleda, Cook, at the kitchen of her restaurant with some workers. Co-owner of restaurant Sant Pau in Sant Pol de Mar (Barcelona, Spain) and Sant Pau in Tokyo, she has just got the third Michelin star for the Spanish establishment. She is the first Spanish woman to get the three stars of the prestigious Michelin Guide and the second one in the world. Sant Pol de Mar (Barcelona, Spain)

Sant Pol de Mar (Barcelona, Spain), Espagne - 14/12/2005

 

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Carme Ruscalleda, Cook, in the kitchen of her restaurant with Noëlle Prat, one of her suppliers, who offers her some daikon, a variety of Japanese turnip that Carme brought from Japan and now she cultivates (Sant Pol de Mar, Barcelona. Spain)

Sant Pol de Mar (Barcelona, Spain), Espagne - 14/12/2005

 

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Carme Ruscalleda, Cook, in the greenhouse where Josep Martorell, one of her suppliers, grows a very sweet variety of peas. Co-owner of restaurant Sant Pau in Spain and in Tokyo, she has just got the third Michelin star for the Spanish establishment. Pineda de Mar (Barcelona, Spain)

Pineda de Mar (Barcelona, Spain), Espagne - 14/12/2005

 

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Carme Ruscalleda, Cook, as she has a look at her father's olives. Ramon Ruscalleda has some olive trees and he makes his own oil. Co-owner of restaurant Sant Pau in Spain and Tokyo, she has just got the third Michelin star for the Spanish establishment. Sant Pol de Mar (Barcelona, Spain)

Sant Pol de Mar (Barcelona, Spain), Espagne - 14/12/2005

 

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Carme Ruscalleda, Cook, as she gives the last touch to one of her creations: 13 vegetables from El Maresme, Empordà sea urchins and apple clear soup. She is the first Spanish woman to get the three stars of the Michelin Guide. Sant Pol de Mar (Barcelona, Spain)

Sant Pol de Mar (Barcelona, Spain), Espagne - 14/12/2005

 

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Carme Ruscalleda, Cook, as she tries the strawberries that Joaquim Ginesta, one of her suppliers, has brought. Co-owner of restaurant Sant Pau in Spain and Tokyo, she has just got the third Michelin star for the Spanish establishment. Sant Pol de Mar (Barcelona, Spain)

Sant Pol de Mar (Barcelona, Spain), Espagne - 14/12/2005

 

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Carme Ruscalleda, Cook, as she tries the strawberries that one of her suppliers has brought. Co-owner of restaurant Sant Pau in Spain and Tokyo, she has just got the third Michelin star for the Spanish establishment. Sant Pol de Mar (Barcelona, Spain)

Sant Pol de Mar (Barcelona, Spain), Espagne - 14/12/2005

 

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Carme Ruscalleda, Cook, as she has lunch during her ten minutes break before the restaurant starts the midday service. Co-owner of restaurant Sant Pau in Spain and Tokyo, she is the first Spanish woman to get the three stars of the Michelin Guide. Sant Pol de Mar (Barcelona, Spain)

Sant Pol de Mar (Barcelona, Spain), Espagne - 14/12/2005

 

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Carme Ruscalleda, Cook, as she gives some instructions in the kitchen of her restaurant. Co-owner of restaurant Sant Pau in Spain and Tokyo, she has just got the third Michelin star for the Spanish establishment. She is the first Spanish woman to get the three stars of the Michelin Guide

Sant Pol de Mar (Barcelona, Spain), Espagne - 14/12/2005

 

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Carme Ruscalleda, Cook, as she talks by videoconference with Carlos Milán, sub-cheff of the restaurant Sant Pau in Tokyo. Carme has just got the third Michelin star for the Spanish establishment. She is the first Spanish woman to get it. Sant Pol de Mar (Barcelona, Spain)

Sant Pol de Mar (Barcelona, Spain), Espagne - 14/12/2005

 

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Carme Ruscalleda, Cook, talks by videoconference with Carlos Milán, sub-cheff (right), Esther Bedmar, cheff (center) and Sandra Martorell, co-General Manager of restaurant Sant Pau in Tokyo. Sant Pol de Mar, Spain

Sant Pol de Mar (Barcelona, Spain), Espagne - 14/12/2005

 

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Co-owner of restaurant Sant Pau in Spain and Tokyo, she has just got the third Michelin star for the Spanish establishment. She is the first Spanish woman to get the three stars of the prestigious Michelin Guide and the second one in the world. Sant Pol de Mar (Barcelona, Spain)

Sant Pol de Mar (Barcelona, Spain), Espagne - 14/12/2005

 

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View of restaurant Sant Pau. Downstairs, next to the garden, the kitchen. Upstairs, the dining room. Sant Pol de Mar (Barcelona, Spain)

Sant Pol de Mar (Barcelona, Spain), Espagne - 14/12/2005

 

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Carme Ruscalleda, Cook, interviewed by Eduard Buil at Onda Cero radio station. After having got the third Michelin star, Carme has lots of compromises with the Media. She is the first Spanish woman to get the three stars of the prestigious Michelin Guide and the second one in the world. Barcelona, Spain

Barcelona, Spain, Espagne - 15/12/2005

 

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Carme Ruscalleda, Cook, at Arenys de Mar fish market. Co-owner of restaurant Sant Pau in Spain and Tokyo, she is the first Spanish woman to get the three star of the prestigious Michelin Guide, and second in the world. Arenys de Mar (Barcelona, Spain)

Arenys de Mar (Barcelona, Spain), Espagne - 14/12/2005

 

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Carme Ruscalleda, Cook, at Arenys de Mar fish market. Co-owner of restaurant Sant Pau in Sant Pol de Mar (Barcelona, Spain) and Sant Pau in Tokyo, he is the first Spanish woman to get the three star of the Michelin Guide, and second in the world. Arenys de Mar (Barcelona, Spain)

Arenys de Mar (Barcelona, Spain), Espagne - 14/12/2005

 

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Carme Ruscalleda, Cook, showing tiredness at the end of the day. Co-owner of restaurant Sant Pau in Spain and Tokyo, she is the first Spanish woman to get the three stars of the prestigious Michelin Guide and the second one in the world Sant Pol de Mar (Barcelona, Spain)

Sant Pol de Mar (Barcelona, Spain), Espagne - 14/12/2005



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