I’ll never forget the time at elBulli in 2007 celebrating my birthday with snacks in the kitchen when Juli Soler graciously honored me and my friends with a complementary bottle of Cava. He was a warm, larger than life man, who was a legend in his field.
El Bulli would never have become elBulli without Juli, the man who brought Ferran Adriá to Cala Montjoi. Juli Soler has died after a lengthy battle with a neurodegenerative disease. Soler was an integral part of the most legendary restaurant in the world, it’s Director of Operations, running the wine program and front of the house with grace and a rock and roller’s flair. He was 66 years old.