Henry Pascal with Chef Paul Bocuse
Perhaps you missed this London Times story that has all the makings of an Agatha Christie?
Swiss motorcycle courier, Henry Pascal (age 46) spent years saving and planning for his dream trip – to eat at all 68 three-star Michelin-rated restaurants in the world.
He’d made it through 39 restaurants in. He’d just finished a 32-course, $300 meal at the 40th restaurant on his list. It was midnight at El Bulli, on the Costa Brava, acclaimed as the finest restaurant on earth. He was conversing with a couple at the next table. The trio decided to exchange business cards, but Henry realized he didn’t have any with him and so excused himself to get one from his car.
No one has seen him since.
Left behind on the table were his hat, some photos and Henry’s notebook where he’d been recording the dishes he’d eaten and the experiences of his gastronomic adventure.
No evidence of foul play, accident or suicide has been found.
There are reports in El Periodico that a week after he disappeared, Henry confirmed a reservation at a French restaurant, but did not keep it. Also, apparently someone cancelled Henry’s reservations at the eight Japanese restaurants on his list.
French Chef Paul Bocuse, elected in Europe as “Chef of the Century”, met Henry on the first leg of his journey and took him under his wing. He presented him with the notebook left behind at El Bulli and then sent a fax to the other 67 restaurants on Henry’s list asking the chefs to treat Henry with particular attention when he came to visit.
Chef Bocuse’s theorized that Henry “went up in a puff of smoke, after all, El Bulli is the gastronomic temple of smoke and mirror shows”. (Said, no doubt, with a haughty Gallic sneer).
I’m thinking that as nice as a gourmet tour like this sounds, it’s unimaginable to me to eat a meal like this every day for over two months. It must get exhausting for your taste buds, for your brain and for all your other organs that need to process this epicurean extravaganza every 24 hours.
He probably just exploded.
Or it’s a plot he cooked up with the French chef to discredit the Spanish chef (and his best restaurant on earth)
If you have any information on the whereabouts of Henry Pascal contact INTERPOL ((33) 4 72 44 71 63) or leave a message on this blog.